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Cologne Bonn Airport
Flughafen Köln/Bonn
Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH
Serves Cologne and Bonn
Location Cologne, Germany
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 302 ft / 92 m
Coordinates 50°5157N 007°0834E / 50.86583°N 7.14278°E / 50.86583; 7.14278Coordinates: 50°5157N 007°0834E / 50.86583°N 7.14278°E / 50.86583; 7.14278
Website koeln-bonn-airport.de
Location of airport
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,459 8,068 Concrete/Asphalt
14L/32R 3,815 12,516 Asphalt
14R/32L 1,863 6,112 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 12,384,223
Passenger change 16-17 4.0%
Aircraft movements 141.338
Movements change 16-17 3.2%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, ADV[1][2]

Cologne Bonn Airport (German: Flughafen Köln/Bonn Konrad Adenauer, also known as Flughafen Köln-Wahn) (IATA: CGN, ICAO: EDDK) is the international airport of Germany's fourth-largest city Cologne, and also serves Bonn, capital of the former West Germany. With around 12.4 million passengers passing through it in 2017, it is the seventh-largest passenger airport in Germany and the third-largest in terms of cargo operations. By traffic units, which combines cargo and passengers, the airport is in fifth position in Germany.[3] As of March 2015, Cologne Bonn Airport had services to 115 passenger destinations in 35 countries.[4] It is named after Konrad Adenauer, the first post-war Chancellor of West Germany.

The airport is located in the district of Porz and is surrounded by the Wahner Heide nature reserve. The airport is centrally located in the Cologne/Bonn Region 14.8 km (9.2 mi) southeast of Cologne city centre and 16 km (9.9 mi) northeast of Bonn. Cologne Bonn Airport is one of the country's few 24-hour airports and serves as a hub for Eurowings, FedEx Express and UPS Airlines as well as a focus city for several leisure and low-cost airlines. It is also a host of the German and European space agencies DLR and EAC, part of ESA, which train astronauts there for space explorations.


Early years

In 1913, the first plane took off from the Wahner Heide military training area on an artillery reconnaissance flight. In 1939 an airfield was built for the German Luftwaffe.[citation needed]

After World War II the British military took over and expanded the airport (as RAF Wahn). A 1,866 m runway was built in this period. In 1951 the airport was opened for civilian air traffic, superseding the former Cologne Butzweilerhof Airport.

During the 1950s and 1960s two additional runways and a new passenger terminal were constructed. On 1 November 1970 a Boeing 747 took off for New York City from the airport for the first time.

Cologne Bonn Airport was chosen by United Parcel Service (UPS) in 1986 as the location for their European hub.[citation needed]

In the late 1990s the airport started an expansion program. Several new parking lots and a second terminal were built, and in 2004 a new long-distance railway station was opened. The airport is jointly owned by the City of Cologne (31.12%), the Federal Republic of Germany (30.94%), the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (30.94%), the City of Bonn (6.06%) and two counties (0.94%).[5]

Development in the 2000s

Coinciding with the start of several low-cost airlines in Germany, Cologne/Bonn opened new capacities. This enabled the airport to make competitive offers to the airlines. Consequently, Germanwings and TUIfly started operations from Cologne/Bonn as their hub in the fall of 2002. As a result, the number of passengers in 2003 rose by 43% compared to 2002. These airlines were joined by easyJet in late 2003 and Wizz Air in June 2006.

Also, the Canadian Forces began to use the airport as a staging area to move troops and supplies in support of humanitarian missions and possible anti-terrorism roles.[6]

In 2006 the Brazilian airline BRA provided a twice a week connection to Rio de JaneiroGaleão, which was discontinued in April 2007 due to problems with the airline. Also in 2006 a daily transatlantic flight to New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport by Continental Airlines was established, operating with a Boeing 757-200. This route was discontinued on 4 September 2008 due to a reduction in passenger numbers.[7]

Low-cost carriers Ryanair and Norwegian Air Shuttle began service to Cologne/Bonn in May 2012. In April 2014 Ryanair announced the opening of their fifth German base at Cologne/Bonn Airport for October 2014.[8]

In December 2014, Lufthansa announced to base Eurowings' new long-haul operations at Cologne Bonn Airport with flights to Florida, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean to start by the end of 2015.[9] Meanwhile, Condor cancelled their service to Varadero after only one season due to the expected competition.[10]

In June 2015 the airport received the ACI EUROPE Best Airport Award in the category of those handling 5 to 10 million passengers.[11]

In February 2018, Eurowings announced to relocate all long-haul operations from Cologne consisting of four Airbus A330 aircraft to Düsseldorf Airport by late October 2018 leaving the airport without any long-haul passenger routes again.[12]


Cologne Bonn Airport has two passenger terminals which are located directly beside each other:

Terminal 1

The older Terminal 1 is a 1970s building that sports large surfaces of bare concrete in its design. It features a u-shaped main building with shops, restaurants, check-in and service facilities and a visitors deck on its roof as well as the star-shaped piers B and C with five aircraft stands each plus a central airside hall between them added in 2004 with joint security-check facilities, more shops and restaurants as well as three additional stands. All ten stands at both piers feature jet bridges while the other three use walk-boarding. Also several bus-boarding stands are available at the apron. Terminal 1 is used by Eurowings, which occupy most of the landside check-in facilities, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines.[13] Terminal 1 features its own direct connection to the railway station.

Terminal 2

Construction of Terminal 2 began in June 1997, and operations at the terminal commenced on 21 June 2000. It is located to the north of Terminal 1. Both feature separate check-in facilities but are connected through a landside walkway. As part of a plan-approval procedure the airport is currently seeking approval for building an airside connection between both terminals. Terminal 2 is a modern-style rectangular building made out of glass and steel which is equipped with eight stands with jet bridges as well as several stands for bus-boarding. It is used by several airlines such as Ryanair and Iran Air.[13] Terminal 2 is also directly connected to the airports' railway station via the basement level. The terminal hosts an interdenominational prayer room on its base level.[14]

Airlines and destinations


The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Cologne Bonn Airport:[15]

Air Arabia Maroc Agadir, Nador
AtlasGlobal Seasonal: Antalya, IstanbulSabiha Gökçen
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas, Varna
Blue Air Bucharest, Iai
British Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick (begins 16 November 2018)[16]
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Antalya (begins 12 April 2019), Fuerteventura (begins 5 May 2019), Gazipaa, Gran Canaria (begins 1 May 2019), Heraklion, Hurghada, Kos (begins 1 May 2019), Palma de Mallorca (begins 3 May 2019), Rhodes (begins 3 May 2019), Tenerife-South (begins 4 May 2019)[17]
easyJet BerlinTegel[18]
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Eurowings[19] Barcelona, Bari, BerlinTegel, Bologna, Budapest, Catania, Dresden, Dublin, Edinburgh, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, IstanbulSabiha Gökçen, Klagenfurt, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Leipzig/Halle, Lisbon, LondonHeathrow, LondonStansted, MilanMalpensa, Monastir, Munich, Nador, Naples, Nice, OrduGiresun, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Prague, Pristina, Rijeka, RomeFiumicino, Salzburg, Sarajevo, Split, Thessaloniki, Tunis, Venice, Vienna, Zagreb, Zürich
Seasonal: Antalya, Athens, Bastia, Bodrum, Brindisi, Cagliari, Calvi, Casablanca, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Faro, Fuerteventura, Grenoble, Heraklion, Ibiza, Izmir, Jerez de la Frontera, Kavala, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Menorca, Mykonos, Olbia, Osijek, Pisa, Pula, ReykjavíkKeflávik, Rhodes, Santorini, StockholmArlanda, Sylt, Tangier, TenerifeSouth, Tirana, Varna, Verona, Zadar, Zakynthos
Flybe LondonSouthend
Georgian Airways Tbilisi
Iran Air TehranImam Khomeini
Lufthansa Munich
Norwegian Air Shuttle Gran Canaria, Málaga
Seasonal: TenerifeSouth
Nouvelair Seasonal: Djerba, Enfidha
Onur Air Seasonal: Antalya, Kayseri[20]
Pegasus Airlines Ankara, IstanbulSabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Adana, Antalya, Izmir
Pobeda MoscowVnukovo, Saint Petersburg
Ryanair Alicante, Barcelona, Bergamo, BerlinSchönefeld, Bologna, Bristol, Copenhagen, Dublin, Gran Canaria, LondonStansted, Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Manchester, Marrakesh, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Riga, RomeCiampino, Seville, Sofia, TenerifeSouth, Treviso, Valencia, Vilnius, Vitoria, WarsawModlin
Seasonal: Aqaba, Bordeaux (begins 1 April 2019), Corfu, Faro, Knock (begins 1 June 2019),[21] Zadar (begins 3 April 2019)[22]
SunExpress Antalya, Izmir
Seasonal: Dalaman, Kayseri[23]
SunExpress Deutschland Fuerteventura, Hurghada
Seasonal: Ankara, Burgas, Dalaman (begins 7 May 2019),[23] Enfidha (begins 1 May 2019),[23] Kayseri (begins 18 April 2019),[23] Lanzarote, Marsa Alam, OrduGiresun, Trabzon, Varna
Tailwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon[24]
TUI fly Deutschland Antalya, Boa Vista, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Sal, TenerifeSouth
Seasonal: Dalaman, Heraklion, Kos, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes
Turkish Airlines IstanbulAtatürk
Wizz Air ClujNapoca, Craiova, Gdask, Katowice, KievZhuliany, Skopje, Tuzla

Cologne Bonn Airport is a major cargo hub in the world mainly due to its function as a hub for FedEx Express and UPS Airlines.

ATRAN MoscowVnukovo
Cargojet Brussels, Halifax, Hamilton
EgyptAir Cargo Cairo[25]
FedEx Express Athens, Memphis, Munich, ShanghaiPudong, Tel AvivBen Gurion
FedEx Feeder ParisCharles de Gaulle
MNG Airlines IstanbulAtatürk, Leipzig/Halle, ParisCharles de Gaulle[26]
Turkish Airlines Cargo IstanbulAtatürk, LondonLuton[27]
UPS Airlines Almaty, Ancona, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Bergamo, Budapest, Bucharest, Cardiff, ChicagoO'Hare, Cork, DubaiInternational, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Geneva, Helsinki, Hong Kong, IstanbulAtatürk, Katowice, Ljubljana, LondonStansted, Louisville, Lyon, Madrid, Malmö, Marseille, MoscowVnukovo, Mumbai, Munich, OsloGardermoen, ParisCharles de Gaulle, Philadelphia, Porto, Prague, ReykjavíkKeflávik, RomeCiampino, ShanghaiPudong, Shenzhen, Singapore, StockholmArlanda, Sofia, TaipeiTaoyuan, Tel AvivBen Gurion, Timisoara, Valencia, Venice, Vienna, WarsawChopin, Zagreb
West Air Sweden BerlinSchönefeld


Passengers and freight
Passengers Movements Freight (in t)
2000 6,291,739 138,434 423,641
2001 5,705,819 134,950 443,040
2002 5,375,126 125,307 494,331
2003 7,758,655 139,872 518,493
2004 8,332,961 136,927 605,069
2005 9,452,185 140,775 636,887
2006 9,904,236 139,096 685,563
2007 10,471,657 138,837 704,649
2008 10,342,931 128,713 578,161
2009 9,739,581 120,675 552,363
2010 9,849,779 121,011 656,120
2011 9,623,398 117,715 742,372
2012 9,280,070 125,335 751,183
2013 9,077,346 120,385 739,569
2014 9,450,493 123,241 754,356
2015 10,338,375 128,616 757,717
2016 11,910,138 136,905 786,407
2017 12,384,223 141,338 838,526
Source: ADV German Airports Association[28]
Busiest routes
Busiest domestic routes (2017)
Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 Berlin-Tegel 1,232,847 Easyjet, Eurowings
2 Munich, Germany 988,723 Eurowings, Lufthansa
3 Hamburg 486,034 Eurowings
4 Berlin-Schönefeld 428,703 Ryanair
5 Dresden 144,067 Eurowings
Source: Airport Traffic Statistics[29]

Busiest European routes (2017)
Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 Palma de Mallorca 916,478 Condor Flugdienst, Eurowings, Laudamotion, Ryanair, Small Planet Airlines (Germany), TUI fly Deutschland
2 London-Stansted 415,573 Eurowings, Ryanair
3 Vienna 343,465 Austrian Airlines, Eurowings
4 Istanbul-Atatürk 275,390 Turkish Airlines
5 Barcelona 245,315 Eurowings, Ryanair
Source: Airport Traffic Statistics[30]

Busiest intercontinental routes (2017) (excl. European part of Turkey)
Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 Antalya 417,544 AtlasGlobal, Condor Flugdienst, Onur Air, Pegasus Airlines, SunExpress, Tailwind Airlines, TUI fly Deutschland
2 Istanbul-Sabiha Gökcen 258,082 AtlasGlobal, Eurowings, Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines
3 Izmir 138,699 Eurowings, Pegasus Airlines, SunExpress
4 Hurghada 90,067 AlMasria Universal Airlines, Nesma Airlines, SunExpress Deutschland, TUI fly Deutschland
5 Punta Cana 85,141 Eurowings
Source: Airport Traffic Statistics[31]

Ground transportation


Cologne/Bonn Airport station is a 4-track railway station on a loop off the CologneFrankfurt high-speed line that connects Cologne Bonn Airport to long-distance trains at least once an hour per direction, most of them ICE services. The station lies directly across both terminals under a large glass roof and features direct connections to the basement of Terminal 2 as well as the check-in area at Terminal 1-C. The S-Bahn line S13 as well as regional train line RE8 also stop here and continue to Cologne and Bonn.[32] Regional Express line RE6 connects the airport station with Düsseldorf Main Station, via Cologne Main Station and Neuss Main Station with an hourly frequency.


The airport has its own exit (named Flughafen) on motorway A59 which links it to the city centres of Cologne and Bonn as well as the Ruhrgebiet.[32]


Local bus lines also connect the airport with Cologne (route 161) and Bonn (route SB60).[32] On 28 October 2015, a new coach terminal opened and is used for remote bus services to other German cities and many other European countries.

Incidents and accidents

  • There have been two similar severe security breaches at the airport in March and May 2016.[33] In March 2016, an off-duty police officer entered the airside area in Terminal 2 after bypassing the security screening. In May 2016, a tourist entered the Terminal 1 airside area without clearing security as well. In both cases, the Terminal had to be shut down until the intruder was found which severely disrupted flight operations.[33]

See also


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  5. ^ "Unternehmensführung der Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH". Koeln-bonn-airport.de. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  6. ^ Steven Chase. "MacKay secures German staging base for post-Afghan missions". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
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  8. ^ "Ryanair eröffnet zum Winter Basis am Flughafen Köln-Bonn". airliners.de. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  9. ^ UBM Information Ltd. 2015 (3 December 2014). "Eurowings to Launch Long-Haul from Cologne under Lufthansa 'Wings' Project". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Billigflüge: Köln im Zentrum der Schlacht - aeroTELEGRAPH". aeroTELEGRAPH. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  11. ^ https://www.aci-europe.org/component/downloads/downloads/4343.html
  12. ^ aero.de - "Eurowings moves A330 from Cologne to Düsseldorf" (German) 1 February 2018
  13. ^ a b "Orientierung am Airport, Wegweiser Köln Bonn Airport". Koeln-bonn-airport.de. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  14. ^ "Prayer Room Airport Cologne / Bonn". Architizer. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Flight Destinations, Travel Destinations - Cologne Bonn Airport". Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  16. ^ https://www.ksta.de/wirtschaft/flughafen-british-airways-zurueck-in-koeln-bonn-31021488
  17. ^ "Flight planning". corendonairlines.com. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  18. ^ "easyJet outlines new routes from Berlin Tegel in S18". Routesonline. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  19. ^ "Eurowings flight plan". eurowings.com. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  20. ^ "Onur Air schedules Kayseri seasonal routes in 3Q17 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  21. ^ "Timetable". Ryanair DAC. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Ryanair Verkündet Sommerflugplan 2019: 24 Neue Strecken In Deutschland". Ryanair. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  23. ^ a b c d 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "SunExpress Germany S19 network additions as of 18OCT18". routesonline.com.
  24. ^ "TAP Portugal nimmt Köln-Bonn ins Programm auf". Airliners.de. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  25. ^ "EGYPTAIR CARGO". www.egyptair-cargo.com.
  26. ^ "MNG AIRLINES - SERVICES". Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  27. ^ "Turkish Airlines Cargo Winter Schedule" (PDF). wwwdownload.thy.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 June 2013.
  28. ^ "German Airport Statistics (German)". Archived from the original on 24 January 2016.
  29. ^ {{cite web|url=https://www.destatis.de/DE/Publikationen/Thematisch/TransportVerkehr/Luftverkehr/LuftverkehrAusgewaehlteFlugplaetze2080610177004.pdf?__blob=publicationFile (German)|
  30. ^ {{cite web|url=https://www.destatis.de/DE/Publikationen/Thematisch/TransportVerkehr/Luftverkehr/LuftverkehrAusgewaehlteFlugplaetze2080610177004.pdf?__blob=publicationFile (German)|
  31. ^ {{cite web|url=https://www.destatis.de/DE/Publikationen/Thematisch/TransportVerkehr/Luftverkehr/LuftverkehrAusgewaehlteFlugplaetze2080610177004.pdf?__blob=publicationFile (German)|
  32. ^ a b c "Anreise mit dem PKW". Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  33. ^ a b aerotelegraph.com - "Chaos at Cologne Airport Terminal 1" 31 May 2016

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