European airport with cheap flights reveals £360million renovation to become one of the ‘best in the world’

AN AIRPORT in Europe with flights from the UK has revealed plans for a huge £360million renovation project.

The Austrian airport will expand its southern terminal to improve the passenger experience at the airport.


Vienna Airport will expand its southern terminal to improve passenger experience at the airportCredit: Alamy

As part of the expansion, 30 new shops and restaurants will be built over a 30,000 square metre space at the airport.

The outlets will feature premium brands from both Austria and the rest of the world.

In addition to the revamped shopping area, a spacious leisure area and exclusive lounges will also be constructed.

Additionally, Vienna Airport will also get 18 new bus gates, which will aim to make transfer connections between gates F, G, C and D easier.

A new state-of-the-art security checkpoint will also be built.

The project is expected to cost €420million (£360million), with construction work already underway.

Preparation work on the project began in July 2023, with the revamped terminal scheduled to commence operations in 2027.

Once the work is complete, Vienna Airport is expected to join the ranks of the top airports in the world.

Julian Jäger, joint Member of the Management Board of Flughafen Wien AG said: “Thanks to the new Southern Expansion project, we are laying the groundwork for Vienna Airport to join the ranks of the top airports and achieve 5-Star status.

“In the future, our passengers will experience a substantial improvement of the quality of their stay in a new terminal environment thanks to a considerable enlargement of the shopping and restaurant offering featuring renowned Austrian and international premium brands.”

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As it stands, Ryanair and Wizz Air operate direct flights from UK cities like London and Edinburgh to Vienna, Austria, for as little as £15 for a one-way ticket.

Plenty of other airports in Europe are also being revamped in a bid to increase capacity.

Katowice Airport, Poland

After hitting 5.61 million passengers in 2023, the airport announced a massive four-year improvement project.

Its main upgrade will be a new central passenger terminal, with the 527,000sqft building having new jet bridges and a new tunnel connecting the airport to the train station.

The two-storey terminal costs around PLN950million (£186million). will have a new check-in and arrivals hall, as well as a security area, passport control and departures zone.

Work is set to start on the upgrades later this year.

Florence Airport, Italy

The Italian airport has proposed plans for a massive 11-year improvement project, with the design being put forward by the US-based Rafael Viñoly Architects.

Its main upgrade will include a huge new terminal, complete with a unique rooftop vineyard.

The brand-new terminal will have a sloping roof lined with skylights and 38 rows of vines, it will also have a new area, which will have shops and other retail venues.

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And a new airport hopes to open in Lisbon, due to the current airport reaching capacity.

Several UK airports have also announced huge new projects, including East Midlands Airport and London Gatwick.

Everything you need to know about visiting Austria

  • Brits must have at least three months left on their passport from the day they plan to leave the country.
  • Tourists do not need a visa if visiting for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.
  • Make sure your passport is stamped on entry and exit.
  • Travellers may be asked to show hotel booking confirmations and that they have enough money for their stay at the border.
  • Holidaymakers may also need to show proof of insurance.
  • Austria is one hour ahead of the UK.
  • The country uses the euro with around €10 working out to £8.55.
  • Flights to Austria from the UK take roughly 2 hours – depending on the destination.
Construction work on the project is already underway


Construction work on the project is already underwayCredit: Alamy

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