Vienna International Airport serves Vienna, the capital of Austria, as well as the city of Bratislava in Slovakia. The airport is located in Schwechat, 18 kilometres or 11 miles southeast of Vienna city centre. Vienna International Airport is Austria’s biggest airport, which can handle wide-body aircraft such as the Boeing 747. This private airport is operated by Flughafen Wien AG and has an elevation of 183 metres or 600 feet, and has two asphalt surfaced runways designated 11L/29R and 16/34, measuring 3,500 metres or 11,483 feet and 3,600 metres or 11,811 feet in length, respectively.
Where to go
Domestic flights that can be booked from Vienna International Airport include flights to Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Salzburg, and Linz. Graz is the second largest city in Austria next to the capital Vienna. It is known as a student city due to its six universities that have 44,000 students combined. Its Old Town is also one of the most important tourist destinations in Graz as it is one of the best-preserved city centres in Central Europe. In the Old Town are buildings from different eras and in different architectural styles, blending with each other harmoniously. More than 1,000 buildings are covered by the Old Town, ranging from the Gothic to the Contemporary ages. Graz also features notable new public buildings including the Kunsthaus (house of modern art), a museum established next to the river Mur; and the Murinsel (island in the Mur), an island made of steel, located on the river. Graz is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, was also the only Cultural Capital of Europe for 2003, and has a title of a City of Culinary Delights in 2008.
Vienna International Airport also has a compact network of European destinations. Less than an hour’s flight from Vienna is the capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana. The city is also the cultural, educational, economic, political, and administrative centre of independent Slovenia since 1991. The cityscape of Ljubljana itself is an attraction, as it features mixed architectures, with large buildings surrounding the intact historic centre. Some of the prominent structures in Ljubljana include the central square (Preseren Square), where the Franciscan Church of the Annunciation can be found, the Ljubljana Castle at the summit of the Castle Hill, the Town Hall, the Ljubljana Cathedral, and the Nebotičnik, a 13-storey building that houses different shops, office spaces, private residences, a café, bar, and an observation deck. Ljubljana also boasts of parks, green spaces, vibrant streets and squares, as well as scenic bridges.
From Vienna International Airport, long-haul destinations can also be reached, including flights to Asia, North America, and Africa. In 10 to 11 hours, travellers can fly to Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. Aside from being a major regional influence in finance and business and an international centre for transport and health care, Bangkok is also a thriving regional centre for the arts, fashion, and entertainment. Bangkok is well-known among tourists for its lively street life and cultural sites, as well as its red-light districts. Some of the most significant attractions in the city include the historic Grand Palace and Buddhist temples, and the nightlife in Khaosan Road and Patpong.
How to get out
Vienna International Airport serves as a hub for Austrian Airlines, Niki, and Tyrolean Airways. Furthermore, the airport is also a focus city for Asiana Cargo and Korean Air Cargo. Other airlines that operate at Vienna International Airport include Adria Airways, Aeroflot, airBaltic, British Airways, Condor, easyJet, Germanwings, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, SunExpress, TAP Portugal, and Vueling, among other. The airport connects Vienna to destinations in Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa.