VIE: Expansion of the Air Cargo Center by the end of 2017

Thai Airways inaugurates new long-haul route between Vienna International Airport and Bangkok in November

VIE: Expansion of the Air Cargo Center by the end of 2017

Flughafen Wien continues to grow. The new Office Park 4, for which planning work is already underway, will offer more than 20,000 m² of new office space in the Airport City. The expansion of the Air Cargo Center featuring one of Austria’s largest photovoltaic facilities will be concluded by the end of 2017. Moreover, three new business sites are being established, with makita, Cargo Partner and DHL creating hundreds of jobs in the region”, Günther Ofner, Member of the Management Board of Flughafen Wien AG states in a press release.

Total investments in the first six months of 2017 amounted to EUR 61.3 million, with the largest share or EUR 14.2 million for purchases of land. This was followed by investments of EUR 10.6 million for the expansion of the Air Cargo Center, EUR 8.4 million for terminal renovations at Malta Airport, EUR 2.2 million relating to the expansion of a transformer station and EUR 2 million in investments relating to taxiways at Vienna Airport. In spite of the turbulence surrounding airberlin, the year 2017 is proceeding positively for Vienna Airport. Passenger volume is steadily rising. In particular, flight traffic is increasing to the regions of Eastern Europe including the Russian market along with the Middle East and Africa with several tourist destinations. Long-haul routes are also developing well. For example, Thai Airways will offer direct flight service to Bangkok as of November 2017.

The number of flight movements fell by 1.3 percent in the period January to June 2017 from the prior-year level to 107,421 starts and landings. The average seat occupancy (seat load factor) increased considerably, climbing to 71.9 percent in the first six months of 2017 compared to 70 percent in the previous year. Cargo volume (air cargo and trucking) dropped slightly by 0.7 percent in the same period to 137,279 tonnes.