Leipzig/Halle Airport

Leipzig/Halle Airport (IATA: LEJ, ICAO: EDDP) (German: Flughafen Leipzig/Halle) is an international airport located in Schkeuditz, Saxony, and serves both Leipzig, Saxony, and Halle, Saxony-Anhalt.

Leipzig/Halle Airport

Flughafen Leipzig/Halle
Leipzig-Halle Airport Logo.svg
Leipzig-Halle Airport Check-in.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerMitteldeutsche Airport Holding AG
OperatorFlughafen Leipzig/Halle GmbH
ServesLeipzig and Halle
LocationSchkeuditz, Germany
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL470 ft / 143 m
Coordinates51°25′26″N 012°14′11″E / 51.42389°N 12.23639°E / 51.42389; 12.23639
LEJ is located in Saxony
Location of Airport in Saxony
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08L/26R 3,600 11,811 Concrete
08R/26L 3,600 11,811 Concrete
Statistics (2019)
Passenger change 18–19Increase1.9%
Freight (tonnes)1,238,343
Freight change 18–19Increase1.4%
Sources: AIP from Eurocontrol,
Annual Traffic Report 2019[3]

It is Germany's 11th largest airport by passengers and handled more than 2.61 million passengers in 2019 mainly with flights to European leisure destinations. In terms of cargo traffic, the airport is the fifth-busiest in Europe and the second-busiest in Germany after Frankfurt Airport, having handled 1,238,343 metric tonnes of cargo in 2019. The airport serves as the main European hub for DHL Aviation and the main hub for AeroLogic. Military installations have also been built at the airport for NATO and EU military aircraft.[4]


The airport in May 1929

The airport was built new from scratch at a location between Halle and Leipzig from 1926 and opened in 1927.

On 18 March 1986 Air France flew a Concorde to the airport, to coincide with the world-renowned Leipzig trade fair. Two days later British Airways also flew a Concorde to Leipzig/Halle. In the following years, both airlines operated Concorde flights from Paris and London when the trade fair was held in Leipzig.

Despite its name, the airport is located in the town of Schkeuditz, Nordsachsen. A deal between the city of Leipzig and the Landkreis Delitzsch led to a land exchange. In 2007, Leipzig received land outside the airport while ownership of the airport land was transferred to Delitzsch. The District of Delitzsch, which by now has merged to become part of Landkreis Nordsachsen, owns and claims taxes from the grounds and commercial interest from the airport.

DHL Aviation moved its European hub from Brussels Airport to Leipzig/Halle in early 2008, leading a significant increase in cargo traffic at the airport. Leipzig bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games and the airport was modernised as a result, even though London was eventually awarded the games.

In spring 2013, Ryanair announced the start of operations to Leipzig/Halle on six routes. However, one year later all of them except the flights to London–Stansted were terminated.[5] In February 2015, Etihad Regional announced the immediate termination of all their Leipzig/Halle operations which had started only two years earlier, due to changes to their operational concept. All three routes were shut down while two newly announced ones did not start.[6]

In September 2016, Pakistan International Airlines announced plans to replace Manchester on their Islamabad - Manchester - New York City route with Leipzig/Halle in 2017 due to lower operational costs and time-saving measures. As the airline holds Fifth Freedom rights, this would be Leipzig/Halle's first passenger service to the United States.[7] In October 2017 the airline announced it would end of all routes to the United States, so plans to use Leipzig as layover to New York-JFK never came to be.[8]

In October 2016, DHL inaugurated a major expansion to its freight facilities at the airport. Two new cargo terminals increased handling capacity by 50 percent.[9]

As of April 2018, the largest passenger Airline at Leipzig/Halle Airport (measured by weekly departures) is Condor with 55 outgoing flights per week. For this purpose, three Airbus A321 aircraft are stationed at the airport. The second largest Airline on place is Small Planet Airlines (Germany) with 18 outgoing flights per week. The airline stationed an Airbus A320 aircraft to serve several leisure destinations for TUI Group.[10] It is followed by SunExpress Deutschland which operates 15 weekly departures and stationed for this a Boeing B737 aircraft at the Airport.[11][12]

In August 2018, DHL announced further expansion of its facilities at the Airport. Beside an enlargement of the apron also a new pilot training center is planned. The number of employees should increase from actual 5700 to 6000.[13] At the same time, EAT Leipzig announced that they would add five used Airbus A330 freighters to their fleet, for a total of 36 aircraft.[14]

Also in August 2018, the Russian Volga-Dnepr Group announced plans to launch a new German freight subsidiary based at the airport.[15][16]



The modern airport terminal structure extends over the adjacent motorway and railway. It integrates the main car park as well as the check-in-facilities and is connected to a pier equipped with six jet bridges as well as several apron stands. Due to its compact design, it provides short walking distances. The airport terminal has immigration facilities for international flights but no international transfer area.


Leipzig/Halle Airport has two runways. The terminal access is south of the railway while the runway 08L/26R parallels the driveway north of the railway, requiring aircraft to taxi on a bridge over the tracks and roads.

Airlines and destinationsEdit


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Leipzig/Halle Airport:[17]

Austrian Airlines Vienna
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas
Condor[18] Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Antalya, Corfu, Heraklion, Kos, Rhodes
Corendon Airlines Antalya, Hurghada
Seasonal: Heraklion
Seasonal charter: Rhodes, Sharm El Sheikh
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Palma de Mallorca, Stuttgart
Freebird Airlines[19] Antalya
Seasonal charter: Burgas, Corfu, Djerba, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada, Kos, Rhodes
Holiday Europe[20] Charter: Fuerteventura, Hurghada, Marsa Alam
Lufthansa Munich
Montenegro Airlines[21] Seasonal: Tivat
Nesma Airlines[22] Seasonal charter: Hurghada
Nouvelair[23] Seasonal charter: Djerba, Monastir
Onur Air[24] Seasonal charter: Antalya, Bodrum
Pegasus Airlines[25] Seasonal: Antalya
Pobeda Moscow–Vnukovo
SunExpress Antalya
TUI fly Deutschland Gran Canaria
Turkish Airlines Istanbul


AirBridgeCargo[26] Moscow–Sheremetyevo
DHL Aviation[27] Almaty, Amsterdam, Athens, Bahrain, Bangalore, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Belgrade, Bergamo, Bologna, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Cincinnati, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Delhi, Dubai–International, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Gdańsk, Geneva, Helsinki, Ho Chi Minh City,[28] Hong Kong, Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen,[29] Katowice, Kiev–Boryspil, Lagos, Lahore, Linz, Ljubljana, London–Heathrow, London–Luton, Los Angeles,[30] Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Milan–Malpensa, Miami,[31] Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Mumbai, Munich, Nantes, New York–JFK, Oslo–Gardermoen, Ostrava, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pisa, Riga, Rome–Ciampino, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Sharjah, Singapore, Sofia, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tashkent, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Treviso, Tokyo-Narita,[32] Turku, Vilnius, Vitoria, Warsaw–Chopin


Some US airlines fly to Leipzig/Halle on behalf of the US Department of Defense, to bring US Army troops and US Marines to Afghanistan and Iraq. Leipzig/Halle is used as technical stop for refueling on these flights.[citation needed] They do not appear at any official timetable. Marines and soldiers flown via Leipzig/Halle are listed as transit passengers in its traffic statistics. Military charter flights are also operated via Leipzig/Halle.


General plan of the airport
Concourse connecting the check-in and airside areas
Cargo facilities
Taxiway crossing the Autobahn
Passengers Movements Freight (in t)
1990 274,878 9,549 366
1991   634,424   26,089   4,372
1992   1,073,378   42,960   8,611
1993   1,521,436   48,510   17,482
1994   1,901,797   52,590   23,189
1995   2,104,822   53,807   25,225
1996   2,186,649   50,298   22,410
1997   2,248,852   47,284   17,220
1998   2,108,779   43,778   12,866
1999   2,162,769   47,944   15,220
2000   2,288,931   47,030   17,086
2001   2,185,130   42,408   15,799
2002   1,988,854   41,209   16,882
2003   1,955,070   40,303   17.559
2004   2,041,046   39,316   12,575
2005   2,127,895   37,905   15,641
2006   2,348,011   42,417   29,330
2007   2,723,000   50,972   101,364
2008   2,462,256   59,924   442,453
2009   2,421,382   60,150   524,082
2010   2,348,597   62,247   663,024
2011   2,266,743   64,097   760,344
2012   2,286,151   62,688   863,665
2013   2,240,860   61,668   887,101
2014   2,331,399   63,569   910,708
2015   2,321,975   65,061   988,240
2016[33]   2,192,145   64,492   1,052,372
2017[34]   2,365,141   69,815   1,138,477
2018[35]   2,571,119   79,218   1,221,429
2019[36]   2,618,772   78,980   1,238,343
Source: Leipzig/Halle Airport Traffic statistics[37]

Ground transportationEdit


Leipzig/Halle Airport railway station

Leipzig/Halle Airport railway station is located directly beneath the passenger terminal and has both Intercity and Intercity-Express connections to cities like Frankfurt, Erfurt, Magdeburg, Hanover, Cologne and Dresden. Two lines of the suburban S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland connect directly to Leipzig and Halle, furthermore to Altenburg and Zwickau. Transit connection of the network reach most of parts of Central Germany.


The airport is connected to two motorways: the A14 connecting to Dresden (130 km), Halle (Saale, 20 km) and Magdeburg (130 km), and the A9 connecting to Munich (430 km), Nuremberg (280 km), and Berlin (180 km).


Flixbus connects in both ways twice per day to Dresden, Göttingen, Kassel and once per day to Dortmund and Cologne.

In popular cultureEdit

The airport's facilities have been featured in major films during recent years:

  • In December 2004, Leipzig/Halle Airport was a filming location for Flightplan starring Jodie Foster and Peter Sarsgaard.[38] According to the film, Jodie Foster's flight departs from Berlin but all shots showing Berlin's supposed airport were actually taken at Leipzig/Halle Airport.
  • In 2010, the check-in area of Leipzig/Halle was a filming location for Unknown starring Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger.[39]
  • The airport's terminal and apron were featured heavily as the location of a major confrontation between the fractured Avengers in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War. Branded equipment featuring the airport's logo was shown several times during the scenes.

See alsoEdit


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  8. ^ "Ausgeträumt: Direktverbindung Leipzig - New York endgültig vom Tisch". LVZ - Leipziger Volkszeitung.
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  21. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Montenegro Airlines increases German flights in S19". routesonline.com.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
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  38. ^ RP ONLINE. "'Flightplan'-Arbeit am Flughafen: Jodie Foster dreht in Leipzig". RP ONLINE. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
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External linksEdit

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