Vienna Airport set a new record in 2012 with a total of 22,165,794 passengers. This year-on-year increase of 5.0% matched the company’s targets for 2012 and placed Vienna significantly above the European average of 1.9% (for 1-11/2012 according to ACI).
“The increase in passenger traffic at Vienna Airport during the past year was substantially higher than the European average. As in the past ten years, we also grew stronger than our competitors in Europe during 2012, above all Munich, Zurich and Frankfurt. That underscores the dynamic development of our location and the excellent cooperation with our system partners“, explained Julian Jäger, member of the Management Board of Flughafen Wien AG. “For 2013 we are expecting an increase of 1 to 2% in the number of passengers, in particular due to the strategies followed by Vienna’s two largest carriers, Austrian Airlines and Niki, to expand their capacity and also due to the general trend towards the use of larger aircraft. We have already started to adjust our infrastructure to meet this projected growth: the refurbished Check-in 1 opened at the beginning of January 2013 and Check-in 2 was closed. Pier West will also become more modern and more comfortable. The modernisation of infrastructure represents an important element of our strategy to improve the quality of services for our passengers“, added Jäger.
“The measures implemented in 2012 to increase productivity and reduce costs are producing the desired results. We recorded substantial productivity gains and further decreased debt during the past year. The price of our share has risen 60% since the low in December 2011, which underscores the renewed confidence of investors in Flughafen Wien and confirms our course“, indicated Günther Ofner, member of the Management Board of Flughafen Wien AG. “Our activities in 2013 will focus on the continuation of our corporate strategy as well as the further development of our real estate portfolio and location marketing“, explained Ofner with a view to the current year.
European traffic as growth driver, further increase in traffic to Eastern Europe
The number of passengers travelling to the Middle East rose by 8.3% in 2012. Traffic to Eastern Europe and Western Europe increased 12.1% and 3.5%, respectively. Flight movements (take-offs and landings) declined 0.6% to 244,650 and maximum take-off weight was 1.7% lower. In spite of the strong growth in passenger traffic during 2012, Vienna remains one of the most punctual airports in Europe and, in international comparison, is ranked ahead of the other Lufthansa hubs in Munich, Zurich and Frankfurt
Top destinations 2012: Western Europe – Frankfurt, Eastern Europe – Moscow, Long-haul routes – Bangkok
The highest number of passengers travelling to Western Europe was recorded by Frankfurt with 593,565, followed by London with 468,874 and Zurich with 453,461. The ranking for Eastern Europe shows Moscow with 320,640 passengers, followed by Bucharest with 245,454 and Sofia with 224,825. The most passengers on long-haul flights were recorded by Bangkok with 111,265, followed by New York with 87,103 and Tokyo with 77,390.
Austrian Airlines Group with the largest share of passengers
A ranking of the airlines by the number of passengers carried is led by the Austrian Airlines Group with 49.5%, followed by NIKI with 12.0%, airberlin with 6.3% and Lufthansa with 5.5%. The top ten airlines at Vienna Airport also include Germanwings with 2.2% of the total passenger volume, British Airways and Turkish Airlines each with 1.7% and Swiss Intl., Air France and Emirates each with 1.5%. In this ranking Turkish Airlines, Emirates and Lufthansa recorded the strongest growth in the number of passengers carried. The average seat occupancy (charter and scheduled flights) rose from 69.6% in 2011 to 73.0%. Vienna Airport was regularly serviced by 71 airlines in 2012, which travelled to a total of 179 destinations in 67 countries.