Flughafen Wien is planning the construction of the new state-of-the-art Office Park 4, as it continues to grow the Airport City. The new office property will be built by the beginning of 2020, with the €50 million investment offering more than 20,000sqm of additional office and event space at the airport site.
“With its new Office Park 4, Vienna Airport is taking another step to enhance the attractiveness of the Airport City and the entire airport region,” says Günther Ofner, Member of the Management Board of Flughafen Wien AG. “We not only want to target local companies but also international firms, especially Brexit refugees from Great Britain, in light of the fact that we boast a unique location in the heart of Europe. The airport is an optimal site for companies searching for good international transport connections, high-performance logistics capacities, best telecommunications and IT connectivity, as well as a comfortable working environment featuring shopping facilities and local amenities, parking spaces and good accessibility with public transportation.”
Interest in the airport as a business location continues to grow, with 12 companies employing 600 people having established operations on the airport site in the past year. Planning work on the new Office Park 4 is beginning following project approval by the Supervisory Board. The building will be located on the west side of the tower on the entrance road to the airport area. The airport notes that a particular asset of the premises is the best available telecommunications and IT connectivity.
The development into a multifunctional Airport City is an integral part of the Flughafen Wien strategy. The airport has commercial properties totalling over 140,000sqm, office park facilities encompassing about 110,000sqm of office and conferencing space in the future (including Office Park 4), various shopping facilities, local amenities and services such as supermarkets, a pharmacy, a health club, a postal partner office open 24 hours a day, and optimal transport connections.
Vienna Airport is also to expand its Air Cargo Center by a third, with a €16 million project to add 15,000sqm by the end of 2017. Meanwhile, as part of the airport’s sustainability strategy, the roof of the Air Cargo Center will be equipped with photovoltaic facilities to generate electricity.
“The expansion of our Air Cargo Center should further improve our currently good market position as a trans-shipment point for air cargo,” explains Ofner. “At present about 800 tonnes of freight are handled daily at the airport, or about 280,000 tonnes annually, showing a clear upward trend. For example, half of the export production value of Lower Austrian industry of €8 billion is transported from Vienna Airport throughout the world via air cargo. These investments are designed to generate further growth potential at the airport site and for the Austrian economy, but above all to create new jobs in the logistics sector.”
Around half of Vienna’s air cargo comes on scheduled passenger flights, with the remaining volume transported by special cargo aircraft. The airport sees considerable future growth potential in the coming years.
The expansion offers the opportunity to build one of Austria’s largest rooftop photovoltaic electricity generating facilities through a €1 million investment. It follows the installation in summer 2016 of two photovoltaic systems with around 2,000 solar modules on the roof of a hangar and on the roof of an equipment hall. These facilities are an integral part of Flughafen Wien’s sustainability strategy.
These developments build on a record year in 2016, in which Vienna Airport handled over 23 million passengers for the first time. Meanwhile, July 2016 was the busiest month in the airport’s history with 2.4 million travellers, and 16 September 2016 was the busiest day in its history with 89,361 passengers.