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Leipzig/Halle Airport


Leipzig/Halle Airport

Leipzig/Halle Airport
Flughafen Leipzig/Halle


LEJ is located in Saxony
Location of Airport in Saxony
Airport type Public
Owner Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding AG
Operator Flughafen Leipzig/Halle GmbH
Serves Leipzig and Halle
Location Schkeuditz, Germany
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 470 ft / 143 m
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08L/26R 3,600 11,811 Concrete
08R/26L 3,600 11,811 Concrete
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 2,286,151
Passenger change 11–12 0.9%
Freight (tonnes) 863,665
Freight change 11–12 13.6%
Sources: Eurocontrol,
Annual Traffic Report 2012[1]

Leipzig/Halle Airport (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 13th largest airport by passengers and handles more than 2.3 million passengers per year mainly with flights to European leisure destinations. In cargo traffic, the airport is the fifth-busiest in Europe and the second-busiest in Germany (after Frankfurt Airport), having handled 906,490 metric tonnes of cargo in 2014. The airport serves as the main European hub for DHL Aviation and the main hub for AeroLogic. Also military installations have been built at the airport for NATO and EU military aircraft.[2]


  • History 1
  • Facilities 2
    • Terminal 2.1
    • Runways 2.2
  • Airlines and destinations 3
    • Passenger 3.1
    • Cargo 3.2
    • Military 3.3
  • Statistics 4
  • Ground transportation 5
    • Train 5.1
    • Car 5.2
    • Coach 5.3
  • In popular culture 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


On 18 March 1986 a Concorde operated by Air France landed at Leipzig/Halle Airport for the first time due to the internationally known Leipzig trade fair. Two days later British Airways also sent a Concorde to Leipzig/Halle. Both airlines continued flying to the airport with the Concorde from Paris and London when a trade fair was held in Leipzig in the following years.

Despite its name, the airport ground property tax goes to the county of Delitzsch. A deal between the city of Leipzig and Delitzsch led to an exchange of area. 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 and thereby increased cargo traffic. The airport also was modernized with the 2012 Olympic Games hosting bid for Leipzig in mind but the city lost out to London.

In spring 2013, Ryanair announced to start operations to Leipzig/Halle on six routes. However, one year later all of them except the flights to London-Stansted were terminated again.[3]

In February 2015, Etihad Regional announced the immediate termination of their entire Leipzig/Halle operations which commenced only two years earlier due to changes to their operational concept. All three routes are shut down while two newly announced ones won't start.[4]

As of March 2015, the largest passenger airlines at Leipzig/Halle Airport measured by weekly departures are Condor with 38 outgoing flights a week followed by Air Berlin, which operates 29 departures per week.[5]



The modern airport terminal structure extends over the adjacent motorway and railway. It features an integrated 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.


Leipzig/Halle Airport features 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


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Leipzig/Halle Airport:[6]

Airlines Destinations
Air Berlin Funchal, Palma de Mallorca
Seasonal: Antalya, Corfu, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada, Kos, Lanzarote, Lamezia Terme, Marsa Alam, Tenerife-South
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Condor Agadir, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Antalya, Burgas, Corfu, Funchal, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes
Eurowings[7] Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf
Express Airways Seasonal: Brač[8]
Germanwings Stuttgart
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Frankfurt, Munich
Montenegro Airlines Seasonal charter: Tivat[9]
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal: Antalya
Ryanair London-Stansted
SunExpress Deutschland Marsa Alam, Sharm el-Sheikh
Seasonal: Antalya, Dubrovnik, Enfidha, Fuerteventura, Gaziantep, Gazipaşa, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada, Lanzarote, La Palma, Luxor, Paphos, Rhodes, Salalah, Split, Taba, Tenerife-South, Varna
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona


Airlines Destinations
AirBridgeCargo Airlines Moscow-Sheremetyevo[10]
DHL Aviation
operated by ABX Air
Brussels, Lagos
DHL Aviation
operated by Aero Charter
DHL Aviation
operated by AeroLogic[11]
Bahrain, Bangalore, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Bergamo, Delhi, Dubai-International, East Midlands, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lahore, Mumbai, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Singapore, Tashkent
DHL Aviation
operated by ASL Airlines Ireland
Amsterdam, Athens, Bergamo, Brussels, East Midlands, Frankfurt, London-Heathrow, London-Luton, Madrid
DHL Aviation
operated by Aviastar-TU
DHL Aviation
operated by Aviavilsa
DHL Aviation
operated by Bluebird Cargo
Geneva, Turku
DHL Aviation
operated by DHL Air UK
Amsterdam, Athens, Basel/Mulhouse, Bergamo, Bologna, Brussels, Budapest, Cincinnati, Cologne/Bonn, East Midlands, Hong Kong, Lyon, Marseille, Munich, New York-John F. Kennedy, Oslo-Gardermoen, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Ciampino, Stuttgart, Treviso, Vitoria, Warsaw-Chopin
DHL Aviation
operated by EAT Leipzig
Barcelona, Bergamo, Bratislava, Brussels, Copenhagen, East Midlands, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Linz, London-Heathrow, Madrid, Manchester (begins 28 October 2016), Nantes, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino, Sofia, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Vitoria, Gdańsk, Katowice
DHL Aviation
operated by Kalitta Air
Bahrain, Brussels, Cincinnati, Delhi Hong Kong, New York-John F. Kennedy, Sharjah
DHL Aviation
operated by MNG Cargo
DHL Aviation
operated by RAF-Avia
Ostrava, Riga
DHL Aviation
operated by Southern Air
Cincinnati, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Sharjah
DHL Aviation
operated by Swiftair
Brussels, Geneva, Linz, Ljubljana, Turku, Vitoria
DHL Aviation
operated by Polar Air Cargo


Some US airlines fly to Leipzig/Halle on behalf of the US Department of Defense, to bring US Army troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. Leipzig/Halle is used as technical stop for refueling on these flights. They do not appear at any official timetable. 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
Passengers Movements Freight (in t)
1990 274,878 9,549 366
1991 634,424 26,089 4,372
1992 1,073,378 42,960 8,611
1993 1,521,436 48,510 17,482
1994 1,901,797 52,590 23,189
1995 2,104,822 53,807 25,225
1996 2,186,649 50,298 22,410
1997 2,248,852 47,284 17,220
1998 2,108,779 43,778 12,866
1999 2,162,769 47,944 15,220
2000 2,288,931 47,030 17,086
2001 2,185,130 42,408 15,799
2002 1,988,854 41,209 16,882
2003 1,955,070 40,303 17.559
2004 2,041,046 39,316 12,575
2005 2,127,895 37,905 15,641
2006 2,348,011 42,417 29,330
2007 2,723,000 50,972 101,364
2008 2,462,256 59,924 442,453
2009 2,421,382 60,150 524,082
2010 2,348,597 62,247 663,024
2011 2,266,743 64,097 760,344
2012 2,286,151 62,688 863,665
2013 2,240,860 61,668 887,101
2014 2,331,399 63,569 910,708
Source: Leipzig/Halle Airport Traffic statistics[12]

Ground transportation


Leipzig/Halle Airport railway station

Leipzig/Halle Airport railway station is located directly beneath the passenger terminal and has national connections to cities like Magdeburg, Hanover, Cologne and Dresden. Two lines of the 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).


Berlin Linien Bus provides intercity bus services to Leipzig/Halle Airport as a part of its Eisenach-Berlin route. There are four daily stops from and three towards Berlin at LEJ.[13] FlixBus connects in both ways twice per day to Dresden, Göttingen, Kassel and once per day to Dortmund and Cologne.

In popular culture

  • In December 2004, Leipzig/Halle Airport was a filming location for Flightplan starring Jodie Foster and Peter Sarsgaard.[14] 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.

See also


  1. ^ Annual Traffic Report 2012
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ryanair streicht fast alle Flugziele ab Leipzig/Halle". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Etihad Regional zieht sich komplett aus Deutschland zurück". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Sommerflugplan 2015: Das ist neu am Flughafen Leipzig/Halle". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Flughafen Leipzig/Halle - Passengers and visitors > Flights > Destinations and timetables > Destinations and timetables". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "germanwings Moves 55 Routes to Eurowings from late-Oct 2015". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Flughafen Leipzig/Halle - Unternehmen > Newsroom > Pressemitteilungen > Flughäfen Leipzig/Halle und Dresden präsentieren Neuheiten des Sommerflugplans 2015 > Flughäfen Leipzig/Halle und Dresden präsentieren Neuheiten des Sommerflugplans 2015". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Montenegro Airlines - Charter flights to Germany". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ "2013 summer schedule". Aero Logic. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Leipzig/Halle Airport Traffic statistics". 
  13. ^
  14. ^ RP ONLINE. Flightplan'-Arbeit am Flughafen: Jodie Foster dreht in Leipzig"'". RP ONLINE. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  15. ^ LVZ-Online. "Hollywood fliegt erneut auf Leipzig". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  16. ^ Bild. "Hollywood in Leipzig gelandet". Retrieved 27 September 2015. 

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