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Cologne/Bonn Airport (German: Flughafen Köln/Bonn, also called Konrad-Adenauer-Flughafen or Flughafen Köln-Wahn) is an international airport located in the Wahner Heide nature reserve, Cologne/Bonn Regionmarker, Germany, southeast of Cologne city centre and northeast of Bonnmarker. It is the sixth largest airport in Germanymarker and one of the country's few 24-hour airports. In terms of cargo flights it is second. In 2007 the number of passengers increased to 10.47 million, from 9.9 million in 2006.


In 1913 the first plane took off from the Wahner Heide military training area on an artillery reconnaissance flight. In 1939 an airfield was built for the German Luftwaffe.

After World War II the British military took over and expanded the airport. A 1,866 m runway was built in this period and in 1951 the airport was opened for civilian air traffic.

During the 50s and 60s two more runways and a new terminal were constructed. On 1 November 1970 a Boeing 747 took off for New York Citymarker for the first time.

In 1986 Cologne/Bonn Airport was chosen by United Parcel Servicemarker (UPS) as the location for their European hub.

In the late 1990s the Airport started an expansion program. Several new parking lots and a second terminal were built, and in 2004 a new long-distance railway station, Bahnhof Köln/Bonn Flughafenmarker, on the new InterCityExpress (ICE) Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed rail line was opened.

Among several other new air connections in 2006 was a daily transatlantic flight to New Jersey'smarker Newark Liberty International Airportmarker by Continental Airlines who operated the route with a Boeing 757-200. This route was discontinued on September 4th, 2008 due to a reduction in passenger numbers [90562].

Low-cost carriers

Coinciding with the start of several low-cost airlines in Germany, Cologne/Bonn opened new capacity. This enabled the airport to make competitive offers to the airlines. Consequently, Germanwings and TUIfly started operations from Cologne/Bonn as their hub in the fall of 2002. They were joined by EasyJet in late 2003 and Wizz Air in June 2006.

As a result, the number of passengers in 2003 rose by 43% compared to 2002.

The airport is actively searching for airlines willing to establish the first trans-atlantic low-cost flights.

Airlines and destinations

Aerial view

Terminal 1

Terminal 2

Cargo airlines


Cologne Airport is host of the German space agency DLR, part of ESAmarker which trains astronauts there for Space Explorations. Apart from that Cologne Airport is one of NASAmarker's world-wide 19 non-American Space Shuttle abort landing sites.


Since 2000, CGN has greatly increased their passenger service sector which includes its restaurant and shop selection. There are plans to further expand the concession selection in Terminal 1.

Terminal 1

  • Bar (German Bar, Section B across from Gate B4, After Security)
  • Burger King (American Fast-Food, Section B Departures)
  • CaféBistro Leysieffer (Section C Departures, Starwalk/After Security)
  • Cafetiero (Starwalk)
  • Gosch Seafood Restaurant (Section C Departures)
  • Kamps Bakery (Pastries, Section C Departures)
  • Maredo; Grill & Café Lounge [Steakhouse](Section B Departures)
  • Sion Kölsch Treff (German bar serving Kölsch , Starwalk/After Security)
  • Various Shops/Duty-Free Shops [90563]

Terminal 2

  • Burger King (American Fast-Food, Section D Departures)
  • Cafetiero (Section D Departures, Section D Arrivals)
  • Diners Bistro (Section D Departures)
  • Käfer DeliLounge (Section D Departures)
  • Kamps Bakery/Delicatessen (Section D Arrivals)
  • Kölsch & Co (German Bar serving Kölsch , Section D Departures)
  • Snackbar Bar Blue (Section D/After Security)
  • Snackbar Bar Green (Section D Arrivals)
  • Snackbar Bar Red (Section D/After Security)
  • Snackbar Bar Yellow (Section D/After Security)
  • Subway (American Fast-Food, Section D/After Security)
  • Various Shops/Duty-Free Shops [90564]


Schedule April-June 2008 [90565]

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