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Vienna Airport is expanding Terminal 3 and investing 420 million euros

Updated: Mar 19

Terminal 3 at Vienna Airport soon

Vienna Airport plans to complete the southern extension, which is immediately adjacent to Terminal 3, by 2027 with an investment volume of 420 million euros. More than 30 new shops and dining options, additional common areas and lounges, an advanced security checkpoint and 18 bus gates will be built over an area of 70,000 square meters. The project, which was started in July 2023, is now entering a crucial construction phase, the airport announced on Wednesday.

Financing without credit

The project will be fully financed by future cash flow, without taking out loans, explained Günther Ofner, member of the airport's board of directors. Julian Jäger, another colleague on the board, added that the recruitment of tenants for the planned 30+ shops and restaurants has begun. It is planned that both renowned Austrian and international top brands and premium providers will open their branches there.

The interior of the terminal expansion
© Vienna Airport

The plan is to create more than 30 new shops and restaurants, a new security checkpoint and 18 new bus gates on an area of 10,000 square meters.

The implementation of the southern expansion is in the hands of the ARGE Porr/Elin/Ortner working group. After completion of the earthworks, which include the use of more than 900 bored piles and the construction of the building's foundation, work on the shell of the six-story building begins. These steps are followed by the interior design and installation of the technical building systems.

The completion of the project, which was originally scheduled for 2023, was delayed by the corona pandemic. The construction work will take place during the ongoing operations of the airport and terminals. The aim of the southern expansion is also to establish a comfortable transfer connection between the F, G, C and D gates.

Improving the ambience

On Wednesday at the airport, Jäger emphasized that the goal was to bring the terminal infrastructure to an internationally outstanding level and at the same time improve the ambience. Given the record results of 2019 and the second highest passenger volume in the airport's history last year (29.5 million), this project marks a new turning point in the airport's development. “We have three intensive years of work ahead of us,” says Jäger.

Ofner described the southern expansion as “the second largest construction project in the company’s history” and as a central project in the quality offensive and investment plans for the next few years. He promised to complete the project “on time and within budget.”

Vienna as an economic engine

The governor of Lower Austria, Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP), described the airport as one of the most important employers in the eastern region and emphasized that the southern expansion would open a new chapter in the airport's success story. Vienna's Mayor Michael Ludwig (SPÖ) emphasized how important the airport is for Vienna's economic drive and welcomed the further development and expansion of the terminal infrastructure.

Regarding the planned third runway, CEO Jäger stated at a press conference in January that no decisions would be made this year. However, preparations would be made to be able to make a decision between 2025 and 2026. The construction time is estimated at seven years. After the airport requested an extension in 2023, it has now been given until mid-2033 to complete the construction of the third runway.


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