From an airfield to the home airport of a strong region

Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport is located in the heart of  Germany on the European traffic axis Ruhr to Berlin and is financed by the district communities and cities in the region.


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 benefited 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 traveling to business destinations near or far.

Flight Operations

According to the provincial government's plans Paderborn-Lippstadt airport is intended to be the station for regional scheduled air traffic, occasional industrial air traffic, in particular for tourist air traffic and for company owned aircraft as well as the focus for general aviation.


These aims have been realized since the beginnings of tourist charter flights with large medium-haul aircraft in 1988.


Destination Network

Nonstop and feeder flights to Munich offer mobility to almost every destination in the world. Counting more than 38.000 flight movements and 850.000 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. Destinations like Spain, North Africa, Canary Island, in Turkey and Bulgaria are scheduled throughout the seasons. City flights to the hotspots in Europe complete the European network. Scheduled flights with Lufthansa feed the star alliance from Munich providing further continental and intercontinental destinations.

Airport Facilities

  • Runway 2.180 m in lenght and 45 m in width
  • suited for all aircraft up to the size of Boeing 767 and Airbus A 310
  • Modern High intensity edge and center lightning
  • Navigation and ILS-Systems in both directions
  • Hangars for general aviation
  • Maintenance centre for Airbus A 320/Boeing 757 (Air Berlin)
  • Aircraft Maintenance service for minor repairs
  • Rescue and fire fighting services
  • AD category for fire- fighting = 7 and 8 on demand
  • Airside apron 87.679,00 qm² with 26 parking positions
  • Fuel facilities, machinery and equipment for aircraft handling
  • Deicing facilities
  • Airport site: 227 hectares
  • Terminal and administration buildings
  • Sufficient free parking spaces and affordable parking spaces in the multi-storey car park
  • Airport Hotel with 48 en suite bedrooms, spa facilities and restaurant
  • A selection of bistros, shops and travel agencies



Catchment Area

The Airport is situated in the heart of Germany between the two tows that gave it the Name Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport. Mainly used for outgoing traffic with passengers coming from a large area of up to 80 km in radius to the airport, predominantly from the nearby region of "Ostwestfalen" , the most eastern part of North-Rhine Westphalia. Others origin from counties like the lower Saxony, North Hesse, the Lippe- and the Waldecker Land, from Sauerland, the neighbouring Ruhrgebiet und the south of Münsterland.


Road Connections

Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport is located very close to the country´s major road network. Situated along the
motorways A33 and A 44 the excellent road links provide easy and very convenient access.


  • The motorway A33 connects to the A30 in the North and the A44 in the South and thereby serves traffic running from Holland, via the North-West of Germany through to Saxony- Thuringia.
    Exit: Autobahn A 33 (Bielefeld-Brilon), junction Salzkotten
  • The Motorway A44 runs from the Belgium boarder near Aachen to Kassel.
    Exit: Autobahn A 44 (Dortmund-Kassel), junction Büren. 


Further Development

  • optimizing the runway system
  • the improvement of flight navigation and flight safety systems in accordance with current technical specifications
  • further building projects to meet developing demands
  • the further development of airport facilities and the improvement of passenger road traffic access

Associates Participation

The airport is financed by the districts, cities and Chambers of Industry and Commerce in the region


  • Kreis Paderborn 56,38 %
  • Kreis Soest 12,26 %
  • Kreis Gütersloh 7,84 %
  • Hochsauerlandkreis 3,92 %
  • Kreis Höxter 3,29 %
  • Kreis Lippe 7,84 %
  • Stadt Bielefeld 5,88 %
  • IHK Bielefeld 1,57 %
  • IHK Detmold 0,39 %