Vienna International Airport

Aerial view of the airport
Source: Bobby-John de Bot
Airport typePublic
OperatorFlughafen Wien AG
ServesVienna, Austria and
Bratislava, Slovakia
LocationSchwechat, Austria
Hub forAustrian Airlines
Focus city forEurowings Europe Korean Air Cargo Ryanair Wizz Air
Elevation AMSL183 m / 600 ft
Coordinates48°06′39″N 016°34′15″ECoordinates: 48°06′39″N 016°34′15″E

Vienna International Airport (German: Flughafen Wien-Schwechat, Slovak: Letisko Viedeň-Schwechat; IATA: VIE, ICAO: LOWW) is the international airport of Vienna, the capital of Austria, located in Schwechat, 18 km (11 mi) southeast of central Vienna and 57 kilometres (35 mi) west of Bratislava. It is the country’s largest airport and serves as the hub for Austrian Airlines and Eurowings Europe as well as a base for low-cost carriers Lauda, Wizz Air and Ryanair. It is capable of handling wide-body aircraft up to the Airbus A380. The airport features a dense network of European destinations as well as long-haul flights to Asia, North America and Africa. In 2018, the airport handled 27 million passengers, a 10.8% increase compared to 2017.

Development since the 2000s

In 2006, the 109 m (358 ft) tall control tower started operating. It allows a free overview of the entire airport area and offers a night laser show, which should welcome the passengers even from the aircraft. From 2004–2007, an Office Park had been erected offering 69,000 m2 (740,000 sq ft) of rentable space. A VIP- and general aviation-terminal, including a separated apron, opened in 2006.

To accommodate future growth, in 1998 Vienna Airport published a master plan that outlined expansion projects until 2015. These projects included a new office park, railway station, cargo center, general aviation center, air traffic control tower, terminal, and runway. Additionally, the plan called for streamlined security control. The centerpiece of the enlargement was the new terminal, dubbed Skylink during its construction. In 2002, the airport’s management estimated that building the new terminal will cost €401.79 million. However, costs skyrocketed and in 2009 stood at an estimated €929.5 million. The Austrian Court of Audit then recommended that the airport implement several cost-savings measures, which in the Court’s estimate brought down final costs to €849.15 million, still more than double the original plans.

On June 5, 2012, the new Austrian Star Alliance Terminal (Terminal 3, named Skylink during its construction) was opened, which enables the airport to handle up to 30 million passengers per year. Construction started in 2004 and was suspended due to projected cost increases in 2009, but resumed in 2010. The maximum planned costs totaled less than €770 million. Following concerns over the mismanagement of the Skylink project, chief executive Herbert Kaufman agreed to resign at the end of December 2010. The new building with its North Pier has 17 jetbridges and makes the airport capable of handling more aircraft, although the new terminal is not able to handle Airbus A380 aircraft. However, the older Concourse D will see an upgrade to accommodate the A380.

Concourse D seen from the tower
Source: Stanislav Doronenko


The airport has four terminal buildings named Terminal 1, 2 and 3 which are directly built against each other as well as the additional Terminal 1A located opposite Terminal 1. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 connect to the five concourses. The central arrivals hall for all terminal areas is located in Terminal 3.

Interior of Terminal 3
Source: Arne Müseler


Expansion projects

Vienna Airport originally projected that it would need a third runway by 2012, or 2016 at the latest, in the event of cooperation with nearby Bratislava Airport. It currently projects that a third runway will be necessary by 2025, however, environmental organizations and some local communities oppose construction. These groups have attacked the decision of Lower Austria (the state in which the airport is located) to move ahead with the first phase of construction; verdict from the administrative court that has taken up the lawsuit was expected later in 2015. As of September 2016, there were ongoing public protests while as no legal decision had been made. On 28 March 2018, the Austrian Federal Administrative Court ruled in favour of a third runway, a decision that may be appealed by opponents within six weeks.

The third runway is planned to be parallel to and south of the existing runway 11/29. It will be designated 11R/29L, with the existing runway being renamed 11L/29R. The new runway is planned to be 3680 m long and 60 m wide, and equipped with a category III instrument landing system in one direction (29L).

In July 2019, the refurbishment of Terminal 2 started. Terminal 2 is planned to reopen in the end of 2020. Once Terminal 2 has been reopened, Concourse D will be closed for reburbishment at the beginning of 2021, it is expected to open again in 2023. In addition to that, a completely new building will be built. It will connect the existing pier east and pier north. The so called T3 Southern Enlargement will be offering 70,000 m2 (750,000 sq ft) of leisure area and new additional bus gates. Opening is set for 2023.

Airlines and destinations


The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Vienna International Airport:

Aegean AirlinesAthens
Aer LingusDublin
Air AlgerieAlgiers
Air ArabiaSharjah
Air Arabia MarocMarrakesh
airBalticRiga, Tallinn
Air CairoSeasonal charter: Sharm El Sheikh
Air CanadaToronto–Pearson
Air ChinaBeijing–Capital
Air FranceParis–Charles de Gaulle
Air IndiaDelhi
Air MaltaCatania, Malta
Air MoldovaChișinău
Air SerbiaBelgrade, Kraljevo
All Nippon AirwaysTokyo–Haneda
AnadoluJetIstanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Austrian AirlinesAmman–Queen Alia, Amsterdam, Athens, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Beijing–Capital, Belgrade, Berlin–Tegel, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cairo, Chicago–O’Hare, Chișinău, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dnipro, Düsseldorf, Erbil, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gran Canaria, Graz, Hamburg, Iași, Innsbruck, Kiev–Boryspil, Klagenfurt, Košice, Kraków, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Leipzig/Halle, London–Heathrow, Lviv, Lyon, Manchester, Marrakesh, Milan–Malpensa, Minsk, Montréal–Trudeau, Moscow–Domodedovo, Munich, Naples, Newark, New York–JFK, Nice, Nuremberg, Odessa, Oslo–Gardermoen, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Podgorica, Prague, Pristina, Rome–Fiumicino, Salzburg, Sarajevo, Shanghai–Pudong, Sibiu, Skopje, Sofia, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv, Tenerife–South, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Tokyo–Narita, Varna, Venice, Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin, Washington–Dulles, Yerevan, Zagreb, Zurich
Seasonal: Antalya, Bari, Bodrum, Brindisi, Cagliari, Cape Town, Catania, Chania, Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Florence, Fuerteventura,  Funchal, Gothenburg, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kalamata, Karpathos, Kavala, Kefalonia,  Kos, Lamezia Terme, Los Angeles, Malé, Mauritius, Menorca, Mykonos, Mytilene, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca (resumes 4 July 2020), Patras, Preveza/Lefkada, Reykjavík–Keflávik, Rhodes, Rostock, Saint Petersburg, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Split, Volos, Zadar, Zakynthos
Seasonal charter: Hurghada, Kittilä, Marsa Alam, Tromsø
BH AirSeasonal charter: Burgas
Blue IslandsSeasonal charter: Jersey 
British AirwaysLondon–Heathrow
Seasonal: London–Gatwick
Brussels AirlinesBrussels
Bulgaria AirSofia
Bulgarian Air CharterSeasonal charter: Burgas, Varna
China AirlinesTaipei–Taoyuan
China Southern AirlinesGuangzhou, Urumqi
Corendon AirlinesSeasonal: Antalya, Bodrum, İzmir
Corendon Airlines Europe[36]Seasonal: Hurghada
Croatia AirlinesZagreb
Seasonal: Split
Czech AirlinesSeasonal charter: Brač
easyJetAmsterdam, Berlin–Schönefeld, Berlin–Tegel, Bristol, Edinburgh, London–Gatwick, Lyon, Manchester, Naples
easyJet SwitzerlandBasel/Mulhouse
El AlTel Aviv
Enter AirSeasonal charter: Tbilisi, Yerevan
Etihad AirwaysAbu Dhabi (begins 25 October 2020)
Ethiopian AirlinesAddis Ababa
EurowingsCatania, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Faro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Hannover, Lanzarote, Málaga, Marsa Alam, Pristina, Stuttgart, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Bastia, Brindisi, Calvi, Chania, Corfu, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kavala, Kos,  Lamezia Terme, Mytilene, Nice, Olbia, Pisa, Porto, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini
EVA AirBangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Taipei–Taoyuan
FlyEgyptSeasonal charter: Hurghada
FlynasSeasonal: Riyadh
Georgian AirwaysTbilisi
Hainan AirlinesShenzhen
Iran AirTehran–Imam Khomeini
Jet2.comSeasonal: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Korean AirSeoul–Incheon
Kuwait AirwaysSeasonal: Kuwait City
LaudaTel Aviv
LOT Polish AirlinesWarsaw–Chopin
LufthansaFrankfurt, Munich
Montenegro AirlinesPodgorica
Norwegian Air ShuttleOslo–Gardermoen
Pegasus AirlinesAnkara, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Izmir, Kayseri
People’sSt. Gallen/Altenrhein
Qatar AirwaysDoha
RossiyaSaint Petersburg
Royal Air MarocCasablanca
Royal JordanianAmman–Queen Alia
RyanairAlicante, Athens, Banja Luka (begins 26 October 2020), Barcelona, Beauvais, Beirut, Bergamo, Billund, Birmingham, Bologna,  Bordeaux, Brindisi, Bristol, Bucharest, Catania, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn (begins 1 August 2020), Copenhagen, Dortmund, Dublin, Edinburgh, Eindhoven (begins 2 August 2020), Faro, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Kherson (begins 26 October 2020), Kiev–Boryspil, Lanzarote, Lappeenranta, Larnaca, Lisbon, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Milan–Malpensa, Münster/Osnabrück, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Riga, Rome–Fiumicino, Sandefjord, Santander, Seville, Sofia, Stockholm–Skavsta, Tallinn, Tenerife–South, Thessaloniki, Valencia, Vilnius, Warsaw–Modlin (begins 1 August 2020), Zaragoza
Seasonal: Alghero, Bari (begins 2 August 2020), Burgas, Cagliari, Chania, Corfu, Fuerteventura, Gdańsk (begins 2 August 2020), Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kalamata, Kefalonia, Kos, Marrakesh, Mykonos, Naples (begins 1 August 2020), Paphos (begins 1 August 2020), Preveza/Lefkada, Rhodes, Santorini, Shannon, Skiathos, Varna, Zadar,  Zakynthos
Seasonal: Riyadh
SmartwingsSeasonal charter: Boa Vista, Gran Canaria, Sal
SunExpressAntalya, Izmir
Seasonal: Adana, Ankara, Dalaman
Swiss International Air LinesZurich
TAP Air PortugalLisbon
Thai AirwaysBangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Turkish AirlinesAnkara, Istanbul
Seasonal: Gaziantep, Izmir, Kayseri, Samsun
Ukraine International AirlinesKiev–Boryspil
UtairMoscow–Vnukovo, Ufa
Seasonal: Bilbao
VuelingBarcelona, Florence
Wings of LebanonSeasonal charter: Beirut
Wizz AirAthens, Alicante, Barcelona (begins 15 July 2020), Bari, Billund, Burgas (begins 3 July 2020), Bremen, Bucharest (begins 15 July 2020), Catania, Charleroi (begins 1 July 2020), Chișinău, Cluj-Napoca, Cologne/Bonn, Constanta (begins 3 July 2020), Dortmund, Eindhoven, Faro (begins 4 July 2020), Kharkiv, Kiev–Zhuliany, Kutaisi, Larnaca, Lisbon, London–Luton, Madrid, Málaga, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Nice, Niš, Ohrid, Oslo–Gardermoen, Podgorica (begins 20 July 2020), Porto, Pristina, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rome–Fiumicino, Stockholm–Skavsta, Suceava (begins 20 July 2020), Tallinn (begins 2 July 2020), Tel Aviv, Tenerife–South, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Valencia, Varna, Warsaw–Chopin, Yerevan, Zaporizhia
Seasonal: Alghero, Castellón (begins 3 July 2020), Corfu, Eilat, Gdańsk, Heraklion (begins 2 July 2020), Malta, Marrakech (begins 27 October 2020), Menorca (begins 17 July 2020), Rhodes (begins 2 July 2020), Santorini (begins 18 July 2020), Tuzla, Zakynthos (begins 4 July 2020)


Asiana CargoSeoul–Incheon
Korean Air CargoDelhi, Frankfurt, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Oslo–Gardermoen, Seoul–Incheon
Silk Way AirlinesBaku
Turkish CargoIstanbul–Atatürk, Minsk
UPS AirlinesBudapest, Cologne/Bonn
Control tower
Source:  Ralf Roletschek

Ground transportation


The airport’s railway station
Source: FrontOffice

The Vienna S-Bahn line S7 provides a local service to the city centre taking approx. 25 minutes. The more expensive City Airport Train connects the airport directly to Wien Mitte railway station, close to the city centre, in 16 minutes.

Additionally, the underground railway station has been expanded to accommodate long-distance trains. Since December 2014, the first trains passing Vienna’s new main station, ICE services from Germany, terminate at the airport. Since December 2015, ÖBB Railjet services operate to the airport as well. Long-distance train rides between the airport and the main station take approx. 15 minutes.


The airport lies directly adjacent to motorway A4 which leads from central Vienna to Budapest. It has its own exit named Flughafen Wien-Schwechat. Bratislava can be reached via motorway A6 which splits from the A4 in the east. Taxis and car rental facilities are available at the airport. There are also several taxi companies that operate at the airport.


Buses operate from the airport to various places in Vienna and to other cities including Bratislava, Budapest and Brno.

Accidents and incidents

Source: wikipedia