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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.

Sylt Airport

Flughafen Sylt
Westerland auf Sylt (GWT - EDXW) AN1589689.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorFlughafen Sylt GmbH
ServesSylt, Germany
Elevation AMSL51 ft / 16 m
Coordinates54°54′48″N 008°20′26″E / 54.91333°N 8.34056°E / 54.91333; 8.34056Coordinates: 54°54′48″N 008°20′26″E / 54.91333°N 8.34056°E / 54.91333; 8.34056
Websiteflughafen-sylt.de
Map
EDXW is located in Schleswig-Holstein
EDXW
EDXW
Location of Sylt Airport in Schleswig-Holstein
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 5,564 1,696 Asphalt
14/32 6,955 2,120 Paved
Statistics
Passengers (2014)175,000[1]

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.

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HistoryEdit

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.[2] 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.[2]

In 1990 Sylt Airport received new technical equipment as well as new passenger facilities.[2] Today it is capable of handling medium-sized aircraft such as the Boeing 737.

In June 2015, Lufthansa CityLine announced the expansion of their services to Sylt: instead of being seasonal, flights from Frankfurt and Munich are now operated year-round.[3]

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:[4]

AirlinesDestinations
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf
easyJet Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel
Eurowings Düsseldorf, Stuttgart
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
Rhein-Neckar Air Seasonal: Kassel, Mannheim
Sylt Air Seasonal: Hamburg
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Zürich

The nearest larger international airport is Billund Airport in Denmark, approx. 135 kilometres (84 mi) (by road) to the north. Hamburg Airport is approx. 220 kilometres (140 mi) to the south.

StatisticsEdit

Passengers
2010 210,000[5]
2011   217,500[6]
2012   176,000[7]
2013   175,000[1]
2014   175,000[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Sylter Spiegel - Aktuelles von der Insel". www.sylter-spiegel.de.
  2. ^ a b c flughafen-sylt.de - Historie (in German)
  3. ^ "Lufthansa verbindet ihre Drehkreuze auch im Winter mit Sylt".
  4. ^ "Flughafen Sylt in 25980 Sylt-Ost". www.flughafen-sylt.de. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  5. ^ airliners.de Erneut Rekordjahr am Flughafen Sylt (in German)
  6. ^ "Flughafen Sylt mit mehr Passagieren".
  7. ^ chr. "Insel-Flughafen: Airlines fliegen nicht auf Sylt ab - shz.de".

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