THE HISTORY OF LINZ AIRPORT

1955 – 1984

 

1955 

Flughafen Linz Betriebs Ges.m.b.H. is founded.

 

1956         

​First high point in the history of the airport, when transportation is organised for Hungarian refugees. 7500 passengers

 

1962    

A low point for Linz Airport when it is deemed non-compliant with the technical requirements of the day. 94 passengers

 

1966

Regular international flights to and from Frankfurt start – and continue uninterrupted to this day. 14,088 passengers

 

1967

The Instrument Landing System (ILS) is commissioned. Plans for the general expansion of Linz Airport are drawn up. 24,715 passengers

 

1972

Construction starts on the new north building and charter flights are significantly expanded. 62,363 passengers
 
 

1976

The first section of the new north building is opened and work to renovate the runway is completed. Linz becomes the first airport in Austria to add a system of beacons to the centre of the runway. 69,000 passengers

 

1977

Lufthansa establishes a second regular connection with Frankfurt. Swissair operates the first daily flights to and from Zürich. Construction starts on extending the runway to a total length of 2780 m. 94,800 passengers

 

1978

The runway extension works are completed. Air cargo services are expanded. 104,800 passengers

 

1979

The construction of the customs buildings on the north side starts. 143,300 passengers

 

1981

The new passenger terminal facilities are put into operation. First landing of Concord of British Airways. 147,252 passengers

 

1984

Work starts on the category IIIB approach facilities. 165,065 passengers

 

1985 – 1994

 

1985

The category IIIB approach facilities are completed and commissioned. 179,505 passengers

 

1987

Scheduled Linz – Paris and Linz – Düsseldorf services are established by Air France and Lufthansa respectively. 214,579 passengers

 

1988

Daily morning and evening services to and from Zurich begin in March and a third connection with Frankfurt is established in October. 268,647 passengers

1989

Scheduled flights to and from Amsterdam take place on a twice-weekly basis and Austrian Airlines maintain three connections a week with Düsseldorf from 3rd July onwards. The final Concorde arrivals before Austria implements a ban on landings in 1990 take place on 18th and 20th September in Linz. 313,042 passengers

 

1990

Linz operates four connections a week with Amsterdam and five with Düsseldorf. 385 European airport managers meet in Linz for the tenth annual conference of the ICAA in June at the invitation of Linz Airport. 350,033 passengers

 

1992

Runway renovation works start on 15th September. The first stage is completed on 18th November. 374,043 passengers

 

1993

The second stage of the runway renovation works starts on 1st March, before reopening at 9.12 p.m. on 19th May. The first jet to land on the new runway as part of a scheduled service is an Austrian Airlines MD 83, while the first jet to land as part of a charter flight is an Air Liberté MD 83. The construction of the new cargo hangar starts on 14th May. 354,486 passengers

 

1994

The new cargo hangar is completed and subsequently opened on 16th June. The existing apron (55,000 m²) is enlarged by 15,000 m² and provides three additional parking stands. 438,736 passengers

1995 – 2004

 

1995

Construction begins on the extension to the cargo hangar. An MD83 belonging to the German charter airline Aero Lloyd is stationed at Linz from the start of November, coinciding with the start of a new three times-weekly connection with Munich. 560,856 passengers

 

1996

The new cargo hangar (Terminal II) opens in July. The new canopy is completed in July. Scheduled services are increased in frequency, with four connections with Frankfurt a day from April and three connections with Zurich a day from July. 634,313 passengers

 

1998

Naming ceremonies are held for an Austrian Airlines A320 and an Aero Lloyd A321 in the spring. The General Aviation hangar opens in July. Structural improvements are made in the form of an expanded arrivals hall and a subterranean baggage handling system. 680,907 passengers

 

1999

The renovated departures building is ceremonially opened, and a new connection with Bolzano is operated from the autumn onwards. Linz becomes the first airport in the world to be assessed within the framework of the EMAS scheme and ISO 9001/2000. 692,198 passengers

 

2000

Air Alps establishes scheduled services to and from Zurich and the third cargo terminal is put into operation. 746,904 passengers

2002

The new helicopter landing point is established by the ÖAMTC and Ministry of the Interior, and a Lauda Air B738 is stationed at the airport. 639,914 passengers

 

2003

The newly founded Styrian Spirit airline establishes connections with Frankfurt and Düsseldorf. The second stage of the airport expansion takes place: The transit zone is enlarged, the restaurant is redesigned and a new connection with Berlin is established. 634,188 passengers

 

2004

A new airline joins Linz Aiport as Ryanair begins operating flights to London. "Linz Airport" becomes "Blue Danube Airport Linz". 750,171 passengers

 

 

2005 onwards

 

2005

Despite work to renovate one of the runways, no reduction in air traffic takes place – because the works are carried out at night. The Instrument Landing System (ILS) is installed on runway 09. The high point of the year is a large festival held at the airport on 17th September in honour of its 50-year anniversary. 726,530 passengers

 

2006

NIKI establishes a presence at Linz with four connections with the major hub in Mallorca a week, from where 17 further connections with Spain and Portugal are available. 762,061 passengers

 

2007

Three new connections are established: Munich (Lufthansa), Cologne (TUIfly) and Barcelona/Gerona (Ryanair). DHL establishes regular cargo services to and from Leipzig. 773,624 passengers

 

2008

A new covered parking area is built and the frequency of cargo services increases due to a new connection with Ljubljana. 803,163 passengers

 

2009

Linz is the site of a logistical masterpiece in the autumn, clearing 400 horses through customs and transporting them to India. 682,945 passengers

 

2010

A special guest arrives on June 2nd, when Lufthansa lands the largest passenger aircraft in the world, the A380, at Linz Airport. 692,044 passengers

 

2011

New developments: airberlin begins operating five flights to Berlin each week. The Border Inspection Post for live animals and animal products is expanded: Linz Airport is the only airport in central Europe where any kind of ungulate can be imported. 679,220 passengers

 

2012

A challenging year for aviation at the airport, despite which services to Vienna are increased to five a day. 623,385 passengers

2013

The fifth cargo terminal opens and Ryanair establishes winter services to Tenerife. 549,961 passengers

 

2014

The daily connection with Zurich is established. 561,080 passengers

 

2015

An Aviation Day is held on 3rd October in honour of the 60th anniversary of Linz Airport. 529,785 passengers

 

2016

Syndicate "Flieg ab Linz" was founded to establish new ideas and routes with the travel industry. 435,468 passengers

 

2017

Turbulances at the beginning of the year because of the pull-out of NIKI, new regualr charter airlines in Linz (Small Planet, Corendon, Travel Service) 402,007 passengers