Mannheim City Airport
|Height above MSL||94 m (308 ft )|
|Distance from the city center||3.5 km east of Mannheim|
|Street||B 38a , A 656|
rnv bus 50 and 45
tram lines 5, 6 and 9
|operator||Rhein-Neckar Airfield GmbH|
|Passengers||52,400 in scheduled flights (2016)|
|09/27||1066 m × 25 m asphalt|
|09/27||795 m × 30 m grass|
The airfield Mannheim City , formerly the airfield Mannheim ( ICAO code EDFM , IATA code MHG ) is a commercial airport in the Baden-Württemberg city of Mannheim . The operator is Rhein-Neckar Flugplatz GmbH. In 2010 around 130,000 passengers were counted, 51,000 of them on scheduled flights. Since March 2014, scheduled services by Rhein-Neckar Air have been taking place at the airport again , after Cirrus Airlines ceased operations to Mannheim in December 2011. Otherwise the air traffic consists of sport or private pilots as well as the company air traffic of several companies.
The airfield with two runways is located around 3.5 kilometers east of the center of Mannheim in the Mannheim-Neuostheim district at an altitude of 94 meters (308 ft) and is approved for instrument approaches.
As for years, City Airport Mannheim received the worst Deficient - Red Star rating in the list of defects published by the Cockpit Association in 2011 because of the restrictions in the approach and departure area due to the difficult obstacle situation, incomplete runway lighting and the lack of stop bars and approach lighting .
The runway was renewed in summer 2009. In addition to the pure black cover of the runway, some of the markings were renewed.
The Neuostheim stop of the rnv is 300 m away from the airfield . From there, the tram line 5 to Weinheim via the Mannheim center or to Heidelberg , the line 6 to Ludwigshafen am Rhein via the Mannheim center and line 9 to Mannheim main station . In addition, bus line 50 runs from there to the northern and southern parts of the city and bus line 45 to Rheinau in the south.
There are numerous parking spaces for cars at the airport in the multi-storey car park right next to the terminal (for a fee) as well as in the large open space between the two restaurants and the terminal.
The Mannheim airfield was opened in 1926 with a runway made of grass in Mannheim-Neuostheim. The Badisch-Pfälzische Flugverkehr AG, founded in 1924 and headquartered in Mannheim, which was renamed Badisch-Pfälzische Lufthansa in 1926, offered regular scheduled services to Frankfurt am Main, Darmstadt, Karlsruhe, Baden-Baden, Villingen, Freiburg and Basel. After entering into a cooperation with Lufthansa , Hamburg and 1927 Berlin were added. In 1927 Mannheim was one of the most frequently flown airports for Lufthansa. After air traffic increased rapidly from 2024 passengers in 1930 to 11,600 in 1937 and the space was renamed Mannheim - Ludwigshafen - Heidelberg Airport in the meantime , flight operations came to a standstill in World War II .
In 1945 the field was occupied by the US Army and only released for glider operations again in 1953. In 1957 sports engine pilots were licensed and a year later Mannheim was given the official status of a landing site with two grass runways, 460 and 615 meters in length. The number of flight movements increased rapidly. While in 1959 6236 glider and 11,421 powered flight movements were counted, this rose in 1962 to 6220 and 21,854 respectively. In 1973 a piste extended to 1000 meters with a solid surface was built. A year later there were 44,000 passengers. At the same time, the city was planning a regional airport in Mannheim-Sandhofen . After this was not built due to excessive resistance, investments were made again in Neuostheim in the 1990s. In 1991, the paved runway was extended to 1,186 meters, three halls were renovated, six halls were newly built and a new terminal was built. As part of these investments, a new parking garage was also built right next to the new terminal. An instrument approach (localizer / DME) was also installed. The number of passengers rose from 78,000 in 1988 to almost 200,000 in 2006. In 2007, another larger hangar was built on the eastern edge of the airfield and an older hangar in the middle of the airfield was demolished and replaced by a new, more modern and larger one .
The airfield has a terminal, a tower, a parking garage and several hangars. In addition, a shop for aviation needs has opened right next to the City Airport. The terminal building houses the administration and offices, a café, a ticket shop (used and operated by Rhein-Neckar-Air), two check-in counters, a security check, a security area for passengers who have already checked in, a baggage carousel, several toilets, and flight preparation rooms as well as a flight simulator for the types Airbus A380 and Boeing 737 in the same rooms where a travel agency called "nana tours" (a subsidiary of Cirrus Airlines) was previously located.
Line bus traffic
The scheduled traffic from Mannheim City Airport was handled by the airline Cirrus Airlines , which also maintained a maintenance base with its own hangar for its aircraft on site. Until December 22, 2011, there were several daily flights to Berlin-Tegel Airport . From October 2008 to January 2009 there was also a connection to Munich , which was canceled due to a lack of approval from the passengers. At the end of the 2000s, there was also a brief line connection to Dresden, which was also discontinued immediately. The connection to Hamburg was also canceled in November 2010. Until December 2008, the airline also operated a route twice a day for a pharmaceutical company to Geneva, Monday to Friday .
The flights were carried out with modern turboprop aircraft of the type Dornier 328 , which offer space for a maximum of 33 passengers. This was a classic niche market , as the short (and not expandable) runway did not allow for a significantly larger aircraft. The largest aircraft used in regular scheduled services was the De Havilland DHC-8-300 with 50 seats until it was phased out by Cirrus Airlines in early 2008 .
After the connection to Berlin was discontinued in December 2011, there were no more scheduled flights until March 2014.
Since March 10, 2014 there have been two weekly scheduled flights between City Airport Mannheim and Berlin-Tegel. As an airline it acts on operation of various companies around Mannheim (including SAP , HeidelbergCement and Südzucker newly established) Rhein-Neckar Air which flights in wet lease with two Dornier 328-110 from Munich charter airline MHS Aviation perform leaves. Since October 2014 Rhein-Neckar-Air has been offering six flight pairs per week to Hamburg . Rhein-Neckar-Air has been flying to the island of Sylt three times a week since July 2016 .
The following are involved in Rhein-Neckar Flugplatz GmbH:
- 60.0% from the city of Mannheim Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH
- 25.0% from the state of Baden-Württemberg
- 8.3% the city of Ludwigshafen am Rhein
- 6.7% the city of Heidelberg
The managing director is Reinhard Becker, who also runs the business of “Stadt Mannheim Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH” and “Mannheimer Stadtreklame GmbH”.
The mayor of Mannheim, Michael Grötsch, is the chairman of the supervisory board, which consists largely of municipal council members.
According to the participation report of the city of Mannheim, the loss in 2012 was 364,000 euros, in 2013 it grew to 547,000 euros and in 2015 was already 576,000 euros.
Several companies based in the region, such as SAP , Bauhaus and HeidelbergCement, have stationed their business jets at the Mannheim airport. A not inconsiderable part of the flight movements in Mannheim is generated by training flights. Several small clubs offer the possibility of flight training for private pilots and conduct sightseeing flights. The rescue helicopter Christoph 53 of the German Air Rescue Service is also stationed at City Airport Mannheim. Two companies offer sightseeing flights and training with helicopters and gyrocopters ( gyroscopes ). For a short time - around 2013/2014 - B-Air offered charter flights ex Mannheim; discontinued this offer before the company was absorbed by the Stuttgart flight service . Two Dornier 228 from Businesswings are stationed and operate cargo charter flights. The company Heliseven GmbH offers charter and cargo flights with helicopters as well as training to become a private and professional helicopter operator.
There is a small bar in the main building of the airfield, where drinks and small snacks are available. There is a larger restaurant with a beer garden directly opposite the main building.
Discussion about the future of Mannheim City Airport
At the political and economic level of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, a discussion about the future of the City Airport has been going on for some time. The main arguments against continued operation in the future are the safety deficiencies and the related incident on March 19, 2008, in which a Dornier 328 from Cirrus Airlines shot over the runway on approach. The runway in the Coleman Barracks , which is currently not released for civil aviation, and the Speyer airfield, which may have to be expanded, are repeatedly mentioned as possible alternatives .
- City Airport Mannheim , official website
- Rhein-Neckar industrial culture: Mannheim Airport. Retrieved December 12, 2014 .
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- Route at Cirrus Airlines , November 16, 2010
- Cirrus Airlines: Mannheim City Airport: Off for scheduled flights. on: aero.de , December 23, 2011.
- Report in Flugrevue.de from March 13, 2014
- Moin, Hamburg . Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, October 15, 2014, accessed on October 2, 2018.
- Sylt is now only 90 minutes by plane from Mannheim. Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, July 17, 2016, accessed on August 12, 2016.
- Airports sound out cooperation in Mannheimer Morgen on July 19, 2016
- Speyer airfield may be expanded. on: airliners.de , July 8, 2009.