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Salzburg Airport: Traffic Developments 2009

20.01.2010: Despite losses in passenger volume and flight movements, Salzburg Airport has an optimistic outlook for the future due to winter season and non-aviation successes.

As hardly any other branch, the international aviation industry suffered the first wave of the financial crisis in fall of 2008. This is also now reflected in Salzburg Airport’s passenger and flight movement statistics.

In 2009, 1.552,154 passengers were handled at Salzburg Airport. This represents a decline of 14.2% compared to 2009. In scheduled traffic, passenger volume sank by 9.7% to 957,495. In tourism traffic, 592,284 passengers were handled representing a reduction of 20.6%. This decrease can, above all, be attributed to the weakness of the British market: charter in-coming amounts to 26.8% of the decrease. In charter out-going fewer domestic passengers were handled as well: 13.4% was the decrease here.

Flight movements: scheduled and charter
The total number of flight movements in commercial traffic (scheduled and charter) sank by 8.8% to 19,456. The number of flight movements in scheduled traffic dropped by 2.3% to 14,426. In tourism traffic a drop of even as much as 22% to 14,426 was reported.

Maximum take-off weight
In international flights traffic revenues are mainly determined by developments of sums of maximum take-off weight (MTOW) for landing aircraft. This MTWO of landing aircraft sank in the reporting year by 12.1% to 491,139 tons.

Positive developments in freight
In the freight and post segment at Salzburg Airport positive development was reported compared to 2008. The handled freight including transhipping increased by 4.9% to 8,536,9 tons. After a sharp rise by 20% last reporting year, the airfreight volume decreased by 25% to 174,2 tons, and trucking increased by 5.8% to 8,362.7 tons. Total handled airmail amounted to slightly less than 0.1 tons.