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Cologne Bonn Airport
|Continent: Europe||Country: Germany|
|Please note that the use of airband scanners in Germany is illegal.|
Cologne/Bonn Airport, also called Konrad-Adenauer-Flughafen and Flughafen Köln-Wahn is the sixth largest airport in Germany. In terms of cargo flights it is No. 3.
It is situated in the Wahner Heide nature reserve, 15 km south-east of Cologne and 20 km north-east of Bonn.
|Cologne Bonn Airport|
|Airport type||Mixed-Use Commerical|
|Overview map||Google Maps|
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, British troops took over and expanded the airport. A 1,866m-runway was built in this period. 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 for the first time.
In 1986 Cologne/Bonn Airport was chosen by United Parcel Service as the location for their European hub.
In the late 90s the Airport started an expansion program. Several new parking lots and a second terminal were built, and in 2004 a railway station on the new InterCity Express|ICE-high-speed-track Cologne-Frankfurt was opened.
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 Hapag-Lloyd Express started operations from Cologne/Bonn as their hub in the fall of 2002. They were joined by easyJet in late 2003. As a result, the number of passengers in 2003 rose by 43% compared to 2002.
Cologne Bonn Airport has closed 2016 with a record result. For the first time in the airport’s history, 11.9 million passengers were recorded in the period from January to December.
Official Spotting Locations
The airport observation terraces provide visitors with a view of the principal take-off and landing runway, the apron, cargo areas and the military section. Cologne Bonn Airport is also a popular destination for spotters whose hobby is the airplane observation and photography. From the top floor of it you can spot the planes even without disturbing tinted windows.
The new observation deck was reopend in June 2012 and designed together with the spotter clubs Aviation Friends Cologne / Bonn and CGNCommunity. The observation platforms are located at Terminal 1 between B and C, 4 floor. The terrace is open daily from 06.30 to 22.00; admission is free.
Please note: For safety reasons, the visitors terrace is not open in bad weather, thunderstorms or icy conditions.
Other Spotting Locations
Upper Deck of P3
Provides a good view of the Terminal 2 apron and the approach to 14L. P3 is open 24hours/7days.
Locations to Avoid
- Air Berlin (AB): 737-800, A320/A321, Q400
- Austrian Airlines (OS): EMB, A319, A320
- Blue Air (0B): 737-800
- Condor (DE): A320, 757-300, 767-200
- Corendon Airlines (CAI): B738
- Eurowings (EWG): A319, A320, A330,
- FlyBe/Stobart Air (): E-170 (starting May 2017)
- germanwings (4U): A319, A320, CRJ
- Iran Air (IR): A310, A300
- Lufthansa (LH): CRJ, A319, A320, A321, E-195
- MNG Airlines (MNB): A300F
- Norwegian (D8) B737-800
- Nouvelair Tunisie (BJ) : A320
- Onur Air (8Q): A321
- Pegasus (PGT): 737-800
- Pobeda (DP): 737-800
- Ryanair (FR): 737-800
- SkyWork Airlines (SX) Do328
- Sun Express (XQ): 737-800
- Sun Express Germany (XG): 737-800
- TAP Air Portugal (TP/TAP) ERJ, A320 (starting july 2017)
- Wizz Air (W6): A319, A320
Flight destinations: (Jan. 2017)
A complete list of all destinations can be found here :
Facilities and Transportation
Rent a car
- Avis +49 (0)2203 40-2343
- Buchbinder +49 (0)2203 1042270
- enterprise +49 (0)2203 369800
- Europcar +49 (0)2203 955 88-0
- Hertz +49 (0)2203 40-2501
- Sixt +49 (0)180 6 262525
Rail & Bus services
The airport can be reached directly by train
Rail timetables are available here:
By bus to the airport
From Cologne, take the S-Bahn [suburban railway) No. 7 to Porz Markt, from there with Bus No. 161 to the Airport and back. Bus stops are T1 / A Untergeschoss, T2 / D, Busbahnhof, Verwaltung and Luftfrachtzentrum.
- Leonardo Hotel Köln Bonn Airport +49 (0)2203 5610
- http://www.spotter.koeln/ (formerly www.spotter-cgn.de)
- Spotter-Guide (in german) http://www.spotter.koeln/index.php/spotterstuff/spotterguides-reports/cgn-spotterguides-reports
- http://forum.cgncommunity.com/ (Forum)
- Cologne Bonn Planespotting Timetables Live flights, weather reports, runway usage, lighting conditions.
- http://www.koeln-bonn-airport.de/en/airport/airport-webcam.html Webcam Airport CGN/EDDK
- http://www.koeln-bonn-airport.de/en/airport/services-for-visitors.html Service for Visitors, Guided tours of the Airport