|Focus city for||Ryanair|
|Elevation AMSL||408 ft / 124 m|
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (IATA: FKB, ICAO: EDSB) (German: Flughafen Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden) is the international airport of Karlsruhe, the second-largest city in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, and also serves the well-known spa town of Baden-Baden. It is the state's second-largest airport after Stuttgart Airport, and the 18th-largest in Germany with 1,192,894 passengers as of 2010 and mostly serves low-cost and leisure flights.
The airport itself is part of Baden Airpark, a business park containing other tennants as well. It is located in Rheinmünster, 40 km (25 mi) south of Karlsruhe, 12 km (7.5 mi) west of Baden-Baden and 25 km (16 mi) north of Strasbourg, France.
Early years as a military airport
The construction of a military airfield began in December 1951 at a location between the Black Forest and the Rhine River under the supervision of French Air Force. The runway and associated facilities were completed by June 1952. The airfield was granted to Canadian forces and became a military base, RCAF Station Baden–Soellingen, later renamed CFB Baden–Soellingen, from 1953 until 1994.
The newly founded Baden Airpark GmbH took over the former military to develop it into a regional airport and business park. Technically the airport itself today is part of the actual Baden Airpark, which also includes business facilities.
On 25 October 2011, Ryanair announced it would open its 47th base at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden in March 2012 with two based aircraft and 20 routes. In addition to Ryanair's then existing 12 routes Ryanair opened seven additional routes to Faro, Málaga, Palma, Riga, Thessaloniki, Vilnius and Zadar.
Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport consists of one passenger terminal building equipped with 20 check-in counters and eight departure gates as well as some shops and restaurants. The apron features eight aircraft stands of which most can be used by mid-sized aircraft such as the Boeing 737. Due to the location of the terminal building busses are used for boarding.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport:
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca, Rimini
|Corendon Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Eurowings||Hamburg (begins 25 October 2015)|
|Express Airways||Seasonal: Split|
|Freebird Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Germania||Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion (ends 26 October 2015)|
operated by Eurowings
|Hamburg (ends 24 October 2015)|
|Ryanair||Alicante, Bari, Girona, London–Stansted, Porto, Rome–Ciampino
Seasonal: Cagliari, Gran Canaria, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Thessaloniki, Trapani, Zadar
|Tailwind Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|TUIfly||Seasonal: Antalya, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada, Kayseri, Kos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife-South|
|Wizz Air||Budapest (begins 11 March 2016)|
The airport can be reached via motorway A5 which leads from Hesse to Switzerland (Exit Baden-Baden). There are local bus connections to Karlsruhe, Heidelberg, Baden-Baden and Rastatt as well as their respective train stations.
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- Baden Airpark, official site
- baden-airpark.de - Impressum
- Traffic statistics Airport Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
- "Business und Gewerbepark". badenairpark.de.
- "Unternehmen (in German)". baden-airpark.de.
- "(in German)". airliners.de.
- "Service am FKB". badenairpark.de.
- "Nonstop-Flüge vom FKB nach Split". aerosieger.de. 1 March 2015.
- "Anreise und Parken". badenairpark.de.
Media related to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Accident history for FKB at Aviation Safety Network
- Current weather for EDSB at NOAA/NWS