|IATA: ZQW – ICAO: EDRZ|
|Focus city for||TUIfly|
|Elevation AMSL||1,133 ft / 345 m|
|Aircraft movements||11,855 (-10,4%)|
|Cargo volume||81 tons (+103%)|
Zweibrücken Airport (IATA: ZQW, ICAO: 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.
Development into a civil airport
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.
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2013, Air Berlin stopped its weekly summer seasonal route to Palma de Mallorca on behalf of TUI, but those flights have been replaced by TUIfly and Germania for the 2014 summer season.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.
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. Due to this decision, on 24 July, Zweibrücken Airport filed for bankruptcy. While it is planned to keep the airport for general aviation, all commercial passenger operations are likely to cease by the end of the 2014 summer schedule. It is possible that commercial passenger flights at the airport will end before the end of October 2014. One of the reasons for the Commission's decision is the close proximity to Saarbrücken Airport, which exists much longer.
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
|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|
Summer seasonal: Ankara, Antalya, Heraklion, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife-South
|Tunisair||Summer seasonal charter: Djerba, Enfidha|
|Number of passengers|
|Source: Zweibrücken Airport|
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. Additionally, the local bus route 226 connects the airport with Zweibrücken city centre including Zweibrücken station.
- 20 Prozent weniger Passagiere (German)
- flughafen-zweibrücken.de - Ihr Weg zu uns
- Official website
- Current weather for EDRZ at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for ZQW at Aviation Safety Network