Nuremberg Airport

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Nuremberg Airport
Flughafen Nürnberg "Albrecht Dürer"
Nuremberg Airport logo.png
NUE Flughafen Nuernberg Luftaufnahme 2009.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Nürnberg GmbH
Serves Nuremberg, Germany
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 1,046 ft / 319 m
Coordinates 49°29′55″N 011°04′41″E / 49.49861°N 11.07806°E / 49.49861; 11.07806 (Nuremberg Airport)Coordinates: 49°29′55″N 011°04′41″E / 49.49861°N 11.07806°E / 49.49861; 11.07806 (Nuremberg Airport)
NUE is located in Bavaria
Location of airport in Bavaria
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,700 8,858 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 4.2 million[2]
Aircraft movements 64,111(2,017)[3]
Cargo 8,124 tonnes (2,017)[3]

Nuremberg Airport (IATA: NUE, ICAO: EDDN), German: Albrecht Dürer Flughafen Nürnberg, is the international airport of the Franconian metropolitan area of Nuremberg and the second-busiest airport in Bavaria after Munich Airport. With about 4.2 million[2] passengers handled in 2017, it is Germany's 10th biggest airport. It is located approximately 5 km north of Nuremberg's city centre and offers flights within Germany as well as to European metropolitan and leisure destinations, especially along the Mediterranean Sea, on the Canary Islands and in Egypt.[5]


Early years[edit]

The first Lufthansa Boeing 747-100 visits Nuremberg in 1970
Aerial shot from the mid-1980s

Nuremberg Airport was the first airport constructed in Germany after World War II. It was inaugurated on 6 April 1955.

In 1960, the number of passengers at Nuremberg Airport reached 100,000 for the first time. In 1961 the runway was extended from 1,900 to 2,300 metres (7,500 ft), and in 1968 the runway was extended to its present length of 2,700 metres (8,900 ft), allowing jumbo jets to use it. On 12 July 1970, a Boeing 747 landed at the airport for the first time and attracted 20,000 visitors.

The apron was enlarged in 1977 and in 1981 a new passenger terminal with an observation deck and a restaurant replaced the previous building. In December 1986, the one million passenger mark was passed for the first time.

Development from the 1990s[edit]

In 1997/98, Air Berlin established a winter hub at the airport, making it the airline's second most important tourist interchange airport, after Palma de Mallorca.

The new control tower commenced operations in 1999 and the metro station was opened. In 2002, departure hall 2 was extended and a year later the cargo centre CCN2 with 6,500 m2 (70,000 sq ft) of storage space and 4,600 m2 (50,000 sq ft) of office space was inaugurated after one and a half years' construction.[citation needed]

In 2005 Nuremberg Airport celebrated its 50th anniversary with 45,000 visitors. The new transfer control terminal with a floor space of 8,500 m2 (91,000 sq ft) and a new main gate (Tor 1) were completed a year later in 2006. In addition, a fully automatic luggage sorting system was put into operation.[citation needed]

Nuremberg Airport has been voted "Best German Airport" by readers of the Business Traveller magazine consecutively since 2008.[6]

In April 2013 Air Berlin permanently shut down its winter seasonal hub in Nuremberg which had been maintained for several years.[7]

In December 2014 the airport was named after Albrecht Dürer, who was born in Nuremberg.[8]

In October 2016, Ryanair announced to open a base at Nuremberg Airport consisting of two aircraft while four additional routes will be inaugurated.[9] In the same month, Air Berlin announced to close its maintenance facilities at the airport due to cost cutting and restructuring measures.[10] Shortly after, Germania announced to open a new base at Nuremberg Airport consisting of one aircraft which will serve several new leisure routes.[11] 2017 saw the bankruptcy of Air Berlin ending a trend of Air Berlin withdrawing service from the airport with the grounding of all Air Berlin flights.

In January 2018, Eurowings announced to establish a base at the airport consisting of one aircraft and four new routes as well as increased frequencies.[1]



The runway 10/28 is 2,700 by 45 m (8,858 by 148 ft).[4] Takeoff and landing of all current aircraft, including widebody aircraft (e.g. Boeing 747) or cargo planes (e.g. Antonov An-124 Ruslan) are possible. However, Nuremberg Airport is not licensed for the Airbus A380.

Starting in July 2009, the runway was refurbished gradually in several phases. The surfaces of the runway and taxiways were renovated using the latest technology. A new flare-path, drainage channels and a new electric ring surrounding the entire runway were added. In 2010, the runway was shortened to 2,300 m (7,500 ft) temporarily to allow construction to continue. In 2011, work on the centerpiece of the runway began. The work was completed in 2015.

The apron is 246,845 m2 (2,657,020 sq ft) in space and provides parking positions for 37 planes.


Apron overview
Check-in area
Departure area

The passenger terminal consists of two departure halls and one arrival hall which are all linked landside and airside. The check-in area features 40 desks.[12]

The extension of departure hall 2 was inaugurated on 30 April 1992 and was originally dimensioned for 2.8 million passengers per year. Now there is room for 5 million passengers per year. Daylight dominates the transparent construction made of steel and glass drafted by Nuremberg architects Grabow and Hoffmann. The construction phase took three years and cost about 100 million Deutsche Mark. The extension of the apron was included in the building costs as well as three modern air bridges. Today, there are five finger docks available.

On 25 January 2007 the newest addition, the Transfer-Control-Terminal (TCT) was opened. It not only serves as a capacity extension but it also allows for new legislation concerning security measures: since EU Regulation 2320/2002 airports have to make sure that non-EU passengers are controlled before continuing their trip to countries of the European Union and don't get mixed up with passengers who have already been checked.

Cargo center[edit]

In 1987, Cargo Center Nuremberg (CCN) was put into operation.[13] When the Cold War ended and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Nuremberg won back its central location in Europe. As a consequence Nuremberg Airport and air freight quickly gained in importance in the 1990s.

Nuremberg is also the economic and service metropolis of Northern Bavaria with approximately 150,000 companies and enterprises taking advantage of the locality of Nuremberg as a traffic junction of highways and railroads. The region's export share of 42% is remarkably high and above German average. In addition, several headquarters of internationally operating companies are located in the region, for example Siemens, Adidas, Bosch, Puma and Faber-Castell.

Due to the positive trend, Cargo Center II (CCN II) was built in 2003.[13] Today, almost 13,317 m2 (143,340 sq ft) storage space and 7,000 m2 (75,000 sq ft) of office space is available at Nuremberg Airport. 107,123 tons of cargo were handled in 2010.

Control tower[edit]

Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), which is in charge of air traffic control in Germany, moved into the 48-metre-high (157 ft) tower in November 1998. The control tower at Nuremberg Airport was designed by architect Günther Behnisch and has become the architectural landmark of the airport with its dynamic silhouette. It was built because the original control tower was only 18 meters high. The project cost approximately 30 million Deutsche Mark.


There are about 8,000 car parking spaces at Nuremberg Airport. Apart from three car parks, there are various parking lots in close vicinity to the terminals. The newest facility is car park P3 with seven levels and 2,200 parking spaces. There are different tariffs to choose from, for example "BusinessParken" (business parking) or "UrlauberParken" (holiday parking).[14] Nuremberg Airport also offers valet parking with additional services, like refueling, car wash, maintenance or safekeeping of valuables. All parking facilities are no more 5 minutes' walking distance from the terminals. There are short-term parking spots directly on the airport forecourt in front of the terminals.

Air rescue[edit]

Nuremberg Airport is also a center for Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht e.V (DRF) and HDM Flugservice air rescue services which operate a rescue helicopter and an intensive care helicopter, respectively. Furthermore, several ADAC air ambulances and Flight Ambulance International (FAI)[15] are based in Nuremberg.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Nuremberg Airport:[16]

Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Air France Lyon, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Astra Airlines Seasonal charter: Thessaloniki
British Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas, Varna
Condor Seasonal: Antalya[17]
Seasonal charter: Dubai–Al Maktoum[18]
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Antalya, Heraklion[19]
Eurowings Berlin–Tegel, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Palma de Mallorca, Vienna
Seasonal: Catania, Heraklion,[20] Olbia,[21] Split (begins 4 April 2019)[22]
flybmi Brussels[23]
FlyEgypt Seasonal charter: Sharm El Sheikh[24]
FlyErbil Erbil,[25] Kiev-Zhuliany[25]
Germania[26] Antalya,[27] Athens, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Hurghada,[28] Lanzarote, Marsa Alam,[29] Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion,[30] Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Agadir (begins 6 November 2018),[26] Bastia, Burgas, Corfu, Faro, Heraklion,[27] Ibiza, Kos,[27] La Palma,[31] Monastir, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rhodes, Samos, Thessaloniki, Varna[26]
KLM Amsterdam
Laudamotion Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin[32]
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Onur Air Seasonal: Adana, Antalya
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Antalya, Izmir
Ryanair[33] Bari, Bergamo, Budapest, Krakow, London–Stansted, Madrid, Malta, Manchester, Marrakesh (begins 30 October 2018),[34] Palermo, Porto, Rome–Ciampino, Thessaloniki, Vilnius
Seasonal: Alicante, Málaga
Small Planet Airlines (Germany) Seasonal charter: Marsa Alam[35]
SunExpress Antalya
Seasonal: Izmir
SunExpress Deutschland Fuerteventura, Hurghada
Seasonal: Burgas, Heraklion, Varna
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Tailwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya, Bodrum
TUI fly Deutschland Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Corfu, Dalaman, Heraklion, Kos, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Vueling Barcelona
Wizz Air Bucharest, Cluj–Napoca, Kyiv–Zhuliany, Sibiu, Skopje
Seasonal: Sofia[36]


[37][38][39] 2017[40] 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Aircraft movements 64.111 59,602 60,160 61.257 62,644 64,391 67,720 70,778 71,217 76,768 81,082 78,043
Passengers Increase 4,186,961 Increase 3,469,130 Increase 3,384,925 Decrease 3,262,000 Decrease 3,314,524 Decrease 3,602,459 Decrease 3,967,301 Increase 4,073,819 Decrease 3,969,857 Increase 4,274,222 Increase 4,244,115 Increase 3,965,357
Scheduled Passengers 3,020,590 2,323,125 2,149,546 2,117,890 2,145,625 2,092,020 2,209,975 2,154,170 2,054,635 2,266,716 2,241,115 1,923,381
Charter Passengers 1,110,583 1,104,595 1,176,429 1,092,108 1,126,438 1,451,400 1,723,482 1,844,593 1,850,654 1,942,701 2,003,000 1,960,005
Air freight and mail (in t) 8,120 5,940 41,350 103,076 90,973 99,355 107,123 107,100 80,159 104,606 106,982 98,264
Employees 4,133 4,022 3,300 3,300 3,300 3,472 4,000 4,117 4,000 4,083 4,239 4,091

Ground transportation[edit]


The airport's U-Bahn station

The U-Bahn (Metro) line U2 serves the airport at the Flughafen station. Trains connect the airport with the centre of the city every 10 minutes. The ride to the Hauptbahnhof (Central Railway Station) and the nearby Altstadt (historic old town) only takes 12 minutes. Nuremberg Airport is only airport in Germany to be served by U-Bahn rather than S-Bahn or Deutsche Bahn.


Nuremberg Airport is located 5 km (3.1 mi) north[4] of the city centre. It is accessible via nearby Motorway A 3, which connects to Motorway A 9 as well as Motorways A 73 and A 6.


Bus number 30 connects the airport with bus and tram stop "am Wegfeld" before continuing to Erlangen. Since December 2015 new line 33 was installed, allowing passengers from Nuremberg's west-neighbouring city Fürth getting to the airport quicker without taking a detour via Nuremberg Central Station. Since the extension of Tram Line 4 from Thon to am Wegfeld, Bus line 30 which formerly terminated in Thon has been rerouted to the airport, thus offering a direct connection to downtown Erlangen from the airport for the first time.

Because of the airport's close-in location and its direct connections to local streets, it is also possible to walk or ride a bicycle from nearby neighborhoods right up to the terminal.


In addition to developing strategies to reduce noise pollution the department also implements regular measurements of air pollutants and soil analyses. In 2003, a biomonitoring campaign with honey bees was launched at the airport.[41]

The water collected on the 70 ha of sealed or covered areas is being filtered and analyzed before it gets fed into receiving water courses, to prevent pollution due to oils or fuels. If the analyzed TOC value is above the threshold level, the water is discharged into the sewerage. Over the years, surface and aircraft de-icing fluids have been replaced by substances with higher biodegradability.[citation needed]

Expansion plans[edit]

Airport Business Center[edit]

In 2009, it was decided that a new hotel with conference rooms and offices will be built at the airport roundabout. ConTech GmbH and the architect's office Christ, both from Nuremberg, will realize the project with investor ZBI.[42] In 2011 the plans were put on hold until the motorway connection is completed.

Motorway access[edit]

Direct access to motorway A3 has been planned for several years. A direct route to the airport with a tunnel under the runway to reduce traffic through city district Ziegelstein is favored and spatial planning has already been completed. However, further planning has been delayed as environmental organization Bund Naturschutz and alliance Nein zur Flughafen-Nordanbindung! are vehemently against the plans.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]



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External links[edit]

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