29.01.2019 09:20
Engine and airscrew with terminal in background.

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Graz Airport celebrates the best passenger numbers in its history

1,030,939 passengers - a plus of 7.5 % over the previous year - deliver a new record

Feldkirchen bei Graz, 23. 01. 2019: With a total of 1,030,929 passengers, the airport has achieved an increase of 7.5% over the previous year’s result, and with it, a new passenger record. The volume of traffic was somewhat affected by the loss of airberlin in the first few months of 2018. But this was more than offset by an improved load factor for scheduled services (+3.9%) and excellent growth in chartered traffic (+39.2%).

Mag. Siegfried Nagl, Mayor of Graz: “It was a strategically far-sighted decision that led to Graz Airport today being 100 per cent owned by the City of Graz. The company today is a model company in Holding Graz’s portfolio and an indispensable hub for Styria’s export-oriented businesses. This gateway to the world will in future be further bolstered by new destinations and hub connections, together with innovative mobility solutions in keeping with our times.”

DI Wolfgang Malik, Chairman of the Management Board of Holding Graz – Kommunale Dienstleistungen GmbH: “Graz Airport has been delivering positive results for years now. We know that there are always several factors involved in the positive development of an airport: a TOP location with a dynamic catchment area, attractive offers for both scheduled and chartered travel, an excellent economic situation and a particularly strategically-aware management team. I am particularly proud of the fact that these four qualities have all come together this year, and that we can be delighted at the best result in the history of Graz Airport.”

The details:  
With a passenger tally of 1,030,929, the airport recorded an increase in passengers of 7.5% (71,831 passengers) in 2018 compared with 2017.
Growth of 3.9%, or 33,969 passengers, was recorded for scheduled flights.
The loss of SkyWork Airlines here - with which the airport had been in discussions over additional destinations - opened up a painful void.
But almost immediately came the gratifying news that easyJet was to operate the Berlin route. This was a milestone for the airport: easyJet is, after all, one of the most important low-cost carriers in Europe.

“Due to the positive economic forecasts and our impressive scheduled flight programme, we were working on the assumption there would be growth in the passenger figures,” explained Mag. Gerhard Widmann, Managing Director of Graz Airport. “But of course these excellent figures are the icing on the cake!  The best result in the history of Graz Airport really underlines its important role in business and tourism.”

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 level of 18,902 tonnes met, it was even exceeded a little, with 19,233 tonnes handled.

Outlook for summer 2019:
A few details are still to be finalised - but the majority of (holiday) flights can already be booked.

  • Scheduled flights to:

Amsterdam, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna, Zurich, Palma de Mallorca

  • Regular chartered flights:

Antalya, Brač, Burgas, Chania, Corfu, Heraklion, Hurghada, Kefalonia, Kos, Marsa Alam, Paros, Rhodes, Sharm el Sheikh, Skiathos, Thessaloniki, Thira/Santorini

  • Short-term/single charter flights to:

Athens (new!),Bari, Boa Vista (new!), Dublin, Funchal, Glasgow, Heraklion, Lamezia Terme (new!), London, Lourdes, Naples, Palermo, Paphos, Porto, Riga (new!), Sal, Tallinn, Thessaloniki, Tiflis, Tivat (new!)

The current version of the 2019 summer timetable, valid from Sunday 31 March, can be viewed here:

Overview and comparison of figures:

Volume20182017   Change in %
Total passenger volume   1,030,929    959,0987.5%
Passengers - scheduled flights896,460862,4913.9%
Passengers - chartered flights134,469   96,60739.2%
Total air traffic movements   14,88814,4603%
Scheduled flight movements12,89812,7601.1%
Chartered flight movements1,9901,70017.1%
Total cargo (in tonnes)19,23318,9021.8%