|IATA: CSO – ICAO: EDBC|
|Operator||FMC Flughafengesellschaft Magdeburg/Cochstedt mbH|
|Elevation AMSL||596 ft / 182 m|
Magdeburg–Cochstedt Airport (IATA: CSO, ICAO: EDBC) is located in Cochstedt, in the middle of Europe and eastern Germany. The airport is located approximately 37 km (23 mi) southwest of Magdeburg, capital of the Bundesland Saxony-Anhalt, and about 190 km (118 miles) west from the center of Berlin.
The airport Cochstedt dates from the year 1957, when an air force base of the Soviet troops was established. In 1968, the runway extension was completed and airport logistics operation expanded. After German reunification and the withdrawal of Soviet troops, the first steps for continued existence as a civil airport were taken.
On 26 May 1994 the airport was given an operating license as a commercial airport with class D airspace and full day and night operation. From November 1997 until early 1999 the operations ware suspended due to a complete refurbishment of the airport, including runway, apron, taxiways, control tower.
In June 2000, an instrument landing system (ILS) Category I and a high-performance approach lights were put into operation allowing the operation under instrument flying rules. In the summer of 2001 a new fire station was put into operation and the construction of a new terminal building for the General Aviation ("GAT") started. However, before works were completed, on 31 December 2001 operation was suspended due to insolvency of the airport operator.
On behalf of the state of Saxony-Anhalt GSA acquired all assets from the bankrupt estate. The new operating company FMC mbH was founded in 2005 jointly with the Landkreis Aschersleben-Staßfurt.
On 4 March 2010 the airport was acquired by the Danish company Development A/S.
Airlines and destinations
Ryanair operated summer seasonal flights out of Magdeburg-Cochstedt from 2011 to 2013, the last remaining destinations served being Girona and Palma de Mallorca. In December 2013 Ryanair announced the cancellation of these routes, leaving the airport without any scheduled flights. The airport is however still used for few occasional leisure charter services once or twice per month.
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- Accident history for CSO at Aviation Safety Network