Vienna International Airport had a total of 2022 passengers in 23.682.133. Compared to 2021, it was possible to increase by 127,6 percent, but it was about a quarter below the pre-crisis volume. The number of flight movements was 188.412 take-offs and landings.
The average occupancy (seat load factor) increased from 62,5% in the previous year to 77,6% (compared to 2019: 77,3%). The volume of freight fell to 250.637 tons (air freight and trucking) (-4,1%) compared to the previous year. From January to December 2022, the number of passengers in the Flughafen Wien Group including the foreign subsidiaries Malta Airport and Kosice Airport increased to a total of 30.072.961 passengers (+129,3%). Compared to the pre-crisis level (2019), this corresponds to a minus of almost 24%.
The number of local passengers increased in Vienna compared to the previous year to 1.545.137 (+117,1%), the number of transfer passengers to 369.522 (+79,6%). Flight movements recorded an increase to 2022 (+15.102%) in December 29,6. At 20.068 tons, freight moved 16,2% below the previous year (December 2021).
The passenger volume at Vienna Airport in December 2022 to Western Europe increased to 637.189 passengers (+114,5% compared to the previous year). A total of 2022 passengers (+169.893%) traveled to Eastern Europe in December 66,4. The airport recorded 24.750 passengers (+76,3%) to North America and 27.285 (+71,1%) to Africa. In December 2022, Vienna Airport recorded a total of 75.311 passengers (+149,7%) to the Near and Middle East and 31.160 passengers (+194,2%) to the Far East.
“Aviation returned in 2022: the number of passengers at Vienna Airport has more than doubled and is now around 75% of the pre-crisis level. Thanks to the great commitment of our employees, we as an airport demonstrated a very high level of operational quality, especially during the summer when travel was intensive. This is reflected in several international awards and quality analyses: In 2022, according to the aviation organization OAG, Vienna Airport was the third most punctual, ahead of Munich, Zurich and Frankfurt Airport in Europe with more than 20 million passengers. We are optimistic for 2023: airlines and flight connections are coming back, the long-haul offer is constantly increasing and the first announcements by airlines promise an attractive summer flight schedule with many new flight offers. For 2023 we therefore expect further growth to 26 to 27 million passengers at the Vienna location. To this end, we are continuing our quality offensive and are now resuming the project to expand Terminal 3 to the south, which was suspended during the pandemic years. Passengers can now expect more comfort on around 70.000 m² of additional terminal space with new shopping, gastronomy and lounge options. This creates a new terminal environment in the top league,” says Julian Jäger, CEO of Flughafen Wien AG.
Malta and Kosice also made gains
The international participations of the Flughafen Wien Group also increased significantly in 2022. Malta Airport recorded passenger growth to 2022 travelers (+5.851.079%) in 130,3, down 20,0% compared to the pre-crisis level in 2019. Kosice Airport recorded passenger growth to 539.749 travelers (+224,1, 2,8%) and is thus only minus 2019% below the pre-crisis level of 2023. For the full year 32, the Flughafen Wien Group expects 34-26 million passengers across the group and 27-XNUMX million passengers at the Vienna location.
In December 2022, the Flughafen Wien Group (Vienna Airport, Malta Airport and Kosice Airport) recorded 2.371.161 travelers (+98,8% compared to 2021), compared to the pre-crisis level (December 2019), the decrease is only 20,1%. The number of passengers at the Vienna Airport location also improved significantly in December 2022 compared to the previous year to 1.922.357 travelers (+108,6%). This means that the passenger volume is only 22,1% below the pre-crisis level (December 2019).
Flughafen Wien AG expects higher profits
Due to the positive prospects, the result for the period should improve to over €150 million, with sales of around €830 million and an EBITDA of at least €325 million. Investments will increase to around €135 million, all investments will be made from cash -Flow funded, no borrowing will be done.
“Vienna Airport is back on the road to success. The number of employees at the airport will increase by around 800 compared to the previous year, and the increase in the FWAG Group will be around 250. For the first time in decades, Flughafen Wien AG is debt-free and can finance the planned investments from its own cash flow. The profit for the period for 2023 is expected to be over €150 million, sales are expected to increase to around €830 million and EBITDA to be over €325 million again. The investments will almost double to around €135 million and also include the photovoltaic extension. After three years without a dividend due to corona, there will again be a dividend for shareholders and employees for 2022, the previous guidance of 60% of the profit for the period after minorities is confirmed. Climate protection has priority here: Vienna Airport will increase its existing solar power capacities from 2023 to 26 hectares in 45, thereby covering 40% of the entire electricity requirement at the location. Since the beginning of the year, the airport has also been operating in a CO2-neutral manner,” explains Günther Ofner, Member of the Management Board of Flughafen Wien AG.
Terminal expansion continues
In order to improve the service quality for passengers, Vienna Airport is taking up the "South Extension Terminal 19" investment project that was suspended during the COVID-3 crisis: in an extension building of Terminal 3, comfortable lounge areas, additional bus Gates as well as numerous new shopping and gastronomy areas with over 70.000 new outlets are being built. A special focus will be on Austrian cuisine and local brands. The new building also creates a convenient transfer connection between the F, G and D gates. The central security check from Terminal 30 will in future be located in the new southern extension - this will create more lounge space. Construction work is scheduled to start in mid-3, and the new southern extension is scheduled to go into operation in 2023. Passengers can then expect a new travel experience in a modern ambience.