Erfurt–Weimar Airport

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Erfurt–Weimar Airport
Flughafen Erfurt–Weimar
Logo Flughafen Erfurt-Weimar.svg
Luftbild Flughafen Erfurt.jpg
IATA: ERFICAO: EDDE
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Erfurt GmbH
Serves Erfurt and Weimar
Location Erfurt, Germany
Focus city for Germania
Elevation AMSL 1,036 ft / 316 m
Coordinates 50°58′47″N 010°57′29″E / 50.97972°N 10.95806°E / 50.97972; 10.95806Coordinates: 50°58′47″N 010°57′29″E / 50.97972°N 10.95806°E / 50.97972; 10.95806
Website flughafen-erfurt-weimar.de
Map
EDDE is located in Thuringia
EDDE
EDDE
Location of the airport in Thuringia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,600 8,530 Asphalt
Source: German AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Erfurt–Weimar Airport[2] (German: Flughafen Erfurt–Weimar, formerly Erfurt Airport, IATA: ERFICAO: EDDE) serves Erfurt, the capital of the German state of Thuringia, and the nearby well-known city of Weimar, both of which form the largest part of the state's central metropolitan area. The airport is located 5 km (3.1 mi) west of Erfurt city center[1] and is mainly used for seasonal charter flights to European leisure destinations.

History[edit]

Erfurt Airport in 1979

The airport's name was changed from Erfurt Airport in 2011,[3] it was felt that from a marketing point of view the addition of Weimar to the name would better sell the area due to its historic importance.

Despite its importance as a state capital and the central location within Germany, Erfurt features no domestic flights. The only route to Munich Airport offered by Cirrus Airlines ceased by March 2012.[4] However, the city will become one of Germany's most important long distance railway hubs by 2017, when the newly constructed Munich-Berlin high-speed line will meet with the Frankfurt-Dresden line at Erfurt main station. Thereby, Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich will all be reached within two hours by rail from Erfurt, making domestic flights redundant.[5]

Facilities[edit]

The airport consists of the two passenger terminal buildings A and B, but only the new Terminal B is currently in use. It features two aircraft parking positions and four boarding gates on two levels, the upper ones are equipped with jet bridges. There are also some shops and restaurants, a visitors terrace as well as travel and rental car agencies located inside the terminal.[6] The apron also features several additional bus-boarding stands for mid-sized aircraft such as the Boeing 737.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Erfurt-Weimar Airport:[7]

Airlines Destinations
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas, Varna
Croatia Airlines Seasonal charter: Pula, Split
Germania Antalya, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, London-Gatwick, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Heraklion, Hévíz–Balaton, Paphos, Rhodes
Nouvelair Seasonal charter: Enfidha
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal: Antalya
SunExpress Antalya
Tailwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
TNT Airways
operated by Bluebird Cargo
Liège,[8] Katowice

Statistics[edit]

The main terminal building
The Check-in hall
Passengers
2000 481,573
2001 Decrease 471,624
2002 Decrease 445,504
2003 Increase 464,681
2004 Increase 526,241
2005 Decrease 438,912
2006 Decrease 356,378
2007 Decrease 315,759
2008 Decrease 308,228
2009 Decrease 270,267
2010 Increase 322,073
2011 Decrease 280,913
2012 Decrease 183,999
2013 Increase 214,948
2014[9] Increase 226,581
Source: ADV[10]

Ground transportation[edit]

Car[edit]

The airport can be reached via nearby motorway A71 (Exit Erfurt-Bindersleben) which leads from Erfurt to Schweinfurt in Bavaria.[11]

Tram[edit]

With the extension of tram line No. 4[12] to the suburb of Bindersleben a new stop has been opened in front of the airport at 21 June 2005. The trams depart every 10–20 minutes and connect the airport with Erfurt's main train station via the city centre in about 20 minutes.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Erfurt Airport at Wikimedia Commons