Salzburg Airport welcomes germanwings and new services from Scandinavia

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This winter saw germanwings’ first appearance at Salzburg, beginning Cologne/Bonn and Hamburg with five weekly flights, and Dortmund with three weekly flights. (We would like to acknowledge the assistance and great efficiency of Alexander Klaus, manager public relations, in supplying these excellent images for this article.)

Salzburg airport in Austria is the country’s second busiest airport with annual passenger numbers in recent years of between one and a half and two million. At this time of year passenger numbers start to increase as the airport is a major gateway to many of Austria’s largest and most popular ski resorts.

In the eight years between 1996 and 2004 traffic grew by just 25%, or less than 3% per annum on average. However, between 2004 and 2007 passenger numbers grew by 37% in just three years before falling back in 2008.

Chart: Traffic 96-08
Source: Salzburg airport

The airline’s seasonality profile reflects its role as a ski gateway and there are two demand peaks, one in summer and one in winter. Traffic for the first 11 months of 2009 was down almost 16% on the previous year but traffic in November was up 24% on 2008, though still down 10% compared with 2007.

Chart: Seasonality
Source: Salzburg airport

During winter the airport sees around 50 to 60 scheduled daily aircraft movements except on Saturday when the figure rises to over 80. The majority of this winter’s inbound ski charter services from Russia, Scandinavia and the UK also operate on a Saturday.

airberlin and Austrian dominate scheduled services

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airberlin has taken over TUIfly’s ‘city’ services from Berlin Tegel, Cologne/Bonn and Hamburg, and added its own new Dűsseldorf service while dropping TUIfly’s Hannover service.

The airport’s two biggest airline customers are airberlin and Austrian. The German carrier has taken over TUIfly’s ‘city’ services from Berlin Tegel, Cologne/Bonn and Hamburg, and added its own new Dűsseldorf service. It has however dropped TUIfly’s route to Hannover. All of these routes are served at least daily. Austrian’s network focuses on feeding its Vienna hub with four daily flights and Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub, also with four daily flights.

Europe’s low-cost carriers make up most of the rest of the scheduled services this winter with Cimber Sterling serving Copenhagen (new for this winter), easyJet serving London Gatwick (in competition with British Airways), Norwegian having weekly flights to Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stavanger and Stockholm (three of which are new for this winter), Ryanair serving Dublin and London Stansted, and operating from Brussels, Copenhagen and Rotterdam. According to’s databases Ryanair used to serve Salzburg from Bristol, Brussels Charleroi (April 2006 to April 2007), East Midlands, Gothenburg, Liverpool and Stockholm Skavsta.

Other carriers serving the airport this winter include Aer Lingus (to Dublin), Cirrus Airlines (to Zurich as a code-share with Swiss), Flybe (to Exeter and Southampton), (to Leeds/Bradford) and Tarom (to Bucharest Otopeni). Various Russian carriers also serve all three Moscow airports and St Petersburg on a weekly basis.

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Facing competition: Surprisingly (at least to us) Germany is by far the biggest country market for scheduled services – over twice as large as the UK. Russia is also growing in importance with services to all three Moscow airports and St Petersburg on a weekly basis.

germanwings new for this winter

This winter saw the first appearance of flights from germanwings which has begun serving Cologne/Bonn and Hamburg with five weekly flights and Dortmund with three weekly flights. These routes have helped make Germany by far the biggest country market for scheduled services, over twice as large as the UK market, and four times bigger than the local Austrian market.

Airlines providing inbound ski charter services this winter include airBaltic, Air Finland, bmi, City Airline, Estonian Air, First Choice, Monarch, niki, SAS and Thomson Airways. Full details of the airport’s winter flights can be found by clicking on the links below.

Scheduled flights (click here)
Charter flights (click here)


  1. Michael says:

    Aeroflot is also launching Saturday flights from Moscow SVO to Salzburg, using a widebody Ilyushin 96 in a two-class layout. There will be two flights (early morning and midday) operating every Saturday between 26 December and 27 March, according to Aeroflot’s website. This will probably be the largest aircraft operating to Salzburg on a scheduled basis, with arr-dep at the airport scheduled at 6:40-8:10 and 13:05-14:35.

  2. Senor LT says:

    If SZG wants more pax they should be much more competitive with their charges like Cuneo or KLU

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