Bayreuth Airport

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Bayreuth Airport

Verkehrslandeplatz Bayreuth
Bayreuth Airport Tower.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorCity of Bayreuth
ServesBayreuth, Germany
LocationBindlach/Goldkronach, Germany
Elevation AMSL488 m / 1,601 ft
Coordinates49°59′08″N 11°38′24″E / 49.98556°N 11.64000°E / 49.98556; 11.64000Coordinates: 49°59′08″N 11°38′24″E / 49.98556°N 11.64000°E / 49.98556; 11.64000
Websitebayreuth.de/flugplatz
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 1,034 3,392 Asphalt
S1 (06/24) 1,100 3,809 Grass
S2 (06/24) 900 2,953 Grass
S3 (06/24) 800 2,625 Grass
Source: Airport website.[1][2]

Bayreuth Airport (IATA: BYU, ICAO: EDQD), also called Verkehrslandeplatz Bayreuth in German, is a general-aviation non-towered airport serving the city of Bayreuth, Germany. It was formerly known as Bindlacher Berg Airport.  

Location[edit]

The airfield is located on a plateau (the so-called Bindlacher Berg) in Bindlach 6.3 km (3,9 miles, 3.4 nm) northeast of the city centre of Bayreuth, close to the interchange of German motorways A9 and A70. Public transport to Bayreuth is provided by Verkehrsverbund Großraum Nürnberg (VGN) with busses.  

Facilities[edit]

The airport's main runway (06/24) for planes is suitable for weighing up to 5,700 kg (up to 10,000 kg). It is equipped with PAPI lights and satellite-based RNAV procedures. In addition, there are three parallel runways (S1 through S3) with grass surface meant for gliders. Several hangars, refuelling with Avgas 100LL or Jet A-1 and special firefighting vehicles are available. In addition, the airport features a small terminal building and a tower.[1]  

History[edit]

Before World War II, another aerodrome, closer to the city, served Bayreuth.   The area where the current airport is located was first used for a gliding competition in 1930. In the 1930s, the German Luftwaffe constructed an airbase in that location. However, on Adolf Hitler's personal request, no combat units were garrisoned in Bayreuth. Instead, the airbase was used for training purposes.[3] In April 1945, the airfield was bombed and conquered by the United States Armed Forces. The U.S. Army established a sizeable garrison, Christensen Barracks, within the perimeters of the former airbase, which existed until 1992.   After the end of the war, the Luftsportgemeinschaft Bayreuth (which translates to aero sports club) was formed. By 1953 it was granted the permit to create a small airstrip in the southeastern area of the former airbase.[2]   In 1973, the City of Bayreuth took over operations on the airfield. In the following years, the airfield was reclassified as a Verkehrslandeplatz (regional airport) and upgraded with additional buildings; this also marked the commencement of scheduled connections to Frankfurt Airport. By 1979, a control zone and IFR procedures had been established.[2]   In 1982, the German gliding championship contest took place in Bayreuth. That same year, runway 06/24 was extended to 1055 m x 30 m.   Four years later, the City of Bayreuth purchased the (hitherto only leased) grounds of the airport from the federal government of Germany. In 1992, runwas 06/24 was extended to a length of 1,206 m. In 1995, the City of Bayreuth purchased additional land to the North of the existing airport, extending the airport's area to 55.511 ha and allowing for the construction of additional runways for gliders.[2]   Bayreuth Airport hosted the World Gliding championship in 1999.[2]   After the last scheduled connection was discontinued in 2001, parts of the infrastructure have been dismantled: In particular, the airspace around the airport was redesignated to (then class F, later) class G from D, IFR procedures now rely on RNAV based on satellite navigation.  

(Former) Scheduled flights.[edit]

In the 1960s, there were limited scheduled flights to/from Frankfurt Airport for passengers attending the Bayreuth Festival. For these flights, Dornier Do 28 were operated. Owing to lack of demand, this service was discontinued in 1965.[2][4]   From 1973 to 1998, regular flights to Frankfurt and Hof–Plauen Airport were operated on De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters, for a short period of time also scheduled flights to Düsseldorf Airport were offered. Starting in 1986, Nürnberger Flugdienst (now Eurowings) took over the flights on the line Hof-Bayreuth-Frankfurt, where it operated Dornier 228, ATR 42 and ATR 72. From 1998 to 2001, this route was served by Augsburg Airways as part of the Team Lufthansa franchise.[2][5] Since those flights ended, Bayreuth has been left without any commercial air traffic.  

See also[edit]

 

External links[edit]

Media related to Flugplatz Bayreuth at Wikimedia Commons

 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AIP / Daten & Fakten" [AIP / Data & Facts]. Bayreuth.de (in German). Archived from the original on 2015-09-27. Retrieved 2021-09-10.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Airport Bayreuth (EDQD) / Von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart" [Airport Bayreuth (EDQD) / From the beginnings to the present day]. Bayreuth.de (in German). Archived from the original on 2015-09-05. Retrieved 2021-09-10.
  3. ^ Dill, Harald G.; Hetz, Karlheinz (2010). Der Luftkrieg in Nordostbayern: ein vergessenes Kapitel unserer Heimatgeschichte [Air Warfare in North Eastern Bavaria: A Lost Chapter of Our Local History] (new ed.). Weißenstadt: Späthling. p. 17. ISBN 978-3-926621-95-5. OCLC 701492342.
  4. ^ "Vor 50 Jahren" [50 years ago]. Nordbayerischer Kurier. 27 July 2016. p. 12.
  5. ^ "Routes". Flight International: 25. 9 September 1998. Retrieved 15 December 2013.