|IATA: STR – ICAO: EDDS|
|Operator||Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||1,276 ft / 389 m|
|Source: German AIP at EUROCONTROL|
Stuttgart Airport (in German Flughafen Stuttgart, formerly Flughafen Stuttgart-Echterdingen) (IATA: STR, ICAO: EDDS) is an international airport located approximately 13 km (8.1 mi) (10 km (6.2 mi) in a straight line) south of Stuttgart, Germany. It is the 6th busiest airport in Germany and the main airport of the Bundesland Baden-Württemberg with 9,720,877 passengers having passed through its doors in 2012. The airport lies on the boundary between the nearby town of Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Filderstadt and Stuttgart itself.
It is an important hub for the German low cost carrier Germanwings and global headquarters for car parking company APCOA Parking. In 2007, the Stuttgart Trade Fair – the ninth biggest exhibition centre in Germany moved to grounds directly next to the airport, raising the profile of the airport and strengthening calls for a second runway.
For the duration of the Cold War the runway and facilities were shared with the United States Army who operated helicopters, the Grumman OV-1 Mohawk and other fixed wing aircraft at Echterdingen Army Airfield on the southern portion of the facility. The U.S. Army still maintains a small helicopter base on the southern side of the airport, which it shares with the Baden-Württemberg State Police helicopter wing. The police helicopter wing falls under the control of Stuttgart Police Department and has six modern helicopters based at Stuttgart and two in Söllingen.
The airport was expanded after World War II. The runway was extended to 1,800 m (5,906 ft) in 1948, then to 2,250 m (7,382 ft) in 1961 and finally to 3,345 m (10,974 ft) in 1996.
The original 1938 terminal was finally replaced in 2004 and there are now four terminals with a maximum capacity of approximately 12 million passengers.
Politicians, town planners and nearby residents have been arguing for years about the construction of a second runway. However, on 25 June 2008 Minister-President Günther Oettinger announced that for the next 8–12 years no second runway will be built and that the restrictions for night operations stay in place.
Stuttgart Airport consists of four passenger terminals which have separate check-in facilities and entrances but are directly connected to each other and share a single airside area which features eight jet bridges as well as about two dozen bus-boarding stands.
Terminal 1 is the first of two landside main halls and features together with it's addition Terminal 1-West 50 check-in counters. It is under the same roof as Terminals 2 and 3.
Terminal 2 is a small area featuring nine check-in counters that connects the main halls of Terminals 1 and 3.
Terminal 3 is the second of the two landside main halls east of Terminal 1 and 2 and features 39 additional check-in counters.
Unlike the other three terminals, Terminal 4 is a separate bulding to the east of Terminals 1 to 3 but also connected to them by a walk way. It features 17 more check-in counters as well as several bus-boarding gates.
Airlines and destinations
|1||Berlin, Schönefeld Airport and Tegel Airport||1,035,800|
|2||Hamburg, Hamburg Airport||709,700|
|3||North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf Airport||249,300|
|4||Hesse, Frankfurt Airport||239,700|
|5||Lower Saxony, Hanover Airport||230,200|
|6||Bavaria, Munich Airport||163,000|
|7||Saxony, Dresden Airport||115,000|
|8||Bremen, Bremen Airport||86,300|
|1||Spain, Palma de Mallorca Airport||604,200|
|2||Turkey, Istanbul (Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport)||470,000|
|3||Turkey, Antalya Airport||460,300|
|4||United Kingdom, England, London (Heathrow Airport and Stansted Airport)||393,200|
|5||Austria, Vienna Airport||326,100|
|6||France, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport||230,200|
|7||Switzerland, Zurich Airport||201,400|
|8||Spain, Barcelona Airport||191,800|
|9||Netherlands, Amsterdam Airport||191,800|
|10||Greece, Thessaloniki Airport||172,600|
|9||Swiss International Air Lines||2,1%|
From the cities of Esslingen am Neckar, Reutlingen and Tübingen exists a connection by bus.
Accidents and incidents
- On 19 January 2010, Bin Air Swearingen SA-227-C Metro D-CKPP was damaged when the right main undercarriage collapsed on landing.
- EAD Basic
- Flughafen bekommt keine zweite Startbahn. Stuttgarter Zeitung online vom 25. Juni 2008 (in German).
- Das Versprechen gilt nur auf „absehbare Zeit“. Stuttgarter Zeitung online vom 25. Juni 2008 (in German).
- "Accident: BinAir SW4 at Stuttgart on Jan 19th 2010, right main gear collapsed on landing". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
Media related to Stuttgart Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official site
- Current weather for EDDS at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for STR at Aviation Safety Network