Lübeck Airport

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Lübeck Airport
Flughafen Lübeck
Flughafen Lübeck.jpg
IATA: LBCICAO: EDHL
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner PuRen Group
Operator Flughafen Lübeck GmbH
Serves Lübeck, Germany
Elevation AMSL 53 ft / 16 m
Coordinates 53°48′19″N 010°43′09″E / 53.80528°N 10.71917°E / 53.80528; 10.71917Coordinates: 53°48′19″N 010°43′09″E / 53.80528°N 10.71917°E / 53.80528; 10.71917
Website flughafen-luebeck.de
Map
EDHL is located in Schleswig-Holstein
EDHL
EDHL
Location of Lübeck Airport
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,102 6,896 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 367,252
Passenger change 12-13 Increase2.0%
Aircraft movements 22,274
Movements change 12-13 Decrease4.2%
Sources: German AIP at EUROCONTROL,[1] ADV,[2] Lübeck Airport[3]

Lübeck Airport (IATA: LBCICAO: EDHL) is a minor German international airport located 8 km (5.0 mi) south of Lübeck, the second-largest city in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, and 54 km (34 mi) northeast of Hamburg.

It is the secondary airport for the Hamburg Metropolitan Region after the much bigger Hamburg Airport[4] and is used for low-cost and some occasional charter traffic. Wizz Air, currently the only scheduled user, calls the airport "Hamburg Lübeck" for marketing purposes.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The construction of the airport began in 1916 and was completed in 1917 when it started its operations as an airbase. At the end of World War I the airbase was shut down. In 1933, it was re-opened and extended by the Luftwaffe.

During the Berlin Blockade after World War II, the Royal Air Force flew coal to Berlin and refugees to West Germany using Douglas DC-3 Dakota aircraft.

Development into a low-cost airport[edit]

After the re-unification of Germany, the airport started to grow slightly when several airlines started flying to Lübeck. In 1997, the arrival terminal was re-constructed and extended.

Ryanair started to operate from the airport in 2000 with the first flights to London-Stansted. Ryanair's route system extended over the years until 2009. Wizz Air started operations in 2006 with flights to Gdańsk and later other eastern European destinations. Discussions about Ryanair opening a base at the airport have been held since 2009 without results.

Infratil, an infrastructure investment company from New Zealand held a 90% shareholding from November 2005 until the end of October 2009 when it sold its shares back to the City of Lübeck.[5] The new principal operator Flughafen Lübeck GmbH had been searching for an investor since then when in 2013 the airport had been sold to a private investor.[6]

In 2010, both the financial crisis and the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull led to a general decrease in passenger numbers and destinations.

A new ILS CAT II system went operational in February 2014 allowing planes to operate at the airport in more difficult weather conditions.[7] As of March 2014 there are four lawsuits active against a further expansion of the airport.[6]

Bankruptcy[edit]

On 23 April 2014 Lübeck Airport filed for bankruptcy.[8] A few days earlier it was reported that the owner, which bought the airport in 2013, pulled out again.[9] The airport continues to operate while the liquidator reviews possible strategies.[10] In July 2014, the bankrupt airport has been sold to Chinese investor PuRen Group.[11]

In June 2014 Ryanair announced to leave Lübeck Airport as of October 2014 due to the airport's uncertain future.[12] Later this date was revised to July 2014 when the year-round route to Bergamo as well as the seasonal services to Palma de Mallorca and Pisa ceased. Meanwhile, Ryanair announced to start new routes from Hamburg Airport instead.[13]

Facilities[edit]

Lübeck Airport features one small terminal building containing check-in facilities, a shop as well as some restaurants.[14] The apron features three stands for mid-sized aircraft such as the Airbus A320 which are used with walk-boarding as well as some stands for smaller general aviation aircraft.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Wizz Air Gdańsk,[15] Riga (begins 22 April 2015)[16]
Wizz Air Ukraine Kiev-Zhuliany[15]

There are some additional holiday charter routes on behalf of local tour operators which are served only a few times a season.[15]
The nearest major international airport is Hamburg Airport approx. 60 km (37 mi) to the southwest.

Statistics[edit]

An Avro Lancaster of the British Army at Lübeck Airport in 1945
Number of Passengers
2000 184,622
2001 Increase 231,094
2002 Increase 270,188
2003 Increase 539,580
2004 Increase 598,777
2005 Increase 715,731
2006 Decrease 677,638
2007 Decrease 612,858
2008 Decrease 534,509
2009 Increase 688,302
2010 Decrease 537,835
2011 Decrease 344,068
2012 Increase 359,974
2013 Increase 367,252
Source: ADV,[17] Lübeck Airport[3]

Ground transportation[edit]

The Lübeck Airport train station

Car[edit]

Lübeck Airport can be reached via motorways A1 which leads towards Hamburg and A20 which runs to the east through Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (exit Lübeck-Süd).

Bus[edit]

The local bus line 6 runs every 20 minutes and connects the airport with Lübeck's main bus station/ZOB. A regional shuttle bus, line A20, runs from the airport to Hamburg's central train station, stopping at the central coach station "ZOB" nearby. The schedule of the A20 depends on the aircraft arriving in and departing from Lübeck.

Train[edit]

Regional trains run every hour between Kiel and Lüneburg, stopping at the airport's own station Lübeck-Flughafen as well as Lübeck main station. Connecting trains are available at Lübeck Hauptbahnhof or in Büchen to Hamburg and other destinations.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Lübeck Airport at Wikimedia Commons