Vienna Airport gets final court approval for 3rd runway

Vienna Airport said it welcomes the decision by the Supreme Administrative Court in favour of a 3rd runway being built at the Austrian gateway – reversing an earlier ruling against the development.

The court said the third runway is not intended for landings over the Vienna city area during normal operations, and is intended to reduce noise pollution in the area. The runway proposal was first submitted 10 years ago.

Flughafen Wien members of the management board, Julian Jäger und Günther Ofner said: “Today is an Important and positive day, not only for Austria as a business and tourism location.

“An overly long process has come to a positive and incontestable decision. This decision ensures the long-term growth perspectives and competitiveness, not only for Vienna Airport but for the Austrian economy, industry, tourism and labour market.”

Vienna Airport chiefs said that they will now analyse the court decision in detail and provide information about the next steps in the near future.

The airport wants to add a third landing strip as says its two runways are nearing capacity and an additional one would reduce delays, fuel consumption and noise by doing away with holding patterns and queued aircraft during busy periods.