Vienna International Airport, located in Schwechat, Austria, is the largest airport in Austria and one of the most important airports in Central Europe. The airport opened in 1938 and was originally known as the Vienna-Schwechat International Airport. The airport was built by the Nazis during the Third Reich and was initially used only for military purposes.
The airport was damaged during World War II, but was rebuilt and opened to the public in 1948. In 1954, it was renamed Vienna International Airport to reflect its international status. The airport code VIE was determined in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which assigns airport codes based on the first two letters of the airport's name.
The airport has grown significantly since its opening in 1938, and today it serves over 100 destinations and handles over 25 million passengers per year. It is the busiest airport in Austria and the main hub for Austrian Airlines and Lauda Air. It is also a major hub for airlines such as British Airways, Emirates, KLM, Air France and Turkish Airlines.
The airport has two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, and has a total of 91 parking stands, which can accommodate up to 500 aircraft. The airport is equipped with a variety of amenities and services, including a business center, shops and restaurants, and an on-site hotel. The airport also has an extensive ground transportation network, with bus and taxi services, as well as a direct train connection to the Vienna city center.
The airport has an average of over 600 flights per day and is the main hub and gateway for tourists coming to Austria. The airport is also the headquarters for the Austrian Air Force and the country's national airline, Austrian Airlines.
The airport's name was chosen to reflect its international status, as it is the largest airport in Austria and serves many international destinations.