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Stuttgart Airport
Flughafen Stuttgart
Luftbild EDDS.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH
Location Stuttgart, Germany
Elevation AMSL 1,276 ft / 389 m
Coordinates 48°41′24″N 009°13′19″E / 48.69°N 9.22194°E / 48.69; 9.22194 (Stuttgart Airport)Coordinates: 48°41′24″N 009°13′19″E / 48.69°N 9.22194°E / 48.69; 9.22194 (Stuttgart Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,345 10,974 Concrete
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 30 98 Concrete
Source: German AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Stuttgart Airport (in German Flughafen Stuttgart, formerly Flughafen Stuttgart-Echterdingen) (IATA: STRICAO: EDDS) is an international airport located approximately 13 km (8.1 mi) (10 km (6.2 mi) in a straight line) south[1] of Stuttgart city centre, Germany.

The airport lies on the boundary between the nearby town of Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Filderstadt and Stuttgart itself. It is the 7th most important airport in Germany and the main airport of the Bundesland Baden-Württemberg with 10,109,425 passengers in 2006.

Although it is the only major airport in Germany with only one runway, it is an important hub for the German low cost carriers Germanwings and TUIfly; and global headquarters for car parking company APCOA Parking.

In 2007 Stuttgart Trade Fair - the ninth biggest exhibition centre in Germany moved to grounds directly next to the airport, raising the profile of the airport and strengthening calls for a second runway.



The airport was built in 1939 to replace Böblingen airport. In 1945 the US Air Force took over the airport and the US Army still maintains a helicopter base 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. In 1948 the airport was returned to German authorities.

The airport was expanded after World War II. The runway was extended to 1,800 metres in 1948, then to 2,250 metres in 1961 and finally to 3,345 metres 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 Öttinger announced that for the next 8–12 years no second runway will be built and that the restrictions for night operations stay in place.[2] [3]

Public transportation and access

The motorway leading to the Airport

Stuttgart Airport can be easily reached within 30 minutes from the city's central railway station using the Stuttgart suburban railway S2 or S3. The airport lies right next to the Autobahn A8 that connects the cities of Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Munich.

A large car park belonging to Stuttgart Messe spans the A8 Autobahn leading to the airport.


Busiest domestic routes from STR by weekly departures (December 2009) [1]
City Airport Departures
1 Flag of Germany.svg Hamburg Hamburg Airport 97
2 Flag of Germany.svg Berlin Berlin-Tegel Airport 88
3 Flag of Germany.svg Düsseldorf Düsseldorf International Airport 50
4 Flag of Germany.svg Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport 41
5 Flag of Germany.svg Hanover Hannover-Langenhagen Airport 33
5 Flag of Germany.svg Munich Munich Airport 33
Busiest international routes from STR by weekly departures (December 2009) [2]
City Airport Departures
1 Flag of Austria.svg Vienna Vienna International Airport 52
2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London London Heathrow Airport 42
3 Flag of Switzerland.svg Zurich Zurich Airport 41
4 Flag of France.svg Paris Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport 33
5 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol 27
6 Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport 22
7 Flag of Austria.svg Graz Graz Airport 20
8 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona Barcelona Airport 19
8 Flag of Denmark.svg Copenhagen Copenhagen Airport 19
10 Flag of Hungary.svg Budapest Budapest Airport 18
11 Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul Atatürk Airport 17
12 Flag of Belgium.svg Brussels Brussels Airport 16
12 Flag of France.svg Lyon Lyon Airport 16
12 Flag of Italy.svg Milan Malpensa Airport 16
15 Flag of Spain.svg Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca Airport 15
15 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Prague Prague Airport 15

Terminals, airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aegean Airlines Athens, Thessaloniki 1
Air Berlin Alicante [seasonal], Bari, Berlin-Tegel, Bodrum [begins 3 May, seasonal], Brindisi [begins 1 May, seasonal], Cagliari [ends 25 March], Catania, Dubrovnik [begins 2 May, seasonal], Düsseldorf, Florence [begins 28 March], Hamburg, Hanover, Heringsdorf [begins 1 May, seasonal], Hurghada [seasonal], Ibiza [begins 13 May, seasonal], Jerez de la Frontera [ends 26 April], Lamezia Terme [seasonal], Malaga, Milan-Malpensa [begins 29 March], Mykonos [begins 14 May, seasonal], Naples, Nice [begins 1 May], Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Preveza [seasonal], Reykjavik-Keflavik [begins 20 June, seasonal], Rijeka [begins 1 April, seasonal], Samos [seasonal], Thessaloniki, Valencia [begins 1 April], Venice-Marco Polo, Westerland/Sylt [seasonal] 3
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 3
Air France operated by Régional Lyon 3
Air Malta Malta 1
Air Via Burgas, Varna [seasonal] 4
Austrian Airlines operated by Tyrolean Airways Graz, Vienna 1
Belle Air Tirana 4
Blue Air Bucharest-Băneasa, Sibiu 3
British Airways London-Heathrow 1
Bulgarian Air Charter Burgas, Varna [seasonal] 4
Carpatair Timişoara 3
Cirrus Airlines Münster/Osnabrück 1
Condor Agadir, Antalya [ends 31 October], Burgas [begins 25 May, seasonal], Chania [seasonal], Dalaman [seasonal], Djerba [begins 29 March, seasonal], Fuerteventura, Funchal, Heraklion [seasonal], Hurghada, Ibiza [seasonal], Jerez de la Frontera [seasonal], Kos [begins 3 May, seasonal], Lanzarote, Larnaca, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Luxor [ends 29 April], Marsa Alam, Palma de Mallorca [ends 31 October], Paphos [ends 22 March], Rhodes [seasonal], Santa Cruz de la Palma, Santorini [seasonal], Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South 3
Czech Airlines Prague 3
Delta Air Lines Atlanta 3
Eurocypria Airlines Larnaca 4
Flybe Birmingham 3
Freebird Airlines Antalya 4
Germania Pristina 4
Germanwings Ankara, Antalya, Athens, Barcelona, Bastia, Belgrade, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bucharest-Băneasa, Budapest, Corfu, Dresden, Faro, Hamburg, Hanover [begins 29 April], Heraklion, Istanbul-Atatürk [begins 10 February], Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen [ends 9 February], Katowice, Kavala, Kraków, Leipzig/Halle, Lisbon, London-Stansted, Madrid, Moscow-Vnukovo, Pristina, Reykjavik-Keflavik, Rome-Fiumicino, Rostock/Laage, Split, Sarajevo, Thessaloniki, Vienna, Warsaw, Zagreb 2
Israir Tel Aviv [seasonal] 3
Jat Airways Belgrade 3
KLM Amsterdam 3
KLM operated by KLM Cityhopper Amsterdam 3
Lufthansa Berlin-Tegel, Frankfurt, Hamburg 1
Lufthansa Regional operated by Augsburg Airways Munich 1
Lufthansa Regional operated by Contact Air Athens [begins 28 March], Berlin-Tegel, Bremen, Brussels, Hamburg, Hanover, Milan-Malpensa, Palma de Mallorca [begins 22 May], Vienna 1
Lufthansa Regional operated by Eurowings Barcelona, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt 1
Lufthansa Regional operated by Lufthansa CityLine Bilbao, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London-Heathrow, Munich, Nice, Vienna 1
Malév Hungarian Airlines Budapest 1
Nouvelair Monastir 4
Pegasus Airlines Ankara, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Kayseri 4
Pegasus operated by IZair Izmir 4
Scandinavian Airlines System Copenhagen 1
SAS operated by Cimber Sterling Copenhagen 1
Sky Airlines Antalya 4
SunExpress Antalya, Izmir 4
Swiss International Air Lines operated by Swiss European Air Lines Zürich 1
Swiss operated by Contact Air Zürich 1
TUIfly Antalya [seasonal], Araxos/Patras [seasonal], Corfu [seasonal], Dalaman [seasonal], Faro [seasonal], Fuerteventura, Funchal [seasonal], Heraklion [seasonal], Hurghada, Jerez de la Frontera [seasonal], Kos [seasonal], Lanzarote, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Luxor [ends 29 April], Malaga [ends 26 March], Marsa Alam [ends 27 April], Minorca [seasonal], Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes [seasonal], Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South 3
Tunisair Djerba, Monastir 3
Turkish Airlines Ankara [seasonal], Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen 1
Turkuaz Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 4
XL Airways Germany Arvidsjaur, Sharm el-Sheikh 3

See also



  1. ^ a b EAD Basic
  2. ^ Flughafen bekommt keine zweite Startbahn. Stuttgarter Zeitung online vom 25. Juni 2008 (in German).
  3. ^ Das Versprechen gilt nur auf „absehbare Zeit“. Stuttgarter Zeitung online vom 25. Juni 2008 (in German).

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