Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN)
Cologne Bonn Airport
Cologne Bonn Airport is the international airport of Germany's fourth-largest city Cologne, and it also serves Bonn, the capital of the former West Germany. With around 12.4 million passengers passing through it in 2017, it is the seventh largest passenger airport in Germany and the third largest airport in terms of cargo operations. By traffic units, which combines cargo and passengers, the airport is in fifth position in Germany. As of March 2015, the Cologne Bonn Airport had offered services to 115 passenger destinations in 35 countries. It is named after Konrad Adenauer, a Cologne native and the first post-war Chancellor of West Germany.
The airport is located in the district of Porz and is surrounded by the Wahner Heide nature reserve, giving it a lovely environment. The airport is centrally located in the Cologne Bonn Region at 14.8 km southeast of Cologne city center and 16 km northeast of Bonn. Cologne Bonn Airport is one of the country's few 24-hour airports and serves as a hub for Eurowings, FedEx Express and UPS Airlines as well as a focus city for several leisure and low-cost airlines. It is also a host of the German and European space agencies DLR and EAC, part of ESA, which train astronauts there for space explorations.
Cologne Bonn Airport has two passenger terminals which are located directly beside each other. Even though they are well connected, they operate separately.
The older Terminal 1 is a 1970s building that sports large surfaces of bare concrete in its design. It features a u-shaped main building with shops, restaurants, check-in and service facilities and a visitors deck on its roof as well as the star-shaped piers B and C with five aircraft stands each, plus a central airside hall between them added in 2004 with joint security-check facilities, more shops and restaurants along with three additional stands. All ten stands at both piers feature jet bridges while the other three use walk-boarding. Also, several bus-boarding stands are available at the apron. Terminal 1 is used by Eurowings, which occupy most of the landside check-in facilities, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines.
Terminal 1 features its own direct connection to the railway station.
Construction of Terminal 2 began in June 1997, and operations at the terminal commenced on 21 June 2000. It is located to the north of Terminal 1. Both feature separate check-in facilities but are connected through a landside walkway. As part of a plan-approval procedure the airport is currently seeking approval for building an airside connection between both terminals. Terminal 2 is a modern-style rectangular building made out of glass and steel which is equipped with eight stands with jet bridges as well as several stands for bus-boarding. It is used by several airlines such as Ryanair and Iran Air. Terminal 2 is also directly connected to the airports' railway station via the basement level. The terminal hosts an interdenominational prayer room on its base level.
Airlines Served at the Airport
Coinciding with the start of several low-cost airlines in Germany, Cologne/Bonn opened new capacities. Consequently, Germanwings and TUIfly started operations from Cologne/Bonn as their hub in the fall of 2002. As a result, the number of passengers in 2003 rose by 43% compared to 2002. These airlines were joined by easyJet in late 2003 and Wizz Air in June 2006.
Low-cost carriers Ryanair and Norwegian Air Shuttle began service to Cologne Bonn Airport in May 2012. In April 2014 Ryanair announced the opening of their fifth German base at Cologne Bonn Airport for October 2014. In December 2014, Lufthansa announced it would base Eurowings' new long-haul operations at Cologne Bonn Airport with flights to Florida, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean to start by the end of 2015. Meanwhile, Condor cancelled their service to Varadero after only one season due to the expected competition. In February 2018, Eurowings announced the relocation of all long-haul operations from Cologne consisting of four Airbus A330 aircraft to Düsseldorf Airport by late October 2018 leaving the airport without any long-haul passenger routes again.
Available destinations from Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN)
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