Named so because of its mid-way location between the two cities, Cologne Bonn Airport is thus a gateway to both destinations and is now one of Germany's largest by volume.
Within the 40 busiest airports in Europe, Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) sees numerous daily international and domestic flights to the tune of almost 10 million-plus annual passengers and more than 40,000 a day at peaks times, with an overall capacity of 12 million.
Cologne/Bonn Airport is an international airport located in the district of Porz in the city of Cologne, Germany, and is surrounded by the Wahner Heide nature reserve. The airport is centrally located 15 km southeast of Cologne city centre and 16 km northeast of Bonn. It is the sixth largest airport in Germany and one of the country's few 24-hour airports. In terms of cargo flights it is second.
Cologne-Bonn Airport History
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. In 1951 the airport was opened for civilian air traffic, superseding the former Cologne Butzweilerhof Airport.
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 City for the first time. 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 was opened. Among several other new air connections in 2006 was a daily transatlantic flight to New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport by Continental Airlines who operated the route with a Boeing 757-200. This route was discontinued on September 4, 2008 due to a reduction in passenger numbers.
Coinciding with the start of several low-cost airlines in Germany, Cologne/Bonn opened new capacities. 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.
Rail - S-Bahn trains run from the airport railway station, which is situated between Terminals 1 and 2, to Cologne Hauptbahnhof (central station) and other destinations in the city (journey time approximately 15 minutes).
Bus - Airport shuttles are available to/from Cologne (journey time: 20 minutes) and Bonn (journey time: 35 minutes). There is also a service to Düsseldorf central station (journey time: 60 minutes) from Terminal 2. Service SB60 runs the Bonn Central Station (journey time: 30 minutes).
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