Klagenfurt Airport

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Klagenfurt Airport (also Carinthia Airport or Alpe-Adria Airport, IATA code: KLU, ICAO code: LOWK ) is an international airport in Carinthia, Austria.

It is located about 4 km from the center of Klagenfurt in the north of the state capital to 448 m above sea level. A.. Owners of the Carinthian airport mbH are 80% of the Province of Carinthia and 20% of the city Klagenfurt am Wörthersee.

  • 3.1 The further operating phase
  • 3.2 Ownership
  • 3.3 destinations
  • 4.1 Capacity and terminals,
  • 4.2 Start and landing strips
  • 4.3 hangar
  • 4.4 Logistics Terminal
  • 4.5 Federal Army helicopter base
  • 4.6 Other Facilities
  • 5.1 police
  • 5.2 Fire Department


The airport is about 4 km north of the Klagenfurt city center but extends over the Klagenfurt city districts Annabichl and St. Peter. The apron is located on approximately 448 müa. The approach from the west occurs just above the residential area of the city districts Annabichl and Wölfnitz, from the east via mostly with industry verbautem area.

Transport links

Private transport

The airport is connected via its own exit of the A2 motorway to the national road. The exit is coming from the direction of Italy about 1 km and coming about 600 meters away from Vienna. The shuttle is named after the Klagenfurt aviation pioneer Joseph Sablatnig.

About the regional road network of the airport from the catchment area of St. Vitus on the B83, on the urban road network from the center of Klagenfurt over the St. Veiterstraße in a few minutes can be achieved. Due to the proximity of the airport to the city center and the flat route is also easy to deal with traveling by bicycle.

Public transportation

About the rail of the airport can be reached only via the regional trains of ÖBB (R and REX). At the tram stop Klagenfurt Annabichl there are hourly to two hourly connections from / to Klagenfurt Central Station (duration 5 min ) and regional trains from / to Saint Vitus and further into Styria.

Also from Klagenfurt Hauptbahnhof of the city center can be reached by city buses Stadtwerke Klagenfurt airport. Direct drives daily to evening the line 42, weekdays and Sundays every hour every two hours. The lines 40 and 42 (alternating half-hourly) and 41 leads to evening every fifteen minutes from the main station to the train stop Klagenfurt Annabichl. After 20 clock can only come with the line 94 to the stop Annabichl.

From the train or bus station Annabichl the airport can be reached on foot in around five minutes.

Historically noteworthy that the station or Annabichl cemetery - and thus the Airport - up to line abandonment in late February was reached in 1961 on the Klagenfurt tram network.

History and organization

Klagenfurt Airport was founded in 1914 as a military airfield. In 1925 the Carinthian airline was founded with the help of Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt banking institutions as well as the Austrian Aviation AG and taken over by the latter, with all the facilities in 1927. Soon first scheduled flight connections were built to Venice, Ljubljana and Vienna. Around 1935 was still on the premises, the Good Annabichl of Paul Graf Scapinelli. But in the course of Ausbaues the Good had to give way. Taken over by the Air Force of the German Wehrmacht in 1938, he was released again in 1951 for civil aviation. In 1958, the first construction phase, the construction of a 1800 m long and 45 m wide concrete runway, the associated taxiways and parking areas, the establishment of an airport building and a tower. In 1964 the first expansion phase was completed with the construction of the approach, runway, taxiway and obstruction lighting. But in 1965 followed in two stages, the extension of the take - off and landing runway by another 600 m to a length of 2400 m. Due to the increasingly booming tourism, the importance of the airport grew and he received on September 11, 1971 its first passenger terminal. In 1981 the runway learned a renewed extension and grew to the current length of 2720 m ( 8924 '). In 1984 the Klagenfurt airport for the first time to announce a number of handled 100,000 passengers and in the following years increased the number of passengers. In 1995, the 80 - year anniversary of the airport was celebrated with a flight and static show. In 1996 the construction of the new fire station and Geräteabstellhalle and the radar system of the Austro Control GmbH went into operation. Also, was the link to the airport at the southern motorway (A2). In 1997 started the construction of the new arrivals hall and in the years that followed, further improvements and modernization of the check-in area. 2003, the airport was upgraded with a CAT II / III landing system, which was commissioned in early 2004 and since then enables precision approaches under instrument flight. 2005 Klagenfurt airport had a passenger volume of 522,000 for the first time. The following year, however, there were only 403 305 passengers used the Alpe Adria Airport.

The further operating phase

In 2007, it managed the airport again to 470,000 passengers, sometimes crucial for this was Ryanair and TUIfly, which at times had approached six goals from Klagenfurt. Also in the General Aviation posted to a record. Nobody had ever recorded so many movements of private aircraft in Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt is thus in comparison airports are Salzburg and Vienna the most of private aircraft traffic airport in Austria.

In the year 2008 429.889 passengers were handled, representing a decline of 8.3 % year on year.

Ryanair built the site Klagenfurt end of 2008 according to the promise of massive subsidies. There were connections to Frankfurt, London, Stockholm and Gothenburg. In November 2013, Ryanair introduced an all connections, as the country and the airport no longer wanted to pay money to the airline.

Since the winter flight schedule 2009/2010 German Wings flies from Cologne / Bonn up to seven times a week to Klagenfurt. At one flew in competition with Air Berlin to Hamburg, this route but was also set. Since 2013 Berlin and Hamburg is again two times per week in the German Wings program. We fly with a A319, A320 and CRJ900.

In addition, the Austrian airline Robin Hood flew from 9 June 2009, the airports of Zurich (as nonstop course, 4x per week, as well as a peak connection via Graz, also 4x per week ) and Stuttgart ( also via Graz ) on.

In 2011, Air Berlin, as successor to TUIfly flights to Klagenfurt, since the country is not the required € 200.000, - wanted to pay.


Owner of the Carinthian airport mbH are 80% the Province of Carinthia and 20% of the city Klagenfurt am Wörthersee.


Winter timetable 2013 summer flight schedule 2014

Airport facilities

Capacity and terminal building

The airport has the score of 2008 on a terminal capacity of 950,000 passengers per year. The only terminal at Klagenfurt Airport is both arrival and departure building. In addition, here are the gastronomonischen facilities, check- in counters, security checkpoints, baggage claim and control and customs inspection. Attached is located at the terminal building of the Tower with radar Austro Control GmbH.

Start and runways

The airport has two parallel start and runways in an east-west orientation ( 10-28 ). The large of the two tracks is 2720 m long and 45 m wide. The height difference between eastern and western touchdown is approximately -10 meters. At both track ends, there is a turning surface. As a track surface is concrete. Its capacity classification is relatively low with a PCN - value of 37. The course is designed for aircraft the size of an Airbus A 320.

The parallel small grass runway has the dimension of 710 x 25 m. Furthermore, located at the airport area still a glider landing pad and a heliport. All three are served only in visual flight.

Only on the big track 28, the approach of ILS ( instrument landing system engl ) are supported. The glide is normal 3 °. In addition to the ILS exists, especially for VFR pilots, in both directions, an optical approach support system of the type PAPI ( precision approach path indicator engl. ). On the track 28 there is also an approach lighting system with Gleitwinkelangabe, a so-called ALSF in the configuration 2 A NDB ( engl non-directional beacon ), a VOR ( engl omnidirectional radio range, 10 km east of the square) and a DME ( engl distance measuring device ) complement the navigation facilities of the airport.


In the complex there are two hangars with a total of 9,600 m². In spring 2011 a new hangar was opened, this will relieve the existing and serve as a maintenance yard.

Logistics terminal

The Schenker builds next to the terminal a logistics terminal, which will be the hub for Eastern Europe. The company is investing tens of millions in an area of ​​35,000 square meters, in which the transshipment hall, a Bürotrackt and a logistics warehouse is housed, further, the building has its own rail connection. The location of Klagenfurt has already signed a contract with an Indian entrepreneur, Schenker Klagenfurt to take over the air and sea freight for this operation. In the summer of 2011, the hub will go into operation. At the site more than 130 people will be employed.

Army helicopter base

On 12 May 2011 the new army helicopter base was opened in the northwestern area of the airport. The hangar has an area of ​​approximately 500 m² and has a capacity for two Sikorsky UH -60 helicopter or two Euro Fighter. The construction took about three quarters of a year, which amounted to 1.3 million euro cost. The construction cost was financed from Klagenfurt airport, as the Austrian Army has a continuing right to use the airport.

Other Facilities

The airport is also equipped with a device and a fire station.



Since April 2008, the Airport Police is in a new building opposite the terminal building. In this also the highway patrol Klagenfurt, the service dog team as well as the police inspection Annabichl are housed.

Fire department

The airport fire department is housed in the fire station is located on site. It is equipped with six fire engines and different fire protection systems and equipment mountains. In support of the surrounding fire departments of the city of Klagenfurt and their professional fire can be used.

Planned innovations

  • Construction of a parking garage with approximately 150 spaces
  • Construction of a new general aviation terminal
  • Upgrading of technical equipment for arrival and departure
  • Construction of a taxiway for take-off and landing runway 28

Airlines and destinations

Traffic figures

The following table represents the transport numbers of the Klagenfurt airport in the past


The database of the Aviation Safety Network serious aviation accidents are recorded worldwide since 1943. By 2011, in connection with the Klagenfurt airport, only one event is noted.

  • August 24, 1957: Lockheed L18 Lodestar I, D - COCA the Helmut Horten GmbH. The aircraft was en route from Dusseldorf to Klagenfurt. It should provide flowers for a show in Velden. In the descent to Klagenfurt broke near Krumpendorf the left wing of the age of 14 aircraft. In the fall, all three occupants died.