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Stuttgart Airport
Flughafen Stuttgart
Stuttgart Airport Logo.svg
Luftbild EDDS edit.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH
Serves Stuttgart, Germany
Hub for Eurowings
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 1,276 ft / 389 m
Coordinates 48°41′24″N 009°13′19″E / 48.69000°N 9.22194°E / 48.69000; 9.22194Coordinates: 48°41′24″N 009°13′19″E / 48.69000°N 9.22194°E / 48.69000; 9.22194
Map of the Airport
Map of the Airport
STR is located in Baden-Württemberg
Location within Baden-Württemberg
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,345 10,974 Concrete
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 30 98 Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 10,512,225
Passenger change 14–15 Increase8.2%
Aircraft movements 101,169
Movements change 14–15 Increase6.7%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, ACI Europe[1]

Stuttgart Airport (German: Flughafen Stuttgart, formerly Flughafen Stuttgart-Echterdingen) (IATA: STRICAO: EDDS) is the international airport of Stuttgart, the capital of the German state Baden-Württemberg. It is christened after Stuttgart's former mayor, Manfred Rommel[3] and is the sixth busiest airport in Germany with 10.5 million passengers having passed through its doors in 2015. The airport is an important hub for Eurowings and features flights to several European cities and leisure destinations as well as a long-haul service to Atlanta.

The airport is located approximately 13 km (8.1 mi) (10 km (6.2 mi) in a straight line) south[2] of Stuttgart and lies on the boundary between the nearby town of Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Filderstadt and Stuttgart itself. In 2007, the Stuttgart Trade Fair – the ninth biggest exhibition centre in Germany – moved to grounds directly next to the airport. Additionally, the global headquarters for car parking company APCOA Parking are located here.


First years and World War II[edit]

The airport was built in 1939 to replace Böblingen Airport. In 1945, the United States Army took over the airport until returning it to German authorities in 1948.

For the duration of the Cold War the runway and facilities were shared with the United States Army who operated helicopters, the Grumman OV-1 Mohawk and other fixed wing aircraft as Echterdingen Army Airfield on the southern portion of the airfield.[4][5] Some of the units operating at Echterdingen were headquartered at nearby Nellingen Kaserne- now closed and redeveloped.[6] In 1984-5, the 223rd Aviation Battalion (Combat) of the 11th Aviation Group (Combat) was headquartered at Echterdingen, with three aviation companies assigned (one at Schwäbisch Hall).[7] The U.S. Army still maintains a small helicopter base - Stuttgart Army Airfield - on the southern side of the airport, which it shares with the Baden-Württemberg State Police helicopter wing. The police helicopter wing falls under the control of Stuttgart Police Department and has six modern helicopters based at Stuttgart and two in Söllingen.

Later development[edit]

The airport was expanded after World War II. The runway was extended to 1,800 m (5,906 ft) in 1948, then to 2,250 m (7,382 ft) in 1961 and finally to 3,345 m (10,974 ft) in 1996.

The original 1938 terminal was finally replaced in 2004 and there are now four terminals with a maximum capacity of approximately 12 million passengers.

Politicians, town planners and nearby residents have been arguing for years about the construction of a second runway. However, on 25 June 2008 Minister-President Günther Oettinger announced that for the next 8–12 years no second runway will be built and that the restrictions for night operations stay in place.[8][9]

After the death of former mayor Manfred Rommel in November 2013 local politicians proposed to rename the airport after him.[10] This proposal caused public disputes as he was the son of Erwin Rommel but also highly respected for his work on intercultural affairs.[11] In July 2014 it has been announced that the airport will be named Flughafen Stuttgart - Manfred Rommel Flughafen from now on.[12] In September 2016, the airport announced a new branding and corporate design changing its official name from Flughafen Stuttgart to Stuttgart Airport.[13]

In September 2014, United Airlines cancelled their route to Stuttgart from Newark due to insufficient demand[14] leaving Stuttgart Airport with only one remaining long-haul connection to Atlanta provided by Delta Air Lines.

In October 2014, easyJet announced to serve Stuttgart as their seventh German destination by March 2015.[15] In December 2014, Ryanair also announced Stuttgart as a new destination of their network serving six weekly flights between Stuttgart and Manchester from April 2015.[16]

Air Berlin announced the start of a service to Abu Dhabi from December 2014.[17] On 31 May 2016, Air Berlin ceased its flights to Abu Dhabi.[18] In October 2016, Air Berlin announced to close its maintenance facilities at the airport due to cost cutting and restructuring measures.[19]


Stuttgart Airport consists of four passenger terminals which have separate check-in facilities and entrances but are directly connected to each other and share a single airside area which features eight Jet bridges as well as about two dozen bus-boarding stands.[20]

  • Terminal 1 is the first of two landside main halls and features together with its addition Terminal 1-West 50 check-in counters. It shares the roof with Terminals 2 and 3 and is mainly used by Germanwings and Lufthansa.
  • Terminal 2 is a small area featuring nine check-in counters and a security checkpoint. It is located within the shopping area between the main halls of Terminals 1 and 3. It is used by Germanwings in addition to their counters in Terminal 1.
  • Terminal 3 is the second of the two landside main halls east of Terminal 1 and 2 and features 39 additional check-in counters. It is used by TUIfly and KLM among several other airlines.
  • Terminal 4 is, unlike the other three terminals, a separate and very basic equipped building to the east of Terminals 1 to 3 but also connected to them by a walk way. It features 17 more check-in counters as well as several bus-boarding gates and is used mostly for holiday charter operations. In March 2018, the airport administration announced that Terminal 4 will be entirely rebuilt and expanded in the coming years.[21]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Stuttgart Airport:[22]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Athens, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Heraklion
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Bucharest Seasonal charter: Pristina
Air Cairo Hurghada
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Serbia Belgrade
AIS Airlines Münster/Osnabrück
AtlasGlobal Seasonal: Antalya
Austrian Airlines Vienna, Graz
Blue Air Bucharest, Sibiu
BMI Regional Rostock
British Airways London–Heathrow
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas, Varna
Condor Antalya, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, La Palma, Lanzarote, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Agadir (begins 2 November 2018),[23] Corfu, Heraklion, Jerez de la Frontera, Kalamata (begins 21 May 2018),[24] Kos, Marrakesh (begins 2 November 2018),[25] Palma de Mallorca, Preveza, Rhodes, Santorini, Zakynthos
Seasonal charter: Dubai–Al Maktoum[26]
Corendon Airlines Antalya, Marrakech
Cyprus Airways Larnaca (begins 1 May 2018)[27]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
easyJet Berlin–Tegel, Edinburgh, London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa, Palma de Mallorca (begins 11 April 2018),[28] Porto, Venice
Ellinair Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Heraklion
Eurowings Alicante (begins 27 March 2018), Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bari, Berlin–Tegel, Bilbao, Bremen, Brussels, Budapest, Catania, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Faro, Hamburg, Hannover, La Palma, Larnaca, Leipzig/Halle, Lisbon, London–Heathrow, Malaga, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Pristina, Rome–Fiumicino, Sarajevo, Split, Thessaloniki, Venice (begins 25 March 2018),[29] Vienna, Wrocław (begins 25 March 2018),[29] Zagreb
Seasonal: Ankara, Antalya, Arvidsjaur, Athens, Bastia, Belgrade, Brindisi, Burgas, Cagliari, Chania, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Heringsdorf, Ibiza, Izmir, Jersey (begins 28 April 2018),[30] Kavala, Kraków, Lamezia Terme, Mostar (begins 16 May 2018),[31] Newquay (begins 31 March 2018),[32] Olbia, Osijek, Palermo (begins 15 April 2018), Pisa, Pula, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rhodes, Rijeka, Tenerife–South, Tirana, Tivat (begins 1 June 2018),[33] Valencia, Varna, Zadar, Zakynthos (begins 5 May 2018)
Finnair Helsinki (resumes 23 April 2018)[34]
Flybe Birmingham
FlyEgypt Seasonal charter: Sharm El Sheikh[35]
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Iberia Express Madrid
KLM Amsterdam
Laudamotion Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca (begins 25 March 2018)[36]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Nouvelair Enfidha, Djerba
Seasonal: Monastir
Onur Air Seasonal: Antalya, Istanbul–Atatürk
Orange2Fly Charter: Pristina[37]
Pegasus Airlines Ankara, Kayseri, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Izmir
Ryanair Dublin, Manchester
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca (begins 1 June 2018)[38]
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Small Planet Airlines (Germany) Seasonal: Larnaca, Malta
Seasonal charter: Palma de Mallorca
Sun d'Or Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
SunExpress Ankara, Antalya, Gaziantep, Izmir
Seasonal: Adana, Bodrum, Dalaman, Samsun
SunExpress Deutschland Ankara, Fuerteventura, Hurghada, Kayseri
Seasonal: Burgas, Lanzarote, Marsa Alam, Trabzon, Varna
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Tailwind Airlines Antalya
Seasonal: Adana, Kayseri
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
TUI fly Deutschland Boa Vista, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Adana, Antalya, Arvidsjaur, Brindisi, Corfu, Dalaman, Faro, Funchal, Heraklion, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Kayseri, Kos, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Patras, Rhodes, Sal
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Ankara, Antalya, Izmir, Kayseri, Ordu–Giresun, Samsun (begins 26 June 2018),[39] Trabzon
Twin Jet Lyon
Voyage Air Seasonal: Varna (begins 31 May 2018)[40]
Vueling Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca (begins 1 June 2018)[41]


Airlines Destinations
Deutsche Post Berlin–Tegel, Hannover
DHL Aviation Leipzig/Halle, Cologne-Bonn[42]
FedEx Feeder Frankfurt, Katowice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle


Passengers and movements[edit]

Terminals 1 to 3
One of the two main halls
Departure area
Passengers Movements
1999 7,688,951 119,904
2000 Increase 8,141,020 Increase 150,451
2001 Decrease 7,642,409 Decrease 146,771
2002 Decrease 7,284,319 Decrease 144,208
2003 Increase 7,595,286 Increase 144,903
2004 Increase 8,831,216 Increase 156,885
2005 Increase 9,413,671 Increase 160,405
2006 Increase 10,111,346 Increase 164,735
2007 Increase 10,328,120 Decrease 164,531
2008 Decrease 9,932,887 Decrease 160,243
2009 Decrease 8,941,990 Decrease 141,572
2010 Increase 9,226,546 Decrease 135,335
2011 Increase 9,591,461 Increase 136,580
2012 Increase 9,735,087 Decrease 131,524
2013 Decrease 9,588,692 Decrease 124,588
2014 Increase 9,730,531 Decrease 124,452
2015 Increase 10,527,202 Increase 130,491
2016 Increase 10,640,610 Decrease 129,704
Source: Stuttgart Airport[43]

Largest airlines[edit]

Delta Air Lines operates the only long-haul service at Stuttgart Airport, using Boeing 767 aircraft
Largest airlines by passengers (2016)[43]
Rank Airline %
1 Germany Eurowings 32.0%
2 Germany Air Berlin 17.5%
3 Germany TUIfly 6.3%
4 Germany Lufthansa 4.9%
5 Turkey Turkish Airlines 4.3%
6 Turkey SunExpress and
Germany SunExpress Deutschland
7 Germany Condor 3.9%
8 United Kingdom EasyJet 3.0%
9 Netherlands KLM 2.3%
10 Austria Austrian Airlines 2.1%

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic routes out of Stuttgart Airport (2016)[44]
Rank Destination Passengers
1 Germany Berlin, Schönefeld Airport and Tegel Airport Increase 1,048,200
2 Germany Hamburg, Hamburg Airport Decrease 717,900
3 Germany Hesse, Frankfurt Airport Decrease 343,900
4 Germany Lower Saxony, Hannover Airport Decrease 194,100
5 Germany Bavaria, Munich Airport Increase 173,700
6 Germany Bremen, Bremen Airport Decrease 156,000
7 Germany North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf Airport Increase 152,900
8 Germany Saxony, Dresden Airport Increase 98,000
Busiest international routes out of Stuttgart Airport (2016)[44]
Rank Destination Passengers
1 Spain Spain, Palma de Mallorca Airport Increase 730,700
2 Turkey Turkey, Istanbul (Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport) Decrease 643,500
3 United Kingdom United Kingdom, London (Heathrow Airport, Stansted Airport and Gatwick Airport) Increase 520,200
4 Austria Austria, Vienna International Airport Increase 367,100
5 Turkey Turkey, Antalya Airport Decrease 363,900
6 Netherlands Netherlands, Amsterdam Airport Increase 311,600
7 Spain Spain, Barcelona Airport Increase 239,800
8 Switzerland Switzerland, Zürich Airport Decrease 193,800
9 Greece Greece, Thessaloniki Airport Decrease 180,000
10 France France, Paris Paris–Charles de Gaulle Airport Decrease 178,700

Ground transportation[edit]

The motorway leading to the airport with a large car park across it
Stuttgart Flughafen/Messe station


There are two major highways: Just north of the airport runs the Bundesautobahn 8 (A8), which connects the cities of Karlsruhe and Stuttgart to Ulm, Augsburg and Munich. The Bundesstraße 27 (B27) leads to downtown Stuttgart, as well as to Tübingen and Reutlingen in the South.


From the regional cities of Esslingen am Neckar, Reutlingen and Tübingen exists a connection by coach. Additionally, German long-distance coach operators DeinBus and Flixbus maintain their stop for Stuttgart on the airport grounds with direct connections to several major cities.

Suburban railway[edit]

Stuttgart Airport can be easily reached within 30 minutes from the city's main railway station using the Stuttgart suburban railway S2 or S3 from Stuttgart Flughafen/Messe station.

Future long-distance railway[edit]

It is planned to connect the airport with the future Stuttgart - Ulm high-speed railway line currently under construction as part of the major Stuttgart 21 railway redevelopment program. Therefore, a new long-distance train station will be built on the airport's grounds near the existing suburban railway station. The new station, which will be served by ICE high-speed trains will be connected to the new line by an underground loop track. The Stuttgart-Ulm line is scheduled to be opened in 2020 while the new airport connection is planned to be inaugurated in 2022.[45]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "EAD Basic". Euro Control. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Namenserweiterung in Manfred Rommel Flughafen" (Press release) (in German). Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH. 22 October 2014. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
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  7. ^ Isby and Kamps, Armies of NATO's Central Front, Jane's, 1985, 375.
  8. ^ Flughafen bekommt keine zweite Startbahn Archived 16 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine.. Stuttgarter Zeitung online vom 25. Juni 2008 (in German).
  9. ^ Das Versprechen gilt nur auf "absehbare Zeit" Archived 26 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine.. Stuttgarter Zeitung online vom 25. Juni 2008 (in German).
  10. ^ Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Stuttgart, Germany (9 November 2013). "Manfred-Rommel-Flughafen?: CDU will Stuttgarter Flughafen umbenennen - Stuttgart - Stuttgarter Nachrichten". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  11. ^ Stuttgarter Zeitung, Stuttgart, Germany (15 July 2014). "Manfred-Rommel-Flughafen: Flughafen Stuttgart mit neuem Namen - Stuttgart - Stuttgarter Zeitung". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
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  14. ^ FVW Medien GmbH. "United Airlines: Aus für Stuttgart–New York". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  15. ^ FVW Medien GmbH. "Easyjet: Noch drei Deutschland-Routen". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
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  17. ^ "airberlin presse – airberlin plant Flüge von Stuttgart nach Abu Dhabi". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  18. ^ - airberlin withdraws from Stuttgart - Abu Dhabi route 18 March 2016
  19. ^ - "Air Berlin wants to cancel nearly 500 staff nationwide"[permanent dead link] (German) 14 October 2016
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  45. ^ - "Airport station finished by 2022" 1 August 2012
  46. ^ "Accident: BinAir SW4 at Stuttgart on Jan 19th 2010, right main gear collapsed on landing". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Stuttgart Airport at Wikimedia Commons