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Airport Salzburg (Austria) - W. A. Mozart

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Salzburg Airport

Flughafen Salzburg[1]
Airport typePublic
OperatorSalzburger Flughafen GmbH
ServesSalzburg, Austria
Hub forEurowings Europe
Elevation AMSL430 m / 1,411 ft
Coordinates47°4740N 013°0012E / 47.79444°N 13.00333°E / 47.79444; 13.00333 (Salzburg Airport)
Location of airport in Austria
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 2,750 9,022 Concrete
Statistics (2017)
Passengers1,890,164 8.7%
Air freight (metric tons)228 9.8%
passenger and Movement Statistics from Salzburg Airport[3]

Salzburg Airport (IATA: SZG, ICAO: LOWS), branded as Salzburg Airport W. A. Mozart, is Austria's second largest airport. It serves Salzburg, the fourth-largest Austrian city, and is a gateway to Austria's numerous ski areas. The airport is located 1.7 NM (3.1 km; 2.0 mi)[2] west-south-west of Salzburg city centre and 2 km (1.2 mi) from the Austrian-German border. It is jointly owned by Salzburg municipality (25%) and Salzburg state (75%).[4]


Pre-World War II

In 1910, the first powered aircraft taxied on to the new race track in Salzburg-Aigen for the very first time. In 1926, Deutsche Luft Hansa inaugurated the Munich-Salzburg-Bad Reichenhall route. In 1927, the Vienna-Salzburg-Innsbruck route was started by ÖLAG (Austrian Aviation AG). In one of the earlier incidents Luft Hansa, which flew the London-Brussels-Frankfurt-Munich-Vienna route with Sabena, made a forced landing in Salzburg. 1939 saw the introduction of the Berlin-Prague-Salzburg-Venice and Munich-Salzburg-Klagenfurt-Ljubljana-Rijeka routes which were planned for the summer schedule.[citation needed]

The war years

At the start of World War II, on 1 September 1939, Salzburg Airport was seized and in 1943 the "Luftgaukommando VII" in Munich was put in charge of it. In the autumn of 1944 the newly developed fighter jet Messerschmitt Me 262 appeared. When the United States Air Force first bombed the city of Salzburg on 16 October 1944, with a subsequent 15 air attacks on the city, the airport remained undamaged. Salzburg Airport was the first Austrian airport which managed to become a part of European scheduled traffic again.[citation needed]

Post war

On 1 August 1958, a control tower was put into operation after a 15-month construction period and a new terminal was opened in 1966. While 1978 saw the first landing of a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 it was in 1984 when the first Boeing 767 (Braathens from Norway) and an Air France Concorde first appeared at the airport.[citation needed]

The airport reached the target of 1,265,000 passengers in 2000, and British Airways announced flights to Salzburg from London. These flights were cancelled a year later. Also in 2001, low-cost carrier Ryanair landed at Salzburg, its first Austrian destination. This was also the first time an Austrian airport hosted a low-cost carrier. Aer Lingus commenced flights to Salzburg from Dublin for their winter schedule in 2005. In 2006, Ryanair started services to Charleroi, which ended in 2007, and Dublin. British Airways restarted flights to London Gatwick Airport on 1 December.[citation needed]

In spring 2014 the airport's home carrier Austrian Airlines announced the closure of their ticketing and service counters at Salzburg Airport due to decreasing demand. Additional services are instead provided directly at the check-in counters.[5]

In August 2016, German low-cost airline Eurowings announced it would open its second Austrian base in Salzburg with flights to six European metropolitan destinations from January 2017.[6]


Salzburg Airport consists of two passenger terminals:[7]

  • Terminal 1 is the main building featuring 26 check-in desks, several service counters, some shops and restaurants and a visitors terrace. The airside area consists of 10 boarding gates which can be used for Schengen and non-Schengen destinations.[7] As there are no jet bridges, walk- and bus-boarding is used.
  • Terminal 2 is the much smaller one and features nine additional check-in counters and 4 boarding gates as well as a designated area to check-in skiing equipment.[7] It has very limited passenger facilities due to its use for seasonal peak-time traffic.

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Salzburg Airport:[8]

Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin[9]
Seasonal charter: Cork[10]
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga, Tallinn
Air Cairo Seasonal charter: Hurghada
Air Serbia Ni
Austrian Airlines Vienna
British Airways LondonGatwick
Seasonal: LondonHeathrow, Manchester[11]
Seasonal charter: Edinburgh, Glasgow
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas
easyJet BerlinSchönefeld
Seasonal: Amsterdam, BelfastInternational, Bristol, Hamburg, Liverpool, LondonGatwick, LondonLuton
Eurowings[12] BerlinTegel, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg
Seasonal: Corfu, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Kos, Lamezia Terme (begins 5 May 2020),[13], Olbia, Palma de Mallorca
Seasonal charter: Hurghada[citation needed]
Finnair Helsinki[14]
Flybe Seasonal charter: Birmingham, Newcastle upon Tyne
FlyEgypt Seasonal charter: Hurghada
I-Fly Seasonal charter: MoscowVnukovo
Jet2.com Seasonal: BelfastInternational, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, LondonStansted,[15] Manchester, Newcastle (begins 13 February 2021)[16]
Lauda Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca[17]
Level Seasonal: Calvi[18]
Lufthansa Frankfurt[19]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, LondonGatwick, OsloGardermoen, Stavanger, StockholmArlanda
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Pobeda Seasonal: MoscowVnukovo[20]
Ryanair LondonStansted
Seasonal: Dublin
S7 Airlines Seasonal: MoscowDomodedovo, St. Petersburg[21]
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, OsloGardermoen, StockholmArlanda
Seasonal charter: Helsinki
SkyUp Seasonal: KievBoryspil
Sun D'OrSeasonal: Tel Aviv[22]
SunExpress Antalya
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Glasgow, LondonGatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal charter: Bristol, Dublin, East Midlands, LondonLuton, LondonStansted
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Hannover
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal: KievBoryspil
Ural Airlines Seasonal charter: St Petersburg
Windrose Airlines Seasonal charter: KievBoryspil


Passenger statistics[23]
Year Passengers Change
2005 1,695,430
2006 1,878,266 10.8%
2007 1,946,422 3.6%
2008 1,809,601 7.1%
2009 1,552,154 14.3%
2010 1,625,842 4.8%
2011 1,700,989 4.6%
2012 1,666,487 3.0%
2013 1,662,834 0.2%
2014 1,819,520 9.4%

Ground transport

The airport is located 3 km from the city-center. Salzburg trolleybus lines 2 and 10, each with service every 10 minutes, connect the airport to the rest of Salzburg's public transport system. The main station is reachable in about 25 minutes and the inner city in about 30 minutes.

See also


  1. ^ "Aerodrome availability" (PDF). AIP Austria (in German and English). Austro Control Österreichische Gesellschaft für Zivilluftfahrt mbH. p. 31. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "EUROCONTROL basic".
  3. ^ "Traffic Results 2015". Salzburg Airport W. A. Mozart. 15 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Geschäftsbericht 2016" (PDF). Salzburg Airport (in German). Salzburger Flughafen GmbH. p. 8. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  5. ^ "AUA schließt Ticketschalter auf den Bundesländer-Flughäfen".
  6. ^ aero.de - "Eurowings Europe starts in Salzburg" (German) 18 August 2016
  7. ^ a b c "Salzburg Airport: General Parking Information". www.salzburg-airport.com.
  8. ^ salzburg-airport.com - Seasonal schedule retrieved 19 November 2016
  9. ^ "Silent Night turns 200: Celebrating a classic Christmas carol in Salzburg". www.irishexaminer.com.
  10. ^ "Topflight Launches Salzburg Winter Ski Service". Cork Airport. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  11. ^ "British Airways adds new London City / Manchester routes in W17". Routesonline. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  12. ^ eurowings.com Route Network retrieved 2 February 2019
  13. ^ Liu, Jim. "Eurowings S20 Short-Haul network additions as of 18OCT19". Routesonline. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  14. ^ Liu, Jim. "Finnair extends Salzburg service to year-round in S20". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  15. ^ "Even more ski flights Lyon in wait from London Stansted - Jet2.com". www.jet2.com.
  16. ^ https://www.jet2.com/
  17. ^ "Laudamotion outlines summer 2018 operations". routesonline.com. 16 March 2018.
  18. ^ "LEVEL/Anisec expands Austria network in S19". routesonline.com.
  19. ^ Liu, Jim. "Lufthansa files Frankfurt Graz / Salzburg schedules in W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  20. ^ Liu, Jim (10 September 2018). "Pobeda adds seasonal Salzburg service from Dec 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  21. ^ "Schedule". S7.ru. S7 Airlines. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  22. ^ Liu, Jim (12 September 2018). "El Al / Sun d'Or schedules new seasonal routes in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  23. ^ "Passenger Statistics for Salzburg Airport".

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