Graz Airport: good traffic results in 2014

An increase in the scheduled and charter segments is an encouraging sign for 2015.

Feldkirchen/Graz, 14/1/2015: With a passenger increase of almost 2% Graz Airport can now conclude the 2014 anniversary year with great satisfaction, with positive results in both scheduled and charter services despite the difficult economic conditions. The increase in charter flights is even in excess of 4%. The development in the cargo segment is, however, the opposite. Following excellent results in 2013, the expected decline was observed in this area of business in 2014.

Scheduled and charter
Graz Airport handled 897,421 passengers last year, which is 1.8% more than in 2013. After the drops in recent years, this is a positive sign for the future. Above all because both segments have now seen growth. The increase in scheduled business is around 1.2%. In charter business, the big problem child in recent years, we even achieved an increase of around 4.1%, despite the recurrent unrest in Egypt that had a very negative impact on holiday travel to the destinations Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh above all at the beginning of the year, destinations that cannot be replaced in the winter flight schedule. Greece has seen a major recovery, with Turkey increasing substantially and the new Bourgas destination meeting with such demand that it will be resumed this summer. The good development is certainly due in part to the poor summer weather.

“The positive development in passenger figures is probably the biggest gift for Graz Airport’s 100th anniversary, Mag. Gerhard Widmann, CEO of Flughafen Graz Betriebs GmbH, sums up. “European aviation is not out of the crisis yet. However, thanks to the good passenger figures in scheduled flights and the submissions for this summer we can still look to the future with a certain cautious optimism. Graz Airport has once again held its ground as a major transport hub for south-east Austria and adjoining countries.”

Graz Airport isn’t just extremely pleased about the increase in passengers but also developments in turnover. Even if the 2014 balance sheet isn’t finished yet, we can already say that total turnover in 2014 has increased by around 2.2% compared with the previous year despite the difficult economic situation.

After the sensational development in 2013, we observed a decline of 14.4% in cargo. This is due, at least in part, to special consignments in 2013 which were not carried out this year and to a decline in export and thus the weaker economic situation.

Prospects for 2015:
There will be an increase in the scheduled service to Zurich. As of 29/3/2015 both InterSky and Swiss will be running a daily midday flight to the major Swiss transfer airport.

Developments in holiday flights are also gratifying:
with tourism having recovered, Greece features with no fewer than 12 destinations in the summer flight plan, with flights once again from Graz to Preveza/Lefkas.
A new short chain will be running to Malta from mid-April to the beginning of May. Along with numerous familiar destinations, there will also be special flights to new places such as Nimes, Porto and Stockholm on the flight plan.

Comparison of figures:

20142013   Change in %
Total passenger volume            897,421     881,7401.8%
Scheduled flights – passengers723,253714,4631.2%
Charter flights – passengers174,168167,2774.1%
Total volume - flight movements14,38414,879-3.3%
Scheduled flight movements12,30212,896-4.6%
Charter flight movements2,0821,9835.0%
Cargo volume in t9,652 11,281-14.4%