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Stuttgart Airport

Flughafen Stuttgart
Airport typePublic
OperatorFlughafen Stuttgart GmbH
ServesStuttgart, Germany
Hub forEurowings
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL1,276 ft / 389 m
Coordinates48°4124N 009°1319E / 48.69000°N 9.22194°E / 48.69000; 9.22194Coordinates: 48°4124N 009°1319E / 48.69000°N 9.22194°E / 48.69000; 9.22194

Map of the Airport
Location within Baden-Württemberg
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,345 10,974 Concrete
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 30 98 Concrete
Statistics (2018)
Passenger change 17-187.8%
Aircraft movements137,632
Movements change 17-187.5%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, ACI Europe[1]

Stuttgart Airport (German: Flughafen Stuttgart, formerly Flughafen Stuttgart-Echterdingen) (IATA: STR, ICAO: EDDS) is the international airport of Stuttgart, the capital of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. It is christened in honor of Stuttgart's former mayor, Manfred Rommel,[3] and is the sixth busiest airport in Germany with 11,832,634 passengers having passed through its doors in 2018. The airport is an important hub for Eurowings and features flights to several European cities and leisure destinations, as well as a long-haul service to Atlanta.

The airport is located approximately 13 km (8.1 mi) (10 km (6.2 mi) 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 Army 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 as Echterdingen Army Airfield on the southern portion of the airfield.[4][5] Some of the units operating at Echterdingen were headquartered at nearby Nellingen Kaserne- now closed and redeveloped.[6] In 1984-5, the 223rd Aviation Battalion (Combat) of the 11th Aviation Group (Combat) was headquartered at Echterdingen, with three aviation companies assigned (one at Schwäbisch Hall).[7] The U.S. Army still maintains a small helicopter base - Stuttgart Army Airfield - 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 1,800 m (5,906 ft) in 1948, then to 2,250 m (7,382 ft) in 1961 and finally to 3,345 m (10,974 ft) 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 812 years no second runway will be built and that the restrictions for night operations stay in place.[8][9]

After the death of former mayor Manfred Rommel in November 2013 local politicians proposed to rename the airport after him.[10] This proposal caused public disputes as he was the son of Erwin Rommel but also highly respected for his work on intercultural affairs.[11] In July 2014 it has been announced that the airport will be named Flughafen Stuttgart - Manfred Rommel Flughafen from now on.[12] In September 2016, the airport unveiled new branding and corporate design, changing its official name from Flughafen Stuttgart to Stuttgart Airport.[13]

In September 2014, United Airlines cancelled their route to Stuttgart from Newark due to insufficient demand[14] leaving Stuttgart Airport with only one remaining long-haul connection to Atlanta provided by Delta Air Lines.

In October 2014, easyJet announced they would serve Stuttgart as their seventh German destination by March 2015.[15] In December 2014, Ryanair also announced added Stuttgart six weekly flights to Manchester from April 2015.[16]

Air Berlin announced the start of a service to Abu Dhabi from December 2014.[17] On 31 May 2016, Air Berlin ceased its flights to Abu Dhabi.[18] In October 2016, Air Berlin announced it would close its maintenance facilities at the airport due to cost cutting and restructuring measures.[19]


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.[20]

  • 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 Eurowings 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 Eurowings 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 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. In March 2018, the airport administration announced that Terminal 4 will be entirely rebuilt and expanded in the coming years.[21]

Airlines and destinations


The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Stuttgart Airport:[22]

Aegean Airlines Athens, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Heraklion
Aeroflot MoscowSheremetyevo
airBaltic Riga
Air France ParisCharles de Gaulle
Air Malta Malta (resumes 1 April 2020)[23]
Air Serbia Belgrade
AIS Airlines Münster/Osnabrück
Alitalia MilanLinate
AnadoluJet IstanbulSabiha Gökçen (begins 29 March 2020)[24]
AtlasGlobal Seasonal: Antalya
Austrian Airlines Graz, Vienna
Blue Air Bacu (begins 18 June 2020),[25] Bucharest, Sibiu
British Airways LondonHeathrow
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas, Varna
Condor[26] Antalya, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Jerez de la Frontera, Lanzarote, La Palma, Palma de Mallorca, TenerifeSouth
Seasonal: Corfu, Heraklion, Kos, Preveza/Lefkada, Rhodes, Samos (begins 29 May 2020)[26]
Corendon Airlines[27] Antalya
Seasonal: Bodrum (begins 31 May 2020),[28] Gazipaa, zmir, Kayseri (begins 23 May 2020)[29]
Corendon Airlines Europe Seasonal: Rhodes
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
easyJet BerlinTegel, LondonGatwick, MilanMalpensa, Porto, Venice
Seasonal: Edinburgh, Palma de Mallorca
Ellinair Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Heraklion
Eurowings[30] Alicante, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade (begins 2 June 2020),[31] BerlinTegel, Bilbao, Bremen, Brindisi, Bucharest (begins 21 May 2020),[32] Brussels, Budapest, Catania, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Faro, Florence (begins 29 March 2020),[32] Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Hanover, Kraków, La Palma, Larnaca, Leipzig/Halle, Lisbon, LondonHeathrow, Málaga, Malta (begins 3 April 2020),[32] MilanMalpensa, Naples, Nice, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Pristina, RomeFiumicino, Sarajevo, Sofia,[33] Split, Thessaloniki, Timioara, Valencia, Venice, Vienna, Zagreb
Seasonal: Antalya, Arvidsjaur, Bari, Bastia, Burgas, Cagliari, Chania, Corfu, Djerba (begins 8 July 2020),[34] Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Heringsdorf, Ibiza, zmir, Jersey (begins 23 May 2020),[32] Kavala, Kos (begins 23 May 2020),[32] Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, Mostar, Newquay, Ohrid, Olbia, Osijek, Pisa, Pula, Rhodes, Rijeka, Santorini, Sylt, TenerifeSouth, Tirana, Varna, Zadar, Zakynthos
Finnair Helsinki
Flybe Birmingham, Manchester (begins 29 March 2020)[35]
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Holiday Europe Seasonal charter: Hurghada,[36] Marsa Alam,[36] Sharm El Sheikh[36]
Iberia Express Madrid
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv
KLM Amsterdam
Lauda[37][38] Bergamo, Bologna, Budapest, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, KievBoryspil,[39] Kraków, Málaga, Marrakesh, Marseille, Naples, Nice, Palermo (begins 30 March 2020),[40] Palma de Mallorca, Podgorica, Porto (begins 31 March 2020),[40] Seville (begins 29 March 2020),[40] Split, Valencia (begins 31 March 2020),[40] Venice, Vienna
Seasonal: Alghero, Chania (begins 4 June 2020),[40] Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Pula, TenerifeSouth, Zadar
LOT Polish Airlines Budapest (begins 30 March 2020),[41] WarsawChopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Nouvelair Djerba
Seasonal: Monastir
Onur Air Seasonal: Antalya, Istanbul
Orange2Fly Charter: Pristina[42]
Pegasus Airlines Ankara, IstanbulSabiha Gökçen, zmir, Kayseri
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, StockholmArlanda
SunExpress[43] Ankara, Antalya, Gaziantep, zmir
Seasonal: Adana, Konya, Samsun
SunExpress Deutschland[43] Ankara, Fuerteventura, Hurghada, Kayseri
Seasonal: Beirut, Burgas, Bodrum (begins 24 May 2020),[44] Dalaman (begins 23 May 2020),[44] Diyarbakr, Enfidha, Lanzarote, Trabzon, Varna
Swiss International Air Lines Zurich
Tailwind Airlines Antalya
Seasonal: Adana, Kayseri
TUI fly Deutschland Boa Vista, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, TenerifeSouth
Seasonal: Antalya, Brindisi, Corfu, Dalaman, Faro, Funchal, Heraklion, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Kayseri, Kos, Marsa Alam, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Patras, Rhodes, Sal
Turkish Airlines Istanbul, IstanbulSabiha Gökçen (ends 28 March 2020)[24]
Seasonal: Ankara, Antalya, Gaziantep (begins 26 June 2020),[45] zmir, Kayseri, OrduGiresun, Samsun, Trabzon
Twin Jet Lyon
Vueling Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca
DHL Aviation[46] Cologne/Bonn, Leipzig/Halle


Passengers and movements
Passengers Movements
1999 7,688,951 119,904
2000 8,141,020 150,451
2001 7,642,409 146,771
2002 7,284,319 144,208
2003 7,595,286 144,903
2004 8,831,216 156,885
2005 9,413,671 160,405
2006 10,111,346 164,735
2007 10,328,120 164,531
2008 9,932,887 160,243
2009 8,941,990 141,572
2010 9,226,546 135,335
2011 9,591,461 136,580
2012 9,735,087 131,524
2013 9,588,692 124,588
2014 9,728,710 122,818
2015 10,526,920 130,485
2016 10,640,610 129,704
2017 10,975,639 127,981
2018 11,832,634 137,632
Source: Stuttgart Airport[47]
Largest airlines
Largest airlines by passengers (2017)[48]
Rank Airline %
1 Eurowings 36.2%
2 Air Berlin 7.2%
3 TUIfly 6.6%
4 Lufthansa 5.1%
5 SunExpress and
SunExpress Deutschland
6 Condor 4.7%
7 Turkish Airlines 4.6%
8 Niki 3.0%
9 EasyJet 2.9%
10 KLM 2.4%
Busiest routes
Busiest domestic routes out of Stuttgart Airport (2017)[49]
Rank Destination Passengers
1 Berlin, Tegel Airport 1,037,000
2 Hamburg, Hamburg Airport 689,100
3 Hesse, Frankfurt Airport 370,500
4 Bavaria, Munich Airport 179,600
5 Lower Saxony, Hannover Airport 178,900
6 Bremen, Bremen Airport 163,400
7 North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf Airport 119,700
8 Saxony, Dresden Airport 102,100
Busiest international routes out of Stuttgart Airport (2016)[49]
Rank Destination Passengers
1 Spain, Palma de Mallorca Airport 730,700
2 Turkey, Istanbul (Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport) 643,500
3 United Kingdom, London (Heathrow Airport, Stansted Airport and Gatwick Airport) 520,200
4 Austria, Vienna International Airport 367,100
5 Turkey, Antalya Airport 363,900
6 Netherlands, Amsterdam Airport 311,600
7 Spain, Barcelona Airport 239,800
8 Switzerland, Zurich Airport 193,800
9 Greece, Thessaloniki Airport 180,000
10 France, Paris ParisCharles de Gaulle Airport 178,700

Ground transportation


There are two major highways: Just north of the airport runs the Bundesautobahn 8 (A8), which connects the cities of Karlsruhe and Stuttgart to Ulm, Augsburg and Munich. The Bundesstraße 27 (B27) leads to downtown Stuttgart, as well as to Tübingen and Reutlingen in the South.


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

Suburban railway

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.

Future long-distance railway

It is planned to connect the airport with the future Stuttgart - Ulm high-speed railway line currently under construction as part of the major Stuttgart 21 railway redevelopment program. Therefore, a new long-distance train station will be built on the airport's grounds near the existing suburban railway station. The new station, which will be served by ICE high-speed trains will be connected to the new line by an underground loop track. The Stuttgart-Ulm line is scheduled to be opened in 2020 while the new airport connection is planned to be inaugurated in 2022.[50]

Accidents and incidents

See also


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