Saarbrücken Airport

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Saarbrücken Airport
Saarbrücken Airport
Air Berlin Boeing 737 in front of the terminal

49 ° 12 '52 "  N , 7 ° 6' 34"  E Coordinates: 49 ° 12 '52 "  N , 7 ° 6' 34"  E

Height above MSL 321 m (1053  ft )
Transport links
Street A6(5 km), Flughafenstrasse L 108L
Local transport Bus R10 Saarbrücken main station - airport - Blieskastel
Basic data
opening 1967
operator Flug-Hafen-Saarland GmbH
Terminals 1
Passengers 368,138 (2019)
Air freight 27 t (2019)
9,619 (2019)
( PAX per year)
Employees 100
Start-and runway
09/27 1990 m × 45 m asphalt

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The Saarbrücken Airport is one of 16 international airports in Germany. It is located in the east of the Saarland state capital Saarbrücken on a hill in the Ensheim district . It is thus in the center of the European SaarLorLux region in close proximity to the French region of Lorraine , Luxembourg and Rhineland-Palatinate . From Saarbrücken Airport there are both scheduled and charter connections within Germany and Europe. Commercial and private flights ( general aviation ) are handled via the General Aviation Terminal (GAT). The airport is operated by Flug-Hafen-Saarland GmbH (fh Saar) , while Saarland is the owner and partner. Structure holding Saar GmbH (SHS) takes care of all activities outside of pure flight operations .

Transport links

Airplane on the apron
Parking garage at Saarbrücken Airport

In the immediate vicinity of the terminal, there are almost 1,000 parking spaces available in a multi-storey car park, roughly the same number is available in two other parking spaces. At the airport terminal there is a rental car station, taxi stands and stops for the public transport bus line R 10 with connections to Saarbrücken and Blieskastel . In addition, the airport is served by several shuttle services.
The airport is easy to reach by car from the entire catchment area: Via the A 6 from Saarbrücken via the exit to the L 108, from St. Ingbert via the St. Ingbert-West exit. The A6, A8, A1, A 620 and A 623 motorways open up the airport to the entire Greater Region .

At the main train station in Saarbrücken there is a connection to the national and international ICE network, regional transport and Saarbrücken city transport ( tram , city bus and regional bus network).


On September 17, 1928 the decision was made to start flight operations in Saarbrücken. The Saarbrücken-Frankfurt and Saarbrücken- Paris lines were opened. The airfield was in Saarbrücken- St . Arnual . Soon the route network expanded considerably, and air traffic reached a peak by 1939. The planning for a new airport on the hill near Ensheim began, but was put on hold in 1939 with the outbreak of the Second World War .

In 1964, the Saarland was to be reintegrated into German and European air traffic as part of its re-integration into the Federal Republic , through the airport in Ensheim. On August 21, 1967, with the re-establishment of the Saarbrücken- Düsseldorf airline from Ensheim Airport, which has now been completed, a new phase in the regular air traffic of the Saarland began; Two years later, other connections followed, including Munich , Frankfurt and Berlin . At an ICAA (International Civil Airports Association) congress in 1972, Saarbrücken Airport was declared the eleventh international airport in the Federal Republic of Germany. The German Lufthansa opened its station in Saarbrücken-Ensheim again and took on 1 November 1975. Regular flights to Frankfurt and Dusseldorf on. Modern Air, Pan Am , TAT European Airlines, Dan-Air and Hamburg Airlines were the airlines that served the Berlin route in the past. From April 1980, the liner services were taken over by DLT . But charter flights in particular became more and more important for the airport.

Minister-President Lafontaine welcomes Erich Honecker at Saarbrücken Airport during his visit to Germany in 1987

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, German airlines were allowed to fly to Berlin for the first time. This increased the number of flight connections. Also, Contact Air took regular services from Saarbruecken and then began with the construction of its own technology hall. In the spring of 1998 the regional airline Cirrus Airlines celebrated its maiden flight from Saarbrücken to Hamburg . In the same year, the company started another route to Dresden , followed a year later by Berlin-Tempelhof and Leipzig . The charter area grew continuously. The new terminal went into operation in May 2001, followed by the parking garage a year later.

Terminal interior view

From 2004 to 2005, a solar system with a total output of 4 MWp was built in several construction phases on the southern side of the airport .

View of the terminal

In September 2006, the airline Hapagfly announced that it would be leaving Saarbrücken Airport and relocating its vacation flights to neighboring Zweibrücken .

In January 2007, Fraport AG surprisingly announced that it would leave its commitment in the middle of the year. Air Berlin started traffic to Berlin-Tegel in autumn , and shortly afterwards daily to Mallorca and Munich. The development was positive for Saar Airport. Flughafen Saarbrücken GmbH, wholly owned by the state, was founded in 2008. For the first time in its 80-year history, Saarbrücken Airport exceeded the number of passengers of 500,000 on December 4th of the same year, an increase of 150,000 compared to the previous year.

2014 was a key year for the airport's future. The EU approved the state subsidies for Saarbrücken and with this decision supported the Saarbrücken location. The Zweibrücken airfield , about 30 km from Saarbrücken airport and its main competitor, had to close in November due to pressure from the EU Commission . TUIfly returned to Saarbrücken in 2015. After years of declining passenger numbers, a turnaround was achieved: the airport handled around 480,000 passengers this year after 400,000 in the previous year. At the end of the year, Saarbrücken Airport recorded the largest increase of all German airports, at 17.4 percent. The new main gate went into operation in December 2015. The building is a mixed checkpoint with a General Aviation Terminal ( GAT ) and Apron Control ( RAMP ).

Airlines and Destinations

Luxair flies up to three times a day to Berlin and Hamburg, SunExpress three times a week to Antalya. TUIfly offers tourist destinations in the summer flight schedule, namely Heraklion (twice a week), Rhodes, Kos (twice a week), Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Tenerife-South (once a week each time) and Palma de Mallorca (seven times a week). The Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings operates the route to Palma de Mallorca six times a week.

On January 1, 2020, DAT took over the connection from Saarbrücken to Berlin . The route is operated up to 3 times a day (Mon - Fri) as well as once a day on Saturdays and twice a day on Sundays. For this purpose, an ATR 72-600 (built in 2018) will be stationed at Saarbrücken Airport:

Traffic figures

Year of operation Passenger volume Air freight ( t ) Flight movements
2019 368.138 27 9,619
2018 360,762 52.8 11,063
2017 401.965 18th 10,776
2016 428,632 34 11,332
2015 467.092 84 12,646
2014 398.128 56 10,256
2013 407,650 240 11,124
2012 425.843 648 12,324
2011 453,652 393 14,483
2010 491.415 141 16,245
2009 469.933 104 15,691
2008 517.920 126 17,244
2007 349,822 192.6 14,524
2006 421,643 172.2 15,055
2005 486.230 227.4 14,202
2004 459.853 217 13,764
2002 461.299 325 15.164
2000 482,594 364 21,113
1996 394,535 k. A. 22.097
1992 325,031 k. A. 25,167
1988 223,794 k. A. 28,575
1982 151.876 k. A. 28,772

Architecture / facilities


Terminal (front view)
Check-in in the terminal

At the end of 2001, the terminal building was renovated and a terminal designed for 700,000 passengers was added. The roof, which is modeled on a wing, and the large-format glass surfaces are striking. The functional facilities required for passengers and flight operations are housed on two levels, with 12 check-in counters, information, lost & found and the service and special baggage counters, six travel agencies, the airport bistro, a kids lounge and mother-child on the ground floor -Area. On the upper floor there are conference rooms, a large function / event area and a visitor terrace with a view of the apron and the runway.
Both terminal levels are connected by a glass cube with a surrounding staircase in which a lift is located. In the security area, passengers can expect five gates, a duty-free shop , a smaller bistro and the SCN Business Lounge . The terminal is equipped with the most modern information and communication equipment. All notices and announcements are made in French as well as in German and English - this against the background that around 25 percent of passengers come from neighboring France.
Saarbrücken Airport also offers visitors and passengers with reduced mobility a special range of services.


The air traffic control at the international airport Saarbruecken responsibility of the German Air Traffic Control (DFS). This is housed in the tower of the airport building. The airport is together with three other airports in Germany ( Erfurt-Weimar Airport , Flughafen Dresden , Leipzig / Halle Airport ) part of a remote tower pilot project DFS that has a camera-controlled, digital aerial observation, a key provision of air traffic control control (air traffic , ATC).

On December 4, 2018, the Leipzig / Halle branch of DFS took over control of airspace D (CTR) and the runway at Saarbrücken Airport. A regional aircraft was the first aircraft whose approach from Leipzig was approved. It touched down on the runway in Saarbrücken at 6.51 a.m. Another regional aircraft was the first aircraft to receive clearance from Leipzig at 6.53 a.m.


The Saarbrücken airport has a run in the east-west direction (09/27) runway , on the types of aircraft up to the size of the Boeing 767 and the Airbus A330 to land and launch. It is 1990 m long and 45 m wide. The runway is also provided with an anti-skid surface, the special asphalt of which reduces aquaplaning and increases the braking effect.
The instrument landing system (ILS instrument landing system ), a ground-based electronic approach system, which represents the pilots during approach localizer and glide path is installed for railway 27th This enables precision approaches even in poor weather conditions. The installation of an ILS 09 is not possible for topographical reasons. A VOR / DME, GPS and circling approach procedure are set up in this direction. An extension of the runway, which has been discussed in the meantime, is now off the table, since all airlines have no problems with the current runway length.

Flight safety

The runway complies with international ICAO standards. However, it only has a 90 m (ICAO 240 m) long RESA ( runwayend safety area ) in both directions . In March 2019, the airport on the western side was the first in Germany to be equipped with the EMAS ( Engineered Materials Arrestor System ) emergency braking system.
According to the ICAO fire protection guidelines, which are based on the largest aircraft landing at the relevant airport, Saarbrücken Airport is classified in fire protection category 7 (aircraft 39-49 m in length with a maximum fuselage width of 5 m). The airport has its own fire brigade, equipped according to ICAO guidelines. a. has three powerful airfield fire engines (capacity: 12,000 l water / foam; 6,000 l pumping capacity per minute).

Viewing platform

To the south of the airport site is the viewing platform on Flughafenstrasse L108, which provides a panoramic view of the runway, aircraft taking off and landing there and the apron of the terminal and other facilities.

Company at the airport

The charter company Avanti Air has two aircraft stationed at Saarbrücken Airport. The three shipyards and maintenance companies Contact Air Technik, Aviation Technik Saar (ATS) and Aero Avionik (AA) are also based here, as is the Flightcenter Saar flight school. The company Finetime and various travel agencies are also represented.

Airline caterer at the airport

The Swiss airline catering service Gate Gourmet operates a branch at Saarbrücken Airport and supplies the aircraft with snacks, meals and drinks.


  • On February 19, 1975 was Yakovlev Yak-40 of the General Air ( air vehicle registration D-BOBD ) taxed away when landing in Saarbruecken side of the runway to a rollover of the runway end to prevent a steep slope. The machine, with 16 passengers and 2 pilots, broke through a fence and collided with trees. Apart from the seriously injured pilot, no people were injured. The aircraft was written off as a total write-off.
  • On September 30, 2015, a De Havilland DHC-8-400 (LX-LGH) had an accident while taking off at Saarbrücken Airport. The machine coming from Hamburg was supposed to fly on to Luxembourg after a scheduled stopover. According to an investigation by the BFU , the copilot mistakenly retracted the landing gear before take-off. The aircraft slid over the runway and came to a standstill a little later on it. None of the 16 passengers and four crew members were injured. Due to the severity of the damage, Luxair decided not to repair it and decided to buy a new machine.


  • 2004 Airport Business Center building € 4.4 million
  • 2005 Jet Aviation Halle (Hall 9) € 3.6 million
  • 2005–2009 renewal and upgrading of the runway € 34.5 million
  • 2009 Equipment hall (Hall 12) € 2.6 million
  • 2015 New main gate € 1.5 million
  • 2015–2016 redesign and expansion of the parking spaces € 500,000
  • 2019 Installation of an EMAS system € 4.3 million

The European Commission has approved investment aid to promote regional mobility in the amount of 35 million euros for the modernization of the airport infrastructure and to secure the operating costs of the Saarbrücken regional airport. The total operating aid is limited to a period of five years (until 2019).

Sales figures

The sales figures were calculated from 2016 onwards due to a changed, legally prescribed basis, so that they cannot be compared with the sales figures of previous years.

  • 2016: 8.4 million euros

See also

Web links

Commons : Saarbrücken Airport  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Traffic figures - Saarbrücken Airport. Retrieved May 24, 2020 .
  2. SCN history. (PDF), accessed on January 28, 2018 .
  3. DAT will operate the Saarbrücken - Berlin-Tegel connection from January 1, 2020. Retrieved November 9, 2019 .
  4. Saarbrücken Airport. Retrieved May 24, 2020 .
  5. Saarbrücken Airport. Retrieved April 5, 2019 .
  6. Email from the airport management from the beginning of June 2018.
  7. Email from the airport management dated May 18, 2017.
  8. Email from the airport management dated June 2018.
  9. a b download library. , accessed January 28, 2018 .
  10. Saarbrücken Airport website, accessed on January 26, 2015.
  11. Saarbrücken Airport is controlled remotely from Leipzig. Leipziger Volkszeitung, December 4, 2018, accessed on December 4, 2018 .
  12. ^ Saarländischer Rundfunk: Flight operations restarted in Ensheim . In: . March 31, 2019 ( [accessed April 2, 2019]).
  13. accident report Jak-40FG D-BOBD , Aviation Safety Network (English), accessed on 4 December 2018th
  14. - Upps, sorry - BFU clarifies start-up accident at Luxair on accessed on February 23, 2016
  15. ^ Accident report DHC-8-400 LX-LGH , Aviation Safety Network (English), accessed on December 4, 2018.
  16. - Accident aircraft: British Airways patches, Luxair buys new, December 24, 2015
  17. Press release of the European Commission / regional representation in Bonn from February 13, 2017.
  18. Email from the airport management dated May 18, 2017.