Hamburg Airport

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Hamburg Airport

Hamburg Airport, known in German as Flughafen Hamburg, is a major international airport in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany. Since November 2016 the official name has become Hamburg Airport Helmut Schmidt, after the former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt. It is located 8.5 km north of the city centre in the Fuhlsbüttel quarter and serves as a hub for Eurowings and focus cities for Condor, Ryanair, and TUI fly Deutschland. It was formerly named Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport, a name still sometimes used.

The airport was opened in January 1911 from private funding by the Hamburger Luftschiffhallen GmbH (HLG), making it the oldest international airport in the world to still be in operation and the second oldest airport in the country after Tempelhof Airport. The original site comprised 45 hectares, and during its early days was primarily used for airship flights. In 1913 the site was expanded to 60 hectares, the northern part being used for airship operations while the southeast area was used for fixed-wing aircraft.

Hamburg Airport is the fifth-busiest of Germany’s commercial airports measured by the number of passengers and counted 17,231,687 passengers and 156,388 aircraft movements in 2018. The airport is equipped to handle wide-bodied aircraft including the Airbus A380. Hamburg’s other airport, Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport is where the Airbus factory is located, and is not open to commercial traffic.

Airport News

Innovation at Hamburg Airport: Live test of 30 “intelligent” cabin baggage trolleys

Interactive displays with site map make it easier to find your way / flight information and special offers available with one click Hamburg Airport is the first German airport to be testing the smart cabin baggage …

Recovery of aviation has begun: 11.1 million passengers used Hamburg Airport

More than double the number of passengers from the previous year, around 36 percent less than in the pre-coronavirus year 2019 / Continued demand growth anticipated in northern Germany despite difficult situation The recovery of air …

Hamburg Airport and Christchurch International Airport enter into joint climate partnership

CO2 emissions to be reduced to zero / Partner airports work on infrastructure for the use of green hydrogen in aviation New partnership for sustainable airport operations: Hamburg Airport and New Zealand's Christchurch Airport will pursue …

Hamburg Airport Celebrates 50 years of Flights with Turkish Airlines

Growth of a successful partnership: from one Istanbul flight to the largest provider of flights to Turkey from Hamburg Airport It is 50 years since Turkish Airlines flew the Hamburg – Istanbul route for the first …

Contactless travel with facial recognition: STAR ALLIANCE BIOMETRICS now also at Hamburg Airport

Improved travel comfort for Lufthansa Group passengers with seamless passage through security check and boarding gate"Camera on" is from now on the motto at Hamburg Airport. After a successful introductory phase, the Star Alliance biometric …

Hamburg Airport the first CO2-neutral airport in Germany

Northern Germany’s largest airport takes the lead in the reduction of CO2 emissions // Official ceremony with Hamburg’s Finance Minister, Senator Dr Andreas Dressel, and Commerce Minister, Senator Michael Westhagemann Hamburg Airport is the first major …

Turning 111 years old today, Hamburg Airport looks back on special milestones

Hamburg Airport counted exactly 241 passengers in 1920, the year when records began – in 2019, there were more than 17 million. And today, the airport is celebrating its 111th birthday. This makes it one …


Hamburg Airport
Flughafenstr. 1-3
22335 Hamburg
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