Third runway project

Future project of Vienna Airport 3rd runway

The third runway is of vital importance for the future of Vienna International Airport. The anticipated long-term developments in international aviation cannot be effectively handled with the current system of two intersecting runways nor would it be acceptable for local inhabitants.

An additional take-off and landing runway would also reduce delays, fuel consumption and noise by doing away with holding patterns and queued aircraft during busy periods.

 Further details on the project can also be found in the information brochure on the third runway.


On Thursday, February 9th 2017, Flughafen Wien AG was informed – with respect to the legal proceedings initiated against the ruling by the court of first instance granting approval of construction of a third runway at Vienna Airport – of an adverse decision handed down by the Austrian Federal Administrative Court acting as the court of appeal on this project. From the point of view of Flughafen Wien AG, an initial cursory examination already leads to the conclusion that this adverse judgment on the part of the Federal Administrative Court is legally and objectively untenable and false. For this reason, the company will file an extraordinary appeal against this decision with the Austrian Supreme Administrative Court. Accordingly, Flughafen Wien AG will continue to vigorously pursue this project.
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Two-runway system reaching its capacity limits

 Vienna International Airport makes an important contribution to the economic development of the region. To ensure that this remains the case in future, the airport will need a third runway. At present there are two intersecting runways available for take-offs and landings. In terms of capacity, however, 1+1 does not equal 2 but only 1.6. It will not be possible to meet the anticipated demand for international flights with the existing two-runway system. The resultant bottlenecks threaten the future development of the airport and the region as a whole.

Vienna International Airport as an economic driving force

There are currently around 20,000 people working at the airport, of whom 96 per cent live in Lower Austria, Burgenland and Vienna. A further 52,500 jobs depend indirectly on it. Vienna International Airport is a hub in the centre of Europe. This has quite specific advantages for the region’s economy. International concerns choose Vienna as their eastern European headquarters, and many local companies appreciate the good connections to global business. Upwards of 1,200 companies with a total of 600,000 employees and an extensive supplier structure are concerned. Airline companies benefit from the airport’s gateway function to eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Development will tail off without a third runway

With a third runway, Vienna International Airport will be able to continue to compete in Europe. The forecasts are quite clear. With only two runways, the development curve will tail off in terms both of passengers and of employees. With a third runway, Vienna International Airport will be able to consolidate its role as an economic driving force in the future.

Link to Economic significance of Vienna Airport