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Vienna (ots Ad hoc-Service) - Vienna International Airport
Traffic Development on Target: 5.3% increase in passenger numbers
Herbert Kaufmann, member of the Managing Board and Speaker of the
publicly traded Flughafen Wien AG, presented the airport's traffic
figures for the calendar year 1999 to a press conference held in
Vienna on January 19, 2000. Traffic at Vienna International Airport
for the calendar year 1999 grew in line with our forecasts. The
number of passengers rose by 5.3%, take-offs and landings (flight
movements) increased by 3.9% and maximum take-off weight registered
an increase of 7.1%. Cargo (including trucking) exceeded expectations
with a 7.4% increase.
11.2 million passengers handled by the airport
A total of 11.2 million passengers were handled by the airport
during the year. This figure includes 1.5 million transfer
passengers, representing an increase of 10.2%. The total number of
passengers increased by a smaller amount than in 1998 due to the war
in Kosovo and a decline in charter flights (-0.7%), due to the
reduction in travel to Turkey.
Strong increase in Long-haul Flights
Long-haul flights recorded significantly higher rates of growth :
Far East (+14.1%), Middle East (+10.4%), North America (+11.4%) and
Africa (+15.0%). New York (+10.2%) led long-haul destinations in
North America, followed by Atlanta (-2.5%). In the Far East Bangkok
(+6.3%) remained in first place, followed by Kuala Lumpur (+10.9%).
Above-average growth was recorded in flights to Johannesburg
(+23.5%), Delhi (+50.8%) and Shanghai (+41.5%).
London leads Western Europe traffic. A total of 3.4 million
passengers flew from Vienna International Airport to Western Europe
during 1999, representing an increase of 5.7%. European destinations
by ranking were London (-0.3%), followed by Frankfurt (+ 7.7%) and
Eastern Europe growth weaker
The growth in flights to Eastern Europe slowed to +1.4%. The most
frequented destinations from Vienna remained Warsaw (-0.3%), followed
by Budapest (+16.2%) and Prague (+1.4%).
Charter flights suffered from crisis in Turkey
Charter traffic (-2.4% of departing passengers) was adversely
affected by the crisis in Turkey (-45.1%). There was an increase in
traffic to Egypt (+161.3%), Tunis (+52.8%) and Greece (+3.1%), but
Spain suffered a decline (-2.7%). The most important charter
destination from Vienna was Heraklion with an increase of 13.1%,
followed by Monastir (+36.1%) and Antalya (-45.3%).
11 new destinations from Vienna
During the period 11 new destinations were added including the
following: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Luxor, Pristina, Tripoli and
Strong contribution from Austrian Airlines Aviation Group
Four million of our 11.2 million passengers flew with Austrian
Airlines (+3.8%), 1.4 million with Lauda Air (+17.0%) and over one
million (+17.9%) with Tyrolean Airways. The Austrian Airlines
Aviation Group held a share of 57.1% in 1999 (1998: 55.4%). Lufthansa
carried 7.9% of total passengers.
Flight Movements up 3.9%
At 171,682 the number of flight movements rose more slowly than
the number of passengers, but still registered an increase of 3.9%.
Scheduled traffic increased by 4.6%, but charter flights declined by
3.4% for the above-mentioned reasons.
Maximum Take-off Weight up 7.1%
This key indicator for Flughafen Wien Group registered a strong
increase of 7.1%, resulting from the use of larger aircraft.
Strong increase in Cargo
The growth in total cargo volume (air cargo and trucking) was
stronger than expected, with an increase of 7.4%.
Outlook for 2000
For 2000, Vienna International Airport expects the number of
passengers to increase by over 6%. Flight movements and maximum
take-off weight are forecast to rise by approximately 5% and cargo by
2%. As indicated by Herbert Kaufmann Vienna International Airport
views the entry of the Austrian Airlines Aviation Group into the Star
Alliance as a positive step for the development of traffic in the
Year 2000 and beyond.
For additional information contact: Dagmar Lang (+43-1-)7007-22103
ext. Hans Mayer (+43-1-)7007-22223 ext.
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