Kassel Calden Airport

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Kassel Calden Airport
Flughafen Kassel-Calden
2013-09-26 Kassel-Calden Terminal (KSF).JPG
IATA: KSFICAO: EDVK
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Kassel GmbH
Serves Kassel, Germany
Elevation AMSL 820 ft / 250 m
Coordinates 51°25′15″N 009°23′32″E / 51.42083°N 9.39222°E / 51.42083; 9.39222 (Kassel Calden Airport)Coordinates: 51°25′15″N 009°23′32″E / 51.42083°N 9.39222°E / 51.42083; 9.39222 (Kassel Calden Airport)
Website flughafenkassel.de
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 1,500 4,921 Asphalt
04L/22R 700 2,297 Grass
09/27 2,500 8,200 Asphalt
Source: German AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Kassel Calden Airport (German Flughafen Kassel-Calden) (IATA: KSFICAO: EDVK) is a minor international airport serving the German city of Kassel in the state of Hesse. It is located 1.9 km (1.2 mi) west[1] of Calden, 16.7 km (10.4 mi) northwest of Kassel and is mainly used for business and general aviation. There is also a flight school,[2] an ultralight flying school, and a parachuting school based on site.

History[edit]

First airfield[edit]

Built on farmland, 908 ft (277 m) ASL lying NNE of the Hoher Dörnberg, the airport was opened on 11 July 1970. It has been operated as a public-private partnership since 1991.

New regional airport[edit]

A completely new regional airport has been built next to the old airport to accommodate commercial chartered and scheduled carriers as well as the business and general aviation from the old airport. The new airport has officially opened on 4 April 2013 with the arrival of a Germania flight from Frankfurt Airport.

The new airport faced several struggles when opened. The most important customer at first was the travel agency branch of REWE Group, with charter flights to the Mediterranean region. Originally, these were planned to be operated by XL Airways Germany. Following the bankruptcy of that airline, Enter Air was contracted instead, but also pulled out on 20 March 2013.[3] The flights to Teneriffe operated by Germania where scheduled to end in October 2013 but already terminated on 22 August 2013 due to low demand. Additionally, the flights to Antalya offered by Tailwind Airlines were reduced in frequency and served less than once a week.[4]

Germania announced that their service to Palma de Mallorca will resume in the 2014 summer season. They also will take over the flights to Antalya which were offered by Tailwind Airlines during the 2013 summer season. No airline or tour operator offers flights out of Kassel Calden Airport during the 2013/14 winter season.

On 15 March 2014 it has been announced that the contract with the airports' chief executive has been dissolved without notice.[5]

Facilities[edit]

Check-in area

Terminal[edit]

Kassel-Calden features one modern small passenger terminal building with basic facilities such as car rental desks and some shops. As there are no jet bridges, buses and walk-boarding are in use.

Runway[edit]

The old airport used to have a single asphalt runway, 04/22 (040°/220°), which is 1,500 by 30 m (4,921 by 98 ft). There was a parallel grass strip north of the main runway, which is 700 by 30 m (2,297 by 98 ft).[1] The new runway 09/27 has a length of 8,200 ft (2,500 m) and width of 147 ft (45 m).

The airport features two aprons, one in front of the passenger terminal for two mid-sized aircraft such as the Airbus A320 family and a separate one for general aviation aircraft.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Germania Summer seasonal charter: Antalya (begins 2 May 2014),[6] Palma de Mallorca (resumes 4 May 2014)[6]
Winter seasonal charter: Fuerteventura (begins 1 November 2014)[7]

The nearest other minor international airport is Paderborn Lippstadt Airport approx. 70 kilometres (43 mi) to the northwest.

Ground transportation[edit]

Kassel Calden Airport can be reached via the federal highway B7 which is itself connected to motorway A7. The local bus route 130 connects the airport with Kassel city center (journey time approx. 25 minutes) as well as Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe station (40 minutes), which is an important long-distance railway hub.[8]

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