27.01.2016 14:21
Front view terminal in the evening.

Photo: Oliver Wolf/Graz Airport.

Figures flying high thanks to scheduled flights

A major increase in scheduled flights leads to a rise in passengers of more than seven per cent.

Feldkirchen bei Graz, 13/01/2016: With an increase of 7.35% Graz Airport chalks up an impressive development in passenger performance figures in 2015. Major contributors to this development were airberlin, SWISS and Turkish Airlines, who brought new and additional flights to the schedule last year.

“This increase in passengers surpasses our forecast by far”, Wolfgang Malik, Chairman of the Board of Holding Graz - Kommunale Dienstleistungen GmbH, is gratified to note. “I would like to congratulate the Airport team, who never lost sight of their goal despite the difficult situation in the aviation industry in past years and who achieved this success by means of long and often tough negotiations”.

963,396 passengers means an increase of 7.35%, or 65,975 passengers, over 2014, a figure that Graz Airport wasn’t expecting even after the first six months of the year. This growth can be attributed to scheduled flights, that saw an increase of 10.09%, or 72,967 passengers. It was the overall good passenger load of scheduled flights and the new connections that made this success possible. On the other hand, charter flights are down 4.01%. This is above all the result of the tense political situation in several of the traditional holiday countries.

“We achieved a great deal in 2015”, Gerhard Widmann, Managing Director of Graz Airport, is pleased to note. “The positive development in scheduled flights is a sign for us that we are on track. But we must also be aware that the European market remains a difficult one. Only by means of the necessary passenger load will we be able to maintain and expand the numerous good scheduled connections.

New roads and opportunities in freight
Unlike the passenger development, freight has seen a drop of 9.90%. Important steps for the future have been taken in this segment, however. Together with Swissport International, it was decided to found a joint venture company to provide air freight services at Graz Airport. The aim of this collaboration is to expand freight activities, to widen the range of services available, and to further improve service quality.

“The cooperation with Swissport International, the world’s biggest ground handling and air freight service provider in the aviation industry, is an important step in developing this segment, as it allows us to cater even more effectively for business needs in future”, Wolfgang Malik and Gerhard Widmann agree.

Prospects for summer 2016

Once again, Graz Airport’s 2016 summer flight schedule features around fifty destinations for scheduled and holiday flights. One is the new back-to-back charter to the Balearic island Ibiza operated by NIKI in collaboration with various tour operators that kicks off in June. Back on the flight schedule after a hiatus of several years is Olbia in Sardinia from mid-June to mid-October.

There are also a number of new special flights: there will be five flights to Bastia in Corsica in May, with Murcia featuring on the schedule in April and May, and Tirana also in April.

The current 2016 flight schedule, that kicks off on Sunday, 27 March, can be viewed here online.

Comparison of figures:

20152014   Change in %
Total passenger volume            963,396     897,4217.35%
Scheduled flight passengers796,220723,25310.09%
Charter flight passengers167,176174,168-4.01%
Total volume, flights15,46614,3847.51%
Scheduled flights13,32312,3028.30%
Charter flights2,1432,0832.88%
Freight volume in t8,696 9,652-9.90%