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Stuttgart Airport

Stuttgart Airport
Flughafen Stuttgart
Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH
Serves Stuttgart, Germany
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Stuttgart Airport (German: Flughafen Stuttgart, formerly Flughafen Stuttgart-Echterdingen) (IATA: STRICAO: EDDS) is the international airport of Stuttgart, the capital of the German state Baden-Württemberg. It is christened after Stuttgart's former mayor, Manfred Rommel[3] and is the sixth busiest airport in Germany with 9,720,877 passengers having passed through its doors in 2012. The airport is an important hub for Germanwings and features flights to several European cities and leisure destinations as well as two long-haul services to Atlanta and Abu Dhabi.[4]

The airport is located approximately Script error: No such module "convert". (Script error: No such module "convert". in a straight line) south[2] of Stuttgart and lies on the boundary between the nearby town of Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Filderstadt and Stuttgart itself. In 2007, the Stuttgart Trade Fair – the ninth biggest exhibition centre in Germany – moved to grounds directly next to the airport. Additionally, the global headquarters for car parking company APCOA Parking are located here.


First years and World War II

The airport was built in 1939 to replace Böblingen Airport. In 1945, the United States Air Force took over the airport until returning it to German authorities in 1948.

For the duration of the Cold War the runway and facilities were shared with the United States Army who operated helicopters, the Grumman OV-1 Mohawk and other fixed wing aircraft at Echterdingen Army Airfield on the southern portion of the facility.[5] The U.S. Army still maintains a small helicopter base on the southern side of the airport, which it shares with the Baden-Württemberg State Police helicopter wing. The police helicopter wing falls under the control of Stuttgart Police Department and has six modern helicopters based at Stuttgart and two in Söllingen.

Later development

The airport was expanded after World War II. The runway was extended to Script error: No such module "convert". in 1948, then to Script error: No such module "convert". in 1961 and finally to Script error: No such module "convert". in 1996.

The original 1938 terminal was finally replaced in 2004 and there are now four terminals with a maximum capacity of approximately 12 million passengers.

Politicians, town planners and nearby residents have been arguing for years about the construction of a second runway. However, on 25 June 2008 Minister-President Günther Oettinger announced that for the next 8–12 years no second runway will be built and that the restrictions for night operations stay in place.[6][7]

After the death of former mayor Manfred Rommel in November 2013 local politicians proposed to rename the airport after him.[8] This proposal caused public disputes as he was the son of Erwin Rommel but also highly respected for his work on intercultural affairs.[9] In July 2014 it has been announced that the airport will be named Flughafen Stuttgart - Manfred Rommel Flughafen from now on.[10]

In September 2014, United Airlines cancelled their route to Stuttgart from Newark due to insufficient demand[11] leaving Stuttgart Airport with only one remaining long-haul connection to Atlanta provided by Delta Air Lines. However, Air Berlin announced the start of a new second long-haul service with flights to Abu Dhabi from December 2014.[12]

In October 2014, easyJet announced to serve Stuttgart as their seventh German destination by March 2015.[13]


Stuttgart Airport consists of four passenger terminals which have separate check-in facilities and entrances but are directly connected to each other and share a single airside area which features eight Jet bridges as well as about two dozen bus-boarding stands.[14]

  • Terminal 1 is the first of two landside main halls and features together with its addition Terminal 1-West 50 check-in counters. It shares the roof with Terminals 2 and 3 and is mainly used by Germanwings and Lufthansa.
  • Terminal 2 is a small area featuring nine check-in counters and a security checkpoint. It is located within the shopping area between the main halls of Terminals 1 and 3. It is used by Germanwings in addition to their counters in Terminal 1.
  • Terminal 3 is the second of the two landside main halls east of Terminal 1 and 2 and features 39 additional check-in counters. It is used by Air Berlin, TUIfly and KLM among several other airlines.
  • Terminal 4 is, unlike the other three terminals, a separate and very basic equipped building to the east of Terminals 1 to 3 but also connected to them by a walk way. It features 17 more check-in counters as well as several bus-boarding gates and is used mostly for holiday charter operations.

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Stuttgart Airport:[15] Template:Airport-dest-list


Passengers and movements

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Terminals 1 to 3
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One of the two main halls
Passengers Movements
1999 7,688,951 119,904
2000 11px 8,141,020 11px 150,451
2001 11px 7,642,409 11px 146,771
2002 11px 7,284,319 11px 144,208
2003 11px 7,595,286 11px 144,903
2004 11px 8,831,216 11px 156,885
2005 11px 9,413,671 11px 160,405
2006 11px 10,111,346 11px 164,735
2007 11px 10,328,120 11px 164,531
2008 11px 9,932,887 11px 160,243
2009 11px 8,941,990 11px 141,572
2010 11px 9,226,546 11px 135,335
2011 11px 9,591,461 11px 136,580
2012 11px 9,735,087 11px 131,524
2013 11px 9,588,692 11px 124,588
2014 11px 9,728,710 11px 122,818
Source: Stuttgart Airport[25]

Largest airlines

Largest airlines by passengers (2014)[25]
Rank Airline %
1 Germanwings 32.3%
2 Air Berlin 19.6%
3 TUIfly 6.3%
4 Condor 5.0%
5 Lufthansa 4.8%
6 Turkish Airlines 3.9%
7 SunExpress 2.9%
8 SunExpress Deutschland 2.5%
9 KLM 2.3%
10 Austrian Airlines 2.1%

Busiest routes

Busiest domestic routes out of Stuttgart Airport (2014)[25]
Rank Destination Passengers
1 Berlin, Schönefeld Airport and Tegel Airport 998,000
2 Hamburg, Hamburg Airport 737,000
3 Hesse, Frankfurt Airport 310,000
4 Lower Saxony, Hannover Airport 204,000
5 Bavaria, Munich Airport 155,000
6 Bremen, Bremen Airport 145,000
7 North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf Airport 145,000
Busiest international routes out of Stuttgart Airport (2014)[25]
Rank Destination Passengers
1 Spain, Palma de Mallorca Airport 649,000
2 Turkey, Istanbul (Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport) 543,000
3 Turkey, Antalya Airport 494,000
4 United Kingdom, London (Heathrow Airport and Stansted Airport) 407,000
5 Austria, Vienna International Airport 339,000
6 Netherlands, Amsterdam Airport 233,000
7 Spain, Barcelona Airport 223,000
8 Switzerland, Zürich Airport 204,000
9 Greece, Thessaloniki Airport 184,000
10 France, Paris Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport 184,000

Ground transportation


The motorway leading to the airport with a large car park across it

The airport lies right next to the A 8 Autobahn that connects the cities of Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Munich. A large car park belonging to Stuttgart Messe spans the A 8 leading to the airport.


From the regional cities of Esslingen am Neckar, Reutlingen and Tübingen exists a connection by coach. Additionally, German long-distance coach operators ADAC Postbus, DeinBus and Flixbus maintain their stop for Stuttgart on the airport grounds with direct connections to several major cities.


Stuttgart Airport can be easily reached within 30 minutes from the city's main railway station using the Stuttgart suburban railway S2 or S3 from Stuttgart Flughafen/Messe station.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 14 September 2009, a Contact Air Fokker 100 hit the runway without part of its landing gear extended. One flight attendant was injured.

See also


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  2. ^ a b EAD Basic
  3. ^ "Namenserweiterung in Manfred Rommel Flughafen" (Press release) (in German). Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
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  6. ^ Flughafen bekommt keine zweite Startbahn. Stuttgarter Zeitung online vom 25. Juni 2008 (in German).
  7. ^ Das Versprechen gilt nur auf „absehbare Zeit“. Stuttgarter Zeitung online vom 25. Juni 2008 (in German).
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  16. ^ "CSA Czech Airlines Re-Schedules Stuttgart - Geneva Service to Sep 2015". 22 May 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
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  18. ^ "New routes for summer 2015". Easyjet. 
  19. ^ "New and dropped routes". Easyjet. 
  20. ^ "Easyjet kündigt für Sommer 2015 zwei neue Verbindungen an" (in German). Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "germanwings / Eurowings Route Transfers in April 2016". 7 April 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  22. ^ a b germanwings Moves 55 Routes to Eurowings from late-Oct 2015
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  26. ^ "Accident: BinAir SW4 at Stuttgart on Jan 19th 2010, right main gear collapsed on landing". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 

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