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Press Releases & News

| Press releases
Flughafen Wien AG: 5.0% increase in passengers to 22.2 million in 2012
For 2013 Vienna Airport expects growth of 1 to 2% in the number of passengers as well as higher revenue and EBITDA
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.
Decline in cargo volume
The volume of cargo (incl. trucking) handled by Vienna Airport fell 9.2% year-on-year to 252,276 tonnes in 2012. Air cargo declined 10.9% to 178,054 tonnes, and trucking was 4.8% lower at 74,222 tonnes.
Infrastructure modernisation in progress: start of operations in refurbished Check-in 1
The former Terminal 1, which was closed in June 2012 after the opening of Check-in 3, was reopened on 9 January 2013 as the modernised “Check-in 1“. Since that date it has successfully handled roughly 33,000 passengers, most of whom were travelling with NIKI or airberlin, the main users of this facility. At the same time Check-in 2 was closed. Work to construct a new, shorter route for passengers from the B- and C-Gates to the arrivals hall has already started and should be completed in spring 2013. A concept for the redesign of Check-in 2 is being prepared, and a decision on this project is expected during the first half of 2013. The Pier West will also become more modern and comfortable following the expansion of the shopping and gastronomy areas and the expansion of the gate zones. The optimisation of Check-in 3 continues, with a focus on coordination with organisations supporting disabled persons in order to improve barrier-free access.
First results of strategy to increase productivity and reduce costs
All major corporate goals were met in 2012: the productivity improvement measures are taking hold, with a sustainable reduction recorded in other administrative operating expenses and personnel costs. The costs for Check-in 3 (formerly “Skylink“) were also cut further and, from the current point of view, will be less than € 750 million. Construction and real estate services were reorganised under new management, and recommendations made by the Austrian Auditor General‘s office were implemented. The real estate strategy and location marketing will represent an important focus of activities in 2013: the goals are to strengthen earnings over the medium-term through the optimisation of the airport’s real estate portfolio, to improve results generated by the conference facilities, to expand office capacity over the medium-term in accordance with demand and to increase energy efficiency through suitable investments.
Forecast for 2013: increase in passengers, revenue and EBITDA
For 2013 Flughafen Wien AG expects an increase of 1 to 2% in the number of passengers, a decline of -1.5 to -2.5% in flight movements and stable development of maximum take-off weight (MTOW) with +/- 0%. Against this backdrop, the Management Board of Flughafen Wien views the outlook for 2013 with general optimism: revenue should rise to over € 625 million, and a clear increase in EBITDA to at least € 230 million is targeted. Profit after tax should roughly reflect the 2012 level and, from the current point of view, will exceed € 65 million. Net debt should decline substantially to below 2.9xEBITDA, i.e. to less than € 680 million, and investments should amount to € 115 million in 2013 according to the latest projections.


Facts and Figures 2012
in % vs. 2011
Passengers (total)
+ 5.0%
   Transfer passengers
+ 8.1%
   Local passengers
+ 3.8%
Flight movements
- 0.6%
MTOW in tonnes
- 1.7%
   Air cargo in tonnes
- 10.9%
   Trucking in tonnes
- 4.8%
Air cargo and trucking in tonnes
- 9.2%
Scheduled and Charter Traffic
in % vs. 2011
+ 5.4%
   Eastern Europe
+ 12.1%
   Western Europe
+ 3.5%
+ 3.4%
+ 4.5%
Far East
- 5.9%
Middle East
+ 8.3%
North America
+ 2.4%
+ 8.7%
South America
+ 260.8%
Scheduled Traffic*
Key Destinations
in % vs. 2011
Eastern Europe
+ 12.4%
Western Europe
+ 10.2%
Middle East
+ 9.3%
+ 7.6%
* Departing passengers
For additional information contact: Flughafen Wien AG Press Office
Peter Kleemann (+43-1-) 7007-23000
Clemens Schleinzer (+43-1-) 7007-22399
Stefanie Tomanek (+43-1-) 7007-26939