Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Vienna International Airport was undergoing a period of ambitious upgrade and expansion is response to growing traffic from low-cost newcomers and legacy full-fare airlines, as Sebastian Schmitz reports.
Flughafen Wien, or Vienna International Airport, is the aerial gateway to Austria. Comparing the capital’s airport to others in the country, its pre-eminent position becomes clear. In 2018, Vienna recorded just over 27 million passengers. Austria’s number two in terms of passengers, Salzburg, saw just a few more than 1.8 million.
Among Europe’s busiest airports, Vienna nonetheless takes a rather modest 22nd place, between Moscow/ Domodedovo and Stockholm/Arlanda.