Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport

Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport
Flughafen Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden
Airport type Public
Operator Baden-Airpark GmbH
Serves Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden
Location Rheinmünster, Germany
Focus city for Ryanair
Elevation AMSL 408 ft / 124 m
Coordinates 48°46′46″N 008°04′50″E / 48.77944°N 8.08056°E / 48.77944; 8.08056 (Baden Airpark)Coordinates: 48°46′46″N 008°04′50″E / 48.77944°N 8.08056°E / 48.77944; 8.08056 (Baden Airpark)
Website badenairpark.de
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,060 10,040 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 Asphalt
Sources: German AIP at EUROCONTROL,[1] Baden Airpark[2]

Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (IATA: FKB, ICAO: EDSB) (German: Flughafen Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden)[3] is the international airport of Karlsruhe, the second-largest city in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, and also serves the spa town of Baden-Baden. It is the state's second-largest airport after Stuttgart Airport, and the 18th-largest in Germany with 1,051,435 passengers as of 2015[4] and mostly serves low-cost and leisure flights.

The airport itself is part of Baden Airpark, a business park with numerous other tenants.[5] It is located in Rheinmünster, 40 km (25 mi) south of Karlsruhe, 12 km (7.5 mi) west[1] of Baden-Baden and 25 km (16 mi) north of Strasbourg, France.


Early years as a military airport

The construction of a military airfield began in December 1951 at a location between the Black Forest and the Rhine River under the supervision of French Air Force. The runway and associated facilities were completed by June 1952. The airfield was granted to Canadian forces and became a military base, RCAF Station Baden–Soellingen, later renamed CFB Baden–Soellingen, from 1953 until 1994.[6]

The newly founded Baden Airpark GmbH took over the former military to develop it into a regional airport and business park.[6] Technically the airport itself today is part of the actual Baden Airpark, which also includes business facilities.[5]

Public operations

The first commercial flight from Hapag-Lloyd Flug (now TUIfly) took place in April 2001. In 2008 the airport counted over one million passengers within a year for the first time.[6]

On 25 October 2011, Ryanair announced it would open its 47th base at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden in March 2012 with two based aircraft and 20 routes. In addition to Ryanair's then existing 12 routes Ryanair opened seven additional routes to Faro, Málaga, Palma, Riga, Thessaloniki, Vilnius and Zadar.[7]


Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport consists of one passenger terminal building equipped with 20 check-in counters and eight departure gates as well as some shops and restaurants.[8] The apron features eight aircraft stands of which most can be used by mid-sized aircraft such as the Boeing 737. Due to the location of the terminal building busses are used for boarding.

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport:[9]

Air Berlin Berlin–Tegel
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca, Rimini
Corendon Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Eurowings Palma de Mallorca (begins 28 May 2017)[10]
operated by Germanwings
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Ryanair Alicante, Bari, Girona, London–Stansted, Malta, Porto, Sofia
Seasonal: Lamezia Terme, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Rome–Ciampino, Thessaloniki, Trapani, Zadar
SunExpress Seasonal: Antalya
Tailwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
TUIfly Gran Canaria
Seasonal: Antalya, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Kayseri, Kos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife-South
Turkish Airlines Seasonal: Istanbul-Atatürk
Wizz Air Belgrade, Budapest, Târgu Mureş

The closest other commercial airport is Strasbourg Airport in France, located approximately 40 km (25 mi) to the southwest.


Landside area inside the terminal
Apron overview
2008 1,141,070
2009 Decrease 1,087,909
2010 Increase 1,177,201
2011 Decrease 1,114,535
2012 Increase 1,287,382
2013 Decrease 1,059,227
2014 Decrease 983,451
2015 Increase 1,051,435
Source: ADV[4]

Ground transportation

The airport can be reached via motorway A5 which leads from Hesse to Switzerland (Exit Baden-Baden). There are local bus connections to Karlsruhe, Heidelberg, Baden-Baden and Rastatt as well as their respective train stations.[11]

See also


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