Cologne Bonn Airport

Cologne Bonn Airport
Cologne/Bonn Airport
Flughafen Köln/Bonn
Koln Bonn Airport logo.png
aerial photograph of Cologne/Bonn airport
CGN is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Location of airport in North Rhine-Westphalia
Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH
Serves Cologne/Bonn
Location Cologne
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 302 ft / 92 m
Coordinates 50°51′57″N 007°08′34″E / 50.86583°N 7.14278°E / 50.86583; 7.14278 (Cologne/Bonn Airport)Coordinates: 50°51′57″N 007°08′34″E / 50.86583°N 7.14278°E / 50.86583; 7.14278 (Cologne/Bonn Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,459 8,068 Concrete
14L/32R 3,815 12,516 Asphalt
14R/32L 1,863 6,112 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Passengers 9,806,270
Passenger change 09-10 increase1.0%
Aircraft Movements 134,317
Movements change 09-10 increase1.6%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, ADV[1]

Cologne/Bonn Airport (German: Flughafen Köln/Bonn, also called Köln/Bonn-Konrad Adenauer or Flughafen Köln-Wahn) (IATA: CGNICAO: EDDK) is an international airport located in the district of Porz in the city of Cologne, Germany, 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[2] of Cologne city centre[2] and 16 km (9.9 mi) northeast of Bonn. It is the sixth largest airport in Germany and one of the country's few 24-hour airports. In terms of cargo flights it is second. Just over 9.8 million passengers passed through the airport in 2010, a 1% increase compared with 2009.[1]



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.

After World War II the British military took over and expanded the airport. 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 50s and 60s two more runways and a new terminal were constructed. On 1 November 1970 a Boeing 747 took off for New York City for the first time.

In 1986 Cologne/Bonn Airport was chosen by United Parcel Service (UPS) as the location for their European hub.

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.

Among several other new air connections in 2006 was a daily transatlantic flight to New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport by Continental Airlines who operated the route with a Boeing 757-200. This route was discontinued on September 4, 2008 due to a reduction in passenger numbers.[3]

Low-cost carriers

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. They were joined by EasyJet in late 2003 and Wizz Air in June 2006.

As a result, the number of passengers in 2003 rose by 43% compared to 2002.

The airport is actively searching for airlines willing to establish the first trans-atlantic low-cost flights.

Airlines and destinations

Aerial view
Terminal 1
Terminal 2
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Arabia Maroc Nador 2
Air Berlin Arrecife, Berlin-Tegel, Catania, Fuerteventura, Hamburg, Hurghada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Málaga, Munich, Nador [ends 26 November], Nuremberg, Palma de Mallorca, Tel Aviv, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Antalya, Brindisi, Calvi, Corfu, Enfidha, Heraklion, Heringsdorf [begins 5 May 2012], Ibiza, Kos, Luxor, Malta, Minorca, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Westerland/Sylt
Air France operated by Airlinair Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2
Air Via Seasonal: Burgas, Varna 2
Atlasjet Seasonal: Antalya, Istanbul-Atatürk 2
Austrian Airlines Vienna 1
Austrian Airlines operated by Tyrolean Airways Vienna 1
Bmibaby East Midlands 2
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal: Burgas 2
Condor Fuerteventura
Seasonal: Antalya, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife-South
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Antalya 2
EasyJet Edinburgh [ends 8 January 2012], London-Gatwick 2
Freebird Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Seasonal: Antalya
Germanwings Ankara, Barcelona, Bari, Belgrade, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bologna, Bucharest-Băneasa, Budapest, Cagliari, Copenhagen, Dresden, Edinburgh, Friedrichshafen, Klagenfurt, Leipzig/Halle, Lisbon, London-Stansted, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Moscow-Vnukovo, Munich, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Prague, Pristina, Rome-Fiumicino, Rostock-Laage, Salzburg, Sarajevo, Sofia [ends 22 March], Split, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Venice-Treviso, Vienna, Zagreb, Zürich
Seasonal: Antalya, Athens, Bastia, Corfu, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Faro, Heraklion, Hurghada, Ibiza, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Izmir, Jerez de la Frontera [begins 25 March 2012], Kavala, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Marseille, Mykonos, Pula, Reykjavik-Keflavik, Rhodes, Santorini, Tenerife-South, Tirana, Tunis [begins 30 March 2012], Verona, Zadar
Seasonal Charter: Marrakech, Varna
Iran Air Teheran-Imam Khomeini 2
KLM operated by KLM Cityhopper Amsterdam 2
Lufthansa Berlin-Tegel, Hamburg, London-Heathrow [resumes 25 March 2012], Munich 1
Lufthansa operated by bmi London-Heathrow [ends 25 March 2012] 1
Lufthansa Regional operated by Augsburg Airways Munich 1
Lufthansa Regional operated by Lufthansa CityLine Hamburg, Munich 1
Pegasus Airlines Ankara, Antalya, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Izmir 2
Sky Airlines Antalya 2
Sky Work Airlines Berne [begins 25 March 2012] 2
SunExpress Ankara, Antalya, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Izmir
Seasonal: Adana, Bodrum, Dalaman, Kayseri
Tor Air Seasonal: London-Gatwick 1
TUIfly Boa Vista, Hurghada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sal
Seasonal: Agadir, Antalya, Corfu, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Heraklion, Kos, Luxor, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tel Aviv, Tenerife-South
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 2
Turkish operated by Anadolujet Seasonal: Ankara 2
Wizz Air Gdańsk, Katowice, Kiev-Zhuliany 2
XL Airways Germany Seasonal: Antalya, Burgas, Enfidha, Hurghada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sharm el-Sheikh, Varna 2

Cargo airlines

Cologne Bonn Airport is a major cargo hub in the world.

Airlines Destinations
EgyptAir Cargo Cairo
FedEx Express Eastern European Hub
FedEx Feeder operated by Air Contractors Paris-Charles de Gaulle
UPS Airlines Almaty, Barcelona, Budapest, Chicago-O'Hare, Dubai, East Midlands, Helsinki, Hong Kong, London-Stansted, Louisville, Madrid, Malmö, Mumbai, Newark, Oslo-Gardermoen, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Philadelphia, Rome-Ciampino, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenzhen, Stockholm-Arlanda, Taipei-Taoyuan, Valencia, Venice-Marco Polo, Vienna, Warsaw
UPS Airlines operated by Bluebird Cargo Cork, Edinburgh, Reykjavík-Keflávik
UPS Airlines operated by Farnair Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Bucharest-Henri Coandă, Cardiff, Geneva, Katowice, Ljubljana, Prague, Sofia, Timisoara, Zagreb
UPS Airlines operated by MNG Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
UPS Airlines operated by Star Air (Maersk Air) Dublin, East Midlands, Lyon, Marseille, Milan-Orio al Serio, Munich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Porto

Ground transportation

Cologne/Bonn Airport S-Bahn service
Continuation backward Continuation backward
Junction from left Track turning right
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Deutsche Bahn Cologne Stadtbahn Köln Hansaring
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Deutsche Bahn Cologne Stadtbahn Köln Hbf
Small bridge over water
Hohenzollern Bridge
Unknown BSicon "TS+BHFo"
Deutsche Bahn Cologne Stadtbahn Köln Messe/Deutz
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Junction to left Track turning from right
Straight track Unknown BSicon "SBHF"
Köln-Frankfurter Straße
Unknown BSicon "SHST" Enter and exit short tunnel
Köln-Airport Business Park
Unknown BSicon "SHST" Enter tunnel
Straight track Unknown BSicon "tS+BHF"
BSicon FLUG.svg Cologne/Bonn Airport
Unknown BSicon "SHST" Exit tunnel
Porz (Rhein)
Junction from left Track turning right
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Junction to left Track turning from right
Straight track Unknown BSicon "TS+BHFo"
Deutsche Bahn Bonn Stadtbahn Siegburg/Bonn
Continuation forward Continuation forward

Cologne/Bonn Airport station is a railway station on a loop off the Cologne–Frankfurt high-speed line that connects Cologne Bonn Airport to long-distance trains, most of them ICE services following the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed rail line. S-Bahn trains also stop at the station.


Cologne Airport is host of the German and European space agencies DLR and EAC, part of ESA, which train astronauts there for space explorations. Apart from that, Cologne Airport is one of NASA's worldwide 19 non-American Space Shuttle abort landing sites.[4]

Operations and statistics

Passenger numbers

Number of Passengers [5] Number of Movements [6] Freight
2000 6,220,372 138,434 423,641
2001 5,651,669 134,950 443,040
2002 5,316,847 125,307 494,331
2003 7,697,716 139,872 518,493
2004 8,275,234 136,927 605,069
2005 9,403,441 140,775 636,887
2006 9,821,171 139,096 685,563
2007 10,414,814 138,837 704,649
2008 10,307,864 128,713 578,161
2009 9,709,987 120,675 552,363
2010 9,806,270 121,011 656,120
Source: ADV German Airports Association[1]


  1. ^ a b c ADV passenger statistics and aircraft movements
  2. ^ a b c EAD Basic
  3. ^
  4. ^ List of Space Shuttle emergency landing sites at
  5. ^ Number of Passengers including both domestic and international.
  6. ^ Number of Movements represents total commercial air transport takeoffs and landings during that year.

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