Dortmund Airport

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Dortmund Airport
Flughafen Dortmund
Dortmund Airport Logo.png
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Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Dortmund GmbH
Serves Dortmund and the eastern Rhine-Ruhr area, Germany
Elevation AMSL 130 m / 427 ft
Coordinates 51°31′06″N 007°36′44″E / 51.51833°N 7.61222°E / 51.51833; 7.61222Coordinates: 51°31′06″N 007°36′44″E / 51.51833°N 7.61222°E / 51.51833; 7.61222
DTM is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Location of airport in North Rhine-Westphalia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,000 6,562 Asphalt
Source: German AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Dortmund Airport (IATA: DTMICAO: EDLW), is a minor international airport located 10 km (6.2 mi) east[1] of Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia. It serves the eastern Rhine-Ruhr area, the largest urban agglomeration in Germany, and is mainly used for low-cost and leisure charter flights. Dortmund Airport served approximately 1.9 million passengers in 2013, the nearest major international airport is Düsseldorf Airport approx. 70 km (43 mi) to the southwest. In 2016, the airport served 1,918,843 passengers.


Early years[edit]

The airport, originally located in the suburb of Brackel, was first served by commercial flights in 1925 by Aero Lloyd, which operated flights to Paris. By the business year 1927/1928, service had expanded to 2,589 commercial flights annually. During World War II the airport was used as a German air base, and was subsequently used by the British Royal Air Force. Service to Dortmund was not recommenced when German commercial air service was restarted in 1955. In 1960, the civil airfield was relocated to Dortmund-Wickede. The old airport was abandoned and occupied by British forces until the 1990s.

Little service[edit]

Over the next decades Düsseldorf Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport were the dominant commercial airports in the Rhine-Ruhr Area. Additionally Hannover Airport and Münster/Osnabrück Airport also covered some of the air travel needs of this region. Furthermore, the 257 km (160mile) Sauerlandlinie opened in the late 1960s, connecting Dortmund with Frankfurt Airport in under two hours by car.

Commercial service was restored in 1979 with daily flights to Munich by Reise- und Industrieflug. Nuremberg and Stuttgart followed shortly afterwards. Following German Reunification in 1990, Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin, and London were added to the flight schedule. Reise- und Industrieflug' and Nürnberger Flugdienst merged in 1990 and Eurowings was formed, which is still based in Dortmund.

Construction was started in 1998, and completed in 2000 on a new replacement terminal. This multi-level terminal prepared the airport for its resurgence.


From late 2000 onwards, Dortmund Airport has experienced a drastic increase in air traffic. In the 1990s weekly service had been generally restricted to a few turboprop flights to destinations within Germany, as well as occasional charter flights to warm-weather destinations. Since 2000, several new airlines have commenced service to Dortmund, many with mainline jets. Most of the air traffic today is by low cost airlines operating Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 family series aircraft to warm-weather destinations and business centres.

The first mass carrier at Dortmund Airport was Air Berlin, which began flights to London, Milan, and Vienna in 2002, supplementing its leisure routes to the Mediterranean. easyJet made Dortmund a hub in 2004, and Germanwings followed in 2007. Air Berlin eventually ceased most non-leisure routes from Dortmund in 2005, but easyJet and Germanwings have taken over in this role. However easyJet cancelled four of five destinations in 2012.[2]

Since 2006 it has been carrying the name "Dortmund Airport 21", in reference to the fact that Dortmund's utility company, DSW21, is its major shareholder.

The airport's master plan consists of the following elements: Increasing normal operating hours by one hour at night (to 23:00h), with an additional one-hour window in the morning and at night for exceptions, lengthening the runway to 2800 metres, expanding the terminal and its infrastructure, improving the motorway connections and directly connecting the airport to mass transit.

In October 2014, Air Berlin announced to leave Dortmund Airport entirely, cancelling their last remaining summer seasonal route to Palma de Mallorca.[3] The airline already shut down several leisure routes to and from here in 2012.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Dortmund Airport:[5]

Airlines Destinations
easyJet London–Luton
Eurowings Palma de Mallorca (begins 31 May 2017)[6]
operated by Air Berlin
Palma de Mallorca
operated by Germanwings
Munich, Palma de Mallorca
Seasonal: Ankara, Split
Germania Seasonal: Heringsdorf (begins 2 September 2017),[7] Palma de Mallorca, Zonguldak
Ryanair Kraków, London–Stansted, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Málaga
SunExpress Seasonal: Antalya, Izmir
Wizz Air Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj–Napoca, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kiev–Zhuliany, Kutaisi, Niš, Riga, Sibiu, Skopje, Sofia, Târgu Mureș, Timișoara, Tuzla, Varna (begins 21 July 2017),[8] Vilnius, Wrocław


Overview of the departures level
Apron view
Passengers Movements Freight (in t)
2001 1,064,149 37,393 257
2002 Decrease 994,478 Decrease 33,812 Increase 289
2003 Increase 1,023,329 Decrease 29,788 Decrease 96
2004 Increase 1,179,028 Decrease 25,743 Decrease 75
2005 Increase 1,742,911 Increase 30,672 Decrease 58
2006 Increase 2,019,651 Increase 32,785 Decrease 37
2007 Increase 2,155,057 Decrease 32,223 Increase 40
2008 Increase 2,329,440 Decrease 29,555 Decrease 35
2009 Decrease 1,711,157 Decrease 24,043 Decrease 21
2010 Increase 1,747,731 Increase 24,232 Increase 33
2011 Increase 1,814,246 Increase 26,391 Decrease 26
2012 Increase 1,896,885 Decrease 22,634 Decrease 4
2013 Increase 1,924,386 Increase 23,809 Decrease 2
2014 Increase 1,964,625 Decrease 22,202 Decrease 0
2015 Increase 1,985,379 Increase 23,616 0
Source: ADV German Airports Association[9]

Ground transportation[edit]

To Dortmund and the Ruhr area[edit]

Dortmund Airport is served by an express bus to Dortmund main station, a shuttle bus to the nearby railway station Holzwickede/Dortmund Flughafen, a bus to the city's metro line U47, as well as a bus to the city of Unna.

To Düsseldorf[edit]

Travellers with destination Düsseldorf main station need to catch the AirportShuttle bus to nearby Holzwickede station. The shuttle bus leaves every 20 minutes in front of the terminal building. From Holzwickede station catch the RE 13 (Maas-Wupper-Express) towards Venlo. The train runs every hour and provides a direct connection to Düsseldorf, the travel time is approx. 60 minutes.

Other facilities[edit]

At one time Eurowings had its headquarters, the Dortmund Administrative Center (Verwaltungsstandort Dortmund), at the airport.[10] It has been relocated to Düsseldorf in 2010.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 3 January 2010, Air Berlin Flight 2450, operated by a Boeing 737-800 (D-ABKF) overran the end of the runway after an aborted take-off at high speed due to an airspeed discrepancy on the two pilots' instruments. There were no injuries among the 171 people on board.[11]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Dortmund Airport at Wikimedia Commons