Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN/EDDK)

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Cologne is Germany's fourth largest city and 'Koelnmesse' is a top trade fair location hosting more than 70 international trade fairs and over 2,000 conferences per year.

Geographic Location and Catchment Area

  • CGN is perfectly located in the centre of Western Europe
  • Gateway to neighbouring countries like The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France
  • 16 million inhabitants living within a radius of 100 km/60 miles
  • 2nd biggest catchment area in Europe, comparable to Greater London or Greater Paris
  • Cologne is the 4th largest city in Germany

A lot of (commercially-important) people: The city's iconic cathedral has 6.5 million visitors - the most visited site in Germany.

Europe’s Economic Power House:

  • Situated in the world’s sixth most powerful economic region (only surpassed by Tokyo, New York, Osaka, Los Angeles and London)
  • Germany is Europe’s biggest single market
  • 24 of the 50 top-selling German companies are based in the Cologne/Bonn region
  • Key players in seven primary sectors: Automotive/Engineering, Chemical Industry, Finance/Insurance, Trade, IT/Telecommunications, Transportation and Media
  • German and international multinational companies eg: Ford, Toyota, Bayer, Lanxess, Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile, Microsoft, AXA, RTL, Deutsche Post/DHL, Deutz, Haribo, Rewe, TÜV Rheinland…
  • “Koelnmesse” is the Number 1 trade fair location for over 25 economic sectors and hosts more than 70 international trade fairs and over 2,000 conferences per year

CGN - a highly attractive destination for both business and leisure travellers- Europe's second biggest catchment, and the world's sixth most powerful economic region.

Airport’s Perfect Conditions

  • CGN has no slot constraints and operates 24/7
  • Excellent weather conditions minimize delays, diversions and de-icings
  • European feeder network to 127 destinations
  • CGN has its own railway station, served by high-speed and regional trains
  • Designed as a drive-in airport with its own motorway access the city centre is just a 15 minute drive away

Governmental Residence

  • Being the former capital of Germany, Bonn is the second official seat of government and the first official residence of seven Federal Ministries and 26 Federal Offices
  • Bonn is the official German representative city of the United Nations with 17 UN-organisations

Cologne holds the second largest carnival in the world after Rio and hosts Germany's biggest Christmas market.


  • Cologne Cathedral has 6.5 million annual visitors and is the most visited site in Germany (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • Touristic highlights: Cologne Carnival (2nd largest carnival in the world after Rio de Janeiro), Christmas markets, the old town (lots of breweries – Kölsch is the local beer), Roman monuments and museums with international reputation, nearby theme park Phantasialand, the Lanxess arena (Germany’s biggest indoor arena), FIFA World Cup Stadium Cologne and home to football team 1.FC Köln (German premier league – Bundesliga)
  • Bonn, the city of Ludwig van Beethoven, is the gateway to the Romantic Middle Rhine Valley with its landscape and castles (UNESCO-World Heritage) as well as to Germany’s northernmost wine region

Marketing and other support

In addition to a tailor-made incentive scheme, CGN offers marketing support for all relevant target groups to achieve enduring success. We carry out marketing campaigns, covering activities like:

  • Editorials and advertising in airport’s print publications and direct mailings for consumers and trade respectively
  • Online advertising and promotions on airport’s websites
  • Advertising and promotions on airport premises
  • Advertising in local media
  • Airline promotion at trade fairs
  • Joint events with airlines and tour operators for travel agencies and travel managers
  • PR support with inaugural events, press releases and trips
  • Close co-operation with local tourist boards, Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Offices of Economic Development

A deliberate strategy to embrace high speed rail has significantly expanded the catchment. The airport's own railway station beneath the terminals is served by high-speed ICE trains and a further express service to Cologne Central - the genuine hub of the European high-speed network linking Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich, Hanover, Hamburg and Berlin.

Catchment Area

Cologne is the largest city in North-Rhine-Westphalia. With 1 million inhabitants, it is Germany’s 4th largest city. Situated on the banks of the river Rhine, the city has developed into the most important centre of trade and commerce in the West of Germany.

The city and the region offer an optimal accessibility on land and water. With five Rhine harbours, Cologne has the second-largest inland port in Germany. 10 motorways radiate like a star from the motorway ring, which runs around the city.

  • 60-minute catchment (car): 9.0 million people
  • 90-minute catchment (car): 16.5 million people

The Cologne Central Station, with its connections to all the leading European cities and conurbations, is one of the key continental railway junctions. With high-speed lines to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich, Hanover, Hamburg, Berlin, the city is at the hub of European high-speed network.

  • 60-minute catchment (train): 7.7 million people
  • 90-minute catchment (train): 13.2 million people
  • 120-minute catchment (train): 18.3 million people

Germany’s 2# all-cargo airport: Half all European import/exports originate within 200km around CGN. Already the European hub of UPS, from 2010 CGN will become the Central and Eastern Europe hub of FedEx backed by a €140 million investment in a freight and sorting centre.

Freight Opportunities

  • No. 2 all-cargo airport in Germany
  • No. 7 all-cargo airport in Europe
  • European hub of UPS; Central and Eastern Europe hub of FedEx (2010)
  • €25 million investment in a new 12,500 m² general cargo warehouse and logistics infrastructure
  • €140 million investment in a freight and sorting centre in partnership with FedEx
  • Our geographical position guarantees the shortest road feeder distances per flown kg to/from Europe
  • 50% of all European imports and exports originate within 200km around CGN
  • Our home state “NRW” is no. 14 strongest export region in the world and the biggest export producing region in Europe
  • Air traffic is not slot restricted
  • CGN has a state permit to operate 24 hours a day
  • Three-runway system; major runway 3,850m cat. III
  • 36 wide-body freighter stands on airside infrastructure, accessible from the cargo sheds
  • 24/7 handling services and customs clearance
  • Fast direct link to nearby motorways and major roads to the north, south, east and west
  • Excellent weather conditions minimise delays, diversions and de-icings

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Franz Heuckeroth van Hessen, Director Cargo and


CGN is a drive-in airport with its own motorway access just 15-minutes from central Cologne. Excellent weather conditions minimise delays, diversions, and de-icings…and have allowed for the construction of the downtown Skybeach.

Airport Facts


Cologne Bonn Airport has a first-class infrastructure. The airport’s own railway station beneath the terminals is served by high-speed ICE trains and regional urban trains. It takes only 12 minutes to the city centre. Designed as a drive-in airport with its own motorway access the city centre is just a 15-minute drive away. The excellent weather conditions minimise delays, diversions and de-icings.

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runways: 3
  • 14L/32R: 3,815 m x 60 m (12,516 ft x 197 ft)
  • 14R/32L: 1,863 m x 45 m (6,112 ft x 148 ft)
  • 06/24: 2,459 m x 45 m (8,068 ft x 148 ft)
  • Operating hours: 24/7, 365 days
  • Two terminals for a capacity of 14.5 million passengers
  • Shops and restaurants/cafes: 56
  • Check-in counters: 86
  • Total aircraft stands: 114
  • Cargo wide-body stands: 38
  • Gates: 55
  • Passenger Bridges: 19
  • Apron: 9
  • Car parks: 3 with 12,600 parking spaces

Vital statistics

  • 9,742,321 passengers in 2009

Passenger distribution:

  • 33% business
  • 34% leisure
  • 31% VFR
  • 2% others
  • (Flight passenger survey 2009)

Traffic development

Passengers in million: Cargo in tonnes:
2000: 6.4 427,726
2001: 5.8 448,426
2002: 5.5 504,080
2003: 7.8 527,365
2004: 8.4 613,234
2005: 9.5 651,000
2006: 9.9 685,563
2007: 10.5 704,679
2008: 10.3 586,536
2009: 9.7 559,406
  • Destinations: 127
  • Countries: 32
  • Airlines: 35
  • Daily Seats: 45,000 (summer 2010)


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