Leipzig/Halle Airport

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Leipzig/Halle Airport
Flughafen Leipzig/Halle
Leipzig-Halle Airport Check-in.jpg

IATA: LEJICAO: EDDP

LEJ is located in Saxony
LEJ
LEJ
Location of Airport in Saxony
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding AG
Operator Flughafen Leipzig/Halle GmbH
Serves Leipzig and Halle
Location Schkeuditz, Germany
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 470 ft / 143 m
Coordinates 51°25′26″N 012°14′11″E / 51.42389°N 12.23639°E / 51.42389; 12.23639
Website leipzig-halle-airport.de
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08L/26R 3,600 11,811 Concrete
08R/26L 3,600 11,811 Concrete
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 2,286,151
Passenger change 11–12 Increase0.9%
Freight (tonnes) 863,665
Freight change 11–12 Increase13.6%
Sources: AIP from Eurocontrol,
Annual Traffic Report 2012[1]

Leipzig/Halle Airport (IATA: LEJICAO: EDDP) (German: Flughafen Leipzig/Halle) is an international airport located in Schkeuditz, Saxony and serves both Leipzig, Saxony and Halle, Saxony-Anhalt.

It is Germany's 14th largest airport and handles more than two million passengers per year mainly with flights to European leisure destinations. It is also used as a major cargo hub by DHL Aviation and available to handle large aircraft such as the Boeing 747-8F. Also military installations have been built at the airport for NATO and EU military aircraft.[2]

History[edit]

On 18 March 1986 a Concorde operated by Air France landed at Leipzig/Halle Airport for the first time due to the internationally known Leipzig trade fair. Two days later British Airways also sent a Concorde to Leipzig/Halle. Both airlines continued flying to the airport with the Concorde from Paris and London when a trade fair was held in Leipzig in the following years.

Despite its name, the airport ground property tax goes to the county of Delitzsch. A deal between the city of Leipzig and Delitzsch led to an exchange of area. In 2007, Leipzig received land outside the airport while ownership of the airport land was transferred to Delitzsch. The District of Delitzsch now owns and claim taxes from the grounds and commercial interest from the airport.

DHL Aviation moved its European hub from Brussels Airport to Leipzig/Halle in early 2008 and thereby increased cargo traffic. The airport also was modernized with the 2012 Olympic Games hosting bid for Leipzig in mind but the city lost out to London.

In spring 2013, Ryanair announced to start operations to Leipzig/Halle on six routes. However, one year later all of them except the flights to London-Stansted were terminated again.[3]

In February 2015, Etihad Regional announced the immediate termination of their entire Leipzig/Halle operations which commenced only two years earlier due to changes to their operational concept. All three routes are shut down while two newly announced ones won't start.[4]

As of March 2015, the largest passenger airlines at Leipzig/Halle Airport measured by weekly departures are Condor with 38 outgoing flights a week followed by Air Berlin, which operates 29 departures per week.[5]

Facilities[edit]

Terminal[edit]

The modern airport terminal structure extends over the adjacent motorway and railway. It features an integrated car park as well as the check-in-facilities and is connected to a pier equipped with six Jet bridges as well as several apron stands.

Runways[edit]

Leipzig/Halle Airport features two runways. The terminal access is south of the railway while the runway 08L/26R parallels the driveway north of the railway, requiring aircraft to taxi on a bridge over the tracks and roads.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Leipzig/Halle Airport:[6]

Airlines Destinations
Air Berlin Funchal, Palma de Mallorca
Seasonal: Antalya, Corfu, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada, Kos, Lanzarote, Lamezia Terme, Marsa Alam, Tenerife-South
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Condor Agadir, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Antalya, Burgas, Corfu, Djerba, Funchal, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn (begins 25 October 2015),[7] Düsseldorf (begins 25 October 2015)[7]
Express Airways Seasonal: Bol (begins 15 May 2015)[8]
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn (ends 24 October 2015),[7] Stuttgart
Germanwings
operated by Eurowings
Düsseldorf (ends 24 October 2015)[7]
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Frankfurt, Munich
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal: Antalya
Ryanair London-Stansted
SunExpress Deutschland Marsa Alam, Sharm el-Sheikh
Seasonal: Antalya, Dubrovnik, Enfidha (begins 5 May 2015), Fuerteventura, Gaziantep, Gazipaşa, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada, Lanzarote, La Palma, Luxor, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Rhodes, Salalah, Split, Taba, Tenerife-South, Varna
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
Zürich
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Vueling Barcelona

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AirBridgeCargo Airlines Moscow-Sheremetyevo[9]
DHL Aviation
operated by ABX Air
Brussels, Lagos
DHL Aviation
operated by Aero Charter
Kiev-Boryspil
DHL Aviation
operated by AeroLogic[10]
Bahrain, Bangalore, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Bergamo, Delhi, Dubai-International, East Midlands, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lahore, Mumbai, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Singapore, Tashkent
DHL Aviation
operated by Air Contractors
Amsterdam, Athens, Bergamo, Brussels, East Midlands, Frankfurt, London-Heathrow, London-Luton, Madrid
DHL Aviation
operated by Aviastar-TU
Moscow-Sheremetyevo
DHL Aviation
operated by Aviavilsa
Vilnius
DHL Aviation
operated by Bluebird Cargo
Geneva, Turku
DHL Aviation
operated by DHL Air UK
Amsterdam, Athens, Basel/Mulhouse, Bergamo, Bologna, Brussels, Budapest, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Cologne/Bonn, East Midlands, Hong Kong, Lyon, Marseille, Munich, New York-John F. Kennedy, Oslo-Gardermoen, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Ciampino, Stuttgart, Treviso, Vitoria, Warsaw-Chopin
DHL Aviation
operated by EAT Leipzig
Barcelona, Bergamo, Bratislava, Brussels, Copenhagen, East Midlands, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Linz, London-Heathrow, Madrid, Nantes, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino, Sofia, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Vitoria, Gdańsk, Katowice
DHL Aviation
operated by MNG Cargo
Istanbul-Atatürk
DHL Aviation
operated by RAF-Avia
Ostrava, Riga
DHL Aviation
operated by Southern Air
Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Sharjah
DHL Aviation
operated by Swiftair
Brussels, Geneva, Linz, Ljubljana, Turku, Vitoria
Kalitta Air Bahrain, Brussels, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Delhi Hong Kong, New York-John F. Kennedy, Sharjah

Military[edit]

Furthermore some US airlines fly to Leipzig/Halle on behalf of the US Department of Defense that engaged them to bring US Army troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. Leipzig/Halle is used as technical stop for refueling on these flights, that do not appear at any official timetable. The soldiers flown via Leipzig/Halle are listed as transit passengers in its traffic statistic. Airlines operating military charter flights via Leipzig/Halle are Miami Air International and others.

Statistics[edit]

General plan of the airport
Concourse connecting the check-in and airside areas
Passengers Movements Freight (in t)
1990 274,878 9,549 366
1991 Increase 634,424 Increase 26,089 Increase 4,372
1992 Increase 1,073,378 Increase 42,960 Increase 8,611
1993 Increase 1,521,436 Increase 48,510 Increase 17,482
1994 Increase 1,901,797 Increase 52,590 Increase 23,189
1995 Increase 2,104,822 Increase 53,807 Increase 25,225
1996 Increase 2,186,649 Decrease 50,298 Decrease 22,410
1997 Increase 2,248,852 Decrease 47,284 Decrease 17,220
1998 Decrease 2,108,779 Decrease 43,778 Decrease 12,866
1999 Increase 2,162,769 Increase 47,944 Increase 15,220
2000 Increase 2,288,931 Decrease 47,030 Increase 17,086
2001 Decrease 2,185,130 Decrease 42,408 Decrease 15,799
2002 Decrease 1,988,854 Decrease 41,209 Increase 16,882
2003 Decrease 1,955,070 Decrease 40,303 Increase 17.559
2004 Increase 2,041,046 Decrease 39,316 Decrease 12,575
2005 Increase 2,127,895 Decrease 37,905 Increase 15,641
2006 Increase 2,348,011 Increase 42,417 Increase 29,330
2007 Increase 2,723,000 Increase 50,972 Increase 101,364
2008 Decrease 2,462,256 Increase 59,924 Increase 442,453
2009 Decrease 2,421,382 Increase 60,150 Increase 524,082
2010 Decrease 2,348,597 Increase 62,247 Increase 663,024
2011 Decrease 2,266,743 Increase 64,097 Increase 760,344
2012 Increase 2,286,151 Decrease 62,688 Increase 863,665
2013 Decrease 2,240,860 Decrease 61,668 Increase 887,101
2014 Increase 2,331,399 Increase 63,569 Increase 910,708
Source: Leipzig/Halle Airport Traffic statistics[11]

Ground transportation[edit]

Train[edit]

Leipzig/Halle Airport railway station

Leipzig/Halle Airport railway station is located directly beneath the passenger terminal and has national connections to cities like Magdeburg, Hanover, Cologne and Dresden. Two lines of the S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland connect directly to Leipzig and Halle, furthermore to Altenburg and Zwickau. Transit connection of the network reach most of parts of Central Germany.

Car[edit]

The airport is connected to two motorways: the A14 connecting to Dresden (130 km), Halle (Saale, 20 km) and Magdeburg (130 km), and the A9 connecting to Munich (430 km), Nuremberg (280 km), and Berlin (180 km).

Coach[edit]

Berlin Linien Bus provides intercity bus services to Leipzig/Halle Airport as a part of its Eisenach-Berlin route. There are four daily stops from and three towards Berlin at LEJ.[12] FlixBus connects in both ways twice per day to Dresden, Göttingen, Kassel and once per day to Dortmund and Cologne.

Trivia[edit]

  • In December 2004, Leipzig/Halle Airport was a filming location for Flightplan starring Jodie Foster and Peter Sarsgaard.[13] According to the film, Jodie Foster's flight departs from Berlin but all shots showing Berlin's supposed airport were actually taken at Leipzig/Halle Airport.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Leipzig/Halle Airport at Wikimedia Commons