Zweibrücken Airport

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Zweibrücken Airport
Flughafen Zweibrücken
Flughafen Zweibrücken Terminal.jpg
IATA: ZQWICAO: EDRZ
Summary
Airport type Public
Serves Zweibrücken, Germany
Focus city for TUIfly
Elevation AMSL 1,133 ft / 345 m
Coordinates 49°12′34″N 07°24′02″E / 49.20944°N 7.40056°E / 49.20944; 7.40056Coordinates: 49°12′34″N 07°24′02″E / 49.20944°N 7.40056°E / 49.20944; 7.40056
Website flughafen-zweibruecken.de
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 8,776 2,675 Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 220,740 (-9,1%)
Aircraft movements 11,855 (-10,4%)
Cargo volume 81 tons (+103%)
Source:[1]

Zweibrücken Airport (IATA: ZQWICAO: EDRZ), or Flughafen Zweibrücken in German, is an airport in Zweibrücken, Germany. After Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, it is the second biggest airport in Rhineland-Palatinate and features flights to European leisure destinations as well as general aviation.

History[edit]

Development into a civil airport[edit]

Zweibrücken Airport is located on the site of the former Zweibrücken Air Base which was shut down in 1991. It is only about 40 km (25 mi) away by road from Saarbrücken Airport and therefore directly competes with it.

In 2006, Germanwings began a new twice-daily service to Berlin Schönefeld Airport, but ceased them in 2011 due to expensive airports taxes. The airport also used to have regular scheduled service operated by Ryanair to London Stansted Airport. The service was announced on 27 May 2008, but ceased already one year later in May 2009.

In 2010 264,247 passengers used the airport, while 242,880 passengers used it in 2012.[2]

A twice per week service was also operated between Zweibrücken and Antalya by Sky Airlines until the airline ceased operations due to financial problems in 2013. These flights were replaced by Atlasjet during summer 2013 season, and have been taken over by Freebird Airlines for summer 2014. On 3 November 2013, Air Berlin stopped its weekly summer seasonal route to Palma de Mallorca on behalf of TUI, but those flights have been replaced by TUIfly and Germania for the 2014 summer season. In July 2014, TUIfly inaugurated the new seasonal route to Ankara, the airport's third destination in Turkey after Antalya and Istanbul. As of this date, TUIfly operates eight routes out of Zweibrücken Airport, making it one of their focus cities.

Bankruptcy[edit]

In July 2014, it has been reported that the European Commission will decide that up to 56 million Euros of subsidies for the airport have been illegal and need to be paid back.[3] Due to this decision, on 24 July, Zweibrücken Airport filed for bankruptcy.[4] While it is planned to keep the airport for general aviation,[5] all commercial passenger operations are likely to cease by the end of the 2014 summer schedule.[5][6] It is possible that commercial passenger flights at the airport will end before the end of October 2014.[7] One of the reasons for the Commission's decision is the close proximity to Saarbrücken Airport, which exists much longer.[5]

Facilities[edit]

Zweibrücken Airport features a small terminal building equipped with three aircraft stands next to it. As there are no jet bridges, walk-boarding is used. The airport usually handles mid-sized aircraft such as the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320 family.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air VIA Summer seasonal charter: Burgas
Freebird Airlines Summer seasonal charter: Antalya
Hamburg Airways Summer seasonal charter: Antalya
Pegasus Airlines Summer seasonal: Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Tailwind Airlines Summer seasonal charter: Antalya
TUIfly Fuerteventura
Summer seasonal: Ankara,[8] Antalya, Heraklion, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife-South
Tunisair Summer seasonal charter: Djerba, Enfidha

Statistics[edit]

A Piper Aerostar general aviation aircraft at Zweibrücken Airport
Number of passengers
2006 78,000
2007 Increase 288,000
2008 Increase 327,000
2009 Increase 338,000
2010 Decrease 265,000
2011 Decrease 224,000
2012 Increase 242,880
Source: Zweibrücken Airport[9]

Ground transportation[edit]

Zweibrücken Airport is only accessible by road. It can be reached via motorway A8 (exit Contwig, Flughafen, Bitche (F)) which leads to Saarbrücken and Luxembourg and from France directly via federal highway L700.[10] Additionally, the local bus route 226 connects the airport with Zweibrücken city centre including Zweibrücken station.[10]

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