Salzburg Sees More Passengers, Fewer Flights

 - October 1, 2013, 1:10 AM

As fuel price increases have encouraged airlines to fly larger aircraft on short-haul routes, Austria’s Salzburg Airport has found itself handling far fewer flights even as passenger traffic has shown a slight increase. Over the past two years, traveler numbers have increased by about 2.5 percent, while movements at the airport–named for Salzburg-born composer W. A. Mozart–have fallen by 15 percent.

Austrian Airlines processes much of the regional traffic through its lower-cost Tyrolean Airways subsidiary, supplemented by a couple of very small airlines (see main text). Last year 17,122 total flights carried 1.67 million passengers overall, compared with 20,159 and 1.62 million, respectively, in 2010. (Salzburg for the first time saw 1.6 million passengers during a single year in 2000 and a pre-recession record of 1.87 million in 2006.)

Recent or current airport infrastructure development includes a new ATC tower, a second terminal to handle seasonal winter traffic and various administrative buildings. Installation of technical air-navigation equipment in the ATC tower continues ahead of year-end systems testing, and airport officials expect it to enter service next February.