Leipzig/Halle Airport

Leipzig/Halle Airport
Flughafen Leipzig/Halle
Airport type Public
Owner Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding AG
Operator Flughafen Leipzig/Halle GmbH
Serves Leipzig and Halle
Location Schkeuditz, Germany
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 470 ft / 143 m
Coordinates 51°25′26″N 012°14′11″E / 51.42389°N 12.23639°E / 51.42389; 12.23639
Website leipzig-halle-airport.de

Location of Airport in Saxony

Direction Length Surface
m ft
08L/26R 3,600 11,811 Concrete
08R/26L 3,600 11,811 Concrete
10/28 2,500 8,202 Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 2,321,975
Passenger change 14–15 Decrease0.4%
Freight (tonnes) 863,665
Freight change 11–12 Increase13.6%
Sources: AIP from Eurocontrol,
Annual Traffic Report 2012[1]

Leipzig/Halle Airport (IATA: LEJ, ICAO: EDDP) (German: Flughafen Leipzig/Halle) is an international airport located in Schkeuditz, Saxony and serves both Leipzig, Saxony and Halle, Saxony-Anhalt.

It is Germany's 13th largest airport by passengers and handled more than 2.3 million passengers in 2015 mainly with flights to European leisure destinations. In terms of cargo traffic, the airport is the fifth-busiest in Europe and the second-busiest in Germany after Frankfurt Airport, having handled 863,665 metric tonnes of cargo in 2015. The airport serves as the main European hub for DHL Aviation and the main hub for AeroLogic. Also military installations have been built at the airport for NATO and EU military aircraft.[2]


The airport in May 1929

The airport was built new from scratch at a location between Halle and Leipzig from 1926 and opened in 1927.

On 18 March 1986 a Concorde operated by Air France landed at Leipzig/Halle Airport for the first time due to the internationally known Leipzig trade fair. Two days later British Airways also sent a Concorde to Leipzig/Halle. Both airlines continued flying to the airport with the Concorde from Paris and London when a trade fair was held in Leipzig in the following years.

Despite its name, the airport ground property tax goes to the county of Delitzsch. A deal between the city of Leipzig and Delitzsch led to an exchange of area. In 2007, Leipzig received land outside the airport while ownership of the airport land was transferred to Delitzsch. The District of Delitzsch now owns and claim taxes from the grounds and commercial interest from the airport.

DHL Aviation moved its European hub from Brussels Airport to Leipzig/Halle in early 2008 and thereby increased cargo traffic. The airport also was modernized with the 2012 Olympic Games hosting bid for Leipzig in mind but the city lost out to London.

In spring 2013, Ryanair announced to start operations to Leipzig/Halle on six routes. However, one year later all of them except the flights to London-Stansted were terminated again.[3] In February 2015, Etihad Regional announced the immediate termination of their entire Leipzig/Halle operations which commenced only two years earlier due to changes to their operational concept. All three routes are shut down while two newly announced ones won't start.[4]

As of March 2015, the largest passenger airlines at Leipzig/Halle Airport measured by weekly departures are Condor with 38 outgoing flights a week followed by Air Berlin, which operates 29 departures per week.[5]

In September 2016, Pakistan International Airlines announced plans to replace Manchester on their Islamabad - Manchester - New York City route with Leipzig/Halle from somewhere in 2017 due to lower operational costs and time saving measures. As the airline holds Fifth Freedom rights, this would be Leipzig/Halle's first passenger service to the United States.[6]

In October 2016, DHL inaugurated a major expansion to its freight facilities at the airport. The two new cargo terminals increase the handling capacity by 50 percent.[7]



The modern airport terminal structure extends over the adjacent motorway and railway. It features an integrated car park as well as the check-in-facilities and is connected to a pier equipped with six Jet bridges as well as several apron stands.


Leipzig/Halle Airport features two runways. The terminal access is south of the railway while the runway 08L/26R parallels the driveway north of the railway, requiring aircraft to taxi on a bridge over the tracks and roads.

Airlines and destinations


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Leipzig/Halle Airport:[8]

Air Berlin Funchal, Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca
Seasonal: Antalya, Corfu, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Hurghada, Kos, Lanzarote, Lamezia Terme, Marsa Alam, Tenerife-South
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Bulgaria Air Seasonal: Burgas
Condor Antalya, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Burgas, Corfu, Funchal, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Antalya
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca (begins 25 May 2017)[9]
operated by Germanwings
Germania Seasonal: Debrecen, Hévíz-Balaton
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Frankfurt, Munich
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal: Antalya
Ryanair London-Stansted
SunExpress Deutschland Agadir, Ibiza, Lamezia Terme, Marsa Alam, Sharm el-Sheikh
Seasonal: Antalya, Burgas, Enfidha, Fuerteventura, Gaziantep, Gazipaşa, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada, Lanzarote, La Palma, Luxor, Paphos, Rhodes, Salalah, Split, Tenerife-South, Varna
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona


AirBridgeCargo Airlines Moscow-Sheremetyevo
DHL Aviation
operated by ABX Air
Brussels, Lagos
DHL Aviation
operated by Aero Charter
DHL Aviation
operated by AeroLogic[10]
Bahrain, Bangalore, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Bergamo, Delhi, Dubai-International, East Midlands, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lahore, Mumbai, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Singapore, Tashkent
DHL Aviation
operated by ASL Airlines Ireland
Amsterdam, Athens, Bergamo, Brussels, East Midlands, Frankfurt, London-Heathrow, London-Luton, Madrid
DHL Aviation
operated by Aviastar-TU
DHL Aviation
operated by Aviavilsa
DHL Aviation
operated by Bluebird Cargo
Geneva, Turku
DHL Aviation
operated by DHL Air UK
Amsterdam, Athens, Basel/Mulhouse, Bergamo, Bologna, Brussels, Budapest, Cincinnati, Cologne/Bonn, East Midlands, Hong Kong, Lyon, Marseille, Munich, New York-JFK, Oslo-Gardermoen, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Ciampino, Stuttgart, Treviso, Vitoria, Warsaw-Chopin
DHL Aviation
operated by European Air Transport Leipzig
Barcelona, Bergamo, Bratislava, Brussels, Copenhagen, East Midlands, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Linz, London-Heathrow, Madrid, Nantes, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino, Sofia, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Vitoria, Gdańsk, Katowice
DHL Aviation
operated by Kalitta Air
Bahrain, Brussels, Cincinnati, Delhi Hong Kong, New York-JFK, Sharjah
DHL Aviation
operated by MNG Cargo
DHL Aviation
operated by RAF-Avia
Ostrava, Riga
DHL Aviation
operated by Southern Air
Cincinnati, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Sharjah, East Midlands
DHL Aviation
operated by Swiftair
Brussels, Geneva, Linz, Ljubljana, Turku, Vitoria
DHL Aviation
operated by Polar Air Cargo
Almaty, Bahrain, Cincinnati


Some US airlines fly to Leipzig/Halle on behalf of the US Department of Defense, to bring US Army troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. Leipzig/Halle is used as technical stop for refueling on these flights. They do not appear at any official timetable. Soldiers flown via Leipzig/Halle are listed as transit passengers in its traffic statistics. Miami Air International airlines and others operate military charter flights via Leipzig/Halle.


General plan of the airport
Concourse connecting the check-in and airside areas
Cargo facilities
Taxiway crossing the Autobahn
Passengers MovementsFreight (in t)
1990 274,878 9,549 366
1991 Increase 634,424 Increase 26,089 Increase 4,372
1992 Increase 1,073,378 Increase 42,960 Increase 8,611
1993 Increase 1,521,436 Increase 48,510 Increase 17,482
1994 Increase 1,901,797 Increase 52,590 Increase 23,189
1995 Increase 2,104,822 Increase 53,807 Increase 25,225
1996 Increase 2,186,649 Decrease 50,298 Decrease 22,410
1997 Increase 2,248,852 Decrease 47,284 Decrease 17,220
1998 Decrease 2,108,779 Decrease 43,778 Decrease 12,866
1999 Increase 2,162,769 Increase 47,944 Increase 15,220
2000 Increase 2,288,931 Decrease 47,030 Increase 17,086
2001 Decrease 2,185,130 Decrease 42,408 Decrease 15,799
2002 Decrease 1,988,854 Decrease 41,209 Increase 16,882
2003 Decrease 1,955,070 Decrease 40,303 Increase 17.559
2004 Increase 2,041,046 Decrease 39,316 Decrease 12,575
2005 Increase 2,127,895 Decrease 37,905 Increase 15,641
2006 Increase 2,348,011 Increase 42,417 Increase 29,330
2007 Increase 2,723,000 Increase 50,972 Increase 101,364
2008 Decrease 2,462,256 Increase 59,924 Increase 442,453
2009 Decrease 2,421,382 Increase 60,150 Increase 524,082
2010 Decrease 2,348,597 Increase 62,247 Increase 663,024
2011 Decrease 2,266,743 Increase 64,097 Increase 760,344
2012 Increase 2,286,151 Decrease 62,688 Increase 863,665
2013 Decrease 2,240,860 Decrease 61,668 Increase 887,101
2014 Increase 2,331,399 Increase 63,569 Increase 910,708
2015[11] Decrease 2,321,975 Increase 65,061 Increase 988,240
Source: Leipzig/Halle Airport Traffic statistics[12]

Ground transportation


Leipzig/Halle Airport railway station

Leipzig/Halle Airport railway station is located directly beneath the passenger terminal and has both Intercity and Intercity-Express connections to cities like Frankfurt, Erfurt, Magdeburg, Hanover, Cologne and Dresden. Two lines of the suburban S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland connect directly to Leipzig and Halle, furthermore to Altenburg and Zwickau. Transit connection of the network reach most of parts of Central Germany.


The airport is connected to two motorways: the A14 connecting to Dresden (130 km), Halle (Saale, 20 km) and Magdeburg (130 km), and the A9 connecting to Munich (430 km), Nuremberg (280 km), and Berlin (180 km).


Berlin Linien Bus provides intercity bus services to Leipzig/Halle Airport as a part of its Eisenach-Berlin route. There are four daily stops from and three towards Berlin at LEJ.[13] Flixbus connects in both ways twice per day to Dresden, Göttingen, Kassel and once per day to Dortmund and Cologne.

The airport's facilities have been featured in major films during recent years:

See also


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