Graz Airport: start of scheduled air services
After the approximately 3-month Covid-19 break, Graz Airport is delighted that AUA is taking off for Vienna again.
Feldkirchen bei Graz, 22 June 2020: As of today, Austrian Airlines will be flying from Vienna to Graz and back again once a day. Up to two flights per day are scheduled in the first week of July. Due to the flight times – arrival in Graz at 1.40 p.m. and departure at 3.35 p.m. – many connecting flights, e.g. to Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Berlin and Munich, can be reached with a relatively short connecting time.
Mayor Siegfried Nagl is delighted about this positive boost for the economy and tourism: "With the activation of air traffic, the gates to the world are opening and we are taking another step towards normality. We are fortunate that many large companies and corporations are based in Graz. They urgently need air services between European cities. We are working flat out to provide more connections to strengthen the Graz location. Tourism and domestic tourism can also breathe a sigh of relief and I am sure that attractive connections will bring more life back into the city. At the same time, I would like to thank all employees for resuming regular operations, as well as for their understanding and cooperation during the restricted operation!"
DI Wolfgang Malik, CEO of Holding Graz: "The company is a showpiece enterprise in the Graz holding and an important hub for the export-focused Styrian economy. It is therefore very important for the business and tourism location of Graz, as well as southern Austria and northern Slovenia, that this gateway to the big wide world is open again and that flights take off. Since AUA is now serving its previous 'home base' again, I am confident that the other connections and alliances from Graz will also take off again. The owner's strategy is aimed at 'getting back on track’ with Graz Airport, which has provided jobs for about 900 employees so far, by resuming the tried and tested destinations and good hub connections as well as with modern, innovative mobility offers."
Since the discontinuation of scheduled and charter flights, Graz Airport has offered a skeleton service with limited operating hours, which will end on 30 June, the employees are still on reduced working hours.
"We are delighted to be starting up again," explains Gerhard Widmann, CEO of Graz Airport, "even though we are still a long way from normality. In the next few days Gruber Reisen will launch the first holiday flight chain to Brac and Lufthansa will be flying back to Frankfurt from July 1. Springer Reisen is planning to take off for Greece from mid-July onwards and will take holidaymakers to Skiathos and Santorini. Everything else will only become clear in the next few days and weeks but if Covid-19 has taught us anything, it's probably to have a bit of patience."
Information about the Graz-Vienna flights on offer: www.austrian.com.
Hygiene measures at Graz Airport:
The safety of our passengers and employees has always been the focus at Graz Airport. However, the corona pandemic requires further measures, which
were implemented in close coordination with the authorities and the other Austrian airports. Any adaptations to the respective current situation will be made as required.
Here is an overview of the current measures:
- You must wear a mask from the moment you enter the terminal
- Hygiene stations are available at various locations in the terminal
- Critical points such as handrails are cleaned and disinfected at short, regular intervals
- Plexiglass panels ensure safety at the information desk, check-in counters and in the General Aviation Center
- Check-in is only possible at every second counter
- Markings on the floor indicate the necessary distance
- Physical contact is avoided as far as possible during the security check
- The route between the terminal and aircraft is preferably covered on foot
The measures taken to ensure the safety of our passengers and employees may lead to somewhat longer waiting times at security checkpoints, among other things.
We also ask our passengers for their cooperation:
- Maintain a minimum distance of 1 metre from other people
- Observe the coughing and sneezing etiquette
- Wash and sanitise your hands several times a day
- Avoid shaking hands