Over 100 years of eventful history

Graz Airport is the oldest civil airport of Austria and in its more than 100 years of age can look back on numerous milestones – from establishing the first airfield to the landing of the Concorde up to the construction of taxiway C. A lot has changed since the first take-off in 1914 and in the future a lot will develop too.

Männer und Frauen vor Zugwaggon


The first airfield is established

Construction work at the former k. & k. airfield starts, hangars are built and a gras airfield is established.

Menschen auf Grasfläche mit historischem Flugzeug


The first aircraft takes off

On June 26th the first plane takes off. At the same time an internment camp is established on the airport area for civilians suspected of „Russophilia“

historisches Flugzeugin schwarz weiß


The first flight network of Austria

The first domestic flight network is established. The route leads from Vienna via Graz to Klagenfurt.

Zeppelin über altem Terminal schwaz-weiß


Construction of the terminal

Due to continuous improvements of navigation and radio technology air traffic is increasing significantly. Construction of an airport building starts.

Baufahrzeuge und Arbeiter in schwarz-weiß


Establishing the concrete runway

A 1500-metre-long concrete runway with respective lighting system is built – it is the first new construction of that kind in Austria.

Flugzeug am Vorfeld mit altem Terminal schwarz-weiß


First passenger record

For the first time around 1,000 passengers are counted this year.

Passagiere beim Einsteigen ins Flugzeug auf Passagiertreppe


Part of the international flight network

After incorporation the airport in the domestic flight network of AUA in 1962 the international network follows in 1966 with the connection Graz-Linz-Frankfurt.

Ansicht alter Tower in schwarz-weiß


Extending the airport

A new terminal building is established and the the runway is extended to 2,500m. Already more than 40,000 passengers thus take off and land at Graz Airport this year.

Concorde am Graz Airport in 1981


Landing of the concorde

Another highlight in the history of Graz Airport is the landing of the Concorde of British Airways on 29 March 1981.

Frachtflugzeug und Stiege am Vorfeld


Modern approach aid for low visibility

A modern approach aid is put into operation at Graz Airport. It leads correspondingly equipped aircrafts safely to the ground at low visibility. Thus cancellations due to fog and mist can be reduced almost to zero.

Flugzeugflügel und altes Terminal in schwarz-weiß


70th anniversary

Well above 100,000 visitors celebrate the 70th anniversary of Graz Airport. On the occasion the festivities a big air show takes place. Exciting highlight of the show is the landing of the first “Jumbo” (B-747) of the German airline “Deutsche Lufthansa”.

Gelbes Fahrzeug vor altem Terminal


New airport building

The new airport building is put into operation with a ceremony after 2 years of construction. For the opening and on the occasion of the 80th birthday of the airport an international aviation day is hosted on 29 October. More than 120,000 visitors attend this spectacular event.

Männer vor Frachtgebäude bei der Arbeit


Extension cargo building

The cargo building is extended as well as the apron to the North.

Tower Graz Airport


Inauguration of tower

In October 202 the new tower is inaugurated.

General Aviation Center


Opening of GAC

he General Aviation Center is opended. At the same time one of the biggest construction projects in the history of the airport starts: the extension of the passender terminal to double the capacity.

Red Bull Flugzeug am Vorfeld zur 100 Jahre Feier


New records

On 28 May all existing records are broken: More than 6,000 passengers use the airport that day. The airport celebrates its 90th anniversary and attends to almost 900,000 passengers that year.

Terminal mit Passagieren


Opening of the new departure hall

On 22 March the new departure hall is opended.

Ansicht Eingang SPAR Supermarkt.


SPAR supermarket opens

In September SPAR opens the first supermarket on an Austrian airport area.

On 23 December 2008 history was eventually made: The one millionth passenger is a milestone for Graz Airport.

ÖAMTC Helikopter vor Christophorus 12 Hangar


Handing over the heliport to ÖAMTC

In June 2009 the new Heliport is ceremonially handed over to the ÖAMTC. SPAR celebrates its 400,000th customer at Graz Airport – and that, even though the store has been open less than a year at that point.

Flughafen Plan beim überdachten Zugang vor Bahnhof


Building of a roofed walkway from the station

Between the airport terminal and the railway station a covered train access is built in cooperation with the Styrian government.

Piste und Rollwege des Flughafen Graz von oben


Extension of taxiways

To ensure optimum use of the runways and a swift traffic handling a third taxiway (Taxiway C) is built. In addition, the two already existing taxiways (B+D) and the adjacent apron are partly overhauled in order to meet all safety specifications also in the future.

100er und Logo auf grauem Hintergrund.


100 years airport

Graz Airport celebrates its 100th birthday and is thus the oldest commercial airport of Austria. The first half of the year was clearly marked by 100 Years Graz Airport.

Vorfeld des Graz Airport


Corona pandemic

The corona pandemic breaks out and thus flight traffic is reduced to a minimum. It is not before 2021 that passenger numbers are increasing again.

New Graz Airport Logo on the passenger stairs


New brand identity

The airport presents itself as Graz Airport with a new corporate design as it celebrates its 110th anniversary.

Vorfeld des Graz Airport