Located in central Europe, Austria is a landlocked country that is home to nearly 9 million people. It borders on Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Liechtenstein, Italy, and Switzerland. Because it is partially located in the Eastern Alps, Austria is known for its beautiful mountainous landscapes, hiking and mountain climbing opportunities, and world-class ski resorts.
International business class flights to Austria are most often booked to arrive at Vienna International Airport (VIE), the country’s largest international airport, located in Vienna, Austria’s capital city. Flights to Austria can also be booked to arrive at Salzburg Airport, located in Salzburg (SXG); Graz Airport (GRZ), located in Graz; Innsbruck Airport (INN), located in Innsbruck; Linz Horsching Airport (LNZ), located in Linz; and Klagenfurt Airport (KLU), located in Klagenfurt am Worthersee.
Business travelers who book plane tickets to Austria often work in the information technology or software industries; in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals research and development; or in finance. These are three of the country’s largest industries by employment numbers and economic impact.
Austria’s other major industries include food and wine production and export; automobile design and manufacturing; consumer electronics design; and most recently, renewable energy research, development, and production, including wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower.
Austria’s capital city, Vienna, is home to nearly 2 million people and is known throughout the world for its museums, historic architecture, outdoor markets, and other cultural attractions. The city is also known for its high standard of living.
The small country has also long been a European hub for classical music. Austria was the home or birthplace of several famous musicians and composers including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Johan Strauss senior, and Johan Strauss junior. Most of Austria’s larger cities are home to several concert halls, and instruction in classical music is common for most children beginning at a young age.
During the winter months, leisure travelers often book flights to Austria to take advantage of the country’s world class alpine ski resorts. Winter mountain sports like skiing, along with snowboarding, ski jumping, luge, and bobsled, have long been an important part of Austria’s economy. Thousands of tourists visit the country’s mountains and ski resorts annually. Many Austrians themselves are also experienced skiers.
Several famous and accomplished skiers are from Austria, including Olympic athletes Franz Klammer, Hermann Maier, Toni Sailer, Benjamin Raich, and Marlies Schild among several others.
Many people who book first class or business class flights to Austria are unaware that the country is home to a thriving film industry. Several well-known Hollywood actors and filmmakers were born in Austria, including silent film director Josef von Sternberg; actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger; actor Peter Lorre; directors Billy Wilder and Fritz Lang; and Academy Award-winning actor Christoph Waltz.
Other notable people from Austria include early 20th century artist Gustav Klimt; early 20th century neurologist and psychiatrist Sigmund Freud; celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck; and the 1980s pop singer Falco.
Students from other European countries often book cheap tickets to Austria in order to study at one of the country’s highly ranked universities. Because education is highly valued in Austria, tuition in the country’s public university system is free or very low-cost for most students. Austria is also home to several private universities as well as universities founded and run by the Roman Catholic Church.
Austria’s official language is German, but most Austrians speak some English as well as languages found in nearby countries, such as Italian, Hungarian, Romanian, and Czech.