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Dortmund Airport (IATA: DTM, ICAO: EDLW) is a minor international airport located 10 km (6.2 mi) east[1] of Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia. It serves the eastern Rhine-Ruhr area, the largest urban agglomeration in Germany, and is mainly used for low-cost and leisure charter flights. In 2017 the airport served 2.000.701 passengers. The nearest major international airport is Düsseldorf Airport approx. 70 km (43 mi) to the southwest.

Dortmund Airport

Flughafen Dortmund
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Airport typePublic
OperatorFlughafen Dortmund GmbH
ServesDortmund and the eastern Rhine-Ruhr area, Germany
Elevation AMSL130 m / 427 ft
Coordinates51°31′06″N 007°36′44″E / 51.51833°N 7.61222°E / 51.51833; 7.61222Coordinates: 51°31′06″N 007°36′44″E / 51.51833°N 7.61222°E / 51.51833; 7.61222
DTM is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Location of airport in North Rhine-Westphalia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,000 6,562 Asphalt
Source: German AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]


Early yearsEdit

The airport, originally located in the suburb of Brackel, was first served by commercial flights in 1925 by Aero Lloyd, which operated flights to Paris. By the business year 1927/1928, service had expanded to 2,589 commercial flights annually. During World War II the airport was used as a German air base, and was subsequently used by the British Royal Air Force. Service to Dortmund was not recommenced when German commercial air service was restarted in 1955. In 1960, the civil airfield was relocated to Dortmund-Wickede. The old airport was abandoned and occupied by British forces until the 1990s.

Little serviceEdit

Over the next decades Düsseldorf Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport were the dominant commercial airports in the Rhine-Ruhr Area. Additionally Hannover Airport also covered some of the air travel needs of this region. Furthermore, the 257 km (160mile) Sauerlandlinie opened in the late 1960s, connecting Dortmund with Frankfurt Airport in under two hours by car.

Commercial service was restored in 1979 with daily flights to Munich by Reise- und Industrieflug. Nuremberg and Stuttgart followed shortly afterwards. Following German Reunification in 1990, Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin, and London were added to the flight schedule. Reise- und Industrieflug' and Nürnberger Flugdienst merged in 1990 and Eurowings was formed, which is still based in Dortmund.

Construction was started in 1998, and completed in 2000 on a new replacement terminal. This multi-level terminal prepared the airport for its resurgence.


From late 2000 onwards, Dortmund Airport has experienced a drastic increase in air traffic. In the 1990s weekly service had been generally restricted to a few turboprop flights to destinations within Germany, as well as occasional charter flights to warm-weather destinations. Since 2000, several new airlines have commenced service to Dortmund, many with mainline jets. Most of the air traffic today is by low cost airlines operating Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 family series aircraft to warm-weather destinations and business centres.

The first mass carrier at Dortmund Airport was Air Berlin, which began flights to London, Milan, and Vienna in 2002, supplementing its leisure routes to the Mediterranean. easyJet made Dortmund a hub in 2004, and Germanwings followed in 2007. Air Berlin eventually ceased most non-leisure routes from Dortmund in 2005, but easyJet and Germanwings have taken over in this role. However easyJet cancelled four of five destinations in 2012.[2]

Since 2006 it has been carrying the name "Dortmund Airport 21", in reference to the fact that Dortmund's utility company, DSW21, is its major shareholder. The airport's master plan consists of the following elements: Increasing normal operating hours by one hour at night (to 23:00h), with an additional one-hour window in the morning and at night for exceptions, lengthening the runway to 2800 metres, expanding the terminal and its infrastructure, improving the motorway connections and directly connecting the airport to mass transit.

In October 2014, Air Berlin announced it was leaving Dortmund Airport entirely, cancelling their last remaining summer seasonal route to Palma de Mallorca.[3] The airline had shut down several leisure routes from the airport in 2012.[4] In recent years, WizzAir has been opening numerous routes to Eastern Europe, in large parts due to the Ruhr's significant Slav community.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Dortmund Airport:[5]

easyJet London–Luton
Eurowings Munich, Palma de Mallorca
Seasonal: Split
Seasonal charter: Heringsdorf (ends 26 October 2019)
Ryanair Katowice (begins 29 October 2019),[6][7] Kraków, London–Stansted, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Málaga
SunExpress Izmir
Wizz Air Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Chișinău, Cluj–Napoca, Debrecen, Gdańsk, Iași, Katowice, Kharkiv, Kiev–Zhuliany, Kutaisi, Lviv, Niš, Ohrid, Olsztyn-Mazury, Palanga, Pristina, Riga, Sibiu, Skopje, Sofia, Târgu Mureș, Timișoara, Tirana, Tuzla, Varna, Vienna, Vilnius, Wrocław


Overview of the departures level
Apron view
Passengers Movements Freight (in t)
2001 1,064,149 37,393 257
2002   994,478   33,812   289
2003   1,023,329   29,788   96
2004   1,179,028   25,743   75
2005   1,742,911   30,672   58
2006   2,019,651   32,785   37
2007   2,155,057   32,223   40
2008   2,329,440   29,555   35
2009   1,711,157   24,043   21
2010   1,747,731   24,232   33
2011   1,814,246   26,391   26
2012   1,896,885   22,634   4
2013   1,924,386   23,809   2
2014   1,964,625   22,202   0
2015   1,985,379   23,616 0
2016   1,918,845   21,719 0
2017   2,000,695   21,931 0
2018   2,284,202   25,523 0
Source: ADV German Airports Association[8]

Ground transportationEdit

To Dortmund and the Ruhr areaEdit

Dortmund Airport is served by an express bus to Dortmund main station, a shuttle bus to the nearby railway station Holzwickede/Dortmund Flughafen, a bus to the city's metro line U47, as well as a bus to the city of Unna.

To DüsseldorfEdit

Travellers with destination Düsseldorf main station need to catch the AirportShuttle bus to nearby Holzwickede station. The shuttle bus leaves every 20 minutes in front of the terminal building. From Holzwickede station catch the RE 13 (Maas-Wupper-Express) towards Venlo. The train runs every hour and provides a direct connection to Düsseldorf, the travel time is approx. 60 minutes.

Other facilitiesEdit

At one time Eurowings had its headquarters, the Dortmund Administrative Center (Verwaltungsstandort Dortmund), at the airport.[9] It has been relocated to Düsseldorf in 2010.

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 3 January 2010, Air Berlin Flight 2450, operated by a Boeing 737-800 (D-ABKF) overran the end of the runway after an aborted take-off at high speed due to an airspeed discrepancy on the two pilots' instruments. There were no injuries among the 171 people on board.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "EAD Basic - Error Page". Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  2. ^ EasyJet streicht vier von fünf Verbindungen am Flughafen Dortmund - Dortmund -
  3. ^, DerWesten- (15 October 2014). "Air Berlin verlässt Dortmund komplett". Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Air Berlin zieht sich im Frühjahr vom Flughafen Dortmund zurück". Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  5. ^ [1] retrieved 11 June 2019
  6. ^ "BUZZ fliegt ab Winter Kattowitz an". 18 March 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Ryanair in Katowice opens the base at the airport in Pyrzowice and 11 new directions to European cities". 15 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Traffic figures (since 1991)". (in German). Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Dortmund Administrative Center Archived 17 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine." (German version, Map) Eurowings. Retrieved on 28 January 2011. "Dortmund Administrative Center Eurowings Luftverkehrs AG Flugplatz 21 44319 Dortmund Germany."
  10. ^ "Incident: Air Berlin B738 at Dortmund on Jan 3rd 2010, rejected takeoff results in runway overrun". Aviation Herald. Retrieved 3 January 2009.

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