Friedrichshafen Airport

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Friedrichshafen Airport
Flughafen Friedrichshafen
Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Friedrichshafen GmbH
Serves Friedrichshafen, Germany and Lake Constance
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, directly beside 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.[3] Friedrichshafen features flights to some European metropolitan and leisure destinations and also used to be the home base for the now defunct Austrian regional airline InterSky.

The convention center Messe Friedrichshafen is right north of the airport's runway where, besides others, the yearly European general aviation conference AERO Friedrichshafen is hosted.[4]


This airport was established in 1915 with the construction of the first hangars.[5] 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. After World War II, there were no successful attempts to reestablish regional flights until 1978, when Delta Air started flights to Stuttgart and Zürich.[5]

Between 1988 and 1994, the airport saw the construction of a new infrastructure, including a new terminal building and runway. Another new terminal has been inaugurated in 2010.[5]

Friedrichshafen's home carrier InterSky announced to shut down their key route to Cologne Bonn Airport, which it operated for seven years, by October 2010 due to the tough competition by Germanwings that started the same route a few months earlier in spring 2010.[6] However, by 14 June 2015, Germanwings ceased their route between Friedrichshafen and Cologne again as well.[7]

On 5 November 2015, the airport's home carrier InterSky ceased all operations due to financial difficulties, leading to the termination of the domestic connections to Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Düsseldorf.[8]


Aerial view of Friedrichshafen Airport with Lake Constance visible in the background

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

Right next to the terminal there is a museum dedicated to the former German aircraft manufacturer Dornier Flugzeugwerke. The airport also was home to the maintenance facilities of now defunct regional carrier InterSky.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Friedrichshafen Airport:[9]

Airlines Destinations
Air Berlin Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
British Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick
easyJet Seasonal: London-Gatwick (begins 12 December 2015)[10]
Germania Hurghada
Seasonal: Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Marsa Alam, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife-South
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Monarch Airlines Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester
SunExpress Seasonal charter: Antalya
Tailwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Tunisair Seasonal charter: Djerba
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
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[11] Increase 596,000
Source: ADV[12]

Ground transportation[edit]


Friedrichshafen can be reached from all directions via federal highways B30 and B31 which are connected to several motorways like 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.[13]


Friedrichshafen Airport has its own small railway station named Friedrichshafen Flughafen directly across from the terminal building. It is regularly served by local trains of DB Regio and the Bodensee-Oberschwaben-Bahn, a local train operator, which continue to the city center of Friedrichshafen or the nearest major city, Ulm.[13]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Friedrichshafen Airport at Wikimedia Commons