Sylt Airport (IATA: GWT, ICAO: EDXW) is the airport on the German island of Sylt located in the municipality of the same name. It mostly features summer seasonal scheduled traffic to major German cities as well as general aviation and gliding.
|Operator||Flughafen Sylt GmbH|
|Elevation AMSL||51 ft / 16 m|
Sometimes the airport is referred to as Westerland/Sylt named after Westerland, a well-known part of the municipality of Sylt which however is not the nearest settlement to the airport.
The island of Sylt used to be a famous destination for leisure and holidays back in the beginning of the 20th century. Sylt's first small airport was established right after World War I and in 1919 first scheduled routes to Weimar, Hamburg and Berlin commenced. As Germany had lost the mainland port serving Sylt due to the Treaty of Versailles, the airport became an important way for travelers to avoid entering Denmark prior to the construction of the "Hindenburg causeway" linking Sylt to the mainland by railway.
During World War II the airport was significantly redeveloped and enlarged to serve as a military base. In the 1960s the leisure traffic came back and developed strongly from the 1970s onwards.
easyJet announced in April 2019 that they would launch weekly flights throughout the summer season to the base in Berlin-Tegel. The flights will be operated on their A319 aircraft and launched on 4 May 2019, and will be a new point on their large European network.
Airlines and destinationsEdit
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Sylt Airport:
|Condor||Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt (begins 1 May 2020)|
|Lufthansa||Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich|
|Rhein-Neckar Air||Seasonal: Kassel, Mannheim|
|Swiss International Air Lines||Seasonal: Zürich|
|Sylt Air||Seasonal: Hamburg|
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