Eurowings opens Graz base, becoming the airport’s largest carrier in S23

Eurowings Graz

Austria’s second most populous city, Graz is located almost the same distance to Zagreb and Ljubljana as it is to Vienna. According to Graz’s own figures, it had almost 562,000 passengers in 2022, nearly half (54.1%) of 2019. It was, and remains, Austria’s fourth-busiest airport.

Its slow recovery is not hard to understand. Among other changes, Turkish Airlines and easyJet ceased serving the airport, while Austrian – until the pandemic very much Graz’s leading operator – reduced capacity by 78% by cutting all routes except its feeder service to Vienna. While things remain challenging in S23, Eurowings has opened a base at the airport.

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Eurowings opens Graz base

Having first served Graz in July 2017 with one route (Palma), Eurowings has now opened a base at the airport. According to Cirium schedules information data, it has 11 routes in S23. Eurowings now has 116,000 one-way seats – more than seven times S19 level – and a third of graz’s S23 capacity. Invariably, Graz remains a heavy Lufthansa Group airport.

While some of Eurowings’ Germany, Spain and Greece routes use non-based aircraft, it has one 150-seat A319 stationed at the Austrian airport. This has helped to launch multiple new routes, as detailed below. Many were previously served by another operator. They join existing Palma and Düsseldorf (started in 2022, replacing Austrian). Note that Eurowings has ceased Stuttgart (launched in 2021, ended in April 2023).

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  • 26 March 2023: Berlin (last served by easyJet in 2020)
  • 3 May 2023: Hurghada (served until April 2023 by FlyEgypt/Corendon; to return in W23)
  • 5 May 2023: Hamburg
  • 12 May 2023: Kos (last served by Austrian in 2012)
  • 16 May 2023: Chania (last served by Austrian in 2016)
  • 18 May 2023: Rhodes (last served by Corendon in 2022)
  • 20 May 2023: Larnaca
  • 23 May 2023: Karpathos (last served by Austrian in 2012)
  • 26 May 2023: Corfu (last served by Austrian in 2014)

Graz's scheduled airlines

18 scheduled destinations in the rest of S23; Frankfurt is #1

With more than 100,000 one-way seats, Graz-Frankfurt, some 610 kilometres apart, is the most-served destination of 18 this summer (excluding ceased Stuttgart). In mid-July, Lufthansa has 12-weekly flights (A319, A320), along with 12 by partner Air Dolomiti (E195).

Cirium informs that Frankfurt capacity has nearly doubled versus S19 and is at its highest level since S16. It comes at the expense of Munich, just 315 kilometres away. Following Air Dolomiti’s exit, and Lufthansa’s capacity reduction, summer seats are almost five times lower than in S19 and four times lower than in S22. Munich is now Graz’s fifth most-served destination, as shown below, down from second in the pre-pandemic period.

Graz top 10 destinations

23 international destinations cut since 2004, including London

Using Cirium to compare Graz’s network now versus 2004-2022 reveals that 23 international destinations are no longer served. (There might be others that were served on a charter basis.) This is based on having at least 1,000 one-way seats and excludes airports that have closed. The 23 are summarised below. MIDT data indicates that Graz is London’s largest unserved European market. Ryanair served London STN for years until 2012.

  • Bulgaria: Varna
  • Croatia: Dubrovnik, Split
  • Egypt: Luxor, Sharm El Sheikh
  • Germany: Cologne, Friedrichshafen, Hannover, Nuremberg
  • Greece: Thessaloniki, Kavala, Santorini, Skiathos, Zakynthos
  • Italy: Alghero, Olbia
  • Portugal: Funchal
  • Spain: Girona, Ibiza
  • Türkiye: Ankara, Istanbul IST
  • UK: Birmingham, London STN

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