Statistics Austria reported (30-Apr-2012) an increase of commercial aviation (scheduled and non-scheduled air services) for the 2011 with 25.8 million passengers (transit included), which was 1.4 million or 5.6% more passengers on a year-on-year basis. Passenger levels also meant the previous annual record of 24.8 million passengers in 2008 was broken. Almost 24.0 million passengers, a 6.7% year-on-year increase, were transported on scheduled air services (92.9%) and 1.8 million on non-scheduled air services (7.1%). Meanwhile, the number of flight movements decreased 2.5% year-on-year to 312,502 in 2011. In terms of freight, 227.9 million kg of air cargo (incl. transit) and 13.6 million kg of air mail were transported in 2011, representing a 7.3% reduction and a 8.4% increase respectively. Vienna Airport was the nation's largest passenger airport, with 19.7 million passengers (+7.2%), followed by Salzburg with 1.7 million passengers (+4.6%). The next largest airports in Austria were Innsbruck with 997,020 passengers (-3.5%), Graz with 976,414 passengers (-1.4%), Linz with 679,220 passengers (-1.9%) and Klagenfurt with 376,198 passengers (-11.9%). [more - original PR - German]
Austria witnesses record pax levels in 2011 with 25.8m pax, aircraft movements down
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