- Traffic growth in 2008: +5.2%
- Strong development in traffic to Middle East: +6.3%
- Increase in traffic to Eastern Europe: +9.6%
- Growth in low-cost carriers: +31.3%
- Passenger forecasts for 2009: - 5.0%
With an increase of 5.2% in the number of passengers for 2008, Vienna International Airport clearly exceeded the European average (which equaled -0.1% from January to November according to ACI) but fell short of the 6.0% forecasted by Flughafen Wien AG. A total of 19,747,289 passengers were handled at Vienna International Airport during 2008. Against the backdrop of the current economic situation, Flughafen Wien AG is issuing the following forecasts for 2009: minus 5.0% in the number of passengers, minus 4.0% in maximum take-off weight (MTOW) and minus 4.0% in flight movements.
"The aviation branch has not remained untouched by current economic developments, and Vienna International Airport is also unable to detach from these trends. However, we are well equipped to meet the coming challenges - with four strong advantages over our competitors: an ideal geographic position as a hub for Eastern Europe and the Middle East; high quality service standards as the most punctual transfer airport in Europe with a minimum connecting time of 25 minutes that is unmatched in European comparison; an attractive tariff model for airlines with our transfer incentive system; and guaranteed infrastructure capacity for the future", explained Herbert Kaufmann, member and speaker of the Management Board of Flughafen Wien AG, at a press conference on 15 January in Vienna.
The 19.7 million passengers handled in 2008 represent an increase of 1 million over the previous year as well as the creation of roughly 1,000 new jobs at the airport site. Through the positive development of the low-cost carriers, Vienna International Airport also makes an important contribution to the tourism industry in the eastern region of Austria.
The highlights of 2008 included the strong development in passenger traffic to the Middle East - with a year-on-year increase of 6.3% - as well as an increase in travel to Eastern Europe (+9.6%) and the growth of the low-cost carriers (+31.3%). Vienna International Airport also recorded a plus of 6.3% in maximum take-off weight (MTOW) and 4.5% in flight movements, and a decline of 1.6% in cargo (incl. trucking).
Vienna International Airport was able to further improve its excellent punctuality rating in 2008, ranking second in a comparison of 27 European airports. Among the hubs with comparable shares of transfers, Vienna offers the best on-time service. Delays were recorded on 19.6% of all flights from January to December, which reflects a decline of 2% in relation to the previous year.
In the past year Vienna International Airport handled 19,747,289 passengers on 266,402 take-offs and landings. A major driver for the strong growth in passenger volume was the continued positive development of the low-cost carriers. These airlines transported 4,601,963 passengers in 2008, which represents an increase of 31.3%. The leader among the low-cost carriers was NIKI with 1,379,819 passengers, followed by Air Berlin with 1,327,916 and SkyEurope with 1,191,690. Seven low-cost carriers serviced Vienna during 2008.
Top destinations in 2008: Western Europe - Frankfurt, Eastern Europe - Bucharest, Long-haul routes - Bangkok
A total of 75 airlines included Vienna in their flight plans for travel to 187 scheduled destinations in 2008. The highest share of passengers in this traffic segment, which was responsible 96.5% of the total volume at Vienna International Airport, was recorded by Frankfurt with 441,134 passengers, followed by London with 411,599 passengers and Paris with 399,016 passengers. The ranking for Eastern Europe shows Bucharest with 190,792 passengers, followed by Moscow with 182,659 and Sofia with 154,285. The most passengers on long-haul flights were recorded by Bangkok with 108,987, followed by Washington with 83,964 and Tokyo with 81,668.
Largest share of passengers for the Austrian Airlines Group
A ranking of the airlines by the number of passengers carried is led by the Austrian Airlines Group with 49.6%, NIKI with 7.0%, Air Berlin with 6.7%, SkyEurope with 6.0% and Lufthansa with 5.2%. The average seat occupancy (charter and scheduled flights) declined from 69.2% in 2007 to 68.2%, primarily due to lower seat occupancy on charter flights.
1.6% decline in cargo turnover
Cargo turnover of 267,985 tonnes in 2008 represented a year-on-year decrease of 1.6%. Air cargo reported a minus of 2.3% to 187,303 tonnes, while trucking rose by 0.1% to 80,682 tonnes.
Sound results for international investments
Kosice Airport recorded excellent results for 2008, with an increase of 33.3% in the number of passengers to 590,919. Malta Airport handled 3,109,643 passengers during the past year, for a plus of 4.7%. Friedrichshafen Airport recorded a slight decline of 0.9% to 649,646 passengers.
For 2009 Flughafen Wien AG is forecasting a minus of 5.0% in the number of passengers, minus 4.0% in maximum take-off weight (MTOW) and minus 4.0% in flight movements. The long-term average growth rate for the period up to 2020 is estimated at 5.4%. Vienna International Airport will soon welcome two new airlines: the Irish Aer Lingus and the Greek Aegean Airlines will introduce flights to Vienna in April 2009. As of 1 January 2009 the landing, parking and airside infrastructure tariffs were raised by 0.72% as well as an increase of 0.38% in the passenger tariff and the landside infrastructure tariff.
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