|Owner||City of Hamburg (51%)
|Operator||Flughafen Hamburg GmbH|
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|Elevation AMSL||53 ft / 16 m|
Hamburg Airport (IATA: HAM, ICAO: EDDH), known in German as Flughafen Hamburg, is the international airport of Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany. It is located 8.5 km (5.3 mi) north of the city center in the Fuhlsbüttel quarter and serves as a base for Eurowings, Condor and easyJet. Hamburg Airport is the fifth-busiest of Germany's commercial airports measured by the number of passengers and counted 17,622,997 passengers and 159,780 aircraft movements in 2017 and is named after Helmut Schmidt. As of July 2017, it featured flights to more than 130 destinations of which four are long-haul routes to Dubai, Newark, Tabriz and Tehran.
The airport was opened in January 1911 from private funding by the Hamburger Luftschiffhallen GmbH (HLG), making it the oldest airport in the world which is still in operation. The original site comprised 45 hectares and was primarily used for airship flights in its early days. In 1913, the site was expanded to 60 hectares, the northern part being used for airship operations, while the southeast area was used for fixed-wing aircraft.
During the British occupation, beginning in 1945, the airport was given its current name, Hamburg Airport. It was used extensively during the Berlin Airlift in 1948 as a staging area, as the northern air corridor went between Hamburg and West Berlin.
When Lufthansa launched passenger operations in 1955, Hamburg was used as a hub until Frankfurt Airport took over due to growth constraints posed by the location in the city. Lufthansa Technik still maintains a large presence at the airport due to the early activities of the airline at the airport.
In the 1960s discussions began with the aim of moving the airport to Heidmoor by Kaltenkirchen. Reasons cited were limited expansion possibilities, capacity constraints due to crossing runways, and noise. Lufthansa had introduced the Boeing 707 in 1960, which made more noise than previous piston engined aircraft. The plans were dropped due to bad experiences in other cities with airports being moved far from city centres and Lufthansa's move to Frankfurt.
In the early 1990s, the airport began an extensive modernization process. The plan, called HAM21, included a new 500 m pier extension, a new terminal (Terminal 1), and the Airport Plaza between Terminals 1 and 2, which includes a consolidated security area. The airport's shareholders are the City of Hamburg and AviAlliance.
In January 2016, TUIfly announced to leave Hamburg Airport entirely due to the increasing competition from low-cost carriers. While the summer seasonal routes will not resume, all remaining destinations will be cancelled by March 2016. A few weeks later, it has been officially announced to christen the airport after Helmut Schmidt, a former Senator of Hamburg and chancellor of West Germany. Since 10 November 2016, the airport is named Hamburg Airport Helmut Schmidt.
In June 2017, easyjet announced it would close its base at Hamburg by March 2018 as part of a refocus on other base airports. While over half of the former services were cut, several routes remained in place as they are served from other easyJet bases.
Hamburg Airport originally covered 440,000 m2 (4,700,000 sq ft). Since then, the site has grown more than tenfold to 5.7 km2 (2.2 sq mi). The main apron covers 320,000 m2 (3,400,000 sq ft) and features 54 parking positions, the passenger terminals provide 17 jetways. As of July 2016 the airport only has three routes served with Wide-body aircraft, however during 2016 three gates were upgraded with double-Jet bridges to provide faster boarding and de-boarding for large planes like Airbus A380. The runways, taxiways and aprons are able to accommodate large aircraft, up to and including the Airbus A380. Emirates plans to replace one B777 daily with such aircraft in route. Currently there is no scheduled A380 routes, however Hamburg Airport is a diversion airport for Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport, the location of the Airbus plant in Hamburg, where all A380s are painted and interior fitted prior to delivery. Therefore, the apron facilities had already been upgraded for the use by A380s before the terminal stands.
Hamburg has two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, connected by the Airport Plaza and the baggage claim area that extends through the lower levels of all three buildings. These three buildings were designed by Gerkan, Marg, und Partner. Both Terminals have a high, curved ceiling designed to emulate the shape of a wing. In all buildings level 1 is the departure level, while level 0 is arrivals. Hamburg Airport offers 12 baggage claim belts on the arrivals level.
The Airport Plaza hosts the central security check as well as shops, restaurants, lounges and other service-facilities. It houses the S-Bahn station (suburban railway) and was completed in December 2008.
Terminal 1 was completed in 2005 and is highly similar to Terminal 2 in terms of design and size. It has numerous energy and water saving features like rain water collection for use in restrooms and a ThermoLabyrinth, which uses ground temperature to help regulate the building's temperature and reduce loads on the air conditioning systems. Terminal 1 houses most of the airlines including those from the Oneworld and SkyTeam alliances.
The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Hamburg Airport:
|Aeroflot||MoscowSheremetyevo, St Petersburg|
|Air Europa||Charter: Gran Canaria, TenerifeSouth|
|Air France||ParisCharles de Gaulle|
|Air Malta||Malta (begins 31 October 2018)|
|Air Serbia||Seasonal: Belgrade|
|Bulgarian Air Charter||Seasonal: Burgas, Varna|
|Condor||Antalya, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, TenerifeSouth
Seasonal: Agadir (begins 6 November 2018), Corfu, Dalaman, Heraklion, Jerez de la Frontera, Kos, La Palma, Malta, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Zakynthos
|Corendon Airlines||Seasonal: Antalya, Hurghada|
|Czech Airlines||Gothenburg, Prague|
|easyJet||Basel/Mulhouse, Edinburgh, Geneva, LondonGatwick, Manchester, Salzburg (begins 28 October 2018), Venice
Seasonal: Bordeaux, Naples, Nice
|Eurowings||Amsterdam, Barcelona, Budapest, Catania, Dubrovnik, Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Klagenfurt, Lanzarote, LondonHeathrow, Manchester, MilanMalpensa, Munich, Nice, Nuremberg, Olbia, OsloGardermoen, Palma de Mallorca, ParisCharles de Gaulle, Prague, Pristina, RomeFiumicino, Salzburg, StockholmArlanda, Stuttgart, Venice, Vienna, Zürich
Seasonal: Bari, Bastia, Bilbao (begins 2 June 2018), Cagliari, Corfu, Faro, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Jerez de la Frontera, Jersey, Kos, La Palma, Málaga (begins 3 July 2018), Naples, Pula, Reykjavik-Keflavík, Rhodes, Rijeka, Split, TenerifeSouth, Thessaloniki, Zadar, Zagreb
Seasonal charter: Menorca
Seasonal charter: Hévíz-Balaton (begins 25 August 2018)
|FlyEgypt||Seasonal charter: Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Sharm El Sheikh|
|Freebird Airlines||Seasonal: Antalya|
|Germania||Beirut, Funchal, Paphos, Tel AvivBen Gurion
Seasonal: Bodrum, Gazipaa, La Palma, Rhodes, Samos (begins 26 June 2018), Santorini, Sharm El Sheikh, Varna
Seasonal charter: Hurghada, Menorca
|Iran Air||TehranImam Khomeini|
|LOT Polish Airlines||WarsawChopin|
|Laudamotion||Palma de Mallorca|
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||Gran Canaria, Málaga, OsloGardermoen, TenerifeSouth
|Nouvelair||Charter: Djerba, Enfidha|
|Olympus Airways||Seasonal: Fuerteventura (begins 25 June 2018), Gran Canaria (begins 25 June 2018), TenerifeSouth (begins 9 June 2018)|
|Pegasus Airlines||IstanbulSabiha Gökçen
|Qeshm Air||Tabriz, TehranImam Khomeini|
|Ryanair||Alicante, Barcelona, Bergamo, Dublin, Edinburgh, Faro, Gran Canaria, Lamezia Terme, Lisbon, LondonStansted, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Marrakesh, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Seville, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Valencia, Verona
Seasonal: Brussels, Katowice, Sandefjord, Treviso
|Scandinavian Airlines||Copenhagen, OsloGardermoen, StockholmArlanda
Seasonal: Bergen (begins 25 June 2018)
|Small Planet Airlines (Germany)||Seasonal charter: Heraklion, Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Sharm El Sheikh|
|SunExpress||Ankara, Antalya, Izmir, Kayseri
|SunExpress Deutschland||Seasonal: Varna|
|Swiss International Air Lines||Zürich|
|Sylt Air||Seasonal: Sylt|
|Tailwind Airlines||Seasonal charter: Bodrum (begins 30 August 2018)|
|TAP Air Portugal||Lisbon|
|TUI fly Deutschland||Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, TenerifeSouth
Seasonal: Boa Vista, Heraklion, Jerez de la Frontera, Kos, Menorca, Rhodes, Sal, Trieste
|Tunisair||Djerba, Enfidha, Monastir, Tunis|
Seasonal: Adana, Ankara, Antalya, IstanbulSabiha Gökçen, Izmir
|United Airlines||Seasonal: Newark|
|Widerøe||Bergen (begins 15 August 2018)|
|Wizz Air||Gdask, KievZhuliany, Skopje|
|Yourways||Sylt (begins 1 June 2018)|
|FedEx Feeder||Cologne/Bonn, ParisCharles de Gaulle|
|Passengers||Movements||Freight (in t)|
|Sources: ADV, Hamburg Airport|
|1||Palma de Mallorca||982,336||Condor Flugdienst, Eurowings, Ryanair, Small Planet Airlines (Germany), TUI fly Deutschland|
|2||Zürich||707,970||Eurowings, Swiss International Air Lines|
|3||Vienna||590,638||Austrian Airlines, Eurowings|
|4||London-Heathrow||580,721||British Airways, Eurowings|
|5||Paris-Charles de Gaulle||483,763||Air France, Eurowings|
|2||Antalya||295,178||Condor Flugdienst, Corendon Airlines, Freebird Airlines, SunExpress, Tailwind Airlines, Turkish Airlines|
|3||Istanbul-Sabiha Gökcen||114,079||Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines|
|4||Hurghada||76,928||Condor Flugdienst, FlyEgypt, Small Planet Airlines (Germany)|
|5||Izmir||60,804||SunExpress, Turkish Airlines|
The airport is located ca. 8 km (5.0 mi) north of Hamburg city centre and 8 km (5.0 mi) south of Norderstedt in the borough of Fuhlsbüttel. S-Bahn service S1, operated by Deutsche Bahn operates every ten minutes between the airport, Ohlsdorf, Wandsbek, Hamburg central station, Altona, Blankenese and Wedel. It is part of the HVV fare organisation offering tickets for all modes of public transportation in Hamburg. Going towards the airport, S1 trains split at Ohlsdorf station, with one portion going to the airport and the other going to Poppenbüttel.
By road, the airport can be reached from motorway A7 using the state highway B433, which is the third ring road. Motorists from the east of the city must drive through Hamburg.