Hannover Airport

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Hannover Airport

Flughafen Hannover-Langenhagen
Hannover Airport Logo.svg
Luftbild flughafen hannover.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorFlughafen Hannover-Langenhagen GmbH
ServesHannover, Germany
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL183 ft / 56 m
Coordinates52°27′39″N 009°41′06″E / 52.46083°N 9.68500°E / 52.46083; 9.68500Coordinates: 52°27′39″N 009°41′06″E / 52.46083°N 9.68500°E / 52.46083; 9.68500
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09L/27R 12,467 3,800 Concrete
09R/27L 7,677 2,340 Concrete
09C/27C 2,559 780 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers6,324,634 Increase 7.7%

Hannover Airport (IATA: HAJ, ICAO: EDDV) is the international airport of Hanover, capital of the German state of Lower Saxony. The ninth largest airport in Germany, it is in Langenhagen, 11 km (6.8 mi) north of Hanover. The airport has flights to European metropolitan and leisure destinations, and serves as a base for Eurowings, Corendon Airlines Europe and TUI fly Deutschland.


Early years[edit]

A Lufthansa Boeing 737-100 at Hannover Airport in April 1968
Hannover Airport in 1970

Hannover Airport was opened in Langenhagen in 1952, replacing an old airfield within the city limits of Hanover. In 1973 two modern terminals were opened, which became famous because of their compact design. They became the archetype for the Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow. These terminals A and B are still in service today.

In the 1990s, trials of intercontinental services to the United States and Canada were stopped due to low passenger numbers.

In 1998, the largest terminal, C, was opened to handle more passengers, adding 8 more boarding gates and 3 bus departure gates. Up to 33 aircraft can be handled simultaneously, of which 20 can use aircraft stands equipped with a Jetway. All three terminals are capable of handling a Boeing 747.

From 1957 to 1990, the airport hosted the Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung, Germany's largest air show. After a fatal accident in 1988, when a Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter hit a Jetway with its rotor, and German Reunification two years later, the air show moved to Berlin in 1992.

Development since the 2000s[edit]

In 2000, an S-Bahn connection was established between the airport and Hamelin via Hanover Main Station. This replaced the airport's shuttle bus service which ran every 20 minutes, more frequently than the S-Bahn, but took longer to reach the airport and railway station. The train service was extended to Paderborn in 2003.

TUIfly, which maintains a base at Hannover Airport, dramatically reduced services in 2008 and 2009, and passed all its non-traditional holiday routes to Air Berlin late in 2009. In 2010 Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, opened their sixth base at Hanover.[1] In 2017, now defunct airline Air Berlin fully reduced the flight program and operated its last flight from Hannover in March 2017.

Hannover Airport has struggled to generate increased demand in recent years, possibly due to a reluctance or inability to attract Europe's low-cost carriers to serve the airport. New routes from network carriers to their hubs were opened and closed after one season/year due to low demand (e.g., Aer Lingus, Air Baltic, TAP Air Portugal). Although traffic grew satisfactorily during the late 1990s, during the last decade there has been little growth. In both 2007 and 2008, traffic was down less than 1%, but in 2009 it fell by almost 12%.[1] Hannover Airport is one of very few German airports which are open 24 hours a day, but there are very few flights between 23:00 and 04:00.

According to local press plans to restart scheduled long haul operation with a connection to Iran are currently under investigation.[2]

The General Aviation Terminal, located near the center runway, was renamed Karl Jatho Terminal in honour of Hanoverian aviation pioneer Karl Jatho.[3]


Hannover Airport has three passenger terminal concourses named Terminals A, B, and C. The landside areas with shops, restaurants, and travel agents are interconnected, but each has its separate airside area with a few more facilities. Terminals A and B each have six boarding gates equipped with jet bridges, while Terminal C has eight of them.[4] Additional bus gates are available in each concourse. Terminal A underwent a major refurbishment as the first concourse from April 2013 and reopened on 9 July 2014.[5][6]

The additional Terminal D to the east of the main terminal is a rebuilt hangar which is exclusively used by the Royal Air Force to transport British troops to and from Northern Germany.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Hannover Airport:[7]

Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens, Thessaloniki
Air Astana Seasonal: Kostanay
Air Cairo[8][9] Hurghada
Air France Hop Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Serbia[10] Belgrade
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga (begins 15 April 2023)[11]
AnadoluJet Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Ankara,[12] Antalya
Austrian Airlines Vienna
British Airways London–Heathrow
Corendon Airlines[13] Ankara, Antalya, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Izmir, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Adana, Agadir (begins 7 November 2022),[14] Bodrum, Corfu, Dalaman, Diyarbakır, Faro, Gaziantep, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kayseri, Kos, Marsa Alam (begins 1 November 2022),[14] Olbia, Rhodes, Samsun, Sharm El Sheikh (begins 7 November 2022)[14]
European Air Charter Seasonal: Burgas, Varna
Eurowings[15] Palma de Mallorca, Pristina
Seasonal: Thessaloniki
FlyErbil[16] Erbil
Freebird Airlines[17] Seasonal: Antalya
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Nouvelair Seasonal: Monastir
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum[citation needed]
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
SunExpress Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Diyarbakır, Izmir
Seasonal: Bodrum, Gaziantep, Kayseri
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
TUI fly Deutschland Boa Vista, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Marsa Alam, Palma de Mallorca, Sal, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Corfu, Dalaman, Enfidha, Faro, Heraklion, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Kos, Larnaca, Menorca, Patras, Rhodes
Tunisair Seasonal: Djerba
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Seasonal: Adana[18]
Volotea[19] Seasonal: Cagliari, Venice (resumes 11 November 2022)[20]
Vueling Barcelona


ASL Airlines France[21] Berlin, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
ASL Airlines Ireland[22] Katowice, Milan-Malpensa
FedEx Express[23] Paris–Charles de Gaulle


Departure area
Check-in area
Cargo terminal

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at HAJ airport. See Wikidata query.
Annual Passenger Traffic[24]
Year Passengers % Change
2000 5,530,284 Steady
2001 5,157,558 Decrease -6.7%
2002 4,751,921 Decrease -7.8%
2003 5,044,870 Increase 6.1%
2004 5,249,169 Increase 4.0%
2005 5,637,385 Increase 7.4%
2006 5,699,299 Increase 1.1%
2007 5,644,582 Decrease -1%
2008 5,637,517 Decrease -0.1%
2009 4,969,799 Decrease -11.8%
2010 5,059,800 Increase 2%
2011 5,340,264 Increase 5.5%
2012 5,287,831 Decrease -1%
2013 5,234,909 Decrease -1%
2014 5,291,981 Increase 1%
2015 5,452,669 Increase 3%
2016 5,408,814 Decrease -1%
2017 5,870,104 Increase 8.5%
2018 6,324,634 Increase 7.7%
2019 6,301,366 Decrease -0.4%
2020 1,452,333 Decrease -76.9%

Ground transportation[edit]

Hannover Airport railway station


Hannover Flughafen railway station is located beneath Terminal C and features frequent services of Hanover S-Bahn line S5 to Hanover city centre. The journey time is approx. 17 minutes and the service runs every 30 minutes 22 hours a day. During important fairs like the Hanover Fair additional hourly services of Hanover S-Bahn line S8 link the airport with the Hanover fairground.[25]


The 470 bus runs directly from the Langenhagen-Zentrum station to Hannover Airport.


Hannover Airport has its own exit on motorway A352, but can also reached via some local roads. Approx. 14,000 parking spaces are available.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b anna.aero (5 May 2010). "Germanwings' new Hanover base launches with 16 routes; half of 75 weekly flights target the Air Berlin monopoly routes". anna.aero Airline News & Analysis. Archived from the original on 12 May 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Tuifly to offer flights to Iran". Archived from the original on 7 October 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Hanover Airport: Fluginformationen: Hannover Airport: Fluginformationen: Karl Jatho". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Hannover Airport: Fluginformationen: Hannover Airport: Fluginformationen: Site". Archived from the original on 8 July 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Airport-Terminal umgebaut - Schneller einchecken und mehr Komfort". BILD.de. 2 June 2015. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Umbau Terminal A (Refurbishment of terminal A from OCT-2013 until JUL-2014)". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Hannover Airport: Fluginformationen: Hannover Airport: Fluginformationen: Flight Plan". Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  8. ^ "Flight plan". sunexpress.com.
  9. ^ "Egypt's Air Cairo, SunExpress ink cooperation agreement". ch-aviation.com. 8 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Air Serbia finalises summer expansion with three new routes".
  11. ^ "Air Baltic verbindet Hannover mit Riga". 28 September 2022.
  12. ^ "Turkish Airlines / AnadoluJet 3Q22 European Network Suspensions".
  13. ^ "Corendon Airlines Network". corendonairlines.com. 2 March 2022. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  14. ^ a b c "Winter 2022: Corendon Europe legt weitere Ferienstrecken ab Deutschland auf". 21 April 2022.
  15. ^ eurowings.com retrieved 1 November 2021
  16. ^ "Fünf zusätzliche Airlines starten ab Hannover". aeroTELEGRAPH. 3 May 2022. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  17. ^ "Flight list". freebirdairlines.com.
  18. ^ "Turkish Airlines / AnadoluJet 3Q22 European Network Suspensions".
  19. ^ volotea.com - Destinations retrieved 15 October 2021
  20. ^ "Dieci anni di Volotea a Venezia e ora nuove rotte: Da ottobre i voli per Nizza e Lille". 5 April 2022.
  21. ^ aslairlines.fr - Cargo network retrieved 6 November 2021
  22. ^ Katowice Airport [@KatowiceAirport] (21 July 2021). "[1/4] 🆕 On the night of 20 July 2021, ASL Airlines launched a new regular cargo route: KTW – Hanover – Milan-Malpensa – Hanover– KTW. The route is handled with a Boeing 737-400F. t.co/aR3MDqmGDp" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 21 July 2021. Retrieved 26 July 2021 – via Twitter.
  23. ^ "According to FedEx you can check the Travis for HAJ: Tu.-Fr. morning one flight to Billund (B734 or B738) coming from Liege, Mo.-Fr. Evening: One flight to Liege (B738) coming from Oslo and to Paris (B734) coming from Berlin-SXF". Archived from the original on 14 October 2019. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  24. ^ Unsere Flughäfen. "Regionale Stärke, Globaler Anschluss". www.adv.aero (in German). Archived from the original on 26 July 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  25. ^ "Tariff info" (PDF). www.s-bahn-hannover.de. 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.

External links[edit]

Media related to Hannover Airport at Wikimedia Commons