18.10.2018 13:27
Group photo with glasses of honey in their hands in front of beehives.

Photo: Graz Airport, from the left: Master Beekeeper Mag. Dr. Michael Rubinigg, Alexandra Eller, Mag. Gerhard Widmann.

Causing a buzz at the airport

As of recently bees are responsible for award-winning air traffic at Graz Airport. The colonies that have been living at Graz Airport since May 2017 not only produce a healthy honey but also an award-winning one, as confirmed on 13 October 2018.

South of Graz Airport has seen a special kind and particularly heavy air traffic since summer 2017. Here, up to 400,000 honey bees are hard at work. 8 hives are available for honey production. And to support them in the best possible way, Graz Airport has commissioned Master Beekeeper Mag. Dr. Michael Rubinigg with taking care of the bees.

Award confirms high quality

Last weekend, the honey produced by Graz Airport’s bees was awarded a silver medal in the linden honey category by the Styrian Apiculture Association, representing another proof of its high quality following a laboratory assessment in June 2018 that did fail to detect any environmental contamination.

Natural bioindicators

Bees are living ‘bio-detectives’ that clearly show the air and water quality as well as the fertiliser load in their environment. This is why the bees’ honey was examined for many contaminants in June 2018, including some that are created by air traffic. The assessment failed to detect any contamination attributable to air traffic.

300 kg of honey produced on airport grounds – a surprise natural treasure

The project initiated by airport employee Alexandra Eller returned some 300 kg of honey in 2018. Among others, Graz Airport’s grounds include some 230 hectares of grasslands. This means that an entire region’s largest continuous grassland area – a habitat for many different animals and plants – is located on its business premises.

Further details and comments can be found in the respective press release.