Mönchengladbach Airport

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Mönchengladbach Airport
Flughafen Mönchengladbach
Hugo Junkers Hangar.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Düsseldorf Airport
Serves Mönchengladbach, Germany
Elevation AMSL 125 ft / 38 m
Coordinates 51°13′49″N 006°30′16″E / 51.23028°N 6.50444°E / 51.23028; 6.50444Coordinates: 51°13′49″N 006°30′16″E / 51.23028°N 6.50444°E / 51.23028; 6.50444
Map
EDLN is located in Germany
EDLN
EDLN
Location of airport in Germany
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 1,200 3,937 Asphalt
Source: German AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Mönchengladbach Airport (German: Verkehrslandeplatz Mönchengladbach, formerly Düsseldorf Mönchengladbach Airport, IATA: MGL, ICAO: EDLN) is a small regional airport located 4.4 km (2.7 mi) northeast[1] of Mönchengladbach and 15.2 km (9.4 mi) west of Düsseldorf. It is co-owned by the company which also runs Düsseldorf Airport (70%) and the local utility company NVV AG (30%).

History[edit]

The airport was founded in 1955 as a small airstrip for gliders. A hangar was built in 1957 and the next year a control tower and passenger terminal were constructed. The construction of the 1,200 m (3,937 ft) runway, that is still used today, began in 1970 and it was completed in 1973.

From 1996 until 2002 the Belgian airline VLM operated direct services to London City Airport with Fokker 50 aeroplanes providing up to 24 weekly flights in each direction. From 1996 to 1999 the British Airline Debonair operated services to London Luton Airport, and when Debonair was put into administration, the services were taken over by European Air Express who also operated services to Munich and Sylt/Westerland until the airline ceased operations in 2007.

The British Army of the Rhine undertook an exercise in 1955, in accord with the then NATO-Strategy of quick reaction. They built a basic 'field-made' airfield on the grass-covered area for an air-landing-exercise on this site. On finishing this exercise, the British Army of the Rhine handed the area over to the Mayor of Mönchengladbach for use as an airfield.

In 2016, the airport underwent a rebranding and changed its name from Düsseldorf Mönchengladbach Airport to just Mönchengladbach Airport and also changed its corporate design to match the new one of its majority shareholder Düsseldorf Airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

There are currently no scheduled services to and from Mönchengladbach. The airport is dominated by general aviation. Additionally, there are few business-charter passenger flights. The next major international airport is Düsseldorf Airport only 20 kilometres (12 mi) away to the east.

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References[edit]

This article is a translation of the German language article "Flughafen Düsseldorf-Mönchengladbach" in the German Wikipedia. (as it was on February 19, 2005)

External links[edit]

Media related to Mönchengladbach Airport at Wikimedia Commons