03.02.2021 10:13
Tarmac view of terminal.

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Coronavirus stops us flying high

The COVID-19 pandemic has also led to a significant decline in passenger numbers at Graz Airport.

Compared to 2019, the best year in the history of Graz Airport, 2020 saw a slump of 81% with just under 200,000 passengers. The decline in cargo was more moderate at 14.5%.

Development summary

The good start in January and February was followed by a drop in passenger traffic during the first half of March. Starting with the first lockdown in mid-March, there was a standstill of almost 3 months without any regular scheduled and charter traffic at Graz Airport.

The resumption of the Vienna connection on 22 June was the first important step back, and one at a time Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart were also served again. Some holiday flights over the summer months were also well received by keen travellers.

The more recent lockdowns and worldwide travel restrictions led to a reduction in flights again from autumn onwards. At least two important hubs are currently available to travellers in Vienna and Amsterdam.

Cautiously optimistic outlook for summer 2021

The airlines and tour operators' current plans give rise to hopes of higher travel volumes from the second half of 2021, depending on further developments of course. In close coordination with the airlines, work is underway to resume at least the majority of the scheduled connections that are important for the regional economy and tourism.

An attractive holiday flight programme with around 15 series of charter flights, including new destinations, and interesting individual flights is also planned.

2020 figures in comparison

Volume20202019Change in %
Total volume – passengers199,490     1,036,929      -80.8 %
Scheduled services – passengers184,666895,093-79.4 %
Charter flights – passengers14,824141,836-89.6 %
Total volume – movements   4,00214,727-72.8 %
Total cargo (in tonnes)16,22018,970-14.5 %
General aviation (incl. military) – movements 28,991      32,241       -10.1 %

For more details and responses please see the press release.

More information on the planned 2021 summer flight schedule can be found here.