|IATA: STR – ICAO: EDDS|
|Operator||Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||1,276 ft / 389 m|
Map of the Airport
|Source: German AIP at EUROCONTROL|
Stuttgart Airport (German: Flughafen Stuttgart, formerly Flughafen Stuttgart-Echterdingen) (IATA: STR, ICAO: EDDS) is the international airport of Stuttgart, the capital of the German state Baden-Württemberg. It is the sixth busiest airport in Germany with 9,720,877 passengers having passed through its doors in 2012. The airport is an important hub for Germanwings and features flights to several European cities and leisure destinations as well as one long-haul route to Atlanta.
The airport is located approximately 13 km (8.1 mi) (10 km (6.2 mi) in a straight line) south of Stuttgart and lies on the boundary between the nearby town of Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Filderstadt and Stuttgart itself. It is christened after Stuttgart's former mayor, Manfred Rommel. In 2007, the Stuttgart Trade Fair – the ninth biggest exhibition centre in Germany – moved to grounds directly next to the airport. Additionally, the global headquarters for car parking company APCOA Parking are located here.
- 1 History
- 2 Terminals
- 3 Airlines and destinations
- 4 Statistics
- 5 Ground transportation
- 6 Accidents and incidents
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
First years and World War II
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.
After the death of former mayor Manfred Rommel in November 2013 local politicians proposed to rename the airport after him. This proposal caused public disputes as he was the son of Erwin Rommel but also highly respected for his work on intercultural affairs. In July 2014 it has been announced that the airport will be named Flughafen Stuttgart - Manfred Rommel Flughafen from now on.
In September 2014, United Airlines cancelled their route to Stuttgart from Newark due to insufficient demand leaving Stuttgart Airport with only one remaining long-haul connection to Atlanta provided by Delta Air Lines. However, Air Berlin announced the start of a new second long-haul service with flights to Abu Dhabi from December 2014.
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 its addition Terminal 1-West 50 check-in counters. It shares the roof with Terminals 2 and 3 and is mainly used by Germanwings and Lufthansa.
- Terminal 2 is a small area featuring nine check-in counters and a security checkpoint. It is located within the shopping area between the main halls of Terminals 1 and 3. It is used by Germanwings in addition to their counters in Terminal 1.
- Terminal 3 is the second of the two landside main halls east of Terminal 1 and 2 and features 39 additional check-in counters. It is used by Air Berlin, TUIfly and KLM among several other airlines.
- Terminal 4 is, unlike the other three terminals, a separate and very basic equipped 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 and is used mostly for holiday charter operations.
Airlines and destinations
Passengers and movements
|Number of passengers||Flight movements|
|Source: Stuttgart Airport|
|1||Berlin, Schönefeld Airport and Tegel Airport||935,900|
|2||Hamburg, Hamburg Airport||706,700|
|3||Hesse, Frankfurt Airport||257,900|
|4||Lower Saxony, Hanover Airport||219,700|
|5||North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf Airport||191,000|
|6||Bavaria, Munich Airport||181,500|
|7||Bremen, Bremen Airport||152,800|
|8||Saxony, Dresden Airport||105,100|
|1||Spain, Palma de Mallorca Airport||639,900|
|2||Turkey, Istanbul (Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport)||515,700|
|3||Turkey, Antalya Airport||487,100|
|4||United Kingdom, London (Heathrow Airport and Stansted Airport)||420,200|
|5||Austria, Vienna International Airport||334,300|
|6||Netherlands, Amsterdam Airport||210,100|
|7||France, Paris Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport||200,600|
|8||Switzerland, Zurich Airport||200,600|
|9||Spain, Barcelona Airport||191,000|
|10||Greece, Thessaloniki Airport||181,500|
|10||Swiss International Air Lines||2.1%|
From the regional cities of Esslingen am Neckar, Reutlingen and Tübingen exists a connection by coach. Additionally, German long-distance coach operators ADAC Postbus, DeinBus and Flixbus maintain their stop for Stuttgart on the airport grounds with direct connections to several major cities.
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).
- L, J (14 March 2014). "Israir Adds Stuttgart Service from June 2014". Airline Route. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
- "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 website
- Current weather for EDDS at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for STR at Aviation Safety Network