22.01.2020 13:04
"Flughafen Graz" sign and tarmac.

Photo: Graz Airport/wolfganghummer.com

Graz Airport closes 2019 with a new passenger record

After the record year in 2018, the 0.58% increase in passenger numbers feels twice as good.

Feldkirchen bei Graz, 15 January 2019: As Graz Airport was able to celebrate its millionth passenger earlier than ever before in 2019, it was clear that a new passenger record was imminent. After the impressive passenger growth of 7.5% in 2018, Graz Airport is delighted that this record has not only been maintained but also increased by 0.58%. While a slight decline of 0.15% was recorded in scheduled services, the charter sector was able to grow by 5.48%.

Dr Günter Riegler, City Councillor for Culture, Science and Finance: "Graz Airport is constantly providing a positive impact on the regional economy, tourism and culture on many levels: companies today place great importance on good transport links in the international competition for business locations, and so the airport is an important criterion in the choice of location with its attractive links. We know that the airport is also a reason why international, fast-growing and dynamic companies are settling in Graz. Tourists and business travellers coming to the region through Graz Airport also bring additional purchasing power. The retail trade, hotel and catering industry and those involved in culture in Graz are benefiting from this, among others."

DI Wolfgang Malik, CEO of Holding Graz: "Graz Airport has been delivering positive results for years. We know that a good airport development always has several factors: a prime location in a dynamic catchment area, attractive offers in both the scheduled and charter sector, an excellent economic situation and very strategically acting management. I am therefore particularly proud that these four qualities have come together in 2019 and that we can once again be pleased with an increase in passenger numbers."

The details:  
With a passenger increase of 0.58%, 1,036,929 passengers were served by Graz Airport in 2019 (corresponds to an increase of 6,000 passengers).
The development shows a slight decline of 0.15% or 1,367 passengers for scheduled services.
The level of growth in the charter sector is very pleasing. Having recorded an increase of 39.2% in this segment last year, a further increase of 5.48% or 7,367 passengers was recorded in 2019.

Mag. Gerhard Widmann, CEO of Graz Airport: "After the very good result in 2018, our main goal for 2019 was to maintain this in any case. In spite of the many challenges and the deteriorating economic situation, we recorded a small increase and a new passenger record as a result. This is extremely pleasing for us and confirmation of our work".

Cargo development
In keeping with the international trend, Graz Airport also recorded a slight decline in the cargo business. Despite the weakening of the economy, 18,970 tonnes were processed, resulting in -1.37% or 263.3 tonnes.

Outlook for summer 2020:
Even though we are still working on some details, the majority of the (holiday) flights can already be booked.

TOTAL SCHEDULED FLIGHTS:
Amsterdam, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna, Zurich

WEEKLY HOLIDAY FLIGHTS:
Antalya, Brač, Burgas, Corfu, Heraklion, Hurghada, Kefalonia, Kos, Marsa Alam, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Skiathos, Thira/Santorini, Zakynthos (part of the flight schedule again after a one-year break)

SEASONAL CHARTERS AND SPECIAL FLIGHTS:
Bilbao, Catania, Funchal, Lamezia Terme, Lourdes, Naples, Palermo, Seville, Tallinn

From mid-May onwards, a Bulgarian Air Charter aircraft will be stationed at Graz Airport, taking holiday travellers to Burgas, Corfu, Heraklion, Kos and Rhodes, among other places.

The current status of the 2020 summer schedule, which starts on Sunday 29 March, can be viewed here:

https://www.flughafen-graz.at/en/flight/flight-and-travel-info/flight-schedule-summer.html

 

The figures in comparison:

Volume20192018   Change in %
Total volume – passengers   1,036,929    1,030,9290.58%
Scheduled services – passengers895,093896,460-0.15%
Charter traffic – passengers141,836134,4695.48%
Total volume - movements   14,72714,888-1.08%
Total cargo (in tonnes)18,97019,233-1.37%