|Owner||Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding AG|
|Operator||Flughafen Leipzig/Halle GmbH|
|Serves||Leipzig and Halle|
|Elevation AMSL||470 ft / 143 m|
It is Germany's 13th largest airport by passengers and handled more than 2.3 million passengers in 2015 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 863,665 metric tonnes of cargo in 2015. The airport serves as the main European hub for DHL Aviation and the main hub for AeroLogic. Also military installations have been built at the airport for NATO and EU military aircraft.
The airport was built new from scratch at a location between Halle and Leipzig from 1926 and opened in 1927.
On 18 March 1986 a Concorde operated by Air France landed at Leipzig/Halle Airport for the first time due to the internationally known Leipzig trade fair. Two days later British Airways also sent a Concorde to Leipzig/Halle. Both airlines continued flying to the airport with the Concorde from Paris and London when a trade fair was held in Leipzig in the following years.
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 an exchange of area. 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 and thereby increased cargo traffic. The airport also was modernized with the 2012 Olympic Games hosting bid for Leipzig in mind but the city lost out to London.
In spring 2013, Ryanair announced to start operations to Leipzig/Halle on six routes. However, one year later all of them except the flights to London-Stansted were terminated again. In February 2015, Etihad Regional announced the immediate termination of their entire Leipzig/Halle operations which commenced only two years earlier due to changes to their operational concept. All three routes are shut down while two newly announced ones won't start.
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.
In September 2016, Pakistan International Airlines announced plans to replace Manchester on their Islamabad - Manchester - New York City route with Leipzig/Halle from somewhere 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.
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 features 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.
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Leipzig/Halle Airport:
|Air Berlin||Funchal, Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca (all end 25 March 2017)|
|Bulgaria Air||Seasonal: Burgas|
|Condor||Antalya, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Burgas, Corfu, Funchal, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes
|Corendon Airlines||Seasonal: Antalya|
|Eurowings||Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Palma de Mallorca (begins 25 May 2017)|
operated by Air Berlin
|Palma de Mallorca (begins 26 March 2017)|
operated by Germanwings
|Germania||Seasonal: Debrecen, Hévíz-Balaton|
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
|Niki||Palma de Mallorca (begins 26 March 2017)|
|Pegasus Airlines||Seasonal: Antalya|
|SunExpress Deutschland||Agadir, Lamezia Terme, Marsa Alam
Seasonal: Antalya, Burgas, Dubrovnik (resumes 3 October 2017), Enfidha, Fuerteventura, Gaziantep, Gazipaa, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada, Salalah, Split (resumes 2 October 2017), Tenerife-South, Varna
|Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
operated by ABX Air
operated by Aero Charter
operated by AeroLogic
|Bahrain, Bangalore, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Bergamo, Delhi, Dubai-International, East Midlands, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lahore, Mumbai, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Singapore, Tashkent|
operated by ASL Airlines Ireland
|Amsterdam, Athens, Bergamo, Brussels, East Midlands, Frankfurt, London-Heathrow, London-Luton, Madrid|
operated by Aviastar-TU
operated by Aviavilsa
operated by Bluebird Cargo
operated by DHL Air UK
|Amsterdam, Athens, Basel/Mulhouse, Bergamo, Bologna, Brussels, Budapest, Cincinnati, Cologne/Bonn, East Midlands, Hong Kong, Lyon, Marseille, Munich, New York-JFK, Oslo-Gardermoen, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Ciampino, Stuttgart, Treviso, Vitoria, Warsaw-Chopin|
operated by European Air Transport Leipzig
|Barcelona, Bergamo, Bratislava, Brussels, Copenhagen, East Midlands, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Linz, London-Heathrow, Madrid, Nantes, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino, Sofia, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Vitoria, Gdask, Katowice|
operated by Kalitta Air
|Bahrain, Brussels, Cincinnati, Delhi Hong Kong, New York-JFK, Sharjah|
operated by MNG Cargo
operated by RAF-Avia
operated by Southern Air
|Cincinnati, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Sharjah, East Midlands|
operated by Swiftair
|Brussels, Geneva, Linz, Ljubljana, Turku, Vitoria|
operated by Polar Air Cargo
|Almaty, Bahrain, Cincinnati|
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. 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)|
|Source: Leipzig/Halle Airport Traffic statistics|
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).
Berlin Linien Bus provides intercity bus services to Leipzig/Halle Airport as a part of its Eisenach-Berlin route. There are four daily stops from and three towards Berlin at LEJ. Flixbus connects in both ways twice per day to Dresden, Göttingen, Kassel and once per day to Dortmund and Cologne.
The airport's facilities have been featured in major films during recent years:
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