Hannover Airport

Hannover Airport
Flughafen Hannover-Langenhagen
Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Hannover-Langenhagen GmbH
Serves Hannover, Germany
Location Langenhagen
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 183 ft / 56 m
Coordinates 52°27′39″N 009°41′06″E / 52.46083°N 9.68500°E / 52.46083; 9.68500Coordinates: 52°27′39″N 009°41′06″E / 52.46083°N 9.68500°E / 52.46083; 9.68500
Website hannover-airport.de
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09L/27R 12,467 3,800 Concrete
09R/27L 7,677 2,340 Concrete
09C/27C 2,559 780 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers Increase 5,452,669

Hannover Airport (IATA: HAJ, ICAO: EDDV) is the international airport of Hannover (English: Hanover), the capital of the German state of Lower Saxony. It is the ninth largest airport in Germany and located in Langenhagen, 11 km (6.8 mi) north of the center of Hannover. The airport features flights to European metropolitan and leisure destinations and serves as a base for Germanwings, Condor, SunExpress Deutschland and TUIfly.


Early years

Hannover Airport in 1970

Hannover Airport was opened in Langenhagen in 1952, replacing an old airfield within the city limits of Hannover. In 1973 two modern terminals were opened, which became famous because of their compact design. They became the archetype for the Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow. These terminals A and B are still in service today.

In the 1990s trials of intercontinental services to the United States and Canada were stopped due to low passenger numbers.

In 1998 the largest terminal, C, was opened to handle more passengers, adding 8 more gates. Up to 33 aircraft can be handled simultaneously, of which 20 can use aircraft stands equipped with a Jetway. All three terminals are capable of handling a Boeing 747.

From 1957 to 1990 the airport hosted the Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung, Germany's largest air show. After a fatal accident in 1988, when a Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter hit a Jetway with its rotor, and German Reunification two years later, the air show moved to Berlin in 1992.

Development since the 2000s

In 2000 an S-Bahn connection was established between the airport and Hamelin via Hannover Central Station. This replaced the airport's shuttle bus service which ran every 20 minutes, more frequently than the S-Bahn, but took longer to reach the airport and railway station. The train service was extended to Paderborn in 2003.

TUIfly, which maintains a base at Hannover Airport, dramatically reduced services in 2008 and 2009, and passed all its non-traditional holiday routes to Air Berlin late in 2009. In 2010 Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, opened their sixth base at Hannover.[1]

Hannover Airport has struggled to generate increased demand in recent years, possibly due to a reluctance or inability to attract Europe's low-cost carriers to serve the airport. Although traffic grew satisfactorily during the late 1990s, during the last decade there has been little growth. In both 2007 and 2008, traffic was down less than 1%, but in 2009 it fell by almost 12%.[1] Hannover Airport is one of very few German airports which are open 24 hours a day, but there are very few flights between 23:00 and 04:00.

According to local press plans to restart scheduled long haul operation with a connection to Iran are currently under investigation.[2]

The General Aviation Terminal, located near the center runway, was renamed Karl Jatho Terminal in honour of Hanoverian aviation pioneer Karl Jatho.[3]


Hannover Airport has three passenger terminal concourses named Terminals A, B, and C. The landside areas with shops, restaurants, and travel agents are interconnected, but each has its separate airside area with a few more facilities. Terminals A and B each have six boarding gates equipped with jet bridges, while Terminal C has eight of them.[4] Additional bus gates are available in each concourse. Terminal A underwent a major refurbishment as the first concourse from April 2013 and reopened on 9 July 2014.[5][6] The additional Terminal D to the east of the main terminal is a rebuilt hangar which is exclusively used by the Royal Air Force to transport British troops to and from Northern Germany.

Airlines and destinations


The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Hannover Airport:[7]

Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens, Thessaloniki C
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo B
Air Astana Seasonal: Kostanay B
Air Berlin Palma de Mallorca, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Jersey
Air Cairo Hurghada B
Air France
operated by HOP!
Paris-Charles de Gaulle C
Air France
operated by CityJet
Paris-Charles de Gaulle C
Air VIA Seasonal charter: Burgas, Varna B
Belavia Minsk B
British Airways London-Heathrow B
Brussels Airlines
operated by Flybe
Brussels A
Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas, Varna B
Condor Antalya, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, La Palma, Lanzarote, Larnaca (begins 3 April 2017)
Seasonal: Dalaman, Funchal (begins 23 February 2017), Heraklion, Jerez de la Frontera, Kos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Santorini (begins 24 May 2017),[8] Tenerife-South
Corendon Airlines Antalya B
Eurowings Vienna C
operated by Germanwings
Barcelona, London-Stansted, Pristina, Stuttgart, Vienna
Seasonal: Antalya, Catania, Chania (begins 6 May 2017),[9] Dubrovnik, Faro (begins 28 March 2017), Heraklion, Ibiza (begins 9 April 2017), Lamezia Terme, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Split, Thessaloniki
A, C
Flybe Birmingham, Lyon, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa B, C
FlyEgypt Charter: Sharm el-Sheikh (begins 25 December 2016) B
Freebird Airlines Charter: Antalya B
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Amsterdam C
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich A
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Munich A
Niki Vienna C
Nouvelair Djerba, Enfidha B
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal: Antalya B
Scandinavian Airlines
operated by Jet Time
Copenhagen A
Small Planet Airlines Germany Seasonal charter: Larnaca (begins 20 April 2017), Palma de Mallorca C
SunExpress Antalya, Izmir B
SunExpress Deutschland Bodrum, Burgas, Lanzarote, Málaga
Seasonal: Adana, Ankara, Elazig, Gaziantep, Kayseri, Rhodes, Samsun, Sanliurfa, Varna
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Hurghada, Luxor, Palma de Mallorca, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharm el-Sheikh
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich A
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
Zürich A
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Helvetic Airways
Zürich A
Tailwind Airlines Seasonal: Antalya B
TUIfly Antalya, Boa Vista, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Málaga (begins 9 April 2017),[10] Sal, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Agadir, Corfu, Dalaman, Enfidha, Faro, Funchal, Heraklion, Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Kos, Malta, Minorca, Palma de Mallorca, Patras, Rhodes, Salzburg, Zadar
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk B
Vueling Barcelona C
Wizz Air Belgrade (begins 20 May 2017), Bucharest (begins 13 December 2016),[11] Budapest (begins 10 April 2017), Kiev-Zhulyany, Skopje B


ASL Airlines Belgium Billund, Liège, Oslo-Gardermoen
Deutsche Post
operated by Air Berlin
Deutsche Post
operated by TUIfly
FedEx Express
operated by Swiftair
Paris-Charles de Gaulle


Departure area
Check-in area
Cargo terminal
2000 5,530,284
2001 Decrease 5,157,558
2002 Decrease 4,751,921
2003 Increase 5,044,870
2004 Increase 5,249,169
2005 Increase 5,637,385
2006 Increase 5,699,299
2007 Decrease 5,644,582
2008 Decrease 5,637,517
2009 Decrease 4,969,799
2010 Increase 5,059,800
2011 Increase 5,340,264
2012 Decrease 5,287,831
2013 Decrease 5,234,909
2014 Increase 5,291,981
2015 Increase 5,452,669
Source: ADV[12]

Ground transportation

Hannover Airport railway station


Hannover Flughafen railway station is located beneath Terminal C and features frequent services of S-Bahn line S5 to Hannover city centre. The journey time is approx. 15 minutes and the service runs every 30 minutes 22 hours a day.


Hannover Airport has its own exit on motorway A352, but can also reached via some local roads.

See also


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