Hannover Airport

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Hannover Airport
Flughafen Hannover-Langenhagen
Hannover Airport Logo.svg
Sikorsky S-76 KIK-Kleidung D-HSLA, HAJ Hannover (Langenhagen), Germany PP1157616686.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Hannover-Langenhagen GmbH
Serves Hannover, Germany
Location Langenhagen
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 183 ft / 56 m
Coordinates 52°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
Website hannover-airport.de
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 (2017)
Passengers Increase 5,855,540

Hannover Airport (IATA: HAJ, ICAO: EDDV) – also called Hannover-Langenhagen – is the international airport of Hannover (English: Hanover), the capital of the German state of Lower Saxony. It is the ninth largest airport in Germany and located in Langenhagen, 11 km (6.8 mi) north of the center of Hannover. The airport features flights to European metropolitan and leisure destinations and serves as a base for Eurowings, Condor, SunExpress Deutschland and TUI fly Deutschland.


Early years[edit]

Hannover Airport in 1970

Hannover Airport was opened in Langenhagen in 1952, replacing an old airfield within the city limits of Hannover. 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 Hannover Central 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 Hannover.[1] Air Berlin has 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. 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 Athens
Seasonal: Thessaloniki (resumes 4 June 2019)[8]
Seasonal charter: Heraklion
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Astana Seasonal: Kostanay
Air Cairo Hurghada
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Azur Air (Germany) Seasonal charter: Antalya[9][10]
Belavia Minsk
British Airways London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas, Varna
Condor[11] Antalya, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, La Palma, Lanzarote, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Agadir (begins 2 November 2018), Burgas, Corfu, Djerba (ends 12 November 2018), Heraklion, Jerez de la Frontera, Kos, Larnaca, Marrakesh, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Split, Tenerife–South, Varna, Zadar (begins 4 May 2019)[12]
Seasonal charter: Dubai–Al Maktoum
Corendon Airlines Antalya
Seasonal: Gazipasa
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal charter: Marrakesh
Ellinair Seasonal charter: Heraklion
Eurowings London–Stansted, Palma de Mallorca, Pristina, Stuttgart, Vienna
Seasonal: Arvidsjaur,[13] Cagliari, Catania, Chania, Corfu,[14] Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Gran Canaria, Naples, Olbia, Rhodes, Rijeka, Split, Tenerife–South, Thessaloniki
Finnair Helsinki (begins 29 April 2019)[15]
Flybe Birmingham, Manchester
FlyEgypt Seasonal charter: Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
KLM Amsterdam
Laudamotion Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca[16]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Norwegian Air Shuttle Málaga, Palma de Mallorca
Seasonal: Alicante
Nouvelair Charter: Djerba, Monastir[17]
Onur Air Seasonal: Antalya[18]
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal: Antalya, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
Small Planet Airlines (Germany) Seasonal charter: Agadir, Kos, Hurghada, Malta, Marsa Alam,[19] Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Sharm el-Sheikh[19]
SunExpress Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Izmir
Seasonal: Bodrum, Gaziantep
SunExpress Deutschland Hurghada, Fuerteventura
Seasonal: Burgas, Diyarbakir,[20] Elazığ,[21] Heraklion, Kayseri, Marsa Alam, Palma de Mallorca, Samsun, Varna
Seasonal charter: Agadir
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
TUI fly Deutschland Agadir, Boa Vista, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Sal, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Antalya, Corfu, Dalaman, Enfidha, Faro, Heraklion, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Kittilä, Kos, Marsa Alam, Menorca, Patras, Rhodes
Tunisair Seasonal charter: Djerba[20]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Seasonal: Ankara (resumes 24 June 2019)[22]
Vueling Barcelona
Wizz Air Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Kiev–Zhuliany, Skopje


ASL Airlines Belgium Billund, Liège, Oslo–Gardermoen
Deutsche Post Munich, Stuttgart
FedEx Express Paris–Charles de Gaulle


Departure area
Check-in area
Cargo terminal

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual Passenger Traffic[23]
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%

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 Hannover 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 CeBit or Hanover Fair additional hourly services of Hanover S-Bahn line S8 link the airport with the Hanover fairground. [24]


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. 
  2. ^ "Tuifly to offer flights to Iran". Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Hanover Airport: Fluginformationen: Hannover Airport: Fluginformationen: Karl Jatho". 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. 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 4 June 2015. 
  8. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/280344/aegean-airlines-s19-service-expansions-as-of-31aug18/
  9. ^ anextour.de - Sommerziele 2018 retrieved 4 August 2018
  10. ^ "Neue Abflugorte in Deutschland: Azur Air plant mit kleinerer Flotte - aeroTELEGRAPH". 21 February 2018. 
  11. ^ "Timetable". 
  12. ^ "Condor Timetable Summer 2019, Shorthaul Flights" (PDF). Condor. Retrieved 2018-08-27. 
  13. ^ "Neue Strecken - Buchen - Eurowings". 
  14. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Eurowings S18 new short-haul routes as of 21SEP17". 
  15. ^ Finnair opens a new year-round route to Hanover for summer 2019 and increases capacity to Dubai for winter 2018-2019 Finnair 29 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Laudamotion outlines summer 2018 operations". routesonline.com. 16 March 2018. 
  17. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Nouvelair Tunisie expands Monastir - Germany routes from Dec 2017". 
  18. ^ "Flightplan" (PDF). hannover-airport.de. 
  19. ^ a b https://www.tuifly.com/schedule/presentation/schedulePdfRH.do[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ a b TUIfly.com. "Flugplan mit praktischer Download-Funktion - TUI fly - Flugplan". www.tuifly.com. 
  21. ^ "Route network - SunExpress". 
  22. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/280489/turkish-airlines-resumes-ankara-hannover-service-in-s19/
  23. ^ Unsere Flughäfen. "Regionale Stärke, Globaler Anschluss". www.adv.aero (in German). 
  24. ^ "Tariff info" (PDF). www.s-bahn-hannover.de. 2018. 

External links[edit]

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