29.01.2019 09:37
Engine and airscrew with terminal in background.

Photo: wolfganghummer.com

Record traffic figures in 2018

Graz Airport celebrated the best passenger numbers in its history last year. 1,030,939 passengers - an increase of 7.5 % over 2017 - delivered a new record.

The volume of traffic in the first few months of 2018 was still somewhat affected by the loss of airberlin. But this was more than offset by an improved load factor for scheduled services (+3.9%) and excellent growth in chartered traffic (+39.2%).

Both scheduled and chartered showing increases

The loss of SkyWork Airlines - with which the airport had been in discussions over additional destinations - was a blow to the scheduled services side of the business.  But with easyJet announcing at almost the same time that it was to operate the Berlin route, a new milestone was celebrated.

The extent of the increase in the chartered business exceeded all plans. After figures had declined in recent years, primarily due to the political situation in various popular seaside holiday destinations, an increase of 39.2% was achieved for this area of the business (in total, 37,862 more passengers were served). The increase is primarily down to the resumption of flights to Antalya, the increase in the number of flight rotations to Egypt - but also to increased bookings to many other countries, in particular Greece.

Cargo development

After Swissport Cargo Services Austria (a subsidiary of Graz Airport and Swissport International) succeeded in increasing the volume of cargo handled in 2017 by some 21%, the result for 2018 - an increase of 1.75% - is very pleasing, as not only was the previous year’s target of 18,902 tonnes met, it was even exceeded a little, with 19,233 tonnes handled.

Outlook for summer 2019

An attractive, varied range of flights from Graz will again be on offer this summer. Details of scheduled and holiday flights can be found in the summer flight timetable.

You can find detailed figures and comments on them in the presse release.