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Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (IATA: FKB, ICAO: EDSB) (German: Flughafen Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden)[3] is the international airport of Karlsruhe, the second-largest city in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, and also serves the spa town of Baden-Baden. It is the state's second-largest airport after Stuttgart Airport, and the 18th-largest in Germany with 1,110,500 passengers as of 2016[4] and mostly serves low-cost and leisure flights.

Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport

Flughafen Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden
EDSB airfield 090912.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorBaden-Airpark GmbH
ServesKarlsruhe and Baden-Baden
LocationRheinmünster, Germany
Focus city forRyanair
Elevation AMSL408 ft / 124 m
Coordinates48°46′46″N 008°04′50″E / 48.77944°N 8.08056°E / 48.77944; 8.08056 (Baden Airpark)Coordinates: 48°46′46″N 008°04′50″E / 48.77944°N 8.08056°E / 48.77944; 8.08056 (Baden Airpark)
Websitebadenairpark.de
Map
FKB is located in Baden-Württemberg
FKB
FKB
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,060 10,040 Asphalt
Helipads
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 Asphalt
Sources: German AIP at EUROCONTROL,[1] Baden Airpark[2]

The airport itself is part of Baden Airpark, a business park with numerous other tenants.[5] It is located in Rheinmünster, 40 km (25 mi) south of Karlsruhe, 12 km (7.5 mi) west[1] of Baden-Baden, 25 km (16 mi) east of Haguenau and 25 km (16 mi) north of Strasbourg, France.

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HistoryEdit

Early years as a military airportEdit

The construction of a military airfield began in December 1951 in the Upper Rhine Plain between the Black Forest and the Rhine River under the supervision of the French Air Force. The runway and associated facilities were completed by June 1952. The airfield was granted to Canadian forces and became a military base, RCAF Station Baden–Soellingen, later renamed CFB Baden–Soellingen, from 1953 until 1994.[6]

The newly founded Baden Airpark GmbH took over the former military airfield to develop it into a regional airport and business park.[6] Technically, the airport itself today is part of the Baden Airpark, which also includes business facilities.[5]

Public operationsEdit

The first commercial flight from Hapag-Lloyd Flug (now TUI fly Deutschland) took place in April 2001 with service to Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza. In 2008 the airport counted over one million passengers within a year for the first time.[6]

On 25 October 2011, Ryanair announced it would open its 47th base at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden in March 2012 with two based aircraft and 20 routes. In addition to Ryanair's then existing 12 routes Ryanair opened seven additional routes to Faro, Málaga, Palma, Riga, Thessaloniki, Vilnius and Zadar.[7] In July 2018, TUI fly Deutschland announced that it would terminate its operations at the airport, cancelling seven year-round and seasonal leisure routes to the Canaries and the Mediterranean.[8]

FacilitiesEdit

Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport consists of one passenger terminal building equipped with 20 check-in counters and eight departure gates as well as some shops and restaurants.[9] The apron features eight aircraft stands of which most can be used by mid-sized aircraft such as the Boeing 737. Due to the location of the terminal building walk stands and buses are used for boarding.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport:[10]

AirlinesDestinations
Air Serbia Niš (begins 15 July 2019)[11][12]
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Antalya
Corendon Airlines Europe Seasonal: Heraklion
Eurowings Berlin–Tegel, Palma de Mallorca
Pobeda Moscow–Vnukovo
Ryanair Alicante, Bari, Cagliari, Girona, Lisbon, London–Stansted, Málaga, Malta, Marrakesh, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Rome–Ciampino, Seville, Sofia, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Athens, Edinburgh, Lamezia Terme, Trapani, Warsaw–Modlin, Zadar
TUI fly Deutschland Seasonal: Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada, Kos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife–South
Wizz Air Belgrade, Sibiu (begins 17 June 2019),[13] Skopje, Timișoara (begins 1 September 2019)[14]
Seasonal: Tuzla

The closest other commercial airport is Strasbourg Airport in France, located approximately 40 km (25 mi) to the southwest.

StatisticsEdit

 
Landside area inside the terminal
 
Apron overview
Passengers
2008 1,141,070
2009   1,087,909
2010   1,177,201
2011   1,114,535
2012   1,287,382
2013   1,059,227
2014   983,451
2015   1,051,435
2016   1,105,103
2017   1,240,551
Source: ADV[4]

Ground transportationEdit

The airport can be reached via motorway A5 which leads from Hesse to Basel (Exit Baden-Baden). There are local bus connections to Baden-Baden and Rastatt as well as their respective train stations.[15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "EAD Basic". Ead.eurocontrol.int.
  2. ^ Baden Airpark, official site
  3. ^ "badenairpark.de: Impressum". baden-airpark.de.
  4. ^ a b Flughafenverband ADV. "Flughafenverband ADV – Unsere Flughäfen: Regionale Stärke, Globaler Anschluss". adv.aero.
  5. ^ a b "Business und Gewerbepark". badenairpark.de.
  6. ^ a b c "Unternehmen (in German)". baden-airpark.de. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013.
  7. ^ "(in German)". airliners.de.
  8. ^ "TUI fly to terminate Karlsruhe presence in mid-4Q18". ch-aviation.com.
  9. ^ "Service am FKB". badenairpark.de. Archived from the original on 25 September 2013.
  10. ^ baden-airpark.de - Flugplan (German) retrieved 26 December 2018
  11. ^ Air Serbia to launch twelve routes from Niš
  12. ^ Zorana Mihajlovic signs agreement on 12 airlines of public interest from Nis 9 May 2019.
  13. ^ https://www.baden-airpark.de/en/news/book-new-year-round-wizz-air-flights-to-sibiu-hermannstadt-skopje-and-timisoara-temeswar/ baden-airport.de - Book new year-round Wizz Air flights to Sibiu / Hermannstadt, Skopje and Timisoara / Temeswar] 8 April 2019
  14. ^ wizzair.com/en-gb/information-and-services/about-us/news/2019/01/17/wizz-air-expands-in-timisoara#/
  15. ^ "Anreise und Parken". badenairpark.de.

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