Rostock–Laage Airport

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Rostock–Laage Airport
Flughafen Rostock–Laage
Laage Flughafen Eingang.jpg
Airport type Public/Military
Operator Flughafen Rostock Laage-Güstrow GmbH
Serves Rostock, Germany
Elevation AMSL 42 m / 138 ft
Coordinates 53°55′06″N 12°16′42″E / 53.91833°N 12.27833°E / 53.91833; 12.27833Coordinates: 53°55′06″N 12°16′42″E / 53.91833°N 12.27833°E / 53.91833; 12.27833
RLG is located in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Location of Airport in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,500 8,202 Paved

Rostock–Laage Airport, usually shortened to Rostock Airport (IATA: RLGICAO: ETNL), is the airport of Rostock, the largest city in the German state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and is named after Laage, a town in the Rostock district. It features flights to major cities throughout Germany as well as some leisure routes. In addition to civil activity, Jagdgeschwader 73 of the German Air Force is stationed on the military side of the airport.


Construction of the airport began in 1979 as a National People's Army facility. It became operational in 1984 with the Fighter Wing JBG 77 and the Navy Fighter Wing 28. It was deactivated by the Bundeswehr in 1990 and was reactivated in 1993 when Jagdgeschwader 73 was posted there. In the same year the Rostock-Laage-Güstrow GmbH begins civilian operations on a 60 hectare section of the airport.

The airport is expected to post losses of €2.8 million for 2013 while the passenger numbers decreased by 12 percent in the same year. As the government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is not willing to give additional financial aid, the airport operator may face bankruptcy in the near future.[1] In October 2014, Rainer Schwarz, a former general manager of Berlin Brandenburg Airport (which has not yet become operational), was appointed to the same position at Rostock–Laage Airport.[2]

In May 2015, Germania announced it would to establish a seasonal base at the airport from October 2015, locating an aircraft there.[3] While Germania already serves Rostock, the base will lead to revised schedules for the current services as well as a new route to Fuerteventura.[4] In June 2016, Germania announced to upgrade their seasonal base in Rostock to a year-round operation as well as adding new services to Vienna and Zürich by the end of May 2017.[5]


The airport consists of one modern passenger terminal building containing a large check-in hall as well as some shops and restaurants. The building is equipped with two jet bridges and apron positions. Rostock–Laage Airport usually sees traffic by mid-sized aircraft such as the Airbus A320 but is equipped to handle wide-body aircraft up to the Boeing 747-400.[6] It also has several stands for smaller general aviation planes.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Rostock Airport:[7]

Airlines Destinations
BMI Regional Munich
operated by Germanwings
Germania Antalya, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Burgas, Heraklion, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Varna, Vienna (begins 26 May 2017),[7] Zürich (begins 19 May 2017)[7]
Neos Seasonal: Milan-Malpensa (begins 26 May 2017)[8]

Additionally, the airport is frequently used for non-public cruiseship charter flights to and from Southern Europe to carry passengers travelling to and from the nearby port of Warnemünde.[9] The nearest major international airports are Berlin Tegel Airport 190 kilometres (120 mi) to the south and Hamburg Airport 200 kilometres (120 mi) to the west.


Aerial view
Check-in hall
2010 219.489
2011 Increase 223,516
2012 Decrease 203,990
2013 Decrease 177,464
2014 Decrease 169,946
2015 Increase 190,869
Source: Rostock Airport[10]

Ground transportation[edit]

There is a bus connection to Rostock Hauptbahnhof to and from every flight, the distance is 25 km. The A19 motorway (Rostock–Berlin) is nearby.

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Rostock-Laage Airport at Wikimedia Commons