Hannover Airport

Coordinates: 52°27′37″N 9°41′01″E / 52.460214°N 9.683522°E / 52.460214; 9.683522
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Hannover Airport

Flughafen Hannover-Langenhagen
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorFlughafen Hannover-Langenhagen GmbH
ServesHannover-Braunschweig-Göttingen-Wolfsburg Metropolitan Region
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL183 ft / 56 m
Coordinates52°27′37″N 9°41′01″E / 52.460214°N 9.683522°E / 52.460214; 9.683522 Edit this at Wikidata
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 (2022)
Passengers3,961,983 Increase+92,6%
Aircraft movements0,061,871 Increase+26,6%
Cargo (metric tons)0,036,644 Decrease0-1,6%
Sources: Statistics at ADV.[1],
AIP at German air traffic control.[2]

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 the centre 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. The facility covers 570 hectares (1,409 acres) of land.[3]


Early years[edit]

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.[4] 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%.[4] 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.[5]

The General Aviation Terminal, located near the center runway, was renamed Karl Jatho Terminal in honour of Hanoverian aviation pioneer Karl Jatho.[6]


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.[7] 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.[8][9]

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.[10]

Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens, Thessaloniki
Air Cairo[11][12] Hurghada
Seasonal: Marsa Alam[13]
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Serbia[14] Belgrade
AnadoluJet Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Antalya
Austrian Airlines Vienna
British Airways London–Heathrow
Corendon Airlines[15] Antalya, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Adana, Ankara, Corfu, Diyarbakır, Heraklion, İzmir,[16] Kayseri, Kos, Lanzarote, Marsa Alam,[17] Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Samsun
European Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas, Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Varna
Eurowings[18] Palma de Mallorca, Pristina
Seasonal: Bari (begins 28 April 2024),[19] Catania (resumes 30 April 2024),[19] Faro (begins 30 April 2024),[19] Gran Canaria,[20] Lamezia Terme (resumes 2 May 2024),[19] Málaga (begins 24 April 2024),[19] Naples (resumes 29 April 2024),[19] Olbia (resumes 30 April 2024),[19] Rome–Fiumicino (begins 29 April 2024),[19] Tenerife–South,[20] Thessaloniki
FlyEgypt Seasonal charter: Hurghada
FlyErbil[21] Erbil
Freebird Airlines[22] Antalya
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Mavi Gök Airlines Seasonal: Antalya
Nesma Airlines Seasonal charter: Hurghada
Nouvelair Djerba, Monastir
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
Southwind Airlines Seasonal: Antalya[23]
SunExpress Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Diyarbakır, Izmir
Seasonal: Bodrum, Gaziantep, Kayseri
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Tailwind Airlines Antalya
TUI fly Deutschland Boa Vista, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Sal, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Arvidsjaur (begins 8 December 2023),[24] Corfu, Dalaman, Enfidha (resumes 1 May 2024),[25] Faro, Heraklion, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Kittilä (begins 8 January 2024),[26] Kos, Larnaca, Menorca, Patras, Rhodes
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Seasonal: Trabzon
Volotea[27][28] Seasonal: Toulouse
Vueling Barcelona


Amazon Air[29] Barcelona, Milan–Malpensa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
FedEx Express[30] Billund, Liege, Paris–Charles de Gaulle


Departure area
Check-in area
Cargo terminal
A Lufthansa Boeing 737-100 at Hannover Airport in April 1968

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at HAJ airport. See Wikidata query.
Annual Passenger Traffic[31]
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%
2021[32] 2,057,452 Increase +41,7%

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 approximately 17 minutes and the service runs every 30 minutes for 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.[33]


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. Approximately 14,000 parking spaces are available.


  • On August 30, 1939, a Lufthansa Junkers Ju-52 crashed after takeoff. All seven occupants died.[34]
  • On May 26, 1988, a Fokker F-27 Friendship operated byStar Air A/S crashed on approach to Hannover when the flaps were fully extended, the aircraft pitched up violently, causing a cargo shift. Both occupants died.[35]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ADV Monthly Traffic Report 12/2022" (PDF; 919 KB). adv.aero (in German). Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Verkehrsflughäfen e.V. 13 February 2023. Retrieved 17 February 2023.
  2. ^ "AIP VFR online". dfs.de. DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  3. ^ "Hannover Airport Facts". invest-in-niedersachsen.com. Retrieved 13 October 2023.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Tuifly to offer flights to Iran". Archived from the original on 7 October 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Hanover Airport: Fluginformationen: Hannover Airport: Fluginformationen: Karl Jatho". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Hannover Airport: Fluginformationen: Hannover Airport: Fluginformationen: Site". Archived from the original on 8 July 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "Hannover Airport: Fluginformationen: Hannover Airport: Fluginformationen: Flight Plan". Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Flight plan". sunexpress.com.
  12. ^ "Egypt's Air Cairo, SunExpress ink cooperation agreement". ch-aviation.com. 8 March 2021.
  13. ^ "AIR CAIRO NS23 NETWORK ADDITIONS – 13OCT22". aeroroutes.com. 14 October 2022.
  14. ^ "Air Serbia finalises summer expansion with three new routes". 28 January 2022.
  15. ^ "Corendon Airlines Network". corendonairlines.com. 2 March 2022. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  16. ^ "CORENDON AIRLINES NW22 SCHEDULED SERVICE ADJUSTMENT – 20OCT22". aeroroutes.com. 20 October 2022.
  17. ^ "Winter 2022: Corendon Europe legt weitere Ferienstrecken ab Deutschland auf". 21 April 2022.
  18. ^ eurowings.com retrieved 1 November 2021
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h "Eurowings NS24 Hanover / Nuremberg Network Expansion". AeroRoutes. Retrieved 21 August 2023.
  21. ^ "Fünf zusätzliche Airlines starten ab Hannover". aeroTELEGRAPH. 3 May 2022. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  22. ^ "Flight list". freebirdairlines.com.
  24. ^ {{Cite web | url=https://www.aeroroutes.com/eng/231012-x3nw23ajrktt%7Ctitle=TUIFLY ADDS ARVIDSJAUR / KITTILA SERVICE IN NW23
  25. ^ "Sommer 2024: Tuifly mit zwei neuen Tunesien-Strecken". 19 May 2023.
  26. ^ {{Cite web | url=https://www.aeroroutes.com/eng/231012-x3nw23ajrktt%7Ctitle=TUIFLY ADDS ARVIDSJAUR / KITTILA SERVICE IN NW23
  27. ^ volotea.com - Destinations retrieved 15 October 2021
  28. ^ aviation.direct - "From Hannover: Volotea starts Toulouse" (German) 2 December 2022
  29. ^ [1] retrieved 28 March 2022
  30. ^ "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.
  31. ^ Unsere Flughäfen. "Regionale Stärke, Globaler Anschluss". www.adv.aero (in German). Archived from the original on 26 July 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  32. ^ "ADV-Monatsstatistik - ADV Monthly Traffic Report 12/2021" (PDF; 823 kb). www.adv.aero/. Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Verkehrsflughäfen e.V. 31 January 2022. Retrieved 16 January 2023.
  33. ^ "Tariff info" (PDF). www.s-bahn-hannover.de. 2018. Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  34. ^ Accident description for D-AFOP at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on October 10, 2023.
  35. ^ Accident description for OY-APE at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on October 10, 2023.

External links[edit]

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