Paderborn / Lippstadt Airport

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Paderborn Lippstadt Airport Logo.svg
EDLP apron.jpg

51 ° 36 '51 "  N , 8 ° 36' 59"  E Coordinates: 51 ° 36 '51 "  N , 8 ° 36' 59"  E

Height above MSL 213 m (699  ft )
Transport links
Distance from the city center 15 km southwest of Paderborn,
20 km east of Lippstadt
Street A44 B1 L 776
Local transport Express bus line S60 to Büren and Paderborn / city bus line SK5 to Salzkotten
Basic data
opening September 10, 1971
operator Paderborn / Lippstadt Airport GmbH
surface 227 ha
Terminals 2
Passengers 693,404 (2019)
Air freight 160 t (2019)
39,626 (2019)
Employees 228
Start-and runway
06/24 2180 m × 45 m asphalt

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Airports in NRW

The Paderborn / Lippstadt , own name: Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport , is a regional commercial airport in the circle Paderborn in North Rhine-Westphalia ( Germany ). It is located between the cities of Paderborn and Lippstadt in the area of ​​the city of Büren . The airport is the twelfth largest in Germany in terms of flight movements, but the smallest of the six North Rhine-Westphalian commercial airports in terms of passenger numbers.


Paderborn / Lippstadt Airport is located in the area of ​​the city of Büren (in the Ahden district ) around 15 km southwest of Paderborn and around 20 km east-southeast of Lippstadt . Not far south of the airport runs the federal motorway 44 with the Büren junction, which can be used to reach the airport directly.

Paderborn / Lippstadt Airport connects the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region to international air traffic. As a regional focus for general aviation, it is the station for regional scheduled air traffic and for other commercial air traffic, in particular for air tourism traffic and also for company air traffic with business aircraft.

Neighboring airports

Neighboring regional airports are (distance as the crow flies ):

The nearest international airports are:


Former logo of Paderborn / Lippstadt Airport (as of 2004)

Until 1979

Since 1966 there have been considerations to build a regional airport in south-eastern Westphalia. On October 13, 1969, the regional airport Südost-Westfalen GmbH was founded by representatives of the former districts of Brilon , Büren , Höxter , Lippstadt , Paderborn and Warburg . The municipalities involved bought around 227 hectares of agricultural land for 10 million DM . The state of North Rhine-Westphalia financed a 1440-meter-long concrete surface with around DM 13.7 million. An airport building with a tower , departure hall , restaurant, bar and terrace was built on the site . The state of North Rhine-Westphalia assumed the costs for this. On July 22, 1971, Minister Horst Ludwig Riemer approved the facility and operation of Paderborn / Lippstadt Airport.

The "Verkehrslandeplatz Paderborn / Ahden", which was put into operation on September 10, 1971, was an important location factor for large companies like Nixdorf Computer AG (3500 employees). The airport is also used by Benteler , Dr. Oetker and Bertelsmann , it should also serve as an incentive for other companies to settle here. The State Audit Office criticized the subsidy for a regional airport, as this "mainly serves the interests of a single private company", and said Nixdorf.

In 1972 the construction of hangar I began and in 1975 the inauguration and commissioning of the operations building. In 1975 the Deutsche Luftverkehrsgesellschaft (DLT) flew twice a day with a DHC-6 Twin Otter from Paderborn to Frankfurt am Main in order to connect passengers to the Lufthansa transport network. The Flugbetriebsgesellschaft Paderborn / Lippstadt mbH was founded in 1979 and scheduled flights to Munich began in 1981 . This was followed by Cityflug , which carried passengers on a Fairchild Swearingen Metro . After Cityflug's insolvency , Reise- und Industrieflug (RFG) stepped in .


In 1984 the runway was extended to 1760 m length and 30 m width and a new company building was built. The airport was thus approved as a commercial airport in June 1984. In the same year the regular service to Stuttgart and 1985 to West Berlin began . With the airlines Hapag-Lloyd Flug and Air Europa , tourism charter flights to Mallorca and Gran Canaria began in 1988 . In 1989 the scheduled air traffic to London was started. With German reunification, scheduled air routes to Leipzig and Dresden followed .

In 1986 the instrument landing system and an air traffic control service with a control zone were put into operation, making take-offs and landings possible in both directions even in bad weather.

On June 10, 1986, the district of Gütersloh , the district of Lippe as well as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of East Westphalia in Bielefeld and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Lippe in Detmold took part as additional shareholders at the airport.


Aerial view of Paderborn Airport

On January 1, 1991, the airport was renamed “Flughafen Paderborn / Lippstadt GmbH” and the headquarters were moved from Paderborn to Büren-Ahden. The city ​​of Bielefeld was added as a further partner . On November 1st, 1999 the Flugbetriebsgesellschaft Paderborn / Lippstadt mbH merged with Flughafen Paderborn / Lippstadt GmbH.

In 1991 the tourist charter flights to Turkey and the Canary Islands began . In 1992 and 1993 the tourist charter flights to Monastir in Tunisia and Crete and the expansion of the scheduled flight schedule with flight connections to Paris and Zurich followed . In 1996, a new scheduled flight connection to the international hub at Schiphol Airport with Eurowings and KLM was launched, carrying 14,662 passengers to Amsterdam. From January 1998 Lufthansa offered scheduled flights to Frankfurt am Main.

On December 3, 1993, the new Terminal A was opened, and the airline Air Berlin stationed a newly acquired Boeing 737-400 at the airport. In 1994 the runway was expanded to 45 m wide and the aircraft hangar II B for Eurowings and other round hangars for small planes were completed in the following year . Terminal B and the air traffic control cockpit were built in 1998 and a new arrival terminal in 2001.


View of the departure lounge, photo from 2005

The number of around 2 million passengers forecast for 2010 in 2000 could not even come close to being reached; rather, the numbers stagnated and fell to 984,110 passengers in 2009 from 2006, when around 1.27 million passengers were still being carried was mainly due to the discontinuation of the Lufthansa connection to Frankfurt am Main. Fewer passengers were carried in tourism charter traffic as well; around 75% were holidaymakers on their way to destinations around the Mediterranean Sea and the Canary Islands .

In 2004 the airport received two large maintenance hangars and the airport forum. On October 10, 2006, the “Airport Hotel Paderborn” was opened directly opposite the terminal building. The runway was expanded to 2180 m in 2009.

Since 2010

Quax hangar
Tower of Paderborn / Lippstadt Airport
The GAT area of ​​the apron

From the end of July to mid-November 2010, the terminal was rebuilt and modernized while flight operations were still in progress, with the travel agencies moving to the upper floor and 18 new check-in counters being built. Fifteen companies were involved in this project and the cost was 3 million euros.

At the end of May 2011 a new glass hangar was opened which is used by Quax , an association for the preservation of historic aircraft. The “Triebwerk” restaurant is located on the upper floor of the Quax hangar next to the association's office. The apron , taxiways and runway can be viewed from the visitor terrace, which is open when the weather is nice . Admission is free.

In 2011 only 975,712 passengers were counted; this corresponds to a minus of 5.3% compared to the previous year. At the same time, the number of flight movements rose by 9.4% to 42,380. The political unrest in North Africa, the strikes in Greece and the capacity adjustment of the airline Air Berlin were cited as reasons for the decline in passenger numbers . The number of passengers continued to decline in 2013, only 794,992 passengers were counted, and cargo throughput increased to 290 tons, which is hardly worth mentioning in comparison to Düsseldorf and Cologne / Bonn . Recently, there has been a decline in the number of passengers carried. The number of passengers handled in 2017 fell by almost 10% compared to the previous year to around 700,000. In addition, the development of passenger numbers was influenced by the start of operations at Kassel-Calden Airport and the growth of Dortmund Airport.

Since the 2017 summer flight schedule, Lufthansa has been connecting Paderborn / Lippstadt Airport with the Frankfurt hub again, and at the beginning of 2020 Lufthansa announced that it would discontinue this route due to inefficiency.

During the COVID-19 pandemic , passenger traffic at the airport has meanwhile been completely stopped. The surrounding hotel as well as the shops and restaurants were also temporarily closed. As a result, the airport got into financial difficulties and it needs financial support. The long-standing economic difficulties have prompted the management to implement a restructuring concept, according to which the handling capacities are to be reduced from 900,000 to 300,000 passengers per year, and layoffs are also planned. The goal is to maintain the airport.

An expert opinion by BUND from August 2020 recommends closing seven of 14 regional airports due to deficit structures and climate policy aspects. Paderborn is expressly named as a candidate for closure.

Airlines and destinations

In June 2017, a total of nine German and foreign airlines flew to destinations in Germany, Spain, Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt and Greece, some of them seasonally, in scheduled and charter operations.

Military flights

In addition to civil companies, the airport is used by the British military, which, among other things, chartered long-haul aircraft to move troops to Canada for exercises. For example, the Airbus A340-300 from HiFly are used for this purpose .

In February 2006, several C-130J Hercules transport planes were used to fly British soldiers and equipment from the 20th Tank Brigade from Paderborn to Nuremberg for the "Desert Fist" air-laying exercise.

Operator and shareholder

Passenger numbers
year Passengers Flight movements
2019 693,500 37,000
2018 736.158 42,336
2017 740,000 38,200
2016 703,300 33,500
2015 772,000 36,500
2014 764,000 35,300
2013 794.992 35,471
2012 873.621 40,145
2011 975.712 42,380
2010 1,030,810 38,750
2009 984.099 39,380
2008 1,137,036 38,477
2007 1,241,997 41,648
2006 1,272,205 41,000
2005 1,342,615 47,849
2004 1,309,837 46,259
2003 1,280,229 55,410
2002 1,246,346 60,074
2001 1,287,981 61,816
2000 1,363,236 65,836
1999 1,188,796 58,753
1998 945.651 50,888
1997 690,536 48.167
1996 546.461 47,516
1995 462.935 45.156
1994 332,329 43,736
1993 296,742 44,784
1992 248.058 46.257
1991 171,926 37,897
1990 133,046 31,856
1989 111,855 33,765
1988 139,546 28,785
Source :

The operating company Flughafen Paderborn / Lippstadt GmbH is an investment company in the districts of Paderborn (56.38%), Soest (12.26%), Höxter (3.92%), Gütersloh (7.84%), Lippe (7.84%) ) and Hochsauerlandkreis (3.92%), the city of Bielefeld (5.88%), as well as the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of East Westphalia to Bielefeld (1.57%) and Lippe to Detmold (0.39%).

In 2009 the company was in the red for the first time in four decades with a loss of € 1.46 million. After another loss of € 391,841 in 2010, the company posted an operating loss of € 1.45 million in 2011. In 2012 there was a loss of € 1.36 million, in 2013 a loss of € 1.92 million and in 2014 a loss of € 2.2 million. For 2015 a loss of € 2.5 million is expected.

In May 2012, the shareholders' meeting approved a capital increase of EUR 4.8 million and further shareholder loans of EUR 3.1 million, which must be raised by the municipalities involved.

Marc Cezanne is the managing director of Flughafen Paderborn / Lippstadt GmbH, while the chairman of the supervisory board is Reinoldstücke.

Technical details

Paderborn / Lippstadt Airport has a runway that is 2180 meters long and 45 meters wide, making it suitable for almost all commercial aircraft up to the Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 . The airport is not approved for the Airbus A380. Several Boeing 737s or Airbus A320s can be handled at the same time during major international football matches in the Ruhr area, events, during school holidays or when neighboring airports are canceled. There is space for three aircraft of this size class at the terminal, which is equipped with passenger boarding bridges, and more can be handled on the apron and, if necessary, on taxiways that are then closed for this purpose. The peak day in this direction so far has been May 26, 2004, when twenty aircraft of the Boeing 737 size class and larger were dispatched at the same time as part of the Champions League final in Gelsenkirchen .

Until 2012, Air Berlin maintained a yard at Paderborn / Lippstadt Airport for 2 aircraft of the A320 family or the Boeing 737 next generation family (mainly the Boeing 737-800) or a De Havilland DHC-8-400 .

There are two flight schools at Paderborn / Lippstadt Airport: One of them is part of the Geseke e. V. and mainly offers training courses for private pilots. The other flight school is commercially sponsored and offers training to become a commercial pilot as well as for instrument flying.

Noise pollution

Terminal in Paderborn

There is currently no night flight ban at Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport. On the part of the airport company, there is a voluntary self-restriction not to take off and land between midnight and 5 a.m. However, the airport company can still deviate from this rule. In particular, these deviations and the associated accumulation of nocturnal flight movements are criticized by the population in the vicinity of the airport because of the noise pollution.


Since 2017, only the Büren glider airfield has been in the control zone of Paderborn / Lippstadt Airport . The control zone was shortened in 2017 by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, so that the Paderborn-Haxterberg special airfield is no longer within it. The instrument approaches for runway 24 continue to fly over the traffic area at Paderborn / Haxterberg airfield (EDLR).

The Airport Run “Runway 06” took place six times between 2010 and 2015, in which up to 1,300 participants completed a 10-kilometer route. The start of the fun run on the threshold 06 of the runway was unique in Germany. The first 2.5 kilometers led directly over the runway, where normally only planes taxi. After leaving the airport, the route led via Wewelsburg through the Almetal to Ahden and then back to the airport on the Ahden plateau. The finish line took place along the terminal (arrival and departure building) and ended in the Airport Forum / Quax Hangar area. The airport run planned for November 6, 2016 had to be canceled due to the significantly increased requirements on the part of the approval authority responsible for aviation issues.


  • Astrid Röben: 50 years of Paderborn: The regional airport is celebrating its anniversary. (Cover story) In: AERO International No. 7/2019, pp. 76–79

Web links

Commons : Paderborn / Lippstadt Airport  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c traffic statistics December 2019. Flughafen Bremen GmbH, January 10, 2020, accessed on May 24, 2020 .
  2. Lufthansa is discussing with companies  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF file)@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  3. Significance of Business Aviation  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF file)@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  4. Distance between Paderborn Airports and Kassel-Calden on the Great Circle Mapper . Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  5. ↑ Airline distance Paderborn Airport → Dortmund Airport - Distance between Paderborn Airport and Dortmund Airport. In: Retrieved January 15, 2017 .
  6. ↑ beeline Paderborn Airport → Münster Airport - Distance between Paderborn Airport and Münster Airport. In: Retrieved January 15, 2017 .
  7. Air line distance Paderborn Airport → Hannover Langenhagen Airport - Distance between Paderborn Airport and Hannover Langenhagen Airport. In: Retrieved January 15, 2017 .
  8. ↑ beeline Paderborn Airport → Düsseldorf International Airport - distance between Paderborn Airport and Düsseldorf International Airport. In: Retrieved January 15, 2017 .
  9. ↑ Airline distance Paderborn Airport → Frankfurt Airport - Distance between Paderborn Airport and Frankfurt Airport. In: Retrieved January 15, 2017 .
  10. AIRPORTS: Dead triangle . In: Der Spiegel . No. 46 , 1979 ( online ).
  11. Construction of a new hangar for vintage aircraft
  12. Quax-Hangar inspires visitors ( Memento from October 21, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  13. ^ Rolf Eckers: North Rhine-Westphalia : North Rhine-Westphalia Airports: Plans of the new state government - even more oversupply? In: Westdeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved May 24, 2019 .
  14. LH will fly to Frankfurt from summer. (No longer available online.), November 16, 2016, archived from the original on April 19, 2018 ; Retrieved November 17, 2016 .
  15. Lufthansa cancels Frankfurt-Paderborn flights due to insufficient profitability. Retrieved April 16, 2020 .
  16. Information on the coronavirus (COVID-19). Accessed April 16, 2020 (German).
  17. Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport is also economically threatened by the Corona crisis. Retrieved April 16, 2020 .
  18. Jens Reddeker: Shrinking course for the airport. In: Neue Westfälische July 31, 2020.
  19. Tageschau: BUND study: Seven airports close immediately, accessed on August 19, 2020
  20. Military charter in Paderborn
  21. Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport: 693,500 passengers in 2019. , January 12, 2020, accessed on January 18, 2020 .
  22. ADV monthly statistics. , accessed June 1, 2019 .
  23. ^ Neue Westfälische: More passengers at Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport . In: Büren . ( [accessed January 20, 2018]).
  24. ADV monthly statistics. , accessed February 12, 2017 .
  25. Paderborn Lippstadt Airport - Passenger Numbers 2018 In: , accessed on June 1, 2019.
  26. ^ Neue Westfälische on March 2, 2010, accessed on June 2, 2010
  27. Paderborn / Lippstadt Airport: From flight operations to car park operator - 5.45 million euros income from parking fees
  28. Neue Westfälische of May 17, 2012: Money can flow
  29. Annual financial statements 2011 in the Federal Gazette
  30. Marc Cezanne new managing director at Paderborn Lippstadt Airport , accessed on April 28, 2014.
  31. ^ Photo of the occupied apron on May 26, 2004
  32. Overview of the training of the air sports club Geseke e. V. at Paderborn / Lippstadt Airport
  33. Paderborn Airport agrees to ban night flights., December 9, 2011, accessed December 19, 2017 .
  34. Airport-Run starts again in 2017. Neue Westfä, June 23, 2016, accessed on April 13, 2019 .