Erfurt–Weimar Airport

Erfurt–Weimar Airport[2] (German: Flughafen Erfurt–Weimar, formerly Erfurt Airport, IATA: ERF, ICAO: EDDE) serves Erfurt, the capital of the German state of Thuringia, and the nearby city of Weimar, both of which form the largest part of the state's central metropolitan area. The airport is 5 km (3.1 mi) west of Erfurt city center[1] and is mainly used for seasonal charter flights to European leisure destinations.

Erfurt–Weimar Airport

Flughafen Erfurt–Weimar
Logo Flughafen Erfurt-Weimar.svg
Luftbild Flughafen Erfurt.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorFlughafen Erfurt GmbH
ServesErfurt and Weimar
LocationErfurt, Germany
Elevation AMSL1,036 ft / 316 m
Coordinates50°58′47″N 010°57′29″E / 50.97972°N 10.95806°E / 50.97972; 10.95806Coordinates: 50°58′47″N 010°57′29″E / 50.97972°N 10.95806°E / 50.97972; 10.95806
WebsiteFlughafen-erfurt-weimar.de
Map
EDDE is located in Thuringia
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Location of the airport in Thuringia
EDDE is located in Germany
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EDDE (Germany)
EDDE is located in Europe
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EDDE (Europe)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,600 8,530 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers282,731
Passenger change 16-17Increase20.1%
Source: German AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

HistoryEdit

 
Erfurt Airport in 1979

The first Erfurt airport was built in the mid-1920s at Roter Berg in the north of the city, later also known as Erfurt-North. At the beginning of the Second World War in 1939, this site was taken over by the Luftwaffe, thus ending passenger traffic. With the end of the war in 1945, Erfurt-North was closed, but in 1956, the pre-military organisation Gesellschaft für Sport und Technik resumed glider operations here. In 1974, the airfield was finally closed in order to build the residential area Roter Berg on the site.[3]

The foundation for today's Erfurt-Weimar Airport was laid in 1935, when a new air base was built by the Luftwaffe west of Erfurt near Bindersleben. In 1945 the air base was taken over by the Red Army, which stationed an alert unit with MiG-15 fighter planes here in the 1950s. Around 1957 the airfield was handed over to the East German authorities who extended it and built a 2000 m long concrete runway. In the following years the airfield was used by the East German Lufthansa and later by Interflug for domestic flights until these were discontinued in 1980. In addition, there were individual connections to socialist countries, especially to Budapest in Hungary. Erfurt was also a base for Interflug’s agricultural aviation with the Erfurt district squadron stationed here.[4]

After German reunification, Erfurt Airport was further expanded and the runway was extended to 2600 m.

The airport's name was changed from Erfurt Airport in 2011,[5] it was felt that from a marketing point of view the addition of Weimar to the name would better sell the area due to its historic importance.

Despite its importance as a state capital and its central location within Germany, the airport features no domestic flights. The only route to Munich Airport offered by Cirrus Airlines ceased by March 2012.[6] However, the city became one of Germany's most important long distance railway hubs by 2017, when the newly constructed Munich-Berlin high-speed line met the Frankfurt-Dresden line at Erfurt main station. As a result, it is possible to reach Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich within two hours by rail from Erfurt, making domestic flights redundant.[7] After the shutdown of Germania in early 2019, the airport lost the vast majority of its routes.

FacilitiesEdit

The airport consists of the two passenger terminal buildings A and B, but only the new Terminal B is currently in use. It features two aircraft parking positions and four boarding gates on two levels, the upper ones are equipped with jet bridges. There are also some shops and restaurants, a visitors terrace as well as travel and rental car agencies inside the terminal.[8] The apron also features several additional bus-boarding stands for mid-sized aircraft such as the Boeing 737.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Erfurt-Weimar Airport:[9]

AirlinesDestinations
Corendon Airlines Antalya
Seasonal: Heraklion,[10] Hurghada,[11] Rhodes[12]
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal: Antalya
Voyage Air Seasonal charter: Varna

StatisticsEdit

 
The main terminal building
 
The check-in hall
Passengers
2000 481,573
2001   471,624
2002   445,504
2003   464,681
2004   526,241
2005   438,912
2006   356,378
2007   315,759
2008   308,228
2009   270,267
2010   322,073
2011   280,913
2012   183,999
2013   214,948
2014[13]   226,581
2015   230,436
2016   235,331
2017   282,731
2018   262,530
2019   156,326
Source: ADV[14]

Ground transportationEdit

CarEdit

The airport can be reached via nearby A71 motorway (Erfurt-Bindersleben exit) which leads from Erfurt to Schweinfurt in Bavaria.[15]

TramEdit

Erfurt Tram line No. 4[16] to the suburb of Bindersleben stops in front of the airport. The trams depart every 10–20 minutes and connect the airport with Erfurt's main train station via the city centre in about 20 minutes.[17]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2009-07-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Erfurt–Weimar Airport". Flughafen.erfurt.weimar.de. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  3. ^ Zapf, Jürgen: "Flugplätze der Luftwaffe 1934-1945, Band 3 Thüringen", VDM Heinz Nickel 2003
  4. ^ Grenzdörfer, Joachim; Seifert, Karl-Dieter: "Geschichte der ostdeutschen Verkehrsflughäfen", Bernard & Graefe Verlag Bonn 1997
  5. ^ "A new season. A new name". Flughafen.erfurt.weimar.de. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Cirrus-Airline will Fluglinie Erfurt - München einstellen". Theueringer-allgemeine.de. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "An- und Abreise". Flughafen-erfurt-weimar.de. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Airport Erfurt-Weimar". Flughafen-erfurt-weimar.de. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Corendon Airlines S20 Network expansion".
  11. ^ "Flights to Hurghada". corendonairlines.com.
  12. ^ "Corendon Airlines S20 Network expansion".
  13. ^ "Plus 14 Prozent bei der Luftfracht: Erfurt-Weimar wächst – und spart". Flugrevue.de. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  14. ^ |website=Flughafen.erfurt.weimar.de
  15. ^ "An- und Abreise". Flughafen-erfurt-weimar.de. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-07-03. Retrieved 2005-07-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "An- und Abreise". Flughafen-erfurt-weimar.de. Retrieved 13 August 2018.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Erfurt Airport at Wikimedia Commons