|IATA: HAJ – ICAO: EDDV|
|Operator||Flughafen Hannover-Langenhagen GmbH|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||183 ft / 56 m|
|Source: List of the busiest airports in Europe|
Hannover Airport (IATA: HAJ, ICAO: EDDV) is the international airport of Hanover (German: Hannover), the capital of the German state of Lower Saxony. It is the ninth largest airport in Germany and located in Langenhagen, 11 km (6.8 mi) north of the center of Hannover. The airport mainly features flights to European metropolitan and leisure destinations and serves as a base for Germanwings and TUIfly.
Hannover Airport was opened in Langenhagen in 1952, replacing an old airfield within the city limits of Hannover. In 1973 two modern terminals were opened, which became famous because of their compact design. They became the archetype for the Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow. These terminals A and B are still in service today.
From 1957 to 1990 the airport hosted the Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung, Germany's largest air show. After a fatal accident in 1988, when a Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter hit a Jetway with its rotor, and the German Reunification two years later, the air show moved to Berlin in 1992.
In the 1990s trials of intercontinental services to the United States and Canada were stopped due to low passenger numbers.
In 1998 the largest terminal, C, was opened to handle more passengers, adding 8 more gates. Up to 33 aircraft can be handled simultaneously, of which 20 can use aircraft stands equipped with a Jetway. All three terminals are capable of handling a Boeing 747.
Development since the 2000s
In 2000 an S-Bahn connection was established between the airport and Hamelin via Hannover Central Station. This replaced the airport's shuttle bus service which ran every 20 minutes, more frequently than the S-Bahn, but took longer to reach the airport and railway station. The train service was extended to Paderborn in 2003.
TUIfly, which maintains a base at Hannover Airport, dramatically reduced services in 2008 and 2009, and passed all its non-traditional holiday routes to Air Berlin late in 2009. In 2010 Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, opened their sixth base at Hannover.
Hannover Airport has struggled to generate increased demand in recent years, possibly due to a reluctance or inability to attract Europe's low-cost carriers to serve the airport. Although traffic grew satisfactorily during the late 1990s, during the last decade there has been little growth. In both 2007 and 2008, traffic was down less than 1%, but in 2009 it fell by almost 12%.
Hannover Airport is one of very few German airports which are open 24 hours a day, but there are very few flights between 11 pm and 4 am.
The General Aviation Terminal, located near the center runway, was renamed as "Karl Jatho Terminal" in order to honour Hannoverian aviation pioneer Karl Jatho.
Hannover Airport has 3 passenger terminal concourses named Terminals A, B, and C. The landside areas with shops, restaurants, and travel agents are interconnected, but each has its separate airside area with a few more facilities. Terminals A and B each have six boarding gates equipped with jet bridges, while concourse C has eight of them. Additional bus gates are available in each concourse.
From November 2013 Terminal A was closed for refurbishment, but has now reopened. All passengers were handled at concourses B and C in the meantime. The newly refurbished concourse reopened on 9 July 2014.
The additional Terminal D to the east of the main terminal is a rebuilt hangar which is exclusively used by the Royal Air Force to fly British troops in the north of Germany.
Airlines and destinations
operated by Air Berlin
operated by TUIfly
operated by Swiftair
|Paris-Charles de Gaulle|
|TNT Airways||Billund, Liege, Oslo|
|Number of passengers|
Hannover Flughafen railway station is located beneath Terminal C and features frequent services of S-Bahn line S5 to Hannover city centre. The journey time is approx. 15 minutes and the service runs every 30 minutes 21 hours a day.
Hannover Airport has its own exit on motorway A352, which is a shortcut between the major motorways A2 (Ruhrgebiet–Berlin) and A7 (Denmark–Austria), relieving the often congested interchange Kreuz Hannover Ost. It also can be reached from motorway A2 (Exit Langenhagen) via federal road B522. Some more local roads also lead to the airport.
- anna.aero (5 May 2010). "Germanwings' new Hannover base launches with 16 routes; half of 75 weekly flights target the Air Berlin monopoly routes". anna.aero Airline News & Analysis.
- "Umbau Terminal A (Refurbishment of terminal A from OCT-2013 until JUL-2014)". Retrieved 4 January 2014.
Media related to Hannover Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Current weather for EDDV at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for HAJ at Aviation Safety Network