Dresden Airport

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Dresden Airport

Flughafen Dresden
Flughafen Dresden logo.svg
DRS Terminal 1.JPG
Airport typePublic
OwnerMitteldeutsche Airport Holding AG
ServesDresden, Germany
Elevation AMSL754 ft / 230 m
Coordinates51°08′04″N 13°46′05″E / 51.13444°N 13.76806°E / 51.13444; 13.76806 (Dresden Airport)Coordinates: 51°08′04″N 13°46′05″E / 51.13444°N 13.76806°E / 51.13444; 13.76806 (Dresden Airport)
DRS is located in Saxony
Location of airport in Saxony
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 2,850 9,351 Concrete
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 30 98 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger change 17–18Increase3.1%
Sources: AIP at EUROCONTROL,[1]
Annual Traffic Report 2018[2]

Dresden Airport (IATA: DRS, ICAO: EDDC) is the international airport of Dresden, the capital of the German Free State of Saxony. It is located in Klotzsche, a district of Dresden 9 km (5.6 mi) north[1] of the city centre. It was formerly also known in German as Flughafen Dresden-Klotzsche. Destinations from the airport include a few European cities and several holiday destinations.

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), a subsidiary of Airbus and ST Aerospace, is based at the airport. EFW is mainly tasked with freighter conversions.


Early years[edit]

The airport was opened to commercial traffic on 11 July 1935.[3] Though planned as a commercial airport, its importance to the military increased dramatically during the Third Reich. During World War II it was exclusively used for military purposes. An airlift between the airport and Breslau (modern day Wrocław) was established to support German troops during the Siege of Breslau in the spring of 1945. Attempts to destroy buildings and equipment before Allied troops could occupy Dresden failed due to the resistance of civil airport employees.

During the following years, the airport was used as an education centre for the Soviet army. It was reopened for commercial traffic on 16 June 1957. In 1959 international air traffic resumed, primarily to Eastern Bloc countries.

Between 1955 and 1961, the East German government decided to develop its own aviation industry centred on Dresden. Although this development ultimately failed, it increased the importance of Klotzsche Airport considerably, and still shapes the design and atmosphere of the airport today.[3]

Development after German reunification[edit]

After German reunification, the airport was expanded and flights to western European capitals were added. Traffic increased sevenfold during the first half of the 1990s and a second terminal was opened in 1995.

In 2001 the current terminal was added. It was rebuilt from a hangar formerly used as an assembly hall by the aircraft industry.[3]

In 2008, 1,860,364 passengers passed through the airport, an increase of 0.3% over the previous year and a record for the airport. In the same year, there were 36,968 takeoffs and landings, an increase of 2.3% over the previous year.[4] The airport rebranded itself as "Dresden International" in September of the same year.

In February 2015, Etihad Regional terminated of all their Dresden operations (which had commenced only two years earlier) due to changes to their strategy. All three existing routes were shut down, while two planned routes were never started.[5] In June 2015, CityJet announced the termination of their route from London City Airport to Dresden after two years, citing low demand.[6] After the demise of Germania in early 2019, Sundair announced they would base aircraft in Dresden and fly to several former Germania leisure destinations.[7]


The airport has one modern passenger terminal building with several shops, restaurants and service agencies as well as seven aircraft parking positions equipped with jet bridges and additional apron stands for mid-sized aircraft such as the Airbus A320.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights from Dresden Airport:[8]

Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas, Varna
Corendon Airlines Antalya
Corendon Airlines Europe Hurghada
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Corfu, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes
KLM Amsterdam
Lauda Palma de Mallorca[9][10]
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Ryanair London–Stansted (begins 29 October 2019)[11]
Sundair Seasonal: Antalya, Corfu, Fuerteventura (begins 27 October 2019),[12] Gran Canaria (begins 27 October 2019),[12] Heraklion, Hurghada (begins 27 October 2019),[12] Kos, Marsa Alam (begins 27 October 2019),[12] Rhodes, Tenerife South (begins 27 October 2019)[13]
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich


Check-in area
Apron overview
2000 1,759,638
2001 Decrease 1,642,736
2002 Decrease 1,518,784
2003 Increase 1,553,774
2004 Increase 1,620,781
2005 Increase 1,782,901
2006 Increase 1,836,068
2007 Increase 1,849,836
2008 Increase 1,856,390
2009 Decrease 1,718,923
2010 Increase 1,843,113
2011 Increase 1,917,915
2012 Decrease 1,886,425
2013 Decrease 1,754,139
2014[14] Increase 1,760,480
2015[15] Decrease 1,726,471
2016 Decrease 1,667,880
2017 Increase 1,702,572
2018 Increase 1,762,175
Source: ADV[16]

Ground transportation[edit]

Public transport[edit]

Dresden Airport railway station is in the basement of the terminal building. It is served by the S2 line of the Dresden S-Bahn, which runs every half-hour to Dresden-Neustadt and Dresden Hauptbahnhof stations in the centre of Dresden, with journey times of 13 and 23 minutes respectively. On weekdays the trains continue on to the towns of Heidenau and Pirna.[17]

Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe (DVB) bus route 77 links the airport to DVB tram route 7, providing an alternative route to central Dresden. DVB bus route 80 links the airport to the districts of Klotzsche, Wilder Mann, Trachau and Cotta as well as the town of Boxdorf and also tram route 7.[17]

The airport is in the Verkehrsverbund Oberelbe's Dresden tariff zone, as is central Dresden. A single ticket (currently priced at 2.40) is valid on the S-Bahn, trams and buses within that zone. Other tariff zones cover the surrounding towns as far as Meissen and the Czech border. Tickets can be purchased at ticket vending machines in the station, at the bus stop, or at the airport information desk on the Arrivals level of the terminal.[17]

Road transport[edit]

Dresden Airport is around 9 km (5.6 mi) north[1] of the centre of Dresden. The direct journey, on city streets, takes about 20 minutes.[18]

The airport is served by an adjacent junction on the A4 Autobahn, which by-passes central Dresden on its route from Aachen, on the Dutch border, to Görlitz, on the Polish border. Junctions in the Dresden area connect the A4 to the A13, to Berlin, and the A17, to the Czech border and Prague.[18]

The airport has a multi-storey car park with approximately 1,500 spaces, connected to the terminal building by a glass-covered pedestrian bridge. Additionally, there are three long-stay car parks, and a short-stay car park right next to the terminal access.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c EAD Basic
  2. ^ http://www.leipzig-halle-airport.de/unternehmen/newsroom/pressemitteilungen/verkehrsentwicklung-der-flughaefen-leipzig-halle-und-dresden-im-jahr-2018-zuwaechse-im-passagierverkehr-frachtanstieg-in-leipzig-halle-3159.html
  3. ^ a b c "Flughaven Dresden - History of the airport". Flughafen Dresden GmbH. Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
  4. ^ "Flughaven Dresden - Press release - 2008 traffic report". Flughafen Dresden GmbH. 2009-01-19. Archived from the original on 2012-05-30. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
  5. ^ http://www.airliners.de/etihad-flugverbindungen-leipzig-dresden/34950
  6. ^ aero.de - "Cityjet cancels Dresden route" (German) retrieved 5 June 2015
  7. ^ aerotelegraph.com - "Sundair and TUIfly help at Dresden and Nuremberg" 7 Februar 2019
  8. ^ dresden-airport.de - Destinations and timetable retrieved 28 July 2019
  9. ^ http://www.austrianaviation.net/detail/lauda-startet-in-dresden-erfurt-rostock-nuernberg-und-friedrichshafen/
  10. ^ http://www.austrianaviation.net/detail/lauda-wird-dresden-palma-ganzjaehrig-bedienen/
  11. ^ https://www.aerotelegraph.com/ryanair-lauda-wizz-neue-verbindungen-ab-dresden/
  12. ^ a b c d http://www.airliners.de/sundair-flugangebot-dresden/51075
  13. ^ http://www.airliners.de/sundair-flugangebot-dresden/51075
  14. ^ http://www.aero.de/news-21034/Flughafen-Dresden-Passagierzahl-stagniert.html
  15. ^ http://www.austrianaviation.net/news-international/news-detail/datum/2016/01/18/leichter-passagierschwund-in-dresden-und-leipzig.html[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ a b c "Flughaven Dresden - Public transport". Flughafen Dresden GmbH. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
  18. ^ a b "Flughaven Dresden - Car and taxi". Flughafen Dresden GmbH. Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  19. ^ "Flughaven Dresden - Parking". Flughafen Dresden GmbH. Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2009-04-07.

External links[edit]

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