Leipzig/Halle Airport

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Leipzig/Halle Airport

Flughafen Leipzig/Halle
Leipzig-Halle Airport Logo.svg
Leipzig-Halle Airport Check-in.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerMitteldeutsche Airport Holding AG
OperatorFlughafen Leipzig/Halle GmbH
ServesLeipzig and Halle
LocationSchkeuditz, Germany
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL470 ft / 143 m
Coordinates51°25′26″N 012°14′11″E / 51.42389°N 12.23639°E / 51.42389; 12.23639
LEJ is located in Saxony
Location of Airport in Saxony
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08L/26R 3,600 11,811 Concrete
08R/26L 3,600 11,811 Concrete
Statistics (2018)
Passenger change 17–18Increase8.7%
Freight (tonnes)1,221,429
Freight change 17–18Increase7.3%
Sources: AIP from Eurocontrol,
Annual Traffic Report 2018[3]

Leipzig/Halle Airport (IATA: LEJ, ICAO: EDDP) (German: Flughafen Leipzig/Halle) is an international airport located in Schkeuditz, Saxony, and serves both Leipzig, Saxony, and Halle, Saxony-Anhalt.

It is Germany's 11th largest airport by passengers and handled more than 2.57 million passengers in 2018 mainly with flights to European leisure destinations. In terms of cargo traffic, the airport is the fifth-busiest in Europe and the second-busiest in Germany after Frankfurt Airport, having handled 1,221,429 metric tonnes of cargo in 2018. The airport serves as the main European hub for DHL Aviation and the main hub for AeroLogic. Military installations have also been built at the airport for NATO and EU military aircraft.[4]


The airport in May 1929

The airport was built new from scratch at a location between Halle and Leipzig from 1926 and opened in 1927.

On 18 March 1986 Air France flew a Concorde to the airport, to coincide with the world-renowned Leipzig trade fair. Two days later British Airways also flew a Concorde to Leipzig/Halle. In the following years, both airlines operated Concorde flights from Paris and London when the trade fair was held in Leipzig.

Despite its name, the airport is located in the village Schkeuditz in the district Delitzsch. A deal between the city of Leipzig and Delitzsch led to a land exchange. In 2007, Leipzig received land outside the airport while ownership of the airport land was transferred to Delitzsch. The District of Delitzsch now owns and claim taxes from the grounds and commercial interest from the airport.

DHL Aviation moved its European hub from Brussels Airport to Leipzig/Halle in early 2008, leading a significant increase in cargo traffic at the airport. Leipzig bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games and the airport was modernised as a result, even though London was eventually awarded the games.

In spring 2013, Ryanair announced the start of operations to Leipzig/Halle on six routes. However, one year later all of them except the flights to London–Stansted were terminated.[5] In February 2015, Etihad Regional announced the immediate termination of all their Leipzig/Halle operations which had started only two years earlier, due to changes to their operational concept. All three routes were shut down while two newly announced ones did not start.[6]

In September 2016, Pakistan International Airlines announced plans to replace Manchester on their Islamabad - Manchester - New York City route with Leipzig/Halle in 2017 due to lower operational costs and time-saving measures. As the airline holds Fifth Freedom rights, this would be Leipzig/Halle's first passenger service to the United States.[7] In October 2017 the airline announced it would end of all routes to the United States, so plans to use Leipzig as layover to New York-JFK never came to be.[8]

In October 2016, DHL inaugurated a major expansion to its freight facilities at the airport. Two new cargo terminals increased handling capacity by 50 percent.[9]

As of April 2018, the largest passenger Airline at Leipzig/Halle Airport (measured by weekly departures) is Condor with 55 outgoing flights per week. For this purpose, three Airbus A321 aircraft are stationed at the airport. The second largest Airline on place is Small Planet Airlines (Germany) with 18 outgoing flights per week. The airline stationed an Airbus A320 aircraft to serve several leisure destinations for TUI Group.[10] It is followed by SunExpress Deutschland which operates 15 weekly departures and stationed for this a Boeing B737 aircraft at the Airport.[11][12]

In August 2018, DHL announced further expansion of its facilities at the Airport. Beside an enlargement of the apron also a new pilot training center is planned. The number of employees should increase from actual 5700 to 6000.[13] At the same time, EAT Leipzig announced that they would add five used Airbus A330 freighters to their fleet, for a total of 36 aircraft.[14]

Also in August 2018, the Russian Volga-Dnepr Group announced plans to launch a new German freight subsidiary based at the airport.[15][16]



The modern airport terminal structure extends over the adjacent motorway and railway. It integrates the main car park as well as the check-in-facilities and is connected to a pier equipped with six jet bridges as well as several apron stands. Due to its compact design, it provides short walking distances. The airport terminal has immigration facilities for international flights but no international transfer area.


Leipzig/Halle Airport has two runways. The terminal access is south of the railway while the runway 08L/26R parallels the driveway north of the railway, requiring aircraft to taxi on a bridge over the tracks and roads.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Leipzig/Halle Airport:[17]

Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Dubrovnik, Heraklion, Split
Air Cairo Hurghada, Marsa Alam[17]
Air Malta Malta (ends 23 October 2019)[18]
AlMasria Universal Airlines Seasonal charter: Hurghada
AtlasGlobal Seasonal charter: Antalya
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas, Varna
Condor Agadir, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Antalya, Corfu, Heraklion, Kos, Rhodes
Corendon Airlines Antalya
Seasonal: Gazipasa
Corendon Airlines Europe Seasonal: Agadir (begins 2 November 2019),[19] Banjul,[20] Heraklion, Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Rhodes, Sharm El Sheikh (begins 3 November 2019)[21]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal charter: Marrakesh
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Palma de Mallorca, Stuttgart
Evelop Airlines Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
FlyEgypt Seasonal charter: Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh
Freebird Airlines Antalya
Holiday Europe Seasonal charter: Dubai–Al Maktoum (begins 23 December 2019),[22] Fuerteventura (begins 3 October 2019),[23] Hurghada (begins 1 November 2019),[17] Marsa Alam,[17] Sharm El Sheikh[17]
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Montenegro Airlines Seasonal: Tivat[24]
Nesma Airlines Seasonal: Hurghada
Nouvelair Seasonal: Djerba, Monastir
Onur Air Seasonal charter: Antalya, Bodrum[17]
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Pobeda Moscow-Vnukovo
SunExpress Antalya
SunExpress Deutschland Hurghada
Seasonal: Burgas, Enfidha,[25] Heraklion, Lamezia Terme, Marsa Alam, Varna
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
TUI fly Deutschland Gran Canaria (begins 9 November 2019)
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Wizz Air Kyiv-Zhuliany


AirBridgeCargo London–Heathrow, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow–Sheremetyevo
DHL Aviation[26] Almaty, Amsterdam, Athens, Bahrain, Bangalore, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Belgrade, Bergamo, Bologna, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Cincinnati, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Delhi, Dubai–International, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Gdańsk, Geneva, Helsinki, Ho Chi Minh City,[27] Hong Kong, Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen,[28] Katowice, Kiev–Boryspil, Lagos, Lahore, Linz, Ljubljana, London–Heathrow, London–Luton, Los Angeles,[29] Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Milan–Malpensa, Miami,[30] Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Mumbai, Munich, Nantes, New York–JFK, Oslo–Gardermoen, Ostrava, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pisa, Riga, Rome–Ciampino, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Sharjah, Singapore, Sofia, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tashkent, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Treviso, Tokyo-Narita,[31] Turku, Vilnius, Vitoria, Warsaw–Chopin


Some US airlines fly to Leipzig/Halle on behalf of the US Department of Defense, to bring US Army troops and US Marines to Afghanistan and Iraq. Leipzig/Halle is used as technical stop for refueling on these flights.[citation needed] They do not appear at any official timetable. Marines and Soldiers flown via Leipzig/Halle are listed as transit passengers in its traffic statistics. Miami Air International airlines and others operate military charter flights via Leipzig/Halle.


General plan of the airport
Concourse connecting the check-in and airside areas
Cargo facilities
Taxiway crossing the Autobahn
Passengers Movements Freight (in t)
1990 274,878 9,549 366
1991 Increase 634,424 Increase 26,089 Increase 4,372
1992 Increase 1,073,378 Increase 42,960 Increase 8,611
1993 Increase 1,521,436 Increase 48,510 Increase 17,482
1994 Increase 1,901,797 Increase 52,590 Increase 23,189
1995 Increase 2,104,822 Increase 53,807 Increase 25,225
1996 Increase 2,186,649 Decrease 50,298 Decrease 22,410
1997 Increase 2,248,852 Decrease 47,284 Decrease 17,220
1998 Decrease 2,108,779 Decrease 43,778 Decrease 12,866
1999 Increase 2,162,769 Increase 47,944 Increase 15,220
2000 Increase 2,288,931 Decrease 47,030 Increase 17,086
2001 Decrease 2,185,130 Decrease 42,408 Decrease 15,799
2002 Decrease 1,988,854 Decrease 41,209 Increase 16,882
2003 Decrease 1,955,070 Decrease 40,303 Increase 17.559
2004 Increase 2,041,046 Decrease 39,316 Decrease 12,575
2005 Increase 2,127,895 Decrease 37,905 Increase 15,641
2006 Increase 2,348,011 Increase 42,417 Increase 29,330
2007 Increase 2,723,000 Increase 50,972 Increase 101,364
2008 Decrease 2,462,256 Increase 59,924 Increase 442,453
2009 Decrease 2,421,382 Increase 60,150 Increase 524,082
2010 Decrease 2,348,597 Increase 62,247 Increase 663,024
2011 Decrease 2,266,743 Increase 64,097 Increase 760,344
2012 Increase 2,286,151 Decrease 62,688 Increase 863,665
2013 Decrease 2,240,860 Decrease 61,668 Increase 887,101
2014 Increase 2,331,399 Increase 63,569 Increase 910,708
2015 Decrease 2,321,975 Increase 65,061 Increase 988,240
2016[32] Decrease 2,192,145 Decrease 64,492 Increase 1,052,372
2017[33] Increase 2,365,141 Increase 69,815 Increase 1,138,477
2018[34] Increase 2,571,119 Increase 79,218 Increase 1,221,429
Source: Leipzig/Halle Airport Traffic statistics[35]

Ground transportation[edit]


Leipzig/Halle Airport railway station

Leipzig/Halle Airport railway station is located directly beneath the passenger terminal and has both Intercity and Intercity-Express connections to cities like Frankfurt, Erfurt, Magdeburg, Hanover, Cologne and Dresden. Two lines of the suburban S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland connect directly to Leipzig and Halle, furthermore to Altenburg and Zwickau. Transit connection of the network reach most of parts of Central Germany.


The airport is connected to two motorways: the A14 connecting to Dresden (130 km), Halle (Saale, 20 km) and Magdeburg (130 km), and the A9 connecting to Munich (430 km), Nuremberg (280 km), and Berlin (180 km).


Flixbus connects in both ways twice per day to Dresden, Göttingen, Kassel and once per day to Dortmund and Cologne.

In popular culture[edit]

The airport's facilities have been featured in major films during recent years:

  • In December 2004, Leipzig/Halle Airport was a filming location for Flightplan starring Jodie Foster and Peter Sarsgaard.[36] According to the film, Jodie Foster's flight departs from Berlin but all shots showing Berlin's supposed airport were actually taken at Leipzig/Halle Airport.
  • In 2010, the check-in area of Leipzig/Halle was a filming location for Unknown starring Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger.[37]
  • The airport's terminal and apron were featured heavily as the location of a major confrontation between the fractured Avengers in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War. Branded equipment featuring the airport's logo was shown several times during the scenes.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Höhne, Steffen (3 November 2016). "Nato vergibt Auftrag: Antonovs bleiben am Flughafen Halle/Leipzig stationiert". Mitteldeutsche Zeitung.
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  4. ^ "www.german-foreign-policy.com". Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Ryanair streicht fast alle Flugziele ab Leipzig/Halle". Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Etihad Regional zieht sich komplett aus Deutschland zurück". airliners.de. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  7. ^ aero.de - "Pakistan International Airlines connects Leipzig and New York" (German) 10 September 2016
  8. ^ "Ausgeträumt: Direktverbindung Leipzig - New York endgültig vom Tisch". LVZ - Leipziger Volkszeitung.
  9. ^ aero.de - "DHL opens new terminals at Leipzig/Halle Airport" (German) 12 October 2016
  10. ^ "Small Planet Airlines". www.smallplanet.aero.
  11. ^ "Neue Ziele: Sun Express stationiert Flugzeug in Leipzig/Halle". airliners.de.
  12. ^ "Flughafen Leipzig/Halle - Unternehmen > Newsroom > Pressemitteilungen > Neuigkeiten im Sommerflugplan 2018 > Neuigkeiten im Sommerflugplan 2018". www.leipzig-halle-airport.de.
  13. ^ "DHL baut Leipzig/Halle kräftig aus: Post-Tochter plant künftig mehr Flüge am Airport". Mitteldeutsche Zeitung. 29 August 2018.
  14. ^ "DHL kauft fünf Airbus A330 von Etihad". airliners.de.
  15. ^ "CargoLogic Germany Ante Portas". CargoForwarder Global. 26 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Volga-Dnepr Group's new German unit to launch with B737s". ch-aviation.
  17. ^ a b c d e f "Flughafen Leipzig/Halle - Passengers and visitors > Flights > Destinations and timetables > Destinations". Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  18. ^ "airmalta discontinues 2 German routes in late-Oct 2019". Routesonline.com. 12 September 2019.
  19. ^ https://www.leipzig-halle-airport.de/flugziele-und-flugplaene-21.html
  20. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/283929/corendon-airlines-europe-adds-germany-gambia-routes-in-s19/
  21. ^ https://www.leipzig-halle-airport.de/flugziele-und-flugplaene-21.html
  22. ^ https://www.austrianaviation.net/detail/leipzig-holiday-europe-nimmt-dubai-dwc-auf/
  23. ^ https://www.airliners.de/fti-charterairline-warmwasser-kapazitaeten/51594
  24. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Montenegro Airlines increases German flights in S19". routesonline.com.
  25. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "SunExpress Germany S19 network additions as of 18OCT18". routesonline.com.
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  27. ^ http://www.flightera.net/flight/AeroLogic/3S621
  28. ^ http://www.mngairlines.com/ENG/Services.aspx
  29. ^ dpdhl.de
  30. ^ ""Alma": Neuer DHL-Frachtflieger trägt den Namen seiner 18 Taufpatinnen". LVZ - Leipziger Volkszeitung.
  31. ^ https://www.flightera.net/route/EDDP/RJAA/BOX
  32. ^ "Flughafen Leipzig/Halle und Dresden hatten 2016 weniger Passagiere". airportzentrale.de.
  33. ^ "Flughafen Leipzig/Halle - Unternehmen > Newsroom > Pressemitteilungen > Verkehrsentwicklung der Flughäfen Leipzig/Halle und Dresden im Jahr 2017 > Verkehrsentwicklung der Flughäfen Leipzig/Halle und Dresden im Jahr 2017". www.leipzig-halle-airport.de.
  34. ^ https://www.leipzig-halle-airport.de/unternehmen/newsroom/pressemitteilungen/verkehrsentwicklung-der-flughaefen-leipzig-halle-und-dresden-im-jahr-2018-zuwaechse-im-passagierverkehr-frachtanstieg-in-leipzig-halle-3159.html
  35. ^ "Leipzig/Halle Airport Traffic statistics". Archived from the original on 19 September 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  36. ^ RP ONLINE. "'Flightplan'-Arbeit am Flughafen: Jodie Foster dreht in Leipzig". RP ONLINE. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  37. ^ LVZ-Online. "Hollywood fliegt erneut auf Leipzig". Retrieved 4 June 2015.

External links[edit]

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