|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, the capital of the German state of Lower Saxony. It is the ninth largest airport in Germany and located in Langenhagen, 11 km north of the centre of Hanover.
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 airshow. 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 Airshow moved to Berlin in 1992.
In 1998 the larger terminal C was opened to handle more passengers, adding 8 more gates. Up to 33 aircraft can be served simultaneously, of which 20 can receive aircraft stands equipped with a Jetway. All three terminals are capable of taking a Boeing 747. In 2000 a S-Bahn connection was established between the airport and Hamelin via Hannover Central Station. Trains leave every 30 minutes for a 17 minute journey to Central Station. This replaced the airport's shuttle bus service which ran every twenty minutes, more frequently than the S-Bahn, but took longer to reach the airport and railway station. Train service was extended to Paderborn in 2003.
TUIfly, which maintains a base at Hannover Airport, has 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 in Hannover.
Hannover Airport has struggled to generate increased demand in recent years, possibly due to an apparent reluctance or inability to entice Europe’s low-cost carriers to serve the airport. Although traffic grew satisfactorily during the late 90s, 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%. It is one of very few German airports which are open 24 hours a day, but in practice there are very few flights between 11pm and 4am.
Hannover Airport has one passenger terminal that consists of concourses 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. Concourses 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.
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 supply British troops in the north of Germany.
As of November 2013 concourse A is closed for refurbishment scheduled until July 2014. All passengers are handled at concourses B and C in the meantime.
Airlines and destinations
Note: Terminal A is closed for refurbishment until July 2014; the temporary terminal allocations have not been integrated in this table.
operated by Air Berlin
operated by TUIfly
operated by Swiftair
|Paris-Charles de Gaulle|
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 motorway, A352, which is a shortcut between the major motorways A2 (Ruhrgebiet - Berlin) and A7 (Denmark - Austria). It is also reachable directly via the A2 (Exit Langenhagen).
- 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.
- new EI route to DUB
Media related to Hanover/Langenhagen Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official site
- Current weather for EDDV at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for HAJ at Aviation Safety Network