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Klagenfurt Airport (German: Flughafen Klagenfurt and occasionally Kärnten Airport, IATA: KLU, ICAO: LOWK) is a primary international airport near Klagenfurt, the sixth-largest city in Austria. It is located in the borough of Annabichl, 1.5 NM (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) north-north-east of the city centre.[1]

Klagenfurt Airport

Flughafen Klagenfurt
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorKärntner Flughafen Betriebsgesellschaft m. b. H.
ServesKlagenfurt, Austria
Elevation AMSL448 m / 1,470 ft
Coordinates46°38′34″N 014°20′14″E / 46.64278°N 14.33722°E / 46.64278; 14.33722 (Klagenfurt Airport)Coordinates: 46°38′34″N 014°20′14″E / 46.64278°N 14.33722°E / 46.64278; 14.33722 (Klagenfurt Airport)
Websiteklagenfurt-airport.at
Map
KLU is located in Austria
KLU
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Location of airport in Austria
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10R/28L 710 2,329 Grass
10L/28R 2,720 8,924 Concrete
Statistics (2018)
Passengers228,372 Increase5,29%
Aircraft movements3,566 Decrease -3,62%
Source: Austrian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1][2]

HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

In 1905, Georg Count of Khevenhüller from Hochosterwitz Castle and in 1907 Dipl.-Ing. Joseph Sablatnig (Joseph Sablatnig was owner of the Fokker-Sablatnig, Deutsche Flugzeuge, Deutsche Motoren, Flugzeug Gesellschaft mbH, Berlin) were the first men in the sky over Carinthia and Klagenfurt.

In World War I and II, the airport of Klagenfurt was operated as a military airfield, and indeed Klagenfurt Airport was founded in 1914 as a military airport. The civil opening of Klagenfurt Airport on 17 May 1925, was an event for the City of Klagenfurt as well as for Carinthia.

In June 1929, the pilot hero of World War I, Julius Fedrigoni Edler von Etschthal, has the function of flight director of the airport until 1939.

After the end of World War II, Julius Fedrigoni was returned to Annabichl, he worked with low-budget flight operations. On 1 January 1952, Korv. Kpt. Julius Fedrigoni founded the Committee city of Klagenfurt and he was flight director until 1956.

Already in the years 1926 to 1938, seven airlines operated from Klagenfurt Airport. Countries like Germany, Italy, Yugoslavia and of course domestic flights to all major cities in Austria were connected with Klagenfurt. After 1950, the airport was connected with countries like Brazil, Israel, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom and others.

Recent developmentsEdit

In spring 2014 the airport's home carrier Austrian Airlines announced the closure of their ticketing and service counters at Klagenfurt Airport due to decreasing demand, additional services will be instead provided directly at the check-in counters.[3] In April 2015, Austrian Airlines also announced that a closure of their domestic route to Vienna is under consideration within the next few years based on economic reasons.[4] In the same year, the state government announced plans to partly sell its stakes in the airport to private investors.[5]

As the airport suffered from a major decrease of passenger numbers in recent years it has been suggested by the management to establish major logistics and cargo operators here, which might be supported by the freight shipment operations handled at the relatively closely located harbours of the Adriatic Sea. The airport already features road and rail connections.[6] However, Austrian Airlines stated later that the airport is not sufficient for cargo operations due to noise complaints and the night curfew.[4]

In October 2015, the Austrian military announced it would end all operations and close its helicopter base at Klagenfurt Airport by the end of 2015.[7]

FacilitiesEdit

Klagenfurt Airport consists of one small passenger terminal building which features some shops and restaurants as well as a visitors terrace. The apron provides several stands for mid-sized planes such as the Airbus A320 as well as smaller general aviation aircraft. As there are no jet bridges, buses are used for boarding.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

The following airlines offer regular scheduled, seasonal, and seasonal charter flights at Klagenfurt Airport:[8]

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Rhodes[9]
Astra Airlines Seasonal charter: Kefalonia[10]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
easyJet Seasonal: London–Gatwick
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn
Transavia Seasonal: Rotterdam

The nearest larger international airport is Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport in Slovenia, approximately 70 kilometres (43 mi) to the south.

StatisticsEdit

 
Terminal building
 
Control tower
Traffic by calendar year. Official Statistics
Passengers Change Aircraft operations Change
1980 82,151 - 3,083 -
1990 148,062   80.23% 5,209   68.96%
2000 235,503   59.06% 8,325   59.82%
2005 522,697  121.95% 8,907   6.99%
2010 425,933   -18.51% 7,482   -16.00%
2011 375,307   -11.89% 6,451   -13.78%
2012 279,045   -25.65% 4,576   -29.07%
2013 258,421   -7.39% 4,262   -6.86%
2014 224,846   -12.99% 3,920   -8.02%
2015 227,625   1.24% 3,922   0.05%
2016 193,709   -14.90% 3,392   -13.51%
2017 216,905   11.97% 3,700   9,08%
2018 228,372   5.29% 3,566   -3,62%
Source: Klagenfurt Airport's official website[11]

Ground transportationEdit

TrainEdit

The train station "Klagenfurt-Annabichl" is at a 5–10 minutes (750 meters) walking distance from the terminal and offers suburban rail services every half-hour to St.Veit (and beyond), to Klagenfurt central station, to the villages along Lake Wörthersee, and to Villach (and beyond).

RoadEdit

The airport has its own exit named Klagenfurt Flughafen on the nearby motorway A2, which leads to Vienna and Italy. A regular suburban bus service connects the airport with the city centre including the Klagenfurt central station. There is also a coach connection between Klagenfurt Airport and Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, which is served several times a day.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ a b "EAD Basic - Error Page". Ead.eurocontrol.int. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Passenger Transport". Statistik.at. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  3. ^ "AUA schließt Ticketschalter auf den Bundesländer-Flughäfen". Austrian Wings. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 April 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Klagenfurt könnte privatisiert werden". Austrianaviation.net. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Klagenfurt: Zweitkarriere als Frachtflughafen?". Austrianaviation.net. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Bundesheer: Adieu, Klagenfurt!". Austrianaviation.net. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  8. ^ klagenfurt-airport.at - Flugplan (German) retrieved 26 December 2018
  9. ^ http://klagenfurt-airport.at/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Sommer-Charter-2019-26-Mai.pdf
  10. ^ http://klagenfurt-airport.at/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Sommer-Charter-2019-26-Mai.pdf
  11. ^ "Kärnten Airport – Flughafen". Klagenfurt-airport.at. Retrieved 27 December 2018.

BibliographyEdit

  • Flughafen Klagenfurt, Paul Posch, P. 1995 Magistrat der Landeshauptstadt, Klagenfurt, Abt. Kultur, 182 p. ISBN 3-901591-00-1

External linksEdit