Portrait: Cologne Bonn Airport
Cologne Bonn Airport is one of the most important commercial airports in Germany. Since 2002, it has been focusing increasingly on low-cost business and is today one of the frontrunners in Europe in this sector. The autumn of 2015 marked a new era for Cologne/Bonn, with the introduction of low-cost long haul flights to destinations worldwide.
Every year, over 12 million passengers choose to take off or land at the Airport, which in a nationwide comparison holds the seventh place. About 30 airlines fly out from here to 129 destinations. Cargo business, the second business mainstay of the Airport, is also flourishing. With almost 786,000 tonnes of air cargo (2015), Cologne Bonn Airport ranks number three in Germany and is among the top ten in Europe.
Geographically, Cologne Bonn Airport is located in one of the most densely populated regions in Europe – some 16 million people live and work within a radius of 100 kilometres of the Airport. The Airport is also at the centre of one of the largest import/export regions: Some 40 percent of the EU’s gross domestic product is generated within a radius of 400 kilometres around the Airport.
Cologne Bonn Airport features three runways, the longest of which measures 3,815 metres, as well as nine aprons with 113 parking positions. There are two Terminals (T1 and T2), with 86 check-in desks, 51 gates and 17 boarding bridges.
The Airport is perfectly linked to the road and railway network and has a direct motorway connection. Three car parks offer ca. 12,600 parking lots. Since October 2015, the Airport has been home to Cologne’s new central long-distance bus station. Several times per hour, Inter City Express (ICE) high-speed trains, Regional Express (RE) and urban trains (S-Bahn) connect the underground railway station, which is located directly in front of the Terminals.
With an annual cargo volume of 786,000 tonnes (2016), Cologne Bonn Airport is number three among the German cargo airports, behind Frankfurt and Leipzig. When it comes to express cargo traffic, Cologne/Bonn holds a top position in Europe. The worldwide largest express cargo airlines fly into Cologne Bonn Airport. UPS has its European hub here, and FedEx operates its Central and Eastern European hub at the Airport. DHL, the third largest global player, also counts on Cologne Bonn as one of its important locations. In addition to this, the business segment of general air cargo is also increasing.
Cologne Bonn Airport has a 24-hour operating licence, which is valid until 2030. Express cargo traffic is mainly handled at night, to ensure delivery of time-sensitive shipments on the day after dispatch. In view of the export-orientation of the German economy, this is absolutely essential for remaining competitive on an international level. Over a dozen cargo airlines fly from Cologne/Bonn to ca. 70 destinations in 35 countries around the globe.
The Airport – a place of work
More than 14,000 people work at Cologne Bonn Airport. In the region, 21,400 jobs are dependent on Airport – studies have shown that nationwide, the figure is even nearly 30,500. The Airport Company itself employs some 1,800 people.
Shopping at the Airport
Cologne Bonn Airport is also a paradise for shopping and dining. More than 10,000 square metres in the two terminals are home to over 50 shops, bars and restaurants. Renowned brands, such as Esprit, Marc O’Polo, Kirschner, Haribo and Pro Idee, can be found at the Airport. A REWE supermarket is open 20 hours per day.
The range of eateries, bars and pubs is diverse and includes Burger King, McDonald’s, the iconic Rhenish STÄV pub, a Kamps bakery shop, Leysieffer, as well as Subway, Starbucks and a Maredo steakhouse.
A medical centre and a pharmacy round off the scope of services. As many of the shops are located in the public area, they are not only attractive for flight passengers, but also for visitors who just want to enjoy that special Airport flair.