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Airport Leipzig/Halle (Germany) - Schkeuditz

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Leipzig/Halle Airport
Flughafen Leipzig/Halle
Airport type Public
Owner Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding AG
Operator Flughafen Leipzig/Halle GmbH
Serves Leipzig and Halle
Location Schkeuditz, Germany
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 470 ft / 143 m
Coordinates 51°2526N 012°1411E / 51.42389°N 12.23639°E / 51.42389; 12.23639
Website leipzig-halle-airport.de
Location of Airport in Saxony
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08L/26R 3,600 11,811 Concrete
08R/26L 3,600 11,811 Concrete
10/28 2,500 8,202 Concrete
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 2,365,141
Passenger change 1617 7.9%
Freight (tonnes) 1,138,477
Freight change 1617 8.2%
Sources: AIP from Eurocontrol,
Annual Traffic Report 2017[6]

Leipzig/Halle Airport (IATA: LEJICAO: EDDP) (German: Flughafen Leipzig/Halle) is an international airport located in Schkeuditz, Saxony and serves both Leipzig, Saxony and Halle, Saxony-Anhalt.

It is Germany's 13th largest airport by passengers and handled more than 2.3 million passengers in 2017 mainly with flights to European leisure destinations. In terms of cargo traffic, the airport is the fifth-busiest in Europe and the second-busiest in Germany after Frankfurt Airport, having handled 1,138,477 metric tonnes of cargo in 2017. The airport serves as the main European hub for DHL Aviation and the main hub for AeroLogic. Military installations have also been built at the airport for NATO and EU military aircraft.[7]


The airport was built new from scratch at a location between Halle and Leipzig from 1926 and opened in 1927.

On 18 March 1986 Air France flew a Concorde to the airport, to coincide with the world-renowned Leipzig trade fair. Two days later British Airways also flew a Concorde to Leipzig/Halle. In the following years, both airlines operated Concorde flights from Paris and London when the trade fair was held in Leipzig.

Despite its name, the airport ground property tax goes to the county of Delitzsch. A deal between the city of Leipzig and Delitzsch led to a land exchange. In 2007, Leipzig received land outside the airport while ownership of the airport land was transferred to Delitzsch. The District of Delitzsch now owns and claim taxes from the grounds and commercial interest from the airport.

DHL Aviation moved its European hub from Brussels Airport to Leipzig/Halle in early 2008, leading a significant increase in cargo traffic at the airport. Leipzig bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games and the airport was modernised as a result, even though London was eventually awarded the games.

In spring 2013, Ryanair announced the start of operations to Leipzig/Halle on six routes. However, one year later all of them except the flights to LondonStansted were terminated.[8] In February 2015, Etihad Regional announced the immediate termination of all their Leipzig/Halle operations which had started only two years earlier, due to changes to their operational concept. All three routes were shut down while two newly announced ones did not start.[9]

As of March 2015, the largest passenger airlines at Leipzig/Halle Airport (measured by weekly departures) are Condor with 38 outgoing flights a week followed by Air Berlin, which operates 29 departures per week.[10]

In September 2016, Pakistan International Airlines announced plans to replace Manchester on their Islamabad - Manchester - New York City route with Leipzig/Halle in 2017 due to lower operational costs and time-saving measures. As the airline holds Fifth Freedom rights, this would be Leipzig/Halle's first passenger service to the United States.[11] However, for 2017, the service will be kept via Manchester.

In October 2016, DHL inaugurated a major expansion to its freight facilities at the airport. Two new cargo terminals increased handling capacity by 50 percent.[12]



The modern airport terminal structure extends over the adjacent motorway and railway. It features an integrated car park as well as the check-in-facilities and is connected to a pier equipped with six jet bridges as well as several apron stands.


Leipzig/Halle Airport has two runways. The terminal access is south of the railway while the runway 08L/26R parallels the driveway north of the railway, requiring aircraft to taxi on a bridge over the tracks and roads.

Airlines and destinations


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Leipzig/Halle Airport:[13]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Heraklion
Air Cairo Seasonal charter: Hurghada, Marsa Alam
AlMasria Universal Airlines Seasonal charter: Hurghada (begins 29 June 2018)[13]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Azur Air (Germany) Seasonal charter: Antalya (begins 10 April 2018),[13] Hurghada (begins 19 April 2018),[13] Palma de Mallorca (begins 29 March 2018)[13]
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas (begins 5 May 2018),[13] Varna (begins 18 May 2018)[13]
Condor Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, TenerifeSouth
Seasonal: Agadir (begins 17 April 2018),[14] Antalya, Burgas, Corfu, Funchal, Heraklion, Kos, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Varna (begins 22 May 2018)[15]
Charter: DubaiAl Maktoum[16]
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Antalya, Hurghada[17]
Seasonal charter: Marsa Alam (begins 29 March 2018)[13]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal charter: Marrakesh
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Palma de Mallorca
FlyEgypt Seasonal charter: Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, Marsa Alam, Luxor
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Lufthansa Regional Frankfurt, Munich
Montenegro Airlines Seasonal charter: Tivat (begins 3 May 2018)[18]
Nesma Airlines Seasonal charter: Hurghada
Nouvelair Seasonal: Djerba, Monastir
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya (begins 28 June 2018)[13]
RusLine MoscowDomodedovo
Ryanair LondonStansted
Small Planet Airlines (Germany) Seasonal charter: Agadir (begins 5 May 2018),[13] Antalya (begins 3 May 2018),[19] Burgas (begins 28 June 2018),[13] Corfu (begins 6 May 2018),[13] Dalaman (begins 11 May 2018),[20] Fuerteventura (begins 3 May 2018),[13] Gran Canaria (begins 6 May 2018),[13] Heraklion (begins 1 May 2018),[13] Hurghada, Kos (begins 3 May 2018),[13] Malta, Marsa Alam, Palma de Mallorca (begins 6 July 2018),[13] Rhodes (begins 5 May 2018),[13] Varna (begins 26 June 2018)[13]
SunExpress Antalya
SunExpress Deutschland Agadir, Fuerteventura, Lamezia Terme
Seasonal: Burgas, Dubrovnik, Gran Canaria, Heraklion (begins 24 April 2018),[13] Hurghada, Palma de Mallorca, Split, Varna
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Tailwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Bodrum (begins 30 March 2018)[13]
Turkish Airlines IstanbulAtatürk
Airlines Destinations
AirBridgeCargo Airlines MoscowSheremetyevo
DHL Aviation[21] Almaty, Amsterdam, Athens, Bahrain, Bangalore, BangkokSuvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Belgrade, Bergamo, Bologna,[22] Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Cincinnati, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Delhi, DubaiInternational, East Midlands, Edinburgh,[23] Frankfurt, Gdask, Geneva, Hong Kong, Helsinki, IstanbulAtatürk, Katowice, KievBoryspil, Lagos, Lahore, Linz, Ljubljana, LondonHeathrow, Los Angeles,[24] LondonLuton, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, MilanMalpensa, MoscowSheremetyevo, Mumbai, Munich, NagoyaCentrair, Nantes, New YorkJFK, OsakaKansai, OsloGardermoen, Ostrava, ParisCharles de Gaulle, Pisa, Riga, RomeCiampino, SeoulIncheon, ShanghaiPudong, Sharjah, Singapore, Sofia, StockholmArlanda, Stuttgart, Tashkent, Tel AvivBen Gurion, Treviso, TokyoNarita, Turku, Vilnius, Vitoria, WarsawChopin

Some US airlines fly to Leipzig/Halle on behalf of the US Department of Defense, to bring US Army troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. Leipzig/Halle is used as technical stop for refueling on these flights.[citation needed] They do not appear at any official timetable. Soldiers flown via Leipzig/Halle are listed as transit passengers in its traffic statistics. Miami Air International airlines and others operate military charter flights via Leipzig/Halle.


Passengers Movements Freight (in t)
1990 274,878 9,549 366
1991 634,424 26,089 4,372
1992 1,073,378 42,960 8,611
1993 1,521,436 48,510 17,482
1994 1,901,797 52,590 23,189
1995 2,104,822 53,807 25,225
1996 2,186,649 50,298 22,410
1997 2,248,852 47,284 17,220
1998 2,108,779 43,778 12,866
1999 2,162,769 47,944 15,220
2000 2,288,931 47,030 17,086
2001 2,185,130 42,408 15,799
2002 1,988,854 41,209 16,882
2003 1,955,070 40,303 17.559
2004 2,041,046 39,316 12,575
2005 2,127,895 37,905 15,641
2006 2,348,011 42,417 29,330
2007 2,723,000 50,972 101,364
2008 2,462,256 59,924 442,453
2009 2,421,382 60,150 524,082
2010 2,348,597 62,247 663,024
2011 2,266,743 64,097 760,344
2012 2,286,151 62,688 863,665
2013 2,240,860 61,668 887,101
2014 2,331,399 63,569 910,708
2015[25] 2,321,975 65,061 988,240
2016[26] 2,192,145 64,492 1,052,372
2017[27] 2,365,141 69,815 1,138,477
Source: Leipzig/Halle Airport Traffic statistics[28]

Ground transportation


Leipzig/Halle Airport railway station is located directly beneath the passenger terminal and has both Intercity and Intercity-Express connections to cities like Frankfurt, Erfurt, Magdeburg, Hanover, Cologne and Dresden. Two lines of the suburban S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland connect directly to Leipzig and Halle, furthermore to Altenburg and Zwickau. Transit connection of the network reach most of parts of Central Germany.


The airport is connected to two motorways: the A14 connecting to Dresden (130 km), Halle (Saale, 20 km) and Magdeburg (130 km), and the A9 connecting to Munich (430 km), Nuremberg (280 km), and Berlin (180 km).


Flixbus connects in both ways twice per day to Dresden, Göttingen, Kassel and once per day to Dortmund and Cologne.

In popular culture

The airport's facilities have been featured in major films during recent years:

  • In December 2004, Leipzig/Halle Airport was a filming location for Flightplan starring Jodie Foster and Peter Sarsgaard.[29] According to the film, Jodie Foster's flight departs from Berlin but all shots showing Berlin's supposed airport were actually taken at Leipzig/Halle Airport.
  • In 2010, the check-in area of Leipzig/Halle was a filming location for Unknown Identity starring Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger.[30]
  • The airport's terminal and apron were featured heavily as the location of a major confrontation between the fractured Avengers in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War. Branded equipment featuring the airport's logo was shown several times during the scenes.

See also


  1. ^ https://www.smallplanet.aero/de/ber-small-planet-airlines/nachrichten/naujienos/mehr-reiseveranstalter-mehr-flugzeuge-/32751
  2. ^ http://www.airliners.de/leipzig-halle-an-124-anbieter/40131
  3. ^ https://www.mz-web.de/leipzig/nato-vergibt-auftrag-antonovs-bleiben-am-flughafen-halle-leipzig-stationiert-25024150
  4. ^ http://www.airliners.de/leipzig-halle-an-124-anbieter/40131
  5. ^ https://www.mz-web.de/leipzig/nato-vergibt-auftrag-antonovs-bleiben-am-flughafen-halle-leipzig-stationiert-25024150
  6. ^ https://www.leipzig-halle-airport.de/unternehmen/newsroom/pressemitteilungen/verkehrsentwicklung-der-flughaefen-leipzig-halle-und-dresden-im-jahr-2017-3068.html
  7. ^ "www.german-foreign-policy.com". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Ryanair streicht fast alle Flugziele ab Leipzig/Halle". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Etihad Regional zieht sich komplett aus Deutschland zurück". airliners.de. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Sommerflugplan 2015: Das ist neu am Flughafen Leipzig/Halle". airliners.de. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  11. ^ aero.de - "Pakistan International Airlines connects Leipzig and New York" (German) 10 September 2016
  12. ^ aero.de - "DHL opens new terminals at Leipzig/Halle Airport" (German) 12 October 2016
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "Flughafen Leipzig/Halle - Passengers and visitors > Flights > Destinations and timetables > Destinations". 
  14. ^ https://www.condor.com/eu/book-plan/flights/timetable.jsp
  15. ^ https://www.condor.com/eu/book-plan/flights/timetable.jsp
  16. ^ https://www.tag24.de/nachrichten/flughafen-leipzig-halle-nun-gehts-nonstop-auch-nach-dubai-condor-airline-fti-228313
  17. ^ http://m.corendon.com/FlightSearch.aspx
  18. ^ https://www.fti.de/presse/presse-archiv/news2/article/mit-fti-nons.html
  19. ^ https://www.smallplanet.aero/en/flight-schedule/1398?from=LEJ&to=&date=2018-05-03&number=
  20. ^ https://www.smallplanet.aero/en/flight-schedule/1398?from=DLM&to=&date=2018-05-11&number=
  21. ^ https://www.leipzig-halle-airport.de/en/business-and-partners/cargo/location/airlines-185.html
  22. ^ DHL AVIATION - FLIGHT SCHEDULE - Globe ...PDFwww.globe-air-cargo.de Flugplaene
  23. ^ DHL AVIATION - FLIGHT SCHEDULE - Globe ...PDFwww.globe-air-cargo.de Flugplaene
  24. ^ http://m.dpdhl.com/de/presse/pressemitteilungen/2012/dhl_neue_flugrouten_hongkong_los_angeles_leipzig.html
  25. ^ http://www.austrianaviation.net/news-international/news-detail/datum/2016/01/18/leichter-passagierschwund-in-dresden-und-leipzig.html[permanent dead link]
  26. ^ http://www.airportzentrale.de/flughafen-leipzighalle-und-dresden-hatten-2016-weniger-passagiere/51337/
  27. ^ https://www.leipzig-halle-airport.de/unternehmen/newsroom/pressemitteilungen/verkehrsentwicklung-der-flughaefen-leipzig-halle-und-dresden-im-jahr-2017-3068.html
  28. ^ "Leipzig/Halle Airport Traffic statistics". Archived from the original on 19 September 2011. 
  29. ^ RP ONLINE. "'Flightplan'-Arbeit am Flughafen: Jodie Foster dreht in Leipzig". RP ONLINE. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  30. ^ LVZ-Online. "Hollywood fliegt erneut auf Leipzig". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 

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