Stuttgart Airport

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Stuttgart Airport
Flughafen Stuttgart
Luftbild EDDS edit.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH
Serves Stuttgart, Germany
Hub for Germanwings
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 1,276 ft / 389 m
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Map of the Airport
Map of the Airport
STR is located in Baden-Württemberg
Location within Baden-Württemberg
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,345 10,974 Concrete
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 30 98 Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 10.526.920[1]
Source: German AIP at EUROCONTROL[2]

Stuttgart Airport (German: Flughafen Stuttgart, formerly Flughafen Stuttgart-Echterdingen) (IATA: STRICAO: EDDS) is the international airport of Stuttgart, the capital of the German state Baden-Württemberg. It is christened after Stuttgart's former mayor, Manfred Rommel[3] and is the sixth busiest airport in Germany with 10.526.920 passengers having passed through its doors in 2015. The airport is an important hub for Germanwings and features flights to several European cities and leisure destinations as well as two long-haul services to Atlanta and Abu Dhabi.[4]

The airport is located approximately 13 km (8.1 mi) (10 km (6.2 mi) in a straight line) south[2] of Stuttgart and lies on the boundary between the nearby town of Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Filderstadt and Stuttgart itself. In 2007, the Stuttgart Trade Fair – the ninth biggest exhibition centre in Germany – moved to grounds directly next to the airport. Additionally, the global headquarters for car parking company APCOA Parking are located here.


First years and World War II

The airport was built in 1939 to replace Böblingen Airport. In 1945, the United States Army took over the airport until returning it to German authorities in 1948.

For the duration of the Cold War the runway and facilities were shared with the United States Army who operated helicopters, the Grumman OV-1 Mohawk and other fixed wing aircraft as Echterdingen Army Airfield on the southern portion of the airfield.[5][6] Some of the units operating at Echterdingen were headquartered at nearby Nellingen Kaserne- now closed and redeveloped.[7] In 1984-5, the 223rd Aviation Battalion (Combat) of the 11th Aviation Group (Combat) was headquartered at Echterdingen, with three aviation companies assigned (one at Schwäbisch Hall).[8] The U.S. Army still maintains a small helicopter base - Stuttgart Army Airfield - on the southern side of the airport, which it shares with the Baden-Württemberg State Police helicopter wing. The police helicopter wing falls under the control of Stuttgart Police Department and has six modern helicopters based at Stuttgart and two in Söllingen.

Later development

The airport was expanded after World War II. The runway was extended to 1,800 m (5,906 ft) in 1948, then to 2,250 m (7,382 ft) in 1961 and finally to 3,345 m (10,974 ft) in 1996.

The original 1938 terminal was finally replaced in 2004 and there are now four terminals with a maximum capacity of approximately 12 million passengers.

Politicians, town planners and nearby residents have been arguing for years about the construction of a second runway. However, on 25 June 2008 Minister-President Günther Oettinger announced that for the next 8–12 years no second runway will be built and that the restrictions for night operations stay in place.[9][10]

After the death of former mayor Manfred Rommel in November 2013 local politicians proposed to rename the airport after him.[11] This proposal caused public disputes as he was the son of Erwin Rommel but also highly respected for his work on intercultural affairs.[12] In July 2014 it has been announced that the airport will be named Flughafen Stuttgart - Manfred Rommel Flughafen from now on.[13]

In September 2014, United Airlines cancelled their route to Stuttgart from Newark due to insufficient demand[14] leaving Stuttgart Airport with only one remaining long-haul connection to Atlanta provided by Delta Air Lines. However, Air Berlin announced the start of a new second long-haul service with flights to Abu Dhabi from December 2014.[4]

In October 2014, easyJet announced to serve Stuttgart as their seventh German destination by March 2015.[15]


Stuttgart Airport consists of four passenger terminals which have separate check-in facilities and entrances but are directly connected to each other and share a single airside area which features eight Jet bridges as well as about two dozen bus-boarding stands.[16]

  • Terminal 1 is the first of two landside main halls and features together with its addition Terminal 1-West 50 check-in counters. It shares the roof with Terminals 2 and 3 and is mainly used by Germanwings and Lufthansa.
  • Terminal 2 is a small area featuring nine check-in counters and a security checkpoint. It is located within the shopping area between the main halls of Terminals 1 and 3. It is used by Germanwings in addition to their counters in Terminal 1.
  • Terminal 3 is the second of the two landside main halls east of Terminal 1 and 2 and features 39 additional check-in counters. It is used by Air Berlin, TUIfly and KLM among several other airlines.
  • Terminal 4 is, unlike the other three terminals, a separate and very basic equipped building to the east of Terminals 1 to 3 but also connected to them by a walk way. It features 17 more check-in counters as well as several bus-boarding gates and is used mostly for holiday charter operations.

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Stuttgart Airport:[17]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Adria Airways Charter: Pristina 3
Aegean Airlines Athens, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Heraklion, Rhodes
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin 3
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo 3
Air Berlin Abu Dhabi, Alicante, Berlin-Tegel, Catania, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Hurghada, Málaga, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Venice-Marco Polo
Seasonal: Florence, Gran Canaria, Guernsey, Ibiza, Jersey, Malta, Olbia, Preveza, Rimini, Sylt, Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki
Air Cairo Hurghada 4
Air France
operated by HOP!
Paris-Charles de Gaulle (ends 26 March 2016) 3
Air France
operated by CityJet
Paris-Charles de Gaulle (begins 27 March 2016) 3
Air Serbia Belgrade 3
Air VIA Seasonal charter: Burgas, Varna 4
AIS Airlines Münster/Osnabrück 1
AtlasGlobal Seasonal: Antalya 4
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion 4
Austrian Airlines Vienna, Graz 2
Blue Air Bucharest, Sibiu, Bacău (begins 2 June 2016), Turin (begins 27 March 2016)[18] 4
British Airways London-Heathrow 1
Bulgaria Air Seasonal charter: Burgas 4
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas, Varna 4
Condor Antalya, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Santa Cruz de la Palma, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Dalaman, Heraklion, Jerez de la Frontera, Kos, Mykonos, Palma de Mallorca, Preveza, Rhodes, Santorini
Corendon Airlines Antalya 4
Delta Air Lines Atlanta 3
Denim Air Charter: Bergamo (begins 1 February 2016)[19] 4
easyJet Edinburgh, London-Gatwick, Milan-Malpensa, Porto, Venice-Marco Polo (begins 29 March 2016) 3
Eurowings Berlin-Tegel (begins 27 March 2016),[20] Bremen, Hamburg[21] 1, 2
Flybe Birmingham 3
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya 4
Germania Larnaca (begins 3 May 2016)
Charter: Pristina
Germanwings Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bari, Berlin-Schönefeld,[22] Berlin-Tegel, Bremen, Brussels, Budapest, Catania, Dresden, Hanover, Heraklion, Leipzig/Halle, Lisbon, London-Heathrow, London-Stansted, Malaga, Milan-Malpensa, Naples, Nice, Pristina, Rome-Fiumicino, Rostock, Sarajevo, Split, Thessaloniki, Vienna, Zagreb
Seasonal: Ankara, Antalya, Athens, Bastia, Belgrade, Bilbao, Brindisi, Cagliari, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Faro, Gran Canaria, Heringsdorf, Ibiza, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Izmir, Kavala, Kraków, Lamezia Terme, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Reykjavik-Keflavik, Rijeka, Tirana, Tunis, Valencia, Zadar
1, 2
Iberia Express Madrid
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca (begins 18 June 2016)[23]
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion 4
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Amsterdam 3
Lufthansa Frankfurt 1
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Munich 1
Montenegro Airlines Seasonal charter: Tivat 4
Nesma Airlines Seasonal charter: Hurghada 4
Nouvelair Djerba, Enfidha 4
Onur Air Istanbul-Atatürk
Seasonal: Antalya
Pegasus Airlines Ankara, Kayseri, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Izmir 3,4
Ryanair Manchester 3
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen 1
Sun D'Or
operated by El Al
Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion (begins 5 July 2016)[24] 4
SunExpress Izmir
Seasonal: Antalya, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
SunExpress Deutschland Adana, Ankara, Bodrum, Dalaman, Gaziantep, Hurghada, Kayseri, Marrakech, Marsa Alam, Samsun, Trabzon
Seasonal: Heraklion, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote (begins 3 May 2016),[25] Rhodes, Varna
Seasonal charter: Ras al-Khaimah
3, 4
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
Zürich 2
Tailwind Airlines Antalya 4
TUIfly Boa Vista, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Marsa Alam, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Antalya, Arvidsjaur, Brindisi (begins 25 March 2016), Chania, Corfu, Dalaman, Faro, Heraklion, Ibiza, Izmir, Jerez de la Frontera, Kos, Funchal, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Sal, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Tunisair Djerba, Enfidha 4
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Izmir, Kayseri, Trabzon
Twin Jet Lyon 1
Vueling Barcelona, Rome-Fiumicino 3


Airlines Destinations
Deutsche Post
operated by TUIfly
Deutsche Post
operated by Germanwings
DHL Aviation
operated by EAT Leipzig
FedEx Feeder
operated by ASL Airlines Ireland
Paris-Charles de Gaulle


Passengers and movements

Terminals 1 to 3
One of the two main halls
Departure area
Passengers Movements
1999 7,688,951 119,904
2000 Increase 8,141,020 Increase 150,451
2001 Decrease 7,642,409 Decrease 146,771
2002 Decrease 7,284,319 Decrease 144,208
2003 Increase 7,595,286 Increase 144,903
2004 Increase 8,831,216 Increase 156,885
2005 Increase 9,413,671 Increase 160,405
2006 Increase 10,111,346 Increase 164,735
2007 Increase 10,328,120 Decrease 164,531
2008 Decrease 9,932,887 Decrease 160,243
2009 Decrease 8,941,990 Decrease 141,572
2010 Increase 9,226,546 Decrease 135,335
2011 Increase 9,591,461 Increase 136,580
2012 Increase 9,735,087 Decrease 131,524
2013 Decrease 9,588,692 Decrease 124,588
2014 Increase 9,728,710 Decrease 122,818
Source: Stuttgart Airport[26]

Largest airlines

A Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-300ER at Stuttgart Airport
A Lufthansa Boeing 737-500 at Stuttgart Airport
Largest airlines by passengers (2014)[26]
Rank Airline %
1 Germanwings 32.3%
2 Air Berlin 19.6%
3 TUIfly 6.3%
4 Condor 5.0%
5 Lufthansa 4.8%
6 Turkish Airlines 3.9%
7 SunExpress 2.9%
8 SunExpress Deutschland 2.5%
9 KLM 2.3%
10 Austrian Airlines 2.1%

Busiest routes

Busiest domestic routes out of Stuttgart Airport (2014)[26]
Rank Destination Passengers
1 Berlin, Schönefeld Airport and Tegel Airport 998,000
2 Hamburg, Hamburg Airport 737,000
3 Hesse, Frankfurt Airport 310,000
4 Lower Saxony, Hannover Airport 204,000
5 Bavaria, Munich Airport 155,000
6 Bremen, Bremen Airport 145,000
7 North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf Airport 145,000
Busiest international routes out of Stuttgart Airport (2014)[26]
Rank Destination Passengers
1 Spain, Palma de Mallorca Airport 649,000
2 Turkey, Istanbul (Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport) 543,000
3 Turkey, Antalya Airport 494,000
4 United Kingdom, London (Heathrow Airport and Stansted Airport) 407,000
5 Austria, Vienna International Airport 339,000
6 Netherlands, Amsterdam Airport 233,000
7 Spain, Barcelona Airport 223,000
8 Switzerland, Zürich Airport 204,000
9 Greece, Thessaloniki Airport 184,000
10 France, Paris Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport 184,000

Ground transportation

The motorway leading to the airport with a large car park across it
Stuttgart Flughafen/Messe station


The airport lies right next to the A 8 Autobahn that connects the cities of Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Munich. A large car park belonging to Stuttgart Messe spans the A 8 leading to the airport.


From the regional cities of Esslingen am Neckar, Reutlingen and Tübingen exists a connection by coach. Additionally, German long-distance coach operators ADAC Postbus, DeinBus and Flixbus maintain their stop for Stuttgart on the airport grounds with direct connections to several major cities.


Stuttgart Airport can be easily reached within 30 minutes from the city's main railway station using the Stuttgart suburban railway S2 or S3 from Stuttgart Flughafen/Messe station.

Accidents and incidents

See also


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  10. Das Versprechen gilt nur auf "absehbare Zeit". Stuttgarter Zeitung online vom 25. Juni 2008 (in German).
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External links

Media related to Stuttgart Airport at Wikimedia Commons