Leipzig / Halle Airport

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Leipzig / Halle Airport
Leipzig-Halle Airport Logo.svg
Leipzig-Halle Airport Check-in.jpg
ICAO code EDDP, until 1995: ETLS

51 ° 25 '26 "  N , 12 ° 14' 11"  E Coordinates: 51 ° 25 '26 "  N , 12 ° 14' 11"  E

Height above MSL 135 m (443  ft )
Transport links
Distance from the city center 16 km northwest of Leipzig ,
22 km southeast of Halle (Saale)
Street A9A14B6
train IC-Logo.svg
Local transport S-Bahn S 5 S 5X
bus route 207
Basic data
opening 1927
operator Leipzig / Halle Airport GmbH
surface 1400 ha
Terminals 2
Passengers 2,618,772 (2019)
Air freight 1,238,343 t (2019)
78,980 (2019)
( PAX per year)
4.5 million
Employees 6233 (of which 677 at the operator) (2013)
08L / 26R 3600 m × 45 m concrete
08R / 26L 3600 m × 60 m concrete

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The Leipzig / Halle Airport , also Schkeuditz airport called and with the aim of improving the worldwide marketing only as the end of 2008. Leipzig / Halle Airport firmierend, located between the cities of Leipzig and Halle (Saale) in the field of city Schkeuditz in Saxony in the metropolitan area Leipzig-Halle . The airport opened on April 18, 1927.

The airport is of international importance , especially in the area of air freight traffic . In terms of the number of passengers, the airport ranks 11th in Germany (2018). In the freight sector, it ranks second in Germany after Frankfurt am Main , fifth in Europe and 26th worldwide (as of 2013). The airport is the home base of the cargo airlines Aerologic and the DHL Hub Leipzig together with European Air Transport Leipzig . It is also the home airport of the umbrella association for DHL cargo airlines, DHL Aviation .

While the air freight business was expanded with extensive government subsidies , the number of passengers in passenger traffic has stagnated since the mid-1990s. The operating company is Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG .

Location and transport links

Leipzig / Halle Airport is located 16 kilometers north-west of Leipzig and 22 kilometers south-east of Halle (Saale) around the Kursdorf am Schkeuditzer Kreuz site on land in the town of Schkeuditz in the northern Saxony district on the border with Saxony-Anhalt . It is connected to the A 14 and A 9 motorways. The sections of the A 14 and A 9 tangent to the airport are links in the large central German motorway ring ( Central German loop ) . Furthermore, the federal highway 6 leads directly past the airport.

The airport has an airport train station on the new Erfurt – Leipzig / Halle line , which was put into operation in three stages between December 2002 and December 2015.

With the completion of the Leipzig City Tunnel in December 2013, the station was integrated into the network of Central Germany's S-Bahn . The S5 S-Bahn and the S5X express S-Bahn Zwickau Hbf - Altenburg - Leipzig Hbf - Leipzig / Halle Airport - Halle Hbf run daily from 4:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., alternating at 30-minute intervals.

Leipzig / Halle Airport belongs to the network area of ​​the Central German Transport Association (MDV) and is in its tariff zone 163.

In long-distance traffic, the airport is connected to the cities of Halle (Saale) and Leipzig by the InterCity line 55 . From February to the beginning of December 2016, however, Leipzig / Halle Airport was not served by intercity trains. With this, Deutsche Bahn wanted to improve its punctuality and reliability around the transport hubs Magdeburg, Halle and Leipzig. Intercity trains have been stopping at Leipzig / Halle Airport as scheduled since December 11, 2016. Since the timetable change in 2017, the airport train station is no longer connected to the ICE network, only ICs operate.

The bus line 207 runs every hour Monday to Friday and provides a direct connection between the city of Schkeuditz and the airport.

Furthermore, various long-distance bus lines go to the airport and connect it with destinations all over Germany.

In cooperation with local transport companies, Leipzig / Halle Airport also operates an “airport shuttle” (ie a bus line) that transports passengers around the clock and within a 45-kilometer radius around the airport.


Halle-Leipzig Airport in May 1929


The first aviation events in the region took place on February 21, 1784 in Leipzig and on September 29, 1845 in Halle, when a hot air balloon took off there. Civil aviation only began in the 20th century when airships first visited Leipzig in 1909 . In 1911 a first civilian airfield was opened in Lindenthal , where a flight school was also located. The Deutsche Flugzeug-Werke had three hangars there , which were used for aircraft construction until the First World War . In 1913, the city of Leipzig built another airfield with Leipzig-Mockau Airport , which also housed a 160-meter-long airship hangar for up to three airships and Germany's first airport hotel. During the First World War , one of the largest German military airfields at the time was opened in Mötzig , north of Halle. With the Halle-Nietleben airfield, the first real civil airfield was opened in 1925.

Planning, construction and start of operations

Shortly after the opening of the airfield in Nietleben, it became clear that the airfield was not sufficient for the suddenly rapidly increasing flight movements. The Ministry of Transport aimed at the same time a new structure of the central German airspace. This led to the idea of ​​building an airport jointly for the Leipzig-Halle conurbation in the middle between the two cities. Despite great opposition, especially from Leipzig, this idea finally caught on. In 1926, the city of Halle bought 400 acres of suitable land near the then Prussian town of Schkeuditz at a price of two million Reichsmarks by resolution of the municipal authorities in order to be able to advance the Halle / Leipzig airport project together with the city of Leipzig. Paul Thiersch was in charge of planning the airport buildings . The airfield, which was modern at that time, ensured that you could take off and land ideally, depending on the wind direction. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on September 1, 1926, and the opening took place eight months later on April 18, 1927. At that time the airport consisted of an airfield, a hangar and an administration building, which was only provisional.

In 1928 a 400 meter long runway was laid out and the previous name Flugplatz Schkeuditz was replaced by the new name Flughafen Halle / Leipzig . The old Leipzig-Mockau Airport was mainly supported by Junkers Luftverkehr AG , which was incorporated into Deutsche Luft Hansa in 1926 , which moved to the new major airport.

Expansion in the 1930s with an abrupt end

New restaurant building by Hans Wittwer, early 1930s

The airport's new restaurant building was opened in May 1931. The “Glass Palace” built by Hans Wittwer , which stood out for its modern and functional architecture, became a popular excursion destination among the population and passengers. A reception building that was completely glazed on the air side, also planned by Wittwer, was not implemented due to a lack of financial resources. The previous provisional administration building was only replaced by a representative terminal building built in 1936/1937 in the style of National Socialist architecture.

In 1937, Halle / Leipzig Airport was fourth in the ranking of the busiest airports in Germany with more than 40 take-offs per day. This development ended abruptly with the beginning of the Second World War . Civil air traffic was severely restricted, and the airport, including its facilities and workshops, was taken over by the German Air Force and used for military purposes. Among other things, equipment for military use was manufactured in the Lufthansa workshops on the square. The Siebel Flugzeugwerke , based in Halle , set up a branch. On April 16, 1944, Allied bombers destroyed a large part of the facility, including the restaurant building.

New start after the Second World War

Special air traffic for the spring fair 1968 at the Leipzig exhibition center: Landing of a Fokker F-27 of the Balair
Leipzig Airport in 1988

After the end of the war, parts of the aircraft industry continued to work in the production facilities, from which, after a few detours, the VEB Maschinen- und Apparatebau Schkeuditz emerged in 1947 . During this time the airfield was only used as a works airfield . Ambitious projects to develop air traffic in the GDR led to the construction of a 2500 meter long runway between 1957 and 1960. Since aircraft construction was not worthwhile, it was stopped at the airport immediately, which meant that the runway was initially hardly used. At the beginning of the 1960s, Leipzig-Mockau Airport, which was used as a trade fair airport , was less and less able to meet the technical requirements, so it was decided to move air traffic to the newly built and rarely used runway in Schkeuditz. From 1963, the airfield was used twice a year as the Leipzig trade fair airport and served by the GDR's state airline, Interflug . Until 1966, provisional handling systems were set up and dismantled every season. On August 30, 1968, a new, single-storey terminal building (now part of Terminal A) was put into operation, which had a unique double function: for four weeks a year it served as the reception building of the exhibition center, the rest of the time as a motorway service station.

In the following years, the facility was expanded and expanded in small steps, so that on May 19, 1972, Leipzig Airport was able to start operating all year round as a commercial airport. Despite financial and capacity bottlenecks and economic difficulties in the following years, the airport was expanded bit by bit and air traffic control systems were built in order to cope with the ever increasing passenger numbers, which had increased tenfold from 1972 to 1988 to around 550,000 per year. The terminal building, built in 1968, was expanded to include a new entry hall, which was completed on August 30, 1984 after a four-month construction period. On August 30, 1985, a reconstructed departure hall was put into operation.

During the landing approach on September 1, 1975, a Tu-134 of the Interflug coming from Stuttgart with 34 occupants (28 passengers and 6 crew members) crashed because the flight altitude was below the minimum. The machine flew below the glide path and collided with an antenna mast at a height of 2 to 3 meters. The left wing was damaged and the left engine torn off. The Tupolev turned on its axis and hit about 1,000 meters from the runway. 24 passengers and 3 crew members were killed.

To Leipziger Messe one coming from Paris landed on 18 March 1986 for the first time Concorde of Air France in Leipzig. It was followed two days later by a British Airways Concorde , which was to remain an exception, because in the following years there were only Concorde flights from Paris to Leipzig during trade fairs. Leipzig / Halle Airport holds the record in Germany with a total of seven Concorde landings (six Air France and one British Airways).

After reunification

The civil new beginning

inside view
Exterior view at night
Apron with Terminal B
The tower, inaugurated in 2000

After German reunification , the airport administration had to adjust to the enormous structural changes resulting from the economic upheaval, and on September 17, 1990, the Treuhandanstalt founded the provisional Flughafen Leipzig GmbH i. G. was founded, which, thanks to the help of some West German airports, was able to maintain operations and begin the first construction work to modernize the existing facilities. First of all , from January 7th to May 24th 1991 the terminal A building from 1968/84 was modernized and expanded.

After the local government elections in March 1990 and the state elections in October 1990, the Treuhandanstalt invited to a shareholders' meeting with the commissioning of the converted terminal on May 24, 1991, in which the local authorities (the surrounding districts ) and the states of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt a first supervisory board was appointed. On the same day, the latter decided to rename the company to Flughafen Leipzig / Halle GmbH . On July 16, 1991, the federal states signed the takeover agreement. In September 1991, the Supervisory Board decided on extensive immediate measures for the further renovation of the airport facilities, such as the introduction of all-weather suitability according to ILS-CAT III b , the renovation of the flight operations areas and the improvement of the roadside connection to the airport together with the construction of new parking spaces.

Also in 1991, the airport's former Minol tank operation was transferred to Turbo Fuel Services Sachsen (TFSS) . Since 2008, the TFSS has also been the operator of the Post's own tanker fleet, which is required to operate the DHL hub .

At the end of 1992, the first million passengers were handled. In order to be able to handle the large number of passengers on charter flights operated by tour operators, the “holiday maker” Terminal C was opened on May 12, 1993 . The number of passengers rose by more than 500,000 within a year, which is why on May 16, 1994 the foundation stone was laid for a new terminal building (Terminal B) , which was designed to handle 3.5 million passengers. It was inaugurated on March 3, 1996. When it went into operation, Terminal C was closed to passenger traffic at the same time. It continued to be used for handling mail and freight traffic, for example for the post office subsidiary DHL until its new “hub” was put into operation as a gateway .

In 1993, the Free State of Saxony expected an increase in the number of passengers to around 3 million in 2000.

After a four-year planning phase, the foundation stone for a new 3600 meters took place on 7 May 1998 long and 45 meter wide runway 08L / 26R north of the motorway A 14. On March 24, 2000 one day after commissioning of the new Towers of Germans Flugsicherung GmbH , the new intercontinental runway was inaugurated, which means that Leipzig / Halle Airport can handle large-capacity aircraft without any problems . Not far from the new runway, a visitor park with a viewing hill was opened on June 1, 2001, from which the entire airport area can be seen.

At the beginning of the 2003 summer season, the check-in and service area of ​​the new intermodal central terminal was opened. Among other things, this central terminal integrates a shopping arcade ( mall ) and a check-in area with the airport car park and is connected to Terminal B, where passengers go to the security check and to the waiting rooms for departure. On June 30, 2003, the central terminal was officially opened when the airport train station was integrated into the Deutsche Bahn long-distance network. With its completion, the first stage of expansion at Leipzig / Halle Airport was completed, and around one billion euros were invested in its realization. The new central terminal has an annual capacity of 4.5 million passengers. Thanks to its modular structure and its central location between the two runways, the central terminal offers the possibility of increasing the annual capacity to seven million passengers by expanding the existing terminal building.

General plan of the airport

The groundbreaking ceremony for the replacement of the old 2500 meter long and 45 meter wide runway 10/28 took place on August 31, 2005. At the same location, the new 60-meter-wide, 3600-meter-long southern runway 08R / 26L was built in a different direction with a center distance of 2120 meters parallel to the north runway. It went into operation on July 5, 2007 with the parallel landing of a Boeing 757 from DHL and a Boeing 747-400 from Lufthansa. The redundant runway system created in this way has enabled all types of aircraft to take off and land simultaneously on both runways without payload restrictions since 2007. With the new runway, according to the old criteria, the airport would have been one of the few that can handle the Airbus A380 , but in the same month EASA and FAA allowed the A380 to operate - previously only allowed on 60 meter wide runways - also on take-off and runways Runways with a width of only 45 meters, which are additionally supplemented on both sides by 7.5 meters wide “shoulders”. This means that the A380 can take off and land at many more airports, including the 45-meter-wide north runway at Leipzig / Halle Airport.

The construction costs for the railway, taxiways and apron conversions amounted to approx. 350 million euros plus 48 million euros for land purchase and approx. 18 million euros for noise protection measures. DHL received permissible subsidies from the Free State of Saxony in the amount of 28% of the total gross investment (70.8 million euros) in its facilities. The European Commission announced on November 22, 2006 that it was investigating the construction of the runway for covert subsidies. In particular, the European Commission wants to ensure "that DHL does not receive any further state aid for its new hub at Leipzig / Halle Airport beyond the regional investment aid already approved by the Commission". With the ruling of the European Court of Justice on December 19, 2012, it was finally determined that there was hidden state aid that must be recovered.

From October 24th and 25th, 2006, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig started hearing the lawsuits against the expansion and night flight operations. Here it was necessary to decide whether the residents affected by the night aircraft noise would receive the same protection as the residents at Berlin-Schönefeld Airport , which this court had ordered. A night flight ban between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. was established there. On November 9th, the court issued an unrestricted night flight permit for express goods. On June 29th, the regional council handed over the plan amendment decision, which u. a. contains a night flight ban for passenger planes between 11:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. (with the possibility of exceeding / falling below the limit of up to 30 minutes in the case of late / early landings). On July 24, 2008, the Federal Administrative Court finally confirmed the plan approval supplementary decision of the Leipzig Regional Council by dismissing the complaints from residents. Nothing stood in the way of expansion. The first reaction to this was the further construction of a third aircraft taxiway bridge (E7), for which the preparatory work had already started in 2006. The bridge to the west of the taxiway bridge east (E8) is 191.5 meters long and 63.5 meters wide, and since April 2011 it has also connected the northern runway with the southern one.

The expansion of the airport and the new night flight noise regulation created the conditions for the operation of the international air hub of the post freight subsidiary DHL, which DHL Hub Leipzig GmbH and European Air Transport Leipzig GmbH jointly operate, from July 2007 . The Leipzig / Halle Airport replaced the Brussels-Zaventem Airport . The hub, in which DHL invested around 300 million euros, has been in operation since the end of March 2008. The official opening ceremony took place on May 26, 2008.

Logo until 2008

On December 4, 2007, the Delitzsch District Office at the airport put the only veterinary border control point in the Free State of Saxony into operation in order to be able to clear animal and vegetable goods in accordance with the applicable EU guidelines.

The airport has been operating internationally as Leipzig / Halle Airport since the end of 2008 , which also resulted in a change of logo.

Fire simulation system

In order for the plant fire the category 10 of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) - the highest safety category for airports with two runways - to ensure, took place from 2009 to 2010 as part of a new fire protection concept of the construction of the new fire stations east and west of 9 or 10 large fire-fighting and special vehicles. Both fire stations were put into operation in mid-2010. The Fire Training Center , which was handed over on June 7, 2010 and is currently the only such training facility in Germany, is located in the former fire station north built by Rüdiger Sudau in 2000 . The EUR 3.5 million training center built by Dräger has a gas-fired Boeing 747 fire simulator.

A new vehicle and equipment technology complex was put into operation in 2011. The 231 × 36 meter hall complex has 60 parking spaces for vehicles of various sizes for the airport's winter service fleet, as well as a car wash and a company filling station.

In 2012, the airport built an additional apron in the vicinity of the tower with an area of ​​130,000 m² with a 95 × 95 meter maintenance hangar for the Volga-Dnepr Airlines .

Since October 2012 there has been a freight transshipment point at the Schkeuditz West S-Bahn station , which facilitates deliveries to the southern freight center.

In 2014 and 2017 the airport was voted “European Cargo Airport of the Year” by a symposium of the Asian air cargo industry.

On December 4, 2018, the Leipzig / Halle branch of DFS took over control of airspace D (CTR) and the runway at Saarbrücken Airport . In 2019 Erfurt and Dresden will also be connected.

Military use

Machine of the airline World Airways , which flew on behalf of the US government, on the tarmac in Leipzig

As part of the SALIS project , the Leipzig / Halle Airport has been used by NATO since March 23, 2006 as the home airport of two Russian Antonov An-124 transport aircraft to carry out the fast transport of oversized cargo . Two more machines are ready within six and another two machines within nine days, so that a total of six machines are available as part of SALIS. These six An-124s are ready to provide strategic military air transport capacities for the armed forces, but also for humanitarian missions and relief operations such as B. the earthquake relief for China in June 2008. The Leipzig / Halle airport as loading, unloading and reloading point will be the exception according to the Federal Ministry of Defense .

The Ruslan SALIS GmbH since 17 January 2007 has a maintenance building in the south area of the airport for the machines stationed there.

Since May 23, 2006, the US Army has also had passenger flights operated via Leipzig / Halle Airport for regular troop exchanges in Iraq and Afghanistan . Up to 80 troop transport flights with around 1,600 soldiers per day were handled in Terminal A, which is not open to the public. By the beginning of 2009, 450,000 soldiers are said to have flown into combat missions via Leipzig / Halle. In 2009, every fourth passenger is said to have been a US soldier. The commissioned charter airlines Miami Air International and Omni Air International (until the beginning of 2008 ATA Airlines , until 2013 Ryan International Airlines and until 2014 World Airways and North American Airlines ) have the machines refueled at Leipzig / Halle Airport and carry out crew changes. However, with the withdrawal of US troops from crisis areas in the Middle East, the number of transit passengers has been falling since 2010.


The airport served as one of the locations for the film The First Avenger: Civil War , the recordings were made in August 2015. Before that, it was the location for the films Flightplan - Without any trace and Unknown Identity .


Various airlines connect Leipzig / Halle Airport mainly with holiday destinations in the Canary Islands , the Balearic Islands as well as in Greece , Bulgaria , Malta , North Africa and Turkey . In Germany, Düsseldorf , Cologne / Bonn and Stuttgart are served by Eurowings and Frankfurt and Munich by Lufthansa .

Airport shareholder

The majority shareholder of the airport with 94% is the Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG (word mark: Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding ), which also holds the majority stake in Dresden Airport . The shareholders of Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding are exclusively local authorities , namely the Free State of Saxony with 77.29%, the State of Saxony-Anhalt with 18.54%, the city of Leipzig with 2.1%, the city of Dresden with 1.87% and the City of Halle (Saale) with 0.2% (as of August 2014). The district of North Saxony , in which the airport is located, and the city of Schkeuditz each own 0.25% of the airport, and the Free State of Saxony has a direct 5.5% stake in Flughafen Leipzig / Halle GmbH.

Subsidies and Economic Loss

The Free State of Saxony subsidized the establishment of DHL with around 71 million euros. In July 2008, the European Commission declared a guarantee from the Free State of Saxony for the operation of Leipzig / Halle Airport in the amount of 500 million euros to be inadmissible. The Free State had promised DHL that it would pay up to 500 million euros in damages if Leipzig / Halle Airport does not meet certain conditions - such as the option of night flights. The public investment of 350 million euros for the new runway south of the airport, however, classified the competition authorities as permissible state aid.

On June 15, 2011, the European Commission initiated a new investigation into state subsidies. Specifically, it is examined whether loans and equity injections for infrastructure projects such as noise protection measures, the construction of taxiways and a new terminal are compatible with EU state aid rules . According to the EU Commission, Germany has so far not been able to prove that the funding, which covers 100 percent of the total investment costs, is justified and proportionate. In particular, the aid could give the airport an unfair advantage over competitors in Germany and Europe.

With a decision of December 19, 2012, the European Court of Justice combined several proceedings and finally decided that u. a., inadmissible state aid existed.

In 2007, the airport posted a loss of 38 million euros, around half of its turnover. In 2010 the loss was 62.4 million euros, with sales of 92.7 million euros. Between 2006 and 2011, the airport made a loss of around 300 million euros. The losses are borne by the states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and the cities of Leipzig, Halle and Dresden. The result from ordinary business activities in 2014 was EUR -37.27 million. In the 2013 financial year, the loss was 48.82 million euros.


Expansion of the airport

Due to the lack of a night flight ban for cargo flights in Leipzig / Halle, resistance arose, for example from the Association for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany or the interest group night flight ban Leipzig / Halle. They try to activate the population through information campaigns, but this did not succeed due to the lack of support from the same and from most of the parties. The attempt to prevent further expansion and night flights through legal action failed recently before the Federal Administrative Court and the Federal Constitutional Court .

An aircraft noise commission was formed from representatives of state authorities, airport users and municipalities. Even after the incorporation of the north-western districts, the city of Leipzig only has one seat, which means that the affected residents are clearly underrepresented.

There is also criticism that the objectives contained in the planning approval, such as an even track distribution, are far from being achieved. More than 90 percent of all night take-offs and landings take place on the southern runway. A new approach procedure has also enabled 31 landings per hour instead of the previous 28 since mid-2018.

Military use

Resistance against the military use of the airport was formed by citizens' initiatives and peace organizations such as the NATO-Free Airport Action Group . This calls for greater restrictions on air traffic and the cessation of military use of the airport.

The management then stated that the use as a hub for US troop transports had saved a company kitchen with 65 employees from being closed, and that around 200 jobs were now attached to the transports.

Traffic figures

Passenger and air freight volumes in Leipzig since 1990
Leipzig / Halle Airport - traffic figures
Year of operation Passenger volume Air freight [ t ] Flight movements
1 1927/28 16,343 207
1928/29 20,082 342 8.091
1929/30 19,727 372 7,240
1930/31 17,750 501 7,100
1931/32 20,752 518 6,603
1932/33 23,049 669 6,148
1933/34 35,872 741 6,710
1934/35 49,664 863 7,424
1935/36 69,623 1,155 8,785
1936/37 80,523 1,461 11,294
1937/38 86,937 1,655 10,294
2 1938/39 56,768 2.015 8,175
3 1972 54.025 1,409
1973 76,985 113 1,796
1974 90,952 139 2.002
1975 80,442 176 156
1976 78,447 127 1,758
1977 97.612 171 2.134
1978 94,752 104 1.932
1979 131,912 106 2,683
1980 105.103 163 2,316
1981 182.704 163 3,282
1982 112,667 75 2,188
1983 35,361 35 950
1984 139.121 66 2,354
1985 247,968 66 3,434
1986 329.237 81 4.151
1987 342.011 102 4,506
1988 549.331 124 7.149
1989 442,365 196 6,086
1990 274,878 366 9,549
1991 634.424 4,372 26,089
1992 1,073,378 8,611 42,960
1993 1,521,436 17,482 48,510
1994 1,901,797 23,189 52,590
1995 2,104,822 25,225 53,807
1996 2,186,649 22,410 50,298
1997 2,248,852 17,220 47.284
1998 2,108,779 12,866 43,778
1999 2,162,769 15,220 47,944
2000 2,288,931 17,086 47.030
2001 2,185,130 15,799 42,408
2002 1,988,854 16,882 41.209
2003 1,955,070 17,559 40,030
2004 2,041,046 10,296 39,316
2005 2,127,895 14,867 37.905
2006 2,348,011 29,330 42,417
2007 2,723,000 101,285 50,976
2008 2,462,256 442.453 59,924
2009 2,421,382 524,082 60,150
2010 2,348,597 663.024 62,247
2011 2,266,743 760.355 64.097
2012 2,286,151 863.665 62,688
2013 2,240,860 887.101 61,668
2014 2,331,399 910.708 63,569
2015 2,321,975 988.240 65,061
2016 2,192,145 1,052,372 64,492
2017 2,365,141 1,138,477 69,815
2018 2,571,119 1,221,429 79,218
2019 2,618,772 1,238,343 78,980
1In the years 1927–1939, the figures were recorded for the financial year; a fiscal year ran from April 1 to March 31.
2On August 30, 1939, civil air traffic at "Halle / Leipzig Airport" was discontinued; he was only briefly admitted to the Leipzig Spring Fair in 1940. However, no figures are available for the 1939/40 financial year.
3On May 19, 1972, permanent air traffic began at "Leipzig Airport" after Leipzig-Mockau Airport became the technical basis for agricultural flights; the last airliner took off there on March 6, 1972.
Busiest flight routes from LEJ
rank target Passengers
change Passengers
change Starts
1 TurkeyTurkey Antalya 165.119   43.19% 115.312 965   57.42% 613
2 GermanyGermany Frankfurt 148,438   -2.52% 152.275 2,466   3.48% 2,383
3 EgyptEgypt Hurghada 123,516   63.66% 75,469 707   67.54% 422
4th SpainSpain Palma de Mallorca 109.060   -20.81% 137.715 663   -25.08% 885
5 GermanyGermany Munich 76,255   -8.89% 83,694 1,526   -1.1% 1,543
6th GreeceGreece Heraklion 58.176   79.86% 32,345 342   98.84% 172
7th GermanyGermany Dusseldorf 50,319   -6.62% 53,885 980   27.27% 770
8th GermanyGermany Cologne / Bonn 45,880   -2.45% 47.032 1,480   8.42% 1,365
9 SpainSpain Fuerteventura 40,624   7.1% 37,932 235   10.85% 212
10 TurkeyTurkey Istanbul Ataturk 37,254   18.19% 31,521 649   4.51% 621
11 BulgariaBulgaria Varna 34,468   29.99% 26,516 241   40.94% 171
12 GermanyGermany Stuttgart 33,898   -27.29% 46,621 928   5.57% 879
13 BulgariaBulgaria Burgas 31,616   0.95% 31,319 209   10% 190
14th SpainSpain Las Palmas 30,014   -2.37% 30,743 162   -2.41% 166
15th AustriaAustria Vienna 29,160   2.78% 28,370 526   -0.75% 530
16 GreeceGreece Rhodes 27,682   55.21% 17,835 159   69.15% 94
17th EgyptEgypt Marsa Alam 23,380   -6.41% 24,980 149   -1.32% 151
18th United KingdomUnited Kingdom London Stansted 23.052   -0.97% 23,278 379   7.67% 352
19th SpainSpain Tenerife South 22,639   -15.38% 26,754 114   -18.57% 140
20th RussiaRussia Moscow-Vnukovo 19,212 Route new 0 115 Route new 0
21st SwitzerlandSwitzerland Zurich 18,922   -13.38% 21,845 276   0% 276
22nd GreeceGreece Kos 18,030   32.6% 13,597 105   43.84% 73
23 MoroccoMorocco Agadir 16,152   -13.39% 18,650 98   -6.67% 105
24 United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates Dubai-Jebel Ali 13,846 Route new 0 65 Route new 0
25th GreeceGreece Kerkira / Corfu 12,803   27.46% 10,045 74   42.31% 52
This statistic only includes starts. (No landings)
Busiest routes by country from LEJ
rank target Passengers
change Passengers
change Starts
1 GermanyGermany Germany 362.464   -7.8% 393.138 8,170   4.25% 7,837
2 SpainSpain Spain 215,327   -16.06% 256,517 2,967   0.1% 2,964
3 TurkeyTurkey Turkey 209.330   42.35% 147.056 1,666   34.14% 1,242
4th EgyptEgypt Egypt 158.154   40.01% 112,956 928   42.99% 649
5 GreeceGreece Greece 116,691   58.06% 73,829 1,207   64.44% 734
6th BulgariaBulgaria Bulgaria 66,356   14.59% 57,908 710   56.39% 454
7th AustriaAustria Austria 29,442   2.9% 28,613 767   0.13% 766
8th United KingdomUnited Kingdom Great Britain 24,075   -0.09% 24.097 3,019   7.9% 2,798
9 RussiaRussia Russia 19,953   734.5% 2,391 593   24.32% 477
10 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 19,045   -13.5% 22,017 913   0.55% 908
11 MoroccoMorocco Morocco 16,152   -16.65% 19,378 101   -8.18% 110
12 United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 13,846   552.81% 2.121 326   17.69% 277
13 TunisiaTunisia Tunisia 12,392   0.58% 12,320 87   -3.33% 90
14th PortugalPortugal Portugal 8,555   -20.82% 10,805 109   12.37% 97
15th MaltaMalta Malta 6,738   416.32% 1,305 61   165.22% 23
This statistic only includes starts. (No landings)


  • On September 1, 1975, a Tupolev Tu-134 from Interflug from Stuttgart fell below the minimum altitude on its approach, collided with an antenna mast and hit the ground after rotating around its longitudinal axis. 27 inmates were killed.
  • On August 9, 2013, an auxiliary turbine caught fire while an AN-12 operated by the Ukraine Air Alliance was taking off. The crew was able to save themselves after an unsuccessful attempt to extinguish the fire; the plane burned down completely, the 49,000 chicks loaded died. The airport fire brigade did not reach the scene of the incident until four minutes after the alarm, as the specific target of the incident had to be inquired after the alert. In its final report at the beginning of 2017, the Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation spoke of this type of alerting as "unfavorable". In 2015, the alarm system was changed.


  • Wolfgang Hesse; Peter Kirchberg; Henry Lohr: 70 years of Leipzig-Halle Airport. Airport Leipzig / Halle GmbH, Leipzig u. Halle 1997, ISBN 3-00-001923-5 .
  • Hans-Dieter Tack: The Leipzig-Halle Airport. (The series Images of Aviation), Sutton, Erfurt 2010, ISBN 978-3-86680-618-4 .
  • Klaus Breiler: About flying and landing. On the history of East German aviation. Passage-Verlag, Leipzig 2012, ISBN 978-3-938543-89-4 .
  • Lothar Brehmer; Günther Naumann; Eberhard Blobel: Aviation in Saxony. A historical outline. UniMedia, Baalsdorf 1998, ISBN 3-932019-32-6 .
  • Wolfram Apitzsch: Leipzig's airport today and tomorrow. In: Horst Skull (Ed.): Fliegerkalender der DDR 1989. Military Publishing House of the GDR, Berlin 1988, pp. 189–192.

Web links

Commons : Leipzig / Halle Airport  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. Leipzig / Halle Airport: Number of employees continues to grow. Press release from February 4, 2014 (accessed on August 12, 2014)
  3. Intercity trains temporarily no longer stop at Leipzig / Halle Airport . In: Leipzig Official Journal . No. 4 , February 27, 2016, p. 3 .
  4. IC trains stop at the airport again . In: Leipzig Official Journal . No. 22 , 10 December 2016, p. 3 .
  5. ^ Grahnert database
  6. Auto-Webel GmbH: General notice timetable for line 207 ( memo from August 12, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) (valid from January 13, 2014)
  7. Leipzig / Halle Airport : Airport Shuttle (accessed on August 12, 2014)
  8. ^ E. Buchsbaum: Halle. History of the city in words and pictures. Deutscher Verlag der Wissenschaften , Berlin 1979 (2nd edition 1982), p. 84.
  9. ^ Jürgen Zapf: Luftwaffe airfields 1934–1945 - and what was left of them. Volume 2: Saxony. VDM , Zweibrücken 2001, ISBN 3-925480-62-5 , p. 139.
  10. a b Aircraft accident data and report of the accident of September 1, 1975 in the Aviation Safety Network (English)
  11. September 1, 1975. The end of a trade fair flight. In: Jan Eik, Klaus Behling: classified information. The greatest secrets of the GDR. Verlag Neues Berlin, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-360-01944-8 , pp. 151-152.
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  13. Leipzig / Halle Airport: Press Release 61c / 2000 Figures, data, facts - The new intercontinental runway at a glance. of March 24, 2000 ( Memento of June 13, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  14. Leipzig / Halle Airport: Press release 16/2007 Ceremonial opening of the new south runway at Leipzig / Halle Airport. from July 5, 2007 ( Memento from June 13, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  15. European Commission: State aid. Commission initiates review of financial support for DHL and Leipzig / Halle Airport. Press release IP / 06/1603 of November 22, 2006.
  16. ECJ: Judgment of the Court of Justice (Eighth Chamber) of December 19, 2012. Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG and Flughafen Leipzig / Halle GmbH v European Commission. Case C ‑ 288/11 P.
  17. Leipzig / Halle Airport: Press release 4/2010 Rollbrücke Ost: Installation of the first bridge girders over the A 14 motorway towards Dresden. from January 21, 2010 ( Memento from June 13, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  18. Leipzig / Halle Airport : Press release 10/2011 Leipzig / Halle Airport: The second east taxiway was put into operation. from April 5, 2011 ( Memento from June 13, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  19. aero.de: The Leipzig / Halle hub officially goes into operation. on May 26, 2008 ( Memento from May 1, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  20. Leipzig / Halle Airport: Press release 32/2007 Ceremonial handover of the veterinary border inspection post at Leipzig / Halle Airport. of December 4, 2007 ( Memento of June 13, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  21. Leipzig / Halle Airport: Press release 37/2009 Topping- out ceremony for the new East and West fire stations. from October 5, 2009 ( Memento from June 13, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  22. ^ Rüdiger Sudau Architect: New fire station north // Leipzig-Halle Airport.
  23. Leipzig / Halle Airport: Press release 20/2010 Leipzig / Halle Airport takes over the Fire Training training center - Plant fire brigade presents itself at the leading international trade fair for rescue, fire / disaster control and security "Interschutz" in Leipzig. of June 7, 2010 ( Memento of June 13, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  24. Leipzig / Halle Airport : FIRE TRAINING Leipzig Halle Airport.
  25. Leipzig / Halle Airport : Press release 23/2011 Leipzig / Halle Airport takes over vehicle and equipment technology complex - sustainable energy generation through photovoltaic system. from September 16, 2011 ( Memento from June 13, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  26. New hangar receives facade shell. In: Leipziger Volkszeitung of June 27, 2012, p. 20.
  27. Roland Heinrich: There has been a new rail connection since last night. In: Leipziger Volkszeitung of September 28, 2012, p. 24.
  28. Leipzig / Halle Airport in Asia once again honored as “European Cargo Airport of the Year”. Flughafen Leipzig / Halle GmbH, October 20, 2017, accessed on November 1, 2017 .
  29. Saarbrücken Airport is controlled remotely from Leipzig. In: Leipziger Volkszeitung. December 4, 2018, accessed February 15, 2019 .
  30. Page of NATO SALIS (Engl.) ( Memento of 27 May 2005 at the Internet Archive )
  31. ^ Page of the Luftwaffe on SALIS
  32. FAQ on SALIS
  33. ^ Bundeswehr.de: Welcome helpers. First aid delivery reaches China. dated June 4, 2008 (accessed August 12, 2014)
  34. ^ MDR Saxony: New criticism of military transports via Leipzig Airport. on February 6, 2009 ( Memento from May 8, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  35. Deutschlandfunk : Troop transports for the construction east. on February 17, 2009 ( Memento from February 6, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  36. Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding: Management Board / Shareholders / Supervisory Board ( Memento from February 26, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) (accessed on May 10, 2019)
  37. Leipzig / Halle Airport: We introduce ourselves. Corporate management, shareholders, supervisory board. (accessed on August 12, 2014)
  38. Detlef Drewes and Michael Rothe: This is how the Free State of DHL is allowed to support Leipzig. In: Sächsische Zeitung of July 24, 2008, p. 23.
  39. European Commission: State Aid. Commission examines financing of infrastructure projects at Leipzig / Halle Airport. Press release IP / 11/706 of June 15, 2011.
  40. CURIA - list of results. Retrieved May 10, 2019 .
  41. ^ Rüdiger Kiani-Kress: Lexicon of excuses . In: Wirtschaftswoche , No. 14, April 2, 2012, p. 54.
  42. bundesanzeiger.de
  43. ^ IG Night Flight Ban Leipzig / Halle
  44. Commission for Protection against Aircraft Noise and Air Pollution from Aircraft at Leipzig / Halle Airport (Aircraft Noise Commission according to § 32b Aviation Act - FLK). (PDF) June 2018, accessed February 15, 2019 .
  45. Ralf Julke: City councilors propose three representatives for Leipzig in the aircraft noise commission. In: Leipziger Internet Zeitung. February 9, 2019, accessed February 15, 2019 .
  46. Ralf Julke: New Records at Leipzig and bad news from the coalition negotiations. In: Leipziger Internet Zeitung. February 11, 2018, accessed November 2, 2018 .
  47. More night air traffic via Leipzig. In: Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk. August 15, 2018. Retrieved November 19, 2018 .
  48. Arrived in reality. An interview with Eric Malitzke, Managing Director of Flughafen Leipzig / Halle GmbH. In: Jan Caspers, Anne König, Vera Tollmann, Jan Wenzel (eds.): What you should know ( Memento from August 14, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 3.7 MB), pp. 5–7.
  49. Leipzig / Halle Airport: traffic development - increase in passenger traffic - cargo handling in Leipzig / Halle continues to increase (accessed on January 19, 2018)
  50. data for the years 1927–1939 according to the annual reports; see. Hesse et al .: 70 years of Leipzig-Halle Airport , p. 158.
  51. Data up to 1989 based on Brehmer et al .: Aviation in Saxony. , P. 184.
  52. Data from 1990 based on information from Leipzig / Halle Airport.
  53. Leipzig / Halle Airport: Press release 3/2011 Central German airports draw good results for the year. from January 18, 2011 ( Memento from June 13, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  54. ^ Leipzig / Halle Airport: Traffic development at Leipzig / Halle Airport. ( Memento from January 19, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) (accessed on August 12, 2014)
  55. Traffic development at Leipzig / Halle and Dresden airports in 2016. Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, January 20, 2017, accessed on January 21, 2017 .
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  57. Publication - Transport & Verkehr - Air traffic at major airports - Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). Retrieved March 28, 2019 .
  58. ^ Winfried Mahr: Final report on the Antonov fire: technical defects, later fire fighting . In: Leipziger Volkszeitung . No. 40 , February 16, 2017, p. 4 .
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