Flughafen Dortmund GmbH was founded in 1926 in the Dortmund-Brackel district. Thereafter Dortmund quickly established itself, alongside Cologne, at the forefront of domestic German air travel, handling more scheduled flights than Düsseldorf and Essen.
However, the war put an end to civil aviation in Dortmund, and it did not return until 1960, at the site of the present airport in Dortmund-Wickede. In 1974 a 650-metre long, 20-metre wide tarmac runway replaced the previous grass airstrip.
Since then the airport has undergone continuous further expansion: airport buildings and hangars were constructed and the runway and landing strip grew steadily longer. Thus, the originally regional Dortmund-Wickede Airport has turned into the fourth-largest commercial airport in North Rhine-Westphalia – Dortmund Airport. Today flights leave Dortmund for many interesting destinations throughout Europe, and the airport handles more than two million passengers a year.
Information on Dortmund Airport
Airport code: DTM (IATA), EDLW (ICAO)
51°31.10'N / 07°36.73'E
13 tie-down positions and gates, 3 luggage conveyors, 28 check-in counters
The runway is 2000 metres long and 45 metres wide. The asphalt surface has a special
ANTISKID coating for runways, providing a high-tech surface that ensures
maximum safety for take-offs and landings.
Approx. 3.5 million passengers a year can be check in at Dortmund Airport.
Hours of operation:
Scheduled landings and take-offs may take place between 06:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. (local time).
Terminal opening hours:
The terminal of Dortmund Airport is open from 03:45 a.m. until midnight local
Commencement of operations:
Flughafen Dortmund GmbH was founded on 16 April 1926. The terminal for
scheduled and charter flights went into operation in 2000. The terminal used
until that time has now become the General Aviation Terminal for business,
leisure and recreational flights).
Airport size: Building
area 220 ha, green space 135 ha
Shareholder: DSW21 (74%) and City of Dortmund (26%)
Managing Director: Udo Mager (since 1. July 2013)
Company key performance indicators
Air freight (t)
on which employed by Dortmund Airport
Dortmund Airport by comparison
Passenger numbers at commercial German airports in 2015
No. of passengers (arrivals & departures)
Figures as at: December 2015
Source: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Verkehrsflughäfen (ADV) e.V.