Stuttgart Airport

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Stuttgart Airport
Flughafen Stuttgart
Flughafen Stuttgart Logo.png
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Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH
Serves Stuttgart, Germany
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 1,276 ft / 389 m
Coordinates 48°41′24″N 009°13′19″E / 48.69000°N 9.22194°E / 48.69000; 9.22194Coordinates: 48°41′24″N 009°13′19″E / 48.69000°N 9.22194°E / 48.69000; 9.22194
Map of the Airport
Map of the Airport
STR is located in Baden-Württemberg
Location within Baden-Württemberg
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,345 10,974 Concrete
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 30 98 Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 9.589.045[1]
Source: German AIP at EUROCONTROL[2]

Stuttgart Airport (in German Flughafen Stuttgart, formerly Flughafen Stuttgart-Echterdingen) (IATA: STRICAO: EDDS) is an international airport located approximately 13 km (8.1 mi) (10 km (6.2 mi) in a straight line) south[2] of Stuttgart, Germany. It is the 6th busiest airport in Germany and the main airport of the state 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 Lufthansa subsidiary 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.


The airport was built in 1939 to replace Böblingen airport. In 1945, the United States Air Force took over the airport until returning it to German authorities in 1948.

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.[3] 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.[4][5]

After the death of former mayor Manfred Rommel in November 2013 local politicians proposed to rename the airport after him.[6]


The terminal building containing Terminals 1 to 3
One of the two main halls
Departure area

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.[7]

  • Terminal 1 is the first of two landside main halls and features together with its addition Terminal 1-West 50 check-in counters. It shares the roof with 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.
  • Terminal 4 is, unlike the other three terminals, a separate building 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[edit]

TUIfly Boeing 737-700 in Stuttgart
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aegean Airlines Athens, Thessaloniki 3
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin 3
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo 1
Air Berlin Alicante, Berlin-Tegel, Catania, Düsseldorf, Florence, Hamburg, Hanover, Hurghada, Malaga, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Venice-Marco Polo
Seasonal: Antalya, Guernsey, Ibiza, Jersey, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Malta, Olbia, Preveza, Sylt, Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki
Air Cairo Hurghada[8]
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 3
Air One Seasonal: Catania 3
Air Serbia Belgrade 3
Air VIA Seasonal: Burgas, Varna 4
AIS Airlines Münster/Osnabrück 1
Atlasjet Seasonal: Antalya 4
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Graz, Vienna 1
Blue Air Bucharest, Sibiu 4
British Airways London-Heathrow 1
Bulgaria Air Seasonal: Burgas 4
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal: Burgas, Varna 4
Condor Antalya, Arrecife, Fuerteventura, Hurghada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de la Palma, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Burgas, Chania (begins 14 May 2014), Dalaman, Heraklion, Kalamata (begins 29 May 2014), Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Kos, Larnaca, Palma de Mallorca, Preveza (begins 24 May 2014), Rhodes, Santorini (begins 14 May 2014)
Corendon Airlines Antalya 4
Delta Air Lines Atlanta 3
Etihad Regional
operated by Darwin Airline
Geneva 3
Flybe Birmingham 3
Freebird Airlines Seasonal: Antalya 4
Germania Adana, Elazig, Gaziantep, Kayseri 4
Germanwings Ankara, Barcelona, Bari, Belgrade, Berlin-Tegel, Bremen, Brussels, Budapest, Catania, Dresden, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig/Halle, Malaga, Milan-Malpensa, Pristina, Rome-Fiumicino, Rostock, Sarajevo, Split, Thessaloniki, Vienna, Zagreb
Seasonal: Antalya, Athens, Bastia, Brindisi, Cagliari, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Faro, Heraklion, Heringsdorf, Ibiza, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Izmir, Kavala, Kraków, Lamezia Terme, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lisbon, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Reykjavik-Keflavik, Rijeka, Zadar
Germanwings London-Heathrow, London-Stansted 1
Israir Airlines Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion (begins 4 June 2014)[9] TBA
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Amsterdam 3
Lufthansa Frankfurt 1
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Frankfurt, Munich 1
Nesma Airlines Seasonal: Hurghada 4
Nouvelair Djerba, Enfidha 4
Onur Air Seasonal: Antalya 4
Pegasus Airlines Ankara, Kayseri, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Izmir 3
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen 1
SunExpress Izmir
Seasonal: Antalya, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
SunExpress Deutschland Adana, Ankara, Bodrum, Dalaman, Gaziantep, Hurghada, Kayseri, Marsa Alam, Samsun, Trabzon
Seasonal: Heraklion (begins 4 May 2014), Rhodes (begins 6 May 2014)
3, 4
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss European Air Lines
Zurich 1
Tailwind Airlines Antalya 4
TUIfly Arrecife, Boa Vista, Fuerteventura, Hurghada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Marsa Alam, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Antalya, Corfu, Dalaman, Faro, Heraklion, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Kos, Funchal, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Sal, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Tunisair Djerba, Enfidha 4
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Seasonal: Adana , Ankara, Antalya, Izmir (begins 1 June 2014), Kayseri, Trabzon
United Airlines Newark 3
Vueling Barcelona 3
WOW air Seasonal: Reykjavík-Keflavík 3


Passengers and Operations
Passengers Operations
1999 7,688,951 119,904
2000 8,141,020 150,451
2001 7,642,409 146,771
2002 7,284,319 144,208
2003 7,595,286 144,903
2004 8,831,216 156,885
2005 9,413,671 160,405
2006 10,111,346 164,735
2007 10,328,120 164,531
2008 9,932,887 160,243
2009 8,941,990 141,572
2010 9,226,546 135,335
2011 9,591,461 136,580
Busiest Domestic Routes out of Stuttgart Airport (2011)[10]
Rank Airport Passengers
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
Busiest International Routes out of Stuttgart Airport (2011)[10]
Rank Airport Passengers
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, London (Heathrow Airport and Stansted Airport) 393,200
5  Austria, Vienna International Airport 326,100
6  France, Paris 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
Largest airlines by passengers (2011)[10]
Rank Airline %
1 Air Berlin 22,1%
2 Germanwings 19,8%
3 Lufthansa 15,8%
4 TUIfly 7,2%
5 Condor 5,1%
6 SunExpress 3,3%
7 Air France 2,8%
8 Turkish Airlines 2,6%
9 Swiss International Air Lines 2,1%
10 KLM 2,0%

Ground transportation[edit]


The motorway leading to the airport with a large car park across it

The airport lies right next to the A 8 Autobahn that connects the cities of Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Munich. A large car park belonging to Stuttgart Messe spans the A 8 leading to the airport.


From the cities of Esslingen am Neckar, Reutlingen and Tübingen exists a connection by bus.


Stuttgart Airport can be easily reached within 30 minutes from the city's central railway station using the Stuttgart suburban railway S2 or S3 from Stuttgart Flughafen/Messe station.

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External links[edit]

Media related to Stuttgart Airport at Wikimedia Commons