Stuttgart Airport

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Stuttgart Airport

Flughafen Stuttgart
Stuttgart Airport Logo.svg
Luftbild EDDS edit.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorFlughafen Stuttgart GmbH
ServesStuttgart, Germany
Hub for
Elevation AMSL1,276 ft / 389 m
Coordinates48°41′24″N 009°13′19″E / 48.69000°N 9.22194°E / 48.69000; 9.22194Coordinates: 48°41′24″N 009°13′19″E / 48.69000°N 9.22194°E / 48.69000; 9.22194
Map of the airport
Map of the airport
STR is located in Baden-Württemberg
Location within Baden-Württemberg
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,345 10,974 Concrete
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 30 98 Concrete
Statistics (2018)
Passenger change 17-18Increase7.8%
Aircraft movements137,632
Movements change 17-18Increase7.5%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, ACI Europe[1]

Stuttgart Airport (German: Flughafen Stuttgart, formerly Flughafen Stuttgart-Echterdingen) (IATA: STR, ICAO: EDDS) is the international airport of Stuttgart, the capital of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. It is christened in honor of Stuttgart's former mayor, Manfred Rommel, son of Erwin Rommel,[3] and is the sixth busiest airport in Germany with 11,832,634 passengers having passed through its doors in 2018.

The airport is operated by Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH (FSG). It goes back to Luftverkehr Württemberg AG, which was founded in 1924 and initially operated Böblingen Airport. Since 2008, 65% of the operating company is owned by the state of Baden-Württemberg and 35% by the city of Stuttgart. It is located approximately 13 km (8.1 mi) (10 km (6.2 mi) in a straight line) south[2] of Stuttgart and lies on the boundary between the nearby town of Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Filderstadt and Stuttgart itself. In 2007, the Stuttgart Trade Fair – the ninth biggest exhibition centre in Germany – moved to grounds directly next to the airport. Additionally, the global headquarters for car parking company APCOA Parking are located here.


First years and World War II[edit]

The airport was built in 1939 to replace Böblingen Airport. In 1945, the United States Army took over the airport until returning it to German authorities in 1948.

For the duration of the Cold War the runway and facilities were shared with the United States Army who operated helicopters, the Grumman OV-1 Mohawk and other fixed wing aircraft as Echterdingen Army Airfield on the southern portion of the airfield.[4][5] Some of the units operating at Echterdingen were headquartered at nearby Nellingen Kaserne- now closed and redeveloped.[6] In 1984–5, the 223rd Aviation Battalion (Combat) of the 11th Aviation Group (Combat) was headquartered at Echterdingen, with three aviation companies assigned (one at Schwäbisch Hall).[7] The U.S. Army still maintains a small helicopter base - Stuttgart Army Airfield - on the southern side of the airport, which it shares with the Baden-Württemberg State Police helicopter wing. The police helicopter wing falls under the control of Stuttgart Police Department and has six modern helicopters based at Stuttgart and two in Söllingen.

Later development[edit]

The airport was expanded after World War II. The runway was extended to 1,800 m (5,906 ft) in 1948, then to 2,250 m (7,382 ft) in 1961 and finally to 3,345 m (10,974 ft) in 1996. Renovation was scheduled for 2020, full closure phase was preponed to be completed in April during the corona lockdown.[8]

The original 1938 terminal was finally replaced in 2004 and there are now four terminals with a maximum capacity of approximately 12 million passengers.

Politicians, town planners and nearby residents have been arguing for years about the construction of a second runway. However, on 25 June 2008 Minister-President Günther Oettinger announced that for the next 8–12 years no second runway will be built and that the restrictions for night operations stay in place.[9][10]

After the death of former mayor Manfred Rommel in November 2013 local politicians proposed renaming the airport after him.[11] This proposal caused public disputes as he was the son of Erwin Rommel but also highly respected for his work on intercultural affairs.[12] In July 2014 it has been announced that the airport will be named Flughafen Stuttgart - Manfred Rommel Flughafen from now on.[13] In September 2016, the airport unveiled new branding and corporate design, changing its official name from Flughafen Stuttgart to Stuttgart Airport.[14]

In September 2014, United Airlines cancelled their route to Stuttgart from Newark due to insufficient demand[15] leaving Stuttgart Airport with only one remaining long-haul connection to Atlanta provided by Delta Air Lines.

In October 2014, easyJet announced they would serve Stuttgart as their seventh German destination by March 2015.[16] In December 2014, Ryanair also added Stuttgart as a destination in their network with six weekly flights to Manchester from April 2015.[17]

Air Berlin announced the start of a service to Abu Dhabi from December 2014.[18] On 31 May 2016, Air Berlin ceased its flights to Abu Dhabi.[19] In October 2016, Air Berlin announced it would close its maintenance facilities at the airport due to cost cutting and restructuring measures.[20]

In July 2020, Lauda announced the closure of their base at Stuttgart Airport — which has been operated as a wetlease for Ryanair — by October 2020. Prior to this announcement, the base staff rejected a new labour agreement.[21] In October 2021, Delta Air Lines terminated their service to Atlanta,[22] leaving the airport without any scheduled long-haul operations.


Stuttgart Airport consists of four passenger terminals which have separate check-in facilities and entrances but are directly connected to each other and share a single airside area which features eight Jet bridges as well as about two dozen bus-boarding stands.[23]

  • Terminal 1 is the first of two landside main halls and features together with its addition Terminal 1-West 50 check-in counters. It shares the roof with Terminals 2 and 3 and is mainly used by Eurowings and Turkish Airlines.
  • Terminal 2 is a small area featuring nine check-in counters and a security checkpoint. It is located within the shopping area between the main halls of Terminals 1 and 3. It is used by Lufthansa & Star Alliance partners in addition to their counters in Terminal 1.
  • Terminal 3 is the second of the two landside main halls east of Terminal 1 and 2 and features 39 additional check-in counters. It is used by TUIfly and KLM among several other airlines.
  • Terminal 4 is, unlike the other three terminals, a separate and very basic equipped building to the east of Terminals 1 to 3 but also connected to them by a walk way. It features 17 more check-in counters as well as several bus-boarding gates and is used mostly for holiday charter operations. In March 2018, the airport administration announced that Terminal 4 will be entirely rebuilt and expanded in the coming years.[24]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Stuttgart Airport:[25]

Aegean Airlines Athens, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Heraklion
Air Cairo[26][27] Seasonal: Hurghada
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Serbia Belgrade
airBaltic Riga
AnadoluJet Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Antalya
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Blue Air Bucharest, Sibiu
British Airways London–Heathrow
Condor Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Corfu, Funchal, Heraklion, Kos, Preveza/Lefkada, Rhodes, Skiathos
Corendon Airlines Antalya, İzmir, Kayseri
Seasonal: Ankara, Bodrum, Gran Canaria (begins 1 November 2022),[28] Hurghada
Delta Air Lines Atlanta (resumes 26 March 2023)[29]
European Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas, Varna
Eurowings[30] Alicante, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Beirut, Berlin, Bilbao, Bremen, Brindisi, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Catania, Faro, Gran Canaria, Graz, Hamburg, Hanover, Kraków, La Palma, Larnaca, Lisbon, London–Heathrow, Málaga, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Nice, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Pristina, Rome–Fiumicino, Sarajevo, Sofia, Split, Thessaloniki, Timișoara, Valencia, Venice, Vienna, Zagreb
Seasonal: Adana,[31] Antalya, Arvidsjaur, Bari, Bastia, Burgas, Cagliari, Chania, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Fuerteventura, Funchal,[32] Heraklion, Ibiza, İzmir, Kalamata, Kavala, Kos, Kütahya,[33] Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, Marrakesh (begins 5 November 2022),[34] Mykonos, Olbia, Pisa, Porto,[35] Preveza/Lefkada,[36] Pula, Rhodes, Rijeka, Santorini, Sylt, Tbilisi,[37] Tenerife–South, Tirana, Tivat,[38] Tunis[39] Varna, Zadar, Zakynthos
Finnair Helsinki
Freebird Airlines[40] Seasonal: Antalya
Iberia Express Madrid
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv
KLM Amsterdam
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Lübeck Air Lübeck
Nouvelair Djerba
Seasonal: Monastir
Pegasus Airlines Ankara, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, İzmir, Kayseri
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Stockholm–Arlanda
SunExpress Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Gaziantep, İzmir
Seasonal: Dalaman, Diyarbakir, Konya, Samsun
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Tailwind Airlines Antalya
Seasonal: Adana, Kayseri
TUI fly Deutschland Boa Vista, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Marsa Alam, Sal, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Corfu, Dalaman, Faro, Funchal, Heraklion, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Kos, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Patras, Rhodes
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Seasonal: Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Elazığ,[41] Gaziantep, İzmir, Kayseri, Ordu–Giresun, Samsun, Trabzon
Twin Jet Lyon
Vueling Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca


DHL Aviation[42] Cologne/Bonn, Leipzig/Halle


Aerial view of the airport and Stuttgart Trade Fair
Apron view
Terminals 1 to 3, land side view
Control tower
One of the two main halls
Departure area

Passengers and movements[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at STR airport. See source Wikidata query.
Passengers Movements
1999 7,688,951 119,904
2000 Increase 8,141,020 Increase 150,451
2001 Decrease 7,642,409 Decrease 146,771
2002 Decrease 7,284,319 Decrease 144,208
2003 Increase 7,595,286 Increase 144,903
2004 Increase 8,831,216 Increase 156,885
2005 Increase 9,413,671 Increase 160,405
2006 Increase 10,111,346 Increase 164,735
2007 Increase 10,328,120 Decrease 164,531
2008 Decrease 9,932,887 Decrease 160,243
2009 Decrease 8,941,990 Decrease 141,572
2010 Increase 9,226,546 Decrease 135,335
2011 Increase 9,591,461 Increase 136,580
2012 Increase 9,735,087 Decrease 131,524
2013 Decrease 9,588,692 Decrease 124,588
2014 Increase 9,728,710 Decrease 122,818
2015 Increase 10,526,920 Increase 130,485
2016 Increase 10,640,610 Decrease 129,704
2017 Increase 10,975,639 Decrease 127,981
2018 Increase 11,832,634 Increase 137,632
2019 Increase 12,721,441 Increase -
Source: Stuttgart Airport[43]

Largest airlines[edit]

Largest airlines by passengers (2017)[44]
Rank Airline %
1 Germany Eurowings 36.2%
2 Germany Air Berlin 7.2%
3 Germany TUIfly 6.6%
4 Germany Lufthansa 5.1%
5 Turkey SunExpress and
Germany SunExpress Deutschland
6 Germany Condor 4.7%
7 Turkey Turkish Airlines 4.6%
8 Austria Niki 3.0%
9 United Kingdom EasyJet 2.9%
10 Netherlands KLM 2.4%

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest domestic routes out of Stuttgart Airport (2017) Germany [45]
Rank Destination Passengers
1 Berlin Berlin, Tegel Airport Decrease 1,037,000
2 Hamburg Hamburg, Hamburg Airport Decrease 689,100
3 Hesse Hesse, Frankfurt Airport Increase 370,500
4 Bavaria Bavaria, Munich Airport Increase 179,600
5 Lower Saxony Lower Saxony, Hannover Airport Decrease 178,900
6 Bremen (state) Bremen, Bremen Airport Increase 163,400
7 North Rhine-Westphalia North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf Airport Decrease 119,700
8 Saxony Saxony, Dresden Airport Increase 102,100
Busiest international routes out of Stuttgart Airport (2016)[45]
Rank Destination Passengers
1 Spain Spain, Palma de Mallorca Airport Increase 730,700
2 Turkey Turkey, Istanbul (Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport) Decrease 643,500
3 United Kingdom United Kingdom, London (Heathrow Airport, Stansted Airport and Gatwick Airport) Increase 520,200
4 Austria Austria, Vienna International Airport Increase 367,100
5 Turkey Turkey, Antalya Airport Decrease 363,900
6 Netherlands Netherlands, Amsterdam Airport Increase 311,600
7 Spain Spain, Barcelona Airport Increase 239,800
8 Switzerland Switzerland, Zurich Airport Decrease 193,800
9 Greece Greece, Athens Airport, Thessaloniki Airport Decrease 180,000
10 France France, Paris Paris–Charles de Gaulle Airport Decrease 178,700

Ground transportation[edit]

The motorway leading to the airport with a large car park across it
Stuttgart Flughafen/Messe station


There are two major highways: Just north of the airport runs the Bundesautobahn 8 (A8), which connects the cities of Karlsruhe and Stuttgart to Ulm, Augsburg and Munich. The Bundesstraße 27 (B27) leads to downtown Stuttgart, as well as to Tübingen and Reutlingen in the South.


From the regional cities of Esslingen am Neckar, Reutlingen, Tübingen and Kirchheim exists a connection by coach. Additionally, German long-distance coach operators DeinBus and Flixbus maintain their stop for Stuttgart on the airport grounds with direct connections to several major cities.

Suburban railway[edit]

Stuttgart Airport can be easily reached within 30 minutes from the city's main railway station using the Stuttgart suburban railway S2 or S3 from Stuttgart Flughafen/Messe station.

Future long-distance railway[edit]

It is planned to connect the airport with the future Stuttgart - Ulm high-speed railway line currently under construction as part of the major Stuttgart 21 railway redevelopment program. Therefore, a new long-distance train station will be built on the airport's grounds near the existing suburban railway station. The new station, which will be served by ICE high-speed trains will be connected to the new line by an underground loop track. The Stuttgart-Ulm line is scheduled to be opened in 2020 while the new airport connection is planned to be inaugurated in 2022.[46]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


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  10. ^ Das Versprechen gilt nur auf "absehbare Zeit" Archived 26 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Stuttgarter Zeitung online vom 25. Juni 2008 (in German).
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  20. ^ - "Air Berlin wants to cancel nearly 500 staff nationwide" (German) 14 October 2016
  21. ^ (German) 17 July 2020
  22. ^ (German) 23 October 2021
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  35. ^ "Eurowings flies to more destinations in summer 2022 than ever before".
  36. ^ "Eurowings flies to more destinations in summer 2022 than ever before". 20 December 2021.
  37. ^ "Eurowings flies to more destinations in summer 2022 than ever before".
  38. ^ "Eurowings flies to more destinations in summer 2022 than ever before".
  39. ^ "Eurowings flies to more destinations in summer 2022 than ever before".
  40. ^ "Flight list".
  41. ^ "Turkish Airlines NS22 European Network Expansion Update - 08APR22".
  42. ^ "PRESSEMITTEILUNGEN" (in German). Stuttgart Airport. 22 September 2017.
  43. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 March 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  44. ^[bare URL PDF]
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  46. ^ - "Airport station finished by 2022" 1 August 2012
  47. ^ "Accident: BinAir SW4 at Stuttgart on Jan 19th 2010, right main gear collapsed on landing". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 20 January 2010.

External links[edit]

Media related to Stuttgart Airport at Wikimedia Commons