Heligoland Airport

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Heligoland Airport
Flughafen Helgoland-Düne
EDXH Flugplatz Helgoland.JPG
Airport type Public
Operator Helgoland Air Service GmbH
Serves Heligoland, Germany
Location Düne
Elevation AMSL 2 m / 7 ft
Coordinates 54°11′09″N 007°54′52″E / 54.18583°N 7.91444°E / 54.18583; 7.91444Coordinates: 54°11′09″N 007°54′52″E / 54.18583°N 7.91444°E / 54.18583; 7.91444
Website flughafen-helgoland.de
HGL is located in Schleswig-Holstein
Location of the airport in Schleswig-Holstein
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 480 1,575 concrete
3/21 371 1,217 concrete
6/24 258 846 concrete
Number Length Surface
m ft
H  ??  ?? concrete
Source: official website[1]

Heligoland Airport (IATA: HGLICAO: EDXH) is an airfield on the German island of Düne, the smaller of the two isles of the Heligoland archipelago in the North Sea, about 70 kilometres (43 mi) from the mainland.


The first military airfield on Düne existed during World War II when Heligoland had been fortified.[2] In 1962, the airport was rebuilt into the form it still has today.[2]

From 2005 to 2006, the main runway (direction 15/33) was extended from 400 m to 480 m for compliance with EU regulations on commercial air traffic.[2]


The airport is licensed for aeroplanes up to 5,700 kilograms (12,600 lb) maximum takeoff weight and helicopters up to 10,000 kilograms (22,000 lb). Due to the limited length of the runways and adverse wind conditions, the approach to and departure from the airport is demanding, requiring experience and special preparation from pilots. For commercial flights, prior training is mandatory.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Heligoland Airport:[3]

Airlines Destinations
OFD Ostfriesischer-Flug-Dienst Cuxhaven/Nordholz,[4] Heide-Büsum

Ground transportation[edit]

A ferryboat service connects Düne to the Heligoland main island; there is a single taxi that services the short distance between the airport and ferryboat terminals. In general, motor vehicles and bicycles are prohibited on the archipelago.

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Heligoland Airport at Wikimedia Commons