Traffic Results 2021
Almost 14% more passengers in 2021 | Increase in all areas. Passengers: +13.6 % +++ Flight movements: +16.7% +++ Cargo: +18.5% +++ General aviation: +28.8%
Even with the continuing coronavirus pandemic and the lockdowns associated with this, Graz Airport was able to increase its results in all segments compared to the previous year. Despite Omicron, last summer’s demand for travel allows us to look to the future with cautious optimism.
A difficult start followed by a strong summer
The start of 2021 was very difficult globally, and thus also for Graz Airport. Almost the whole of Europe was in lockdown, and it was only in May that the travel requirements were eased in Austria. This meant that in the first 5 months of 2021, we were able to look after only just over 16,000 passengers, resulting in the first half of 2021 being significantly down in comparison to 2020.
“With the end of lockdown and the start of the holiday period we gained ground appreciably,” notes Wolfgang Grimus, Managing Director of Graz Airport. “As well as Vienna, we were able to connect Graz to four further major hubs, namely Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich, as well as the financial centres Stuttgart and Düsseldorf, and to offer a broad charter programme.”
This favourable trend was once again slowed somewhat by the further lockdown in late autumn 2021, but nonetheless with 226,562 passengers our figures were up by +13.6%.
The traffic development in detail and further comments can be found in the press release.
The non-aviation area
At the start of last year the VIP lounge underwent a relaunch to make the passenger experience at Graz Airport even more attractive, and this was received very positively by the passengers.
Our partners Lagardère and Heinemann reopened large parts of the gastronomy area and the duty free shop as quickly as possible after the end of the lockdown in order to continue to offer passengers a comprehensive service.
The conference centre was also used increasingly again, and the SPAR supermarket was available for the whole of the year.
Optimism about the coming summer flight schedule
“Thanks to the increasing vaccination coverage rates and the responsible way in which air travellers are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, we can expect a continuous increase in the amount of travel, especially from the second quarter. For regular services, we are working with our airline partners on consolidating the frequency and selectively using larger aircraft to the existing destinations of Vienna, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart,” said Wolfgang Grimus.
Tour operators and airlines have put together a wide selection for the coming summer. The schedule includes around 15 destinations, from A for Antalya to Z for Zakynthos. There will also be numerous short links and special flights available, such as to Naples, Paphos and Ankara.