Paderborn Lippstadt Airport

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The Paderborn / Lippstadt airport, own name: Paderborn -Lippstadt Airport is a commercial airport located in the district of Paderborn, in North Rhine -Westphalia ( Germany ). It lies between the towns of Paderborn and Lippstadt in the field of city Buren.


The Paderborn / Lippstadt airport is in the field of Buren (in the area of the district Ahden ), approximately 15 km south-west of Paderborn and about 20 km east-southeast of Lippstadt. Not far south of the airport extends the Federal Highway 44 to the junction Buren, over which the airport can be reached directly. The nearest airport is the regional airport Kassel- Calden, a straight line is 58 km to the southeast.


Already in 1966 there were the first considerations for the construction of a regional airport in the southeastern area of Westphalia. On October 13, 1969, the Regional Airport Southeast Westfalen GmbH of representatives from the then district Brilon, circle Buren, Hoexter circle, circle Lippstadt, Paderborn district and county Warburg was founded. For DM 10 million, the participating municipalities bought roughly 227 acres from agricultural land of several farmers. For about 13.7 million DM a 1,440 -meter-long concrete surface has been created, on the one terminal building with tower, departure hall, a restaurant, bar and terrace were built. The cost of this, the Federal Land of North Rhine -Westphalia. On July 22, 1971, the approval of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Transport, Horst Ludwig Riemer was done to the plant and to operate the airport Paderborn / Lippstadt.

Commissioning of the " airfield Paderborn / Ahden " took place on 10 September 1971. By exporting large companies Nixdorf Computer AG (3500 employees) with their Nixdorf flight operations based in Paderborn and other companies ( Benteler, Wellemöbel ) in the surrounding area should the airport originally serve as an incentive for the settlement of other companies. The state audit criticized the subsidy for a regional airport, as this " mainly serve the interests of a single private company."

1972 began construction of the hangar I and 1975, the inauguration and commissioning of the company building. 1975 flew the German airline (DLT) twice daily with a DHC- 6 Twin Otter from Paderborn to Frankfurt in order to connect passengers to the transportation network of Lufthansa. In 1979, the company flight operations Paderborn / Lippstadt mbH was founded in 1981 and began recording in scheduled services to Munich. It was followed by the City flight, the passengers transported with a Fairchild Swearingen Metro. Following the insolvency of the City flight, the travel industry and Flight ( RFG) jumped.

In 1984 the first extension of the take - off and landing runway to 1,760 m long and 30 m wide and the construction of a new factory building. Thus, the airport was approved in June 1984 as a commercial airport. Began in 1984 with scheduled services to Stuttgart and 1985 to West Berlin.

In 1986, the commissioning of the instrument landing system and the provision of an air traffic control service to control zone was. This increased the safety and attractiveness of the airport for new airlines. Through the instrument flight take-offs and landings were possible even in bad weather in both directions.

On June 10, 1986, other shareholders at the airport involved: the district of Gütersloh, the Lippe, and the Commerce and Industry Chamber of East Westphalia, Bielefeld and the Commerce and Industry Chamber Lippe Detmold.

With the airlines Hapag- Lloyd Flug and Air Europa began in 1988 the tourism charter flights to Mallorca and Gran Canaria on the now extended to 2,180 m airstrip. In 1989, the scheduled air transport was taken to London. With German reunification also scheduled air transport routes followed to Leipzig and Dresden.

On 1 January 1991, the name " airport Paderborn / Lippstadt GmbH" was officially introduced and moved the headquarters from Paderborn to Bueren - Ahden. Another shareholder, the City of Bielefeld was taken. In 1991, also the tourism charter flights to Turkey and the initial implementation of a winter flight plan to the Canary Islands. 1992 and 1993 was followed by the recording of the tourism charter services to Monastir in Tunisia and Crete (Greece ) and the increase in scheduled flight plan with flight connections to Paris ( France) and Zurich ( Switzerland ).

On 3 December 1993, the new Terminal A was opened and the airline Air Berlin also stationed a newly procured Boeing 737-400 at the airport. 1994, the start and runway was extended to 45 m wide. In 1995, the hangar II B for Euro Wings and more circular arenas was completed for small aircraft. In 1996, the inclusion of a new flight connection to the international hub at Schiphol airport with euro Wings and KLM. A total of 14,662 passengers were transported to Amsterdam. In 1998, the terminal B and the air traffic control pulpit and 2001, a new arrival terminal was built. As of January 1998, the Lufthansa offered a scheduled flight operating to Frankfurt am Main.

On 1 November 1999, the airplane operating company Paderborn / Lippstadt Ltd. merged with the airport Paderborn / Lippstadt GmbH.

In 2000, then- CEO Fritz Henze was due to the double-digit growth in passenger numbers on to carry up to 2010 around 2 million passengers per year. In 2004, the airport has two large hangars and the Airport- Forum.

In 2006, approximately 1.27 million passengers were carried, about 75 % were tourists on their way to destinations around the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands.

In February 2006, British type C -130J Hercules soldiers and equipment of the 20th Armoured Brigade from Paderborn were flown for air laying Exercise " Desert Fist" to Nuremberg with several transport machinery.

On 10 October 2006, the "Airport Hotel Paderborn " was opened directly opposite the terminal building.

For a long time - at least since September 2006 - was an extension of the take - off and landing runway by 390 m to 2,570 m then talking. Under certain weather conditions, many commercial aircraft could not carry enough fuel to reach their targets in the non-stop flight to the Canary Islands and Egypt. Critics feared by an extension of the runway and a concomitant increase attractiveness to airlines a significant increase in aircraft movements and hence an increased noise and pollution for the population of the surrounding villages. Advocates led an increased efficiency of the airport by additional passengers into the field.

The corresponding construction for this purpose began in June 2009 and was completed on 21 July of the same year; the elongated piece is not yet approved for air travel. (As of January 2013).

On May 8, 2009, a military transport plane landed on the type C-17 Globemaster of the Royal Air Force at the airport.

The passenger numbers fell in 2009 by 13.5 percent to 984 110 passengers back, which is mainly due to the adjustment of Lufthansa to Frankfurt am Main. Even in tourist charter traffic less passengers were transported.

From late July 2010 to mid-November 2010, the terminal was rebuilt and modernized during ongoing operations, the travel agencies have moved to the first floor and 18 new check-in desks were built. In this project, 15 companies were involved and the costs amounted to 3 million euros.

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In the summer of 2010 began the construction of a new glass hangar, which was opened in late May 2011. It is used by the Quax - fliers, an association for the preservation of historic aircraft. Upstairs the Quax hangar is next to the visitor's terrace and the office of the Association and the catering home " engine ". From the observation deck, which is also cultivated in warmer weather, the apron, taxiways and the runway can be seen. Admission is free.

In the year 2011 975.712 passengers were recorded, which represents a decrease of 5.3%. At the same time, the number of flight movements rose by 9.4% to 42,380. Reasons for the decline in passenger numbers, the political unrest in North Africa, the strikes in Greece and the adaptation capacity of the airline Air Berlin were called.

Passenger numbers in 2012 went back on, only 873 621 passengers were counted.

Until 2016Vorlage: Future / In 2 years, around 18.5 million euros to be invested in infrastructure improvements, including the renovation of the runway and the improvement of the safety precautions.

Airlines and destinations

The main airlines on site are Air Berlin and Condor which fly to many of the major holiday destinations around the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands.

Lufthansa offers up to four times daily connections to Munich. The flights are operated under the umbrella brand Lufthansa Regional and flown by Lufthansa CityLine.

In April 2013, CityJet, a subsidiary of Air France took flight operations to London City Airport with six flights per week. End of March 2014, however, this route is reinstated.

Other airlines that fly to Paderborn especially in summer, are Air Via, Bulgarian Air Charter, Germania, Pegasus Airlines, SunExpress and Tunisair.

The airport continues to be used by the British military, which charters, among other long-haul aircraft to move troops for exercises to Canada. This requires, inter alia, Airbus A340-300 HiFly be used, for example.

Passenger numbers

Operators and shareholders

The operator of the airport Paderborn / Lippstadt GmbH is a holding company of the circles Paderborn ( 56.38 %), Soest ( 12.26 %), Hoexter ( 3.92% ), Gütersloh ( 7.84% ), lip ( 7.84% ) and Hochsauerlandkreis ( 3.92% ), the city of Bielefeld (5.88 %), as well as industry and commerce of East Westphalia, Bielefeld (1.57 %) and lip Detmold (0.39 %).

In 2009, written by the company for the first time in four decades in the red. According to a further loss of 2010, the Company wrote recently in 2011 and an operating loss in the amount of 1.75 million euros. For the next few years an ongoing loss of EUR 1.25 million to 1.5 million euros is expected, although the company plans to outsource Sevicegesellschaften with lower labor costs.

In May 2012, the shareholders' meeting approved a capital increase of EUR 4.8 million and other shareholder loans in the amount of 3.1 million euros, which must be applied by the participating municipalities.

On June 6, 2013, the long-time attorney Rolf Horst Schäfer has been transitional appointed new Managing Director. Chairman of Paderborn / Lippstadt airport is Reinold pieces.

Technical details

The Paderborn / Lippstadt airport has a start and runway of 2,180 m length and 45 m in width and is thus for almost all transport aircraft up to the Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 suitable. For the Airbus A380, the airport is not allowed though. In major international football matches in the Ruhr, events, school holidays or failures of neighboring airports also several Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 can be handled simultaneously. Three aircraft of this size can be accommodated on equipped with passenger terminal fingers, further, may be put on the apron and necessary for this purpose then locked on taxiways. Peak day in this direction has been the 26 May 2004 at the twenty aircraft of the size-class Boeing 737 and League Finals were handled simultaneously within the larger held in Gelsenkirchen Champions.

By 2012, Air Berlin entertained at Paderborn / Lippstadt airport a shipyard for two aircraft of the A320 family and the Boeing 737 New Generation Family ( Mainly the Boeing 737-800 ) or a Bombardier Q400. Also exist at Paderborn / Lippstadt airport two flight schools: One is part of the air sports club Geseke eV and mainly provides training to private pilot. The other flight school is located in commercial sponsorship and offers training to commercial airline pilot and instrument flight also in cooperation with TUIfly.

Regional importance

The Paderborn / Lippstadt Airport connects the region of East Westphalia -Lippe to the international air traffic. As a regional focus for general aviation, he is the regional station for scheduled air transport, commercial air transport, in particular for air charter services and the work of air traffic with business aircraft.

Due to the free parking for long-term parking, he is also popular outside its immediate catchment area.

In Bielefeld and Kassel, the airport offers an eve - CheckIn.

In some parts of the population of the surrounding villages, the noise is criticized. Currently, there is no ban on night flights for the airport Paderborn -Lippstadt. On the part of the airport company, there is a voluntary self-restraint, to refrain in time from 0 to 5 clock on take-offs and landings. However, the airport company may continue to deviate from this rule. In particular, therefore these deviations and the supposedly concomitant accumulation of nocturnal aircraft movements is criticized for the population of the airport environs.


In the control zone of the airport Paderborn / Lippstadt the special airfield Paderborn- Haxterberg and Segelfluggelände Buren lie. The instrument approach for Runway 24 flying over the place round the airfield Paderborn / Haxterberg ( EDLR ).