The Busiest Airports in Germany

A commercial aircraft on the tarmac at Frankfurt Airport.
A commercial aircraft on the tarmac at Frankfurt Airport.

Airports In Germany

Germany is located in north-central Europe and borders Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the North Sea, and the Baltic Sea. Its capital city is Berlin and the country is politically divided into 16 states. Germany is home to a total of 67 public airports and 35 military airports. This article takes a look at the busiest public airports in the country.

Busiest Airports In Germany

1. Frankfurt Airport - Frankfurt

Frankfurt Airport is located in Frankfurt, the fifth largest city in Germany. It is home to four runways, two passenger terminals, hotels, shopping centers, and several maintenance facilities. Located at 364 feet in elevation, the Frankfurt Airport covers an entire area of 4,942 acres. This airport serves as the central hub for several airlines, including Lufthansa, Condor, and Aerologic. Flights leaving from and arriving to this airport either land at or originate from a total of 293 destinations. Because of its vast number of destinations and connection cities, this airport is considered to offer the most direct route flights in the world. The Frankfurt Airport has the capacity to service around 65 million passengers per year. In 2016, the airport saw 60,786,937 travelers, making it the busiest airport in Germany, the fourth busiest in Europe, and the 12th busiest worldwide.

2. Munich Airport - Munich

The Munich Airport is located 17.7 miles northeast of Munich, the third largest city in Germany. This airport is home to two runways, two passenger terminals, a midfield terminal, cargo facilities, a helipad, a shopping center, and a recreational area. Located at 1,487 feet in elevation, the Munich Airport covers an entire area of 3,900 acres. This airport serves as the secondary hub for Condor and Lufthansa airlines and the primary hub for Air Dolomiti. It offers 248 destinations. This destination size makes the Munich Airport the fifth largest destination provider in the world. It has the capacity to serve over 60 million passengers per year. In 2016, the airport provided service to 42,261,309 travelers making it the second busiest airport in Germany, the seventh busiest in Europe, and the 34th busiest in the world.

3. Dusseldorf Airport - Dusseldorf

The 3rd busiest airport in Germany is the Dusseldorf Airport, which serviced 23,521,919 travelers in 2016. This number represents a 4.7% increase over the 2015 passenger count size. Approximately 13% of its passengers are traveling long haul flights from Dusseldorf or transferring to other flights in the airport. It is located approximately 4.7 miles north of the city of Dusseldorf, which is located within the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area. The Rhine-Ruhr is the largest metropolitan region in Germany and one of the largest in the world. The Dusseldorf Airport serves as its primary airport and is owned by 2 interests: the city of Dusseldorf (50%) and Airport Partners Gmbh (50%). It is also home to 2 runways, 3 passenger terminals, a hotel, movie theater, car sales area, and corporate offices. It extends over a land area of 2.37 square miles and provides jobs to over 18,000 individuals. This airport serves as a central hub for several airlines, including Eurowings and Air Berlin.

The chart published below offers a further look at the busiest airports in Germany.

Which Are The Busiest Airports In Germany?

RankAirportCity/metro areaPassengers, 2016
1FrankfurtFrankfurt / Rhine-Main60,786,937
3DüsseldorfDüsseldorf / Rhine-Ruhr23,521,919
4Berlin TegelBerlin, Potsdam21,253,959
6Cologne/BonnCologne, Bonn / Rhine-Ruhr11,910,138
7Berlin SchönefeldBerlin, Potsdam11,652,922
13Leipzig/HalleLeipzig / Halle2,189,804
16DresdenDresden / Klotzsche1,664,676
17Karlsruhe/Baden-BadenKarlsruhe / Baden-Baden1,105,103
18Münster/OsnabrückMünster / Osnabrück781,753
19PaderbornPaderborn / Lippstadt706,268

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