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From an airfield to the home airport of a strong region

History of Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport

The history of Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport begins in 1969 with the initiation of a planning permit procedure for the construction of an airfield on land north of the town of Ahden. As early as September 1971, the first smaller aircraft began to use the new airfield for both scheduled service and business aviation. However, it wasn't until 1984 that the airfield became a "real" airport with aviation authority approval to operate as a commercial airport - a status that required the construction of a runway 1,760 meters in length and 30 meters in width, an operations building, airside aprons and a variety of aircraft hangars. But with these new features, larger machines could also take off and land at Paderborn-Lippstadt, and this boosted the tourist travel business in charter flights in particular. In 1986, additional investments in technical facilities enabled instrument approaches (ILS, the use of radio signals and lighting to aid aircraft as they approach the runway), and subsequently the runway was extended to 2,180 meters in length and 45 meters in width, making it possible for large aircraft to take off and land here. Both scheduled service and charter carriers benefitted from this step, with the charter airlines providing service to their first sunshine destinations: Mallorca and Gran Canaria.


Today, Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport has become an airport with statewide importance for air transport in North Rhine-Westphalia. The airport's scheduled and charter flights offer national and international connections to meet the needs of a core catchment area of some three million inhabitants. And for the people in this region, Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport is "practically next door" - it's the home airport that they can reach quickly and conveniently, whether they're following the sun or travelling to business destinations near or far.

Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport today

Nonstop and feeder flights to Munich and Frankfurt offer mobility to almost every destination in the world. Counting 700.000 passengers each year Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport is well-established amongst European and international airports. Airlines offer a wide variety of holiday flights to the most attractive destinations in the south of Europe. You can fly to Spain, Italy, North-Africa, Canary Islands, Turkey and Bulgaria from Paderborn. City flights to the hotspots in Europe complete the European network. The development of Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport from an airfield to a modern airport is still ongoing. Today we offer our passengers a big service range and a good mixture of charter and business flights.


    In 2010 we redesigned and renovated the terminal. Now it is very clearly arranged, has short distances and short check-in times. The relaxation begins right at the check-in.


    Since 2010 we offer our passengers 18 check-in counters.


    When you come back from your trip we have a big arrival hall with two big baggage claims. Leaving the hall you will be at your car, the public transportation or at your pick-up person within a short period of time.


    Air traffic

    • Commercial air traffic
    • Charter and scheduled flights
    • Business flights
    • General air traffic
    • Cargo

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