Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport

Coordinates: 48°46′46″N 008°04′50″E / 48.77944°N 8.08056°E / 48.77944; 8.08056 (Baden Airpark)
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Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport

Flughafen Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden
Airport typePublic
OperatorBaden-Airpark GmbH
ServesKarlsruhe and Baden-Baden
LocationRheinmünster, Germany
Focus city forRyanair
Elevation AMSL408 ft / 124 m
Coordinates48°46′46″N 008°04′50″E / 48.77944°N 8.08056°E / 48.77944; 8.08056 (Baden Airpark)
WebsiteOfficial website
FKB is located in Baden-Württemberg
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,060 10,040 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 Asphalt
Statistics (2022)
Passengers1,304,701 Increase+114,1%
Aircraft movements0,037,464 Increase00+1,5%
Cargo (metric tons)0,001,783 Decrease0-11,4%
Sources: Statistics at ADV.[1],
AIP at German air traffic control.[2]

Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (IATA: FKB, ICAO: EDSB) (German: Flughafen Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden)[3] is the international airport of Karlsruhe, the second-largest city in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, and also serves the spa town of Baden-Baden. It is the state's second-largest airport after Stuttgart Airport, and the 15th-largest in Germany with 1,304,701 passengers as of 2022[4] and mostly serves low-cost and leisure flights.

The airport itself is part of Baden Airpark, a business park with numerous other tenants.[5] It is located in Rheinmünster, 40 km (25 mi) south of Karlsruhe, 12 km (7.5 mi) west[2] of Baden-Baden, 25 km (16 mi) east of Haguenau and 25 km (16 mi) north of Strasbourg, France.


Early years as a military airport[edit]

The construction of a military airfield began in December 1951 in the Upper Rhine Plain between the Black Forest and the Rhine River under the supervision of the French Air Force. The runway and associated facilities were completed by June 1952. The airfield was granted to Canadian forces and became a military base, RCAF Station Baden–Soellingen, later renamed CFB Baden–Soellingen, from 1953 until 1994.[6]

The newly founded Baden Airpark GmbH took over the former military airfield to develop it into a regional airport and business park.[6] Technically, the airport itself today is part of the Baden Airpark, which also includes business facilities.[5]

Public operations[edit]

The first commercial flight from Hapag-Lloyd Flug (now TUI fly Deutschland) took place in April 2001 with service to Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza. In 2008 the airport counted over one million passengers within a year for the first time.[6]

On 25 October 2011, Ryanair announced it would open its 47th base at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden in March 2012 with two based aircraft and 20 routes. In addition to Ryanair's then existing 12 routes Ryanair opened seven additional routes to Faro, Málaga, Palma, Riga, Thessaloniki, Vilnius and Zadar.[7] In July 2018, TUI fly Deutschland announced that it would terminate its operations at the airport, cancelling seven year-round and seasonal leisure routes to the Canaries and the Mediterranean.[8]


Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport consists of one passenger terminal building equipped with 20 check-in counters and eight departure gates as well as some shops and restaurants.[9] The apron features eight aircraft stands of which most can be used by mid-sized aircraft such as the Boeing 737. Due to the location of the terminal building walk stands and buses are used for boarding.

Due to its extensive runway and facilities, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport is frequently used by major airlines for training flights.[10]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport:[11]

Corendon Airlines[12] Seasonal: Antalya
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Kos, Palma de Mallorca,[13] Rhodos[13]
Eurowings Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
Freebird Airlines Europe Seasonal charter: Hurghada (begins 7 November 2023)
Ryanair[14] Alicante, Bari, Faro, Fès, Girona, London–Stansted, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Seville, Sofia, Stockholm–Arlanda, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki (resumes 30 October 2023),[15] Valencia, Zagreb
Seasonal: Agadir (resumes 4 November 2023), Bergamo,[16][17] Cagliari, Corfu, Gran Canaria, Malta,[18] Lamezia Terme, Palermo, Tenerife–South, Trapani, Zadar
Wizz Air Belgrade, Sibiu, Skopje, Timișoara, Tirana

The closest other international airport is Strasbourg Airport in France, located approximately 40 km (25 mi) to the southwest.


Landside area inside the terminal
Apron overview
Annual passenger traffic at FKB airport. See Wikidata query.
2008 1,141,070
2009 Decrease 1,087,909
2010 Increase 1,177,201
2011 Decrease 1,114,535
2012 Increase 1,287,382
2013 Decrease 1,059,227
2014 Decrease 983,451
2015 Increase 1,051,435
2016 Increase 1,105,103
2017 Increase 1,240,551
2018 Increase 1,246,969
2019 Increase 1,335,957
2020 Decrease 401,000[19]
2021 Increase 609,459
2022 Increase 1,301,002
Source: ADV[4]

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport can be reached via motorway A5 which leads from Hesse to Basel (Exit Baden-Baden). There are local bus connections to Baden-Baden and Rastatt as well as their respective train stations.[20]

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. ^ a b "AIP VFR online". dfs.de. DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  3. ^ "badenairpark.de: Impressum". baden-airpark.de. 26 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b Flughafenverband ADV. "Flughafenverband ADV – Unsere Flughäfen: Regionale Stärke, Globaler Anschluss". adv.aero.
  5. ^ a b "Business und Gewerbepark". badenairpark.de. 26 April 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Unternehmen (in German)". baden-airpark.de. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013.
  7. ^ "(in German)". airliners.de.
  8. ^ "TUI fly to terminate Karlsruhe presence in mid-4Q18". Ch-Aviation. ch-aviation.com.
  9. ^ "Service am FKB". badenairpark.de. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013.
  10. ^ Trainingsfluege baden-airpark.de (in German)
  11. ^ baden-airpark.de - Flugplan (German) retrieved 20 March 2022
  12. ^ Airlines, Corendon. "Corendon Airlines – Bilige Flüge – Your Holiday Airline". Corendon Airlines. Retrieved 11 May 2023.
  13. ^ a b "Operating for TUI: Enter Air will be basing a B737-800 in Karlsruhe". aviation.direct (in German). 18 November 2022.
  14. ^ ryanair.com retrieved 1 November 2021
  15. ^ "Ryanair".
  16. ^ "Ryanair annuncia le nuove rotte per la stagione invernale 2022/23". 7 June 2022.
  17. ^ https://www.aeroroutes.com/eng/230918-frnw23
  18. ^ baden-airpark.de - Flugplan (German)
  19. ^ aerotelegraph.com (German) 12 January 2021
  20. ^ "Anreise und Parken". badenairpark.de. 26 April 2017.

External links[edit]

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