Report on Cologne/Bonn Airport (Germany)
The Cologne/Bonn Airport is one of the most important hubs in the Cologne region. The airport is particularly popular with Germans, a major employer and a place to marvel.
The history of Cologne/Bonn Airport
The airport was officially established in 1938. Previously, however, the space was already used for competitions or airship and balloon rides. After the First World War, an airfield with a runway, a tower and other buildings was built. After the Second World War it was finally expanded by the British Air Force of Occupation. In the 1950s, the airport developed into an important base for the air squadrons. At the same time, the runway was extended to a length of 3,815 m and a new tower followed a few years later.
In 1961, the first long-haul flight finally took place. In the 1980s, the number of passengers continued to rise, so that another expansion had to take place. Towards the end of the 1980s, the airport developed into an important hub for UPS and TNT freight planes. In the mid-1990s, the airport was given the name "Airport Cologne/Bonn - Konrad Adenauer". Another terminal and new multi-storey car parks also had to be built in the 1990s to cope with the passenger volume.
In the year 2000 the new Terminal 2 was opened. The station and a new tower were also built. Germanwings has been stationed at the airport since 2002. In the same year the airport was renamed again. Since then it has borne the international name "Cologne Bonn Airport". In 2006, the airport was able to count almost 10 million passengers.
Cologne/Bonn continued to be very successful, especially in the freight sector, since the ban on night flights could not be enforced. The airport can therefore continue to act as an important hub. Lufthansa has been stationed at the airport with its other subsidiary Eurowings since 2015. So now the long-haul area is served. The selection of destinations has been greatly expanded.
The location and transport links
The Cologne-Bonn Airport is about 15 km from the center of Cologne and 16 km from the center of Bonn. The airport is located in the districts of Cologne-Grengel and Troisdorf. Nevertheless, the airport is characterized by its good accessibility. You can get here by public transport, by car, by train or by taxi. The airport can be reached by car via the Autobahn 59 or the Bundesstraße 8. Arriving by train is also easy via the ICE train station. There is a direct connection from Frankfurt am Main.
The airport can also be reached by public transport such as the S-Bahn. The S13 and S19 stop directly in the ICE train station below the airport building. There is also a station for long-distance buses. Getting to Cologne/Bonn Airport is very easy and convenient. In addition, there is no need to search for a parking space. From there you can take the S-Bahn directly to the train station "Köln Messe/Deutz" and from there walk to our holiday apartments! in just 7 minutes
The destinations and airlines at Cologne/Bonn Airport
Various short, medium and long-haul routes are served from Cologne/Bonn Airport. The most popular destinations include: Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, London, Vienna, Hurghada, Rome, Antalya. On long-haul routes, Cologne/Bonn can now fly to Cuba, Oman, Thailand, the Dominican Republic and the USA, among others. The following airlines operate at Cologne/Bonn Airport: Eurowings, Germanwings, Ryanair, Air Berlin, Condor, SunExpress and Turkish Airlines.
The building, the shops and the grounds
The central building is still Terminal 1. It has always shaped the image of the airport. Next to it is Terminal 2. All flight passengers must pass through one of the two buildings. They are both endowed with numerous shopping streets and restaurants. Below the terminals, underground - in the basement, is the spacious ICE train station. There are multi-storey car parks P1, P2 and P3 around the airport. They offer space for up to 13,000 vehicles. Since 2015, there has also been a large long-distance bus station next to Terminal 2 (also read: The city of Cologne bans long-distance buses). This is where different providers come together. Cologne/Bonn Airport has three runways.
The airport also has a General Aviation Terminal, which can be used by private and business aircraft. The building offers a separate VIP area and a lounge to linger. There is also free W-LAN available to visitors throughout Cologne/Bonn Airport.
In 2016 the airport was able to record an increase in passengers. Passenger numbers rose to 11.9 million for the first time. The airport was also able to record an increase in freight traffic. A total of 786,000 tons of goods were handled. That's an increase of 4 percent. The increase in passenger numbers can be explained primarily by the increase in low-cost airlines. The range of low-cost airlines is constantly growing, so that people are increasingly opting for short weekend trips. The expansion of the long-haul offer from Eurowings also needs growth. New destinations were added to the program. The airlines based there are already planning new destinations for next summer. The number of flight movements is now almost 130,000 per year.
Cologne/Bonn Airport will continue to continue to grow in the years to come. As a result of this, an expansion will soon be imminent again in order to be able to handle the passengers. Not only passenger air traffic, but also cargo flights are becoming more and more important.
In the middle of a nature reserve
It actually seems a bit strange that the airport is located in the middle of the well-known Wahner Heide nature reserve. If you walk there, you can see the planes for a long time! Very close!
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