Vienna Airport starts €420 million terminal expansion

Vienna Airport has been growing gradually over the years and isn’t about to stop any time soon. With 29.5 million passengers coming through in 2023, there’s a need for extra infrastructure. A third runway is on its way and the airport is now also planning to build a terminal expansion.

“Our airport is growing, passenger volume is increasing, and we are continuously among the best globally in terms of our service quality. Thanks to the new Southern Terminal Expansion project, we are laying the groundwork for Vienna Airport to join the ranks of the top airports and achieve 5-Star status. This project is yet another airport development milestone following the record results achieved in 2019 and the second highest passenger volume in the airport’s history in 2023”, explained Julian Jäger, Member of the Management Board of Flughafen Wien AG, the company managing Vienna Airport.

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The new building will span over a surface of 70,000 square metres and is planned to be operational by 2027 and will use Building Information Modelling (BIM) to be able to stick to that timeframe. The €420 million Southern Terminal Expansion, as the new project is called, will include no less than 30 new food and shopping outlets, several lounges designed with ‘Viennese elegance’, 18 bus gates in order to assure a better connection with the airport and new centralised and state-of-the-art security controls. By doing so, Vienna Airport hopes to join some of the world’s best airports in terms of service quality.

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“It will be fully financed from our future cash flows, without the need for any loans. Our construction management was completely reorganised in 2012. Since then, it has successfully demonstrated its construction competence within the context of numerous large projects, all of which were finished on time and on budget. When it comes to planning and project management, we rely on our high level of competence in leveraging digitalisation and Building Information Modelling (BIM). In this way we can not only monitor the construction process on a daily basis, but also ensure adherence to costs and the planned timetable”, said Günther Ofner, Flughafen Wien AG Management Board Member responsible for overseeing construction.