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Vienna Airport Information

Vienna International Airport, airport code VIE, serves the Vienna area and all of Austria with domestic and International air service. Originally used by the factory that produces Heinkel aircraft during World War II, the facility fell into the hands of the British at the end of the conflict. The airport was ultimately converted to civilian use and by the mid 1950s had become the principle airport in the country.

Vienna airport utilizes one terminal to handle the roughly 20 million passengers that pass through the facility each year. This actually exceeds the facilities state capacity of 16.5 million people. The terminal provides five separate concourses and features a number of departure lounges and check-in areas. Area G, or concourse G handles international traffic. In all, the facility boasts 112 check-in counters and seven baggage claim areas. Terminal expansion and modification is also planned to handle the larger Airbus 380 in the future.

The airport utilizes two runways with the longest 3,600 meters or about 12,000 feet. The second runway is 100 meters shorter. Both include lighting and instrument landing systems. The airport does not have any restrictions on hours of operations but does have some noise restrictions in place. A third runway is in the planning stages. This runway will be parallel to one of the existing runways and roughly the same length.

Vienna International Airport offers a unique treat for travelers arriving after dark. The control tower also serves as a backdrop for a laser light show providing welcome entertainment after a long international flight or even a brief domestic hop. Airplane watchers can also enjoy the view from a visitors terrace on the roof of the terminal. This vantage point offers a complete view of the "air side" of the airport and all the activities that take place there.

The airfreight capacity for Vienna International Airport stands at about 150,000 tons per year. The ground facilities include the standard bonded warehouses along with refrigerated and frozen storage, livestock facilities, a mortuary, and radioactive materials equipment.

Much of the airports traffic are travelers moving to or from the eastern regions of Europe. Travelers from the west often change flights at Vienna to one of the direct flight to an Eastern European country. Various airlines serve 41 Eastern European destinations.

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