Friedrichshafen Airport

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Friedrichshafen Airport
Flughafen Friedrichshafen
Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Friedrichshafen GmbH
Serves Friedrichshafen, Germany and Lake Constance
Hub for VLM Airlines
(from February 2016)[1]
Elevation AMSL 1,358 ft / 414 m
Coordinates 47°40′17″N 009°30′41″E / 47.67139°N 9.51139°E / 47.67139; 9.51139Coordinates: 47°40′17″N 009°30′41″E / 47.67139°N 9.51139°E / 47.67139; 9.51139
FDH is located in Baden-Württemberg
Location of airport in Baden-Württemberg
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,356 7,729 Asphalt

Friedrichshafen Airport (German: Flughafen Friedrichshafen, IATA: FDHICAO: EDNY; also known as Bodensee Airport Friedrichshafen) is a minor international airport 1.9 miles (3 km) north of Friedrichshafen, Germany, on the banks of Lake Constance (German: Bodensee). It is the third biggest airport in the German state of Baden-Württemberg after Stuttgart and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden and served 545,121 passengers in 2012.[4] Friedrichshafen features flights to some European metropolitan and leisure destinations. It was previously the base of InterSky, an Austrian regional airline which is now defunct. Due to its proximity to the Austrian Alps it is also heavily used during the winter by skiing tourists.

The Messe Friedrichshafen convention center is just north of the airport's runway. The center hosts an annual European general aviation conference AERO Friedrichshafen and other conferences.[5]


This airport was established in 1915 when the first hangars were constructed.[6] The first scheduled passenger flights with the Zeppelin started from here, long before they were relocated to Frankfurt/Zeppelinheim.

Friedrichshafen saw its first scheduled passenger flights in 1929 with Deutsche Luft Hansa services to Stuttgart. Delta Air established the first successful post-war regional flights in 1978, flying to Stuttgart and Zürich.[6]

A new terminal building and runway were built between 1988 and 1994. Another new terminal was opened in 2010.[6]

InterSky, based the airport, shut down its key route to Cologne Bonn Airport, which it had operated for seven years, in October 2010 due to tough competition from Germanwings which started flying the same route in spring 2010.[7] Germanwings closed the route on 14 June 2015.[8]

On 5 November 2015, InterSky ceased all operations due to financial difficulties, leading to the termination of domestic connections to Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Düsseldorf.[9] In December 2015, it was announced that the airport might need financial support from its majority owners - the city of Friedrichshafen and the surrounding county - as the shutdown of InterSky -one of the airport's largest customers- led to financial difficulties.[10]

Also in December 2015, VLM Airlines announced it would to base three aircraft in Friedrichshafen to take over the domestic routes to Berlin, Düsseldorf and Hamburg previously provided by InterSky.[1]


Aerial view of Friedrichshafen Airport with Lake Constance in the background

The airport consists of one passenger terminal building that with seven departure gates (A-G) as well as some shops and restaurants. The apron consists of seven aircraft stands, there are no jet bridges. The terminal building also features office space and an observation deck.

A museum dedicated to Dornier Flugzeugwerke, a German aircraft manufacturer, is next to the terminal. The airport also was home to InterSky's. maintenance facilities.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Friedrichshafen Airport:[11]

Airlines Destinations
Air Berlin Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
British Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick
easyJet Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Express Airways Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca (begins 30 April 2016)[12]
Germania Seasonal: Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Kayseri (begins 8 July 2016),[13] Lanzarote, Marsa Alam, Palma de Mallorca, Reykjavik-Keflavik (begins 18 June 2016),[14] Tenerife-South
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Monarch Airlines Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester
SunExpress Seasonal charter: Antalya
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: London-Gatwick
Tailwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Tunisair Seasonal charter: Djerba
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
VLM Airlines Berlin-Tegel (begins 15 February 2016),[15] Düsseldorf (begins 15 February 2016),[15] Hamburg (begins 15 February 2016)[15]
Wizz Air Skopje


Airship hangar at the airport
2008 649,646
2009 Decrease 578,484
2010 Increase 590,640
2011 Decrease 571,709
2012 Decrease 545,121
2013 Decrease 536,029
2014[16] Increase 596,000
2015 Decrease 559,985
Source: ADV[17]

Ground transportation[edit]


Friedrichshafen can be reached from all directions via federal highways B30 and B31 which are connected to several motorways such as the A96 from Munich or the A13/A14 from Austria and Switzerland. The airport is signposted throughout the city. Taxis and rental car agencies are available at the terminal building.[18]


Friedrichshafen Airport has its own small railway station named Friedrichshafen Flughafen directly across from the terminal building. It is regularly served by local DB Regio andBodensee-Oberschwaben-Bahn trains, which continue to the city center of Friedrichshafen or the nearest major city, Ulm.[18]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Friedrichshafen Airport at Wikimedia Commons