|IATA: SCN – ICAO: EDDR
|Elevation AMSL||1,058 ft / 322 m|
The history of aviation in Saarbrücken, the capital of the German federal state Saarland, began on 17 September 1928 in the district of St. Arnual. Flights operated from Saarbrücken-St. Arnual Airport until 1939. The first plane to use the airport was a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt stopping en route for Paris. In 1929 routes to Frankfurt and onto Berlin and Karlsruhe onto Munich, Vienna and Budapest were opened.
The airport's suboptimal location meant winter flights were not possible and bad weather and poor flying conditions caused frequent problems. Thus Saarbrücken-St. Arnual was closed in 1939. A new airport was built in the district of Ensheim, where Saarbrücken Airport has been located until today. However, the outbreak of the Second World War made opening the airport impossible.
It wasn't until 1964 and several years of reconstruction work that the airport in Ensheim could finally open. In 1972, Saarbrücken Airport became one of 17 airports in Germany to offer international flights. Since 1975 Lufthansa and many other airlines have resumed flights out of Saarbrücken. In 2005, a record year, nearly 500,000 passengers used Saarbrücken Airport.
In 2006/2007, Saarbrücken Airport suffered difficulties caused by the opening of the former military airport of Zweibrücken just 40 km away. German airline HapagFly relocated from Saarbrücken and opened domestic routes in direct competition with Saarbrücken. In 2006, one day when HapagFly flew from Heraklion to Saarbrücken, there was a bad weather at the airport. Pilots tried twice to land at Saarbrücken on a wet runway. After that, they removed to Zweibrücken airport. Following this incident, HapagFly decided to relocate all their flights from Saarbrücken to Zweibrücken for safety reasons. However Air Berlin, Germany's second largest airline, has since opened routes from Saarbrücken Airport to Palma de Mallorca and Berlin-Tegel. Luxair has made Saarbrücken Airport its second hub.
In June 2011, more than 46,189 passengers used Saarbrücken Airport.
Airlines and destinations 
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
|Luxair||Berlin-Tegel, Hamburg, Luxembourg|
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- Official website (English)
- Airport information for EDDR at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.