Cologne Bonn Airport

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Cologne Bonn Airport

Flughafen Köln/Bonn
Köln Bonn Airport Logo.svg
Köln Bonn Airport - Terminal 1-0266.jpg
Airport typePublic / military
OperatorFlughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH
ServesCologne, Bonn and region
LocationCologne, Germany
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL302 ft / 92 m
Coordinates50°51′57″N 007°08′34″E / 50.86583°N 7.14278°E / 50.86583; 7.14278Coordinates: 50°51′57″N 007°08′34″E / 50.86583°N 7.14278°E / 50.86583; 7.14278
EDDK is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Location of airport
EDDK is located in Germany
EDDK (Germany)
EDDK is located in Europe
EDDK (Europe)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,459 8,068 Concrete/asphalt
14L/32R 3,815 12,516 Asphalt
14R/32L 1,863 6,112 Concrete/asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passenger change 18-19Decrease-4.5%
Aircraft movements142.500
Movements change 18-19Decrease-1.2%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, ADV[3]

Cologne Bonn Airport (German: Flughafen Köln/Bonn 'Konrad Adenauer') (IATA: CGN, ICAO: EDDK) is the international airport of Germany's fourth-largest city Cologne, and also serves Bonn, former capital of West Germany. With around 12.4 million passengers passing through it in 2017, it is the seventh-largest passenger airport in Germany and the third-largest in terms of cargo operations. By traffic units, which combines cargo and passengers, the airport is in fifth position in Germany.[4] As of March 2015, Cologne Bonn Airport had services to 115 passenger destinations in 35 countries.[5] It is named after Konrad Adenauer, a Cologne native and the first post-war Chancellor of West Germany.

The airport is located in the district of Porz and is surrounded by the Wahner Heide nature reserve. The airport is centrally located in the Cologne Bonn Region 12 km (7.5 mi) southeast of Cologne city centre and 16 km (9.9 mi) northeast of Bonn. Cologne Bonn Airport is one of the country's few 24-hour airports and serves as a hub for Eurowings, FedEx Express[1] and UPS Airlines[2] as well as a focus city for several leisure and low-cost airlines. It is also a host of the German and European space agencies DLR and EAC, part of ESA, which train astronauts there for space explorations.

Airport's sound logo

Cologne Bonn airport is only 49 km (30 mi) south of larger Düsseldorf Airport, the main airport of Rhine-Ruhr, and also competes with Frankfurt Airport, Germany's major international airport, which can be reached from Cologne within 47 minutes by the ICE high-speed train. The airport is jointly owned by the City of Cologne (31.12%), the Federal Republic of Germany (30.94%), the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (30.94%), the City of Bonn (6.06%) and two counties: Rhein-Sieg-Kreis (0.59%) and Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis (0.35%).[6]


Early years[edit]

Airport in front of Cologne's skyline

In 1913, the first plane took off from the Wahner Heide military training area on an artillery reconnaissance flight. In 1939 an airfield was built for the German Luftwaffe.[citation needed]

After World War II the British military took over and expanded the airport (as RAF Wahn). A 1,866 m runway was built in this period. In 1951 the airport was opened for civilian air traffic, superseding the former Cologne Butzweilerhof Airport.

During the 1950s and 1960s two additional runways and a new passenger terminal were constructed. On 1 November 1970 a Boeing 747 took off for New York City from the airport for the first time.

Cologne Bonn Airport was chosen by United Parcel Service (UPS) in 1986 as the location for their European hub.[citation needed]

In the late 1990s the airport started an expansion program. Several new parking lots and a second terminal were built, and in 2004 a new long-distance railway station was opened.

Development in the 2000s[edit]

Coinciding with the start of several low-cost airlines in Germany, Cologne/Bonn opened new capacities. This enabled the airport to make competitive offers to the airlines. Consequently, Germanwings and TUIfly started operations from Cologne/Bonn as their hub in the fall of 2002. As a result, the number of passengers in 2003 rose by 43% compared to 2002. These airlines were joined by easyJet in late 2003 and Wizz Air in June 2006.

Also, the Canadian Forces began to use the airport as a staging area to move troops and supplies in support of humanitarian missions and possible anti-terrorism roles.[7]

In 2006 the Brazilian airline BRA provided a twice a week connection to Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, which was discontinued in April 2007 due to problems with the airline. Also in 2006 a daily transatlantic flight to New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport by Continental Airlines was established, operating with a Boeing 757-200. This route was discontinued on 4 September 2008 due to a reduction in passenger numbers.[8]

Low-cost carriers Ryanair and Norwegian Air Shuttle began service to Cologne/Bonn in May 2012. In April 2014 Ryanair announced the opening of their fifth German base at Cologne/Bonn Airport for October 2014.[9] In December 2014, Lufthansa announced it would base Eurowings' new long-haul operations at Cologne Bonn Airport with flights to Florida, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean to start by the end of 2015.[10] Meanwhile, Condor cancelled their service to Varadero after only one season due to the expected competition.[11] In February 2018, Eurowings announced the relocation of all long-haul operations from Cologne consisting of four Airbus A330 aircraft to Düsseldorf Airport by late October 2018 leaving the airport without any long-haul passenger routes again.[12]


Exterior of Terminal 2

Cologne Bonn Airport has two passenger terminals which are located directly beside each other:

Terminal 1[edit]

The older Terminal 1 is a 1970s building that sports large surfaces of bare concrete in its design. It features a u-shaped main building with shops, restaurants, check-in and service facilities and a visitors deck on its roof as well as the star-shaped piers B and C with five aircraft stands each plus a central airside hall between them added in 2004 with joint security-check facilities, more shops and restaurants as well as three additional stands. All ten stands at both piers feature jet bridges while the other three use walk-boarding. Also several bus-boarding stands are available at the apron. Terminal 1 is used by Eurowings, which occupy most of the landside check-in facilities, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines.[13] Terminal 1 features its own direct connection to the railway station.

Terminal 2[edit]

Construction of Terminal 2 began in June 1997, and operations at the terminal commenced on 21 June 2000. It is located to the north of Terminal 1. Both feature separate check-in facilities but are connected through a landside walkway. As part of a plan-approval procedure the airport is currently seeking approval for building an airside connection between both terminals. Terminal 2 is a modern-style rectangular building made out of glass and steel which is equipped with eight stands with jet bridges as well as several stands for bus-boarding. It is used by several airlines such as Ryanair and Iran Air.[13] Terminal 2 is also directly connected to the airports' railway station via the basement level. The terminal hosts an interdenominational prayer room on its base level.[14]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Cologne Bonn Airport:[15]

Air Arabia Nador
Air Cairo Seasonal: Hurghada[16][17]
Air Serbia Niš
AnadoluJet Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Ankara[18]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Blue Air Bucharest, Iași (begins 27 March 2022)[19]
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas, Varna
Corendon Airlines[20] Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Izmir, Kayseri, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Bodrum, Dalaman,[21] Diyarbakır,[20] Edremit, Eskişehir,[20] Gaziantep,[20] Gazipaşa, Heraklion, Kos, Nador (begins 5 June 2022), Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Samsun,[20] Sharm El Sheikh, Tel Aviv, Trabzon, Zonguldak
easyJet Berlin
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca (begins 3 May 2022)[22]
Eurowings[23] Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Catania, Dresden, Edinburgh, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Klagenfurt, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Leipzig/Halle, Lisbon, London–Heathrow, Milan–Malpensa, Munich, Nador, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Sarajevo, Split, Thessaloniki, Tunis, Venice, Vienna, Yerevan, Zagreb, Zürich
Seasonal: Adana,[24] Alicante (begins 22 May 2022),[25] Antalya, Bastia, Bodrum, Brindisi, Cagliari, Calvi, Corfu, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Faro, Fuerteventura, Grenoble, Heraklion, Ibiza, Izmir, Jerez de la Frontera, Kavala, Kayseri (begins 23 June 2022),[26] Kos, Kutahya, Lamezia Terme, Málaga, Menorca, Monastir, Mykonos, Nice, Olbia, Palermo, Pisa, Pula, Reykjavík–Keflávik, Rhodes, Rijeka, Santorini, Stockholm–Arlanda, Tangier, Tenerife–South, Tirana, Trieste, Varna, Verona, Zadar
FlyErbil Erbil
Freebird Airlines[27] Seasonal: Antalya, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada, Kos, Rhodes, Sharm El Sheikh, Tenerife–South
Georgian Airways Tbilisi
Holiday Europe Seasonal charter: Hurghada,[28] Marsa Alam,[28] Sharm El Sheikh[28]
Iran Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini
ITA Airways Milan–Linate[29]
Lufthansa Munich
Nouvelair Seasonal: Djerba, Enfidha
Onur Air Seasonal: Antalya, Kayseri
Pegasus Airlines Ankara, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Adana, Antalya, Bodrum, Izmir
Pobeda Moscow–Vnukovo
Ryanair Alicante, Athens, Barcelona, Bergamo, Bristol, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Gran Canaria, Katowice, Kaunas, Lisbon,[30] London–Stansted, Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Manchester, Marrakesh, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Porto, Riga, Rome–Ciampino, Rome–Fiumicino (begins 27 March 2022),[31] Seville, Sofia, Valencia, Vienna
Seasonal: Aqaba, Chania, Corfu, Fuerteventura, Knock, Kyiv–Boryspil, Treviso,[32] Vitoria, Zadar
SunExpress[33] Antalya, Izmir
Seasonal: Adana, Ankara, Bodrum, Dalaman, Kayseri
Tailwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca, Craiova, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kyiv–Zhuliany, Sarajevo, Skopje, Tirana, Varna, Vienna (resumes 30 October 2022)[34]
Seasonal: Tuzla


Cologne Bonn Airport is a major cargo hub in the world mainly due to its function as a hub for FedEx Express[1] and UPS Airlines,[2] which operates 140 flights per week at the airport alone.[35]

ATRAN[36] Moscow–Vnukovo
Cargojet[37] St. John's
Coyne Airways[38] Frankfurt, Tbilisi, Yerevan
EgyptAir Cargo[39] Cairo
FedEx Express[40] Indianapolis, Memphis, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Tel Aviv
MNG Airlines[41] Istanbul–Atatürk, Leipzig/Halle, New York-JFK,[42] Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Turkish Cargo[43] Istanbul–Atatürk
UPS Airlines[35] Almaty, Ancona, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Bergamo, Budapest, Bucharest, Cardiff, Chicago–O'Hare, Dubai–International, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Geneva, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Istanbul–Atatürk, Katowice, London–Stansted, Louisville, Lyon, Madrid, Malmö, Marseille, Moscow–Vnukovo, Mumbai, Munich, Newark, Oslo–Gardermoen, Ostrava, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Philadelphia, Porto, Prague, Reykjavík–Keflávik, Rome–Ciampino, Shanghai–Pudong, Sharjah, Shenzhen, Singapore, Stockholm–Arlanda, Sofia, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tel Aviv, Timișoara, Valencia, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław

Military use[edit]

The German Air Force's Executive Transport Wing is based on the south-western side of the airport, adjacent to the Wahn Air Force Barracks. The military part of the airport is also used by the Canadian Forces as an operational support hub.[44]


Aerial overview
Terminal overview; Terminal 1 is on the left with the connecting hall between both main piers still under construction, Terminal 2 on the right.
Airside area at Terminal 2
Main cargo ramp

Passengers and freight[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at CGN airport. See source Wikidata query.
Passengers Movements Freight (in t)
2000 6,291,739 138,434 423,641
2001 Decrease 5,705,819 Decrease 134,950 Increase 443,040
2002 Decrease 5,375,126 Decrease 125,307 Increase 494,331
2003 Increase 7,758,655 Increase 139,872 Increase 518,493
2004 Increase 8,332,961 Decrease 136,927 Increase 605,069
2005 Increase 9,452,185 Increase 140,775 Increase 636,887
2006 Increase 9,904,236 Decrease 139,096 Increase 685,563
2007 Increase 10,471,657 Decrease 138,837 Increase 704,649
2008 Decrease 10,342,931 Decrease 128,713 Decrease 578,161
2009 Decrease 9,739,581 Decrease 120,675 Decrease 552,363
2010 Increase 9,849,779 Increase 121,011 Increase 656,120
2011 Decrease 9,623,398 Decrease 117,715 Increase 742,372
2012 Decrease 9,280,070 Increase 125,335 Increase 751,183
2013 Decrease 9,077,346 Decrease 120,385 Decrease 739,569
2014 Increase 9,450,493 Increase 123,241 Increase 754,356
2015 Increase 10,338,375 Increase 128,616 Increase 757,717
2016 Increase 11,910,138 Increase 136,905 Increase 786,407
2017 Increase 12,384,223 Increase 141,338 Increase 838,526
2018 Increase 12,945,341 Increase 144,204 Increase 859,396
2019 Decrease 12,368,519 Decrease 142,486 Decrease 814,573
2020 Decrease 3,081,159 Decrease 78,867 Increase 863,410
Source: ADV German Airports Association[45]

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic routes (2017)
Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 Berlin-Tegel 1,232,847 Easyjet, Eurowings
2 Munich 988,723 Eurowings, Lufthansa
3 Hamburg 486,034 Eurowings
4 Berlin-Schönefeld 428,703 Ryanair
5 Dresden 144,067 Eurowings
Source: Airport Traffic Statistics[46]
Busiest European routes (2017)
Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 Spain Palma de Mallorca 916,478 Condor Flugdienst, Eurowings, Laudamotion, Ryanair, Small Planet Airlines (Germany), TUI fly Deutschland
2 United Kingdom London-Stansted 415,573 Eurowings, Ryanair
3 Austria Vienna 343,465 Austrian Airlines, Eurowings
4 Turkey Istanbul-Atatürk 275,390 Turkish Airlines
5 Spain Barcelona 245,315 Eurowings, Ryanair
Source: Airport Traffic Statistics[46]
Busiest intercontinental routes (2017) (excl. European part of Turkey)
Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 Turkey Antalya 417,544 AtlasGlobal, Condor Flugdienst, Onur Air, Pegasus Airlines, SunExpress, Tailwind Airlines, TUI fly Deutschland
2 Turkey Istanbul-Sabiha Gökcen 258,082 AtlasGlobal, Eurowings, Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines
3 Turkey Izmir 138,699 Eurowings, Pegasus Airlines, SunExpress
4 Egypt Hurghada 90,067 AlMasria Universal Airlines, Nesma Airlines, SunExpress Deutschland, TUI fly Deutschland
5 Dominican Republic Punta Cana 85,141 Eurowings
Source: Airport Traffic Statistics[46]

Ground transportation[edit]


Platforms at Cologne/Bonn Airport station

Cologne/Bonn Airport station is a 4-track railway station on a loop off the Cologne–Frankfurt high-speed line that connects Cologne Bonn Airport to long-distance trains at least once an hour per direction, most of them ICE services. The station lies directly across both terminals under a large glass roof and features direct connections to the basement of Terminal 2 as well as the check-in area at Terminal 1-C. The S-Bahn line S 19 to Düren and regional train line RE 6 to Minden (Westfalen) connect the airport station with via Cologne Main Station. RB 27 between Mönchengladbach and Koblenz calls at the airport station as well. [47]


The airport has its own exit (named Flughafen) on motorway A59 which links it to the city centres of Cologne and Bonn as well as the Ruhrgebiet.[48]


Local bus lines also connect the airport with Cologne (route 161) and Bonn (route SB60).[48] On 28 October 2015, a new coach terminal opened and is used for remote bus services to other German cities and many other European countries.

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External links[edit]

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