Vienna's airport manager Günther Ofner, in his function as WKO specialist group chairman aviation, criticizes the fact that the Ministry of Transport, led by Leonore Gewessler (Greens), refuses to build a Koralmbahn long-distance train station at Graz Airport. This would "contradict the logic of the climate protection ministry," said the manager.
The Koralmbahn, which is currently under construction, is intended to reduce the travel time between the provincial capitals of Klagenfurt and Graz to 45 minutes. The route runs underground close to the Styrian airport, but the construction of a stop is not planned. This goes back to an age-old compromise that was made with the former governor Jörg Haider. He feared that the new railway line would make Klagenfurt Airport redundant.
Many years have passed since then and there is now a green transport minister who describes herself as climate protection minister. However, this does not want to build a Koralmbahn stop at Graz Airport either. However, the Styrian governor is of the opinion that the last word has not yet been spoken and wants to work towards that this is yet to come. an executableAviation.Direct provided at this link.
“Seamless Travelling, Multimodality, Connectivity. You hear these three keywords all the time when it comes to modern transport strategies, not least from the responsible climate ministry. The announcement by Federal Minister Gewessler that there will be no Koralmbahn stop at Graz Airport contradicts this completely," criticizes Günther Ofner, head of the aviation professional group in the Austrian Economic Chamber.
According to Ofner, "a unique opportunity to combine the strengths of aviation and rail in Styria is buried by a simple "no". For the chairman of the aviation professional group, it is clear that this "no" cannot remain. “If inter-regional rail traffic is required to interact with aviation, then this must also be made possible. However, the end of the Graz Airport stop has exactly the opposite effect. I therefore call on Federal Minister Gewessler to reconsider her decision and to say “yes” to a modern transport policy in the spirit of the multimodality she is keen to demand,” Ofner concludes.