Klagenfurt Wörthersee International Airport
|IATA: KLU – ICAO: LOWK|
|Operator||Kärntner Flughafen Betriebsgesellschaft m. b.|
|Hub for||Austrian Airlines|
|Elevation AMSL||448 m / 1,470 ft|
Klagenfurt Alpe-Adria Airport (LOWK)
Klagenfurt Airport is located a couple of miles NE of Lake Wörthersee right in the heart of Carinthia in Austria. Like many other major airports in Austria in the 1950s, Klagenfurt had only one grass runway. In 1958 the concrete runway was built. During the Seventies, years with a strong economy, Carinthia became a more important holiday destination, thought flying wasn’t the first choice of travel of people then. Nevertheless it became necessary to build the first passenger terminal, in 1981 the runway was extended to its current length and in 2003 a CAT II/III landing system was added.
At the beginning Klagenfurt was only serviced by Austrias home carrier Austrian Airlines. Today Klagenfurt/Alpe-Adria-Airport, as it is called, is the destination of many low-cost carriers such as Ryanair, Hapag Lloyd Express and Thomsonfly.
South of the airport the Karawanken mountains are located which give the airport a unique location. Klagenfurt is also home of a lot of General Aviation companies as well as flying schools and Parachuters Clubs since the old grass runway still exists.
During the European Volleyball Championships in summer Klagenfurt is also a seasonal destination of well known airlines from all over Europe.