Linz Hörching (LOWL)
Originally, Linz airport was located at the industrial harbour, where today’s gliding airfield is located at. In 1938 the airport was relocated to its present position “Hoersching” due to the construction of “Chemie Linz”, a big chemical industry factory. During world war 2 it was used as air force base. In 1956 the civilian passenger traffic started. Until the terminal building was erected in 1976 all flights from and to Linz airport were handled on the military apron which wasn’t very comfortable.
Today’s airport equipment is state-of-the-art and offers a 3000 meters long and 60 meters wide asphalt runway which is equipped for an ILS CAT IIIb approach on RWY27 and an ILS CAT I approach on RWY09. Due to this fact, the airport is open and certified for all type of aircrafts. Until 1989 Linz was able to welcome the supersonic aircraft Concorde several times. Furthermore a 600 meters long grass runway is available mostly for general aviation aircrafts.
In the southern part of the airport the air base “Vogler” is located which is the home base for two Hercules C130 aircraft of the Austrian military. In the year 2006 the airport was used by 762.000 passengers. Cargo plays an important role in Linz as 32.000 tons of cargo was handeld. The yearly number of movements varies between 13.500 and 14.500.
In the past years Linz was found as an ideal airport for no-frills airlines like Ryanair, Niki, HLX, especially for their holiday flights. The newest route is offered by Air Berlin and Fly Niki and connects Linz to Nuremberg. The network carriers Austrian and Lufthansa also operate out of Linz.