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Cologne Airport is located 14.8 km southeast of the city of Cologne and ranks as Germany's sixth largest airport. Handling some 9.8 million passengers in 2010 and some 9.6 million passengers in 2011, the most recent success lies in the record-breaking amount of cargo that was handled last year. Some 743,000 tonnes of air cargo, the highest tonnage of air cargo ever transported in the location's history, were handled last year and, although passenger numbers were slightly down on the previous year, the future looks bright.
Serving both the city of Cologne and the city of Bonn, Germany’s former capital, the airport was marginally affected by the increase in air traffic tax, which came into force in January 2011 and resulted in a 2% downturn of passenger numbers. While Air Berlin, the second largest local carrier, also cut some 430,000 seats last year, the destination nevertheless saw announcements of new routes opening in 2012 – the Oslo route will commence in March 2012 with three flights per week via low-cost carrier Norwegian; in April 2012 Ural Airlines will commence flights from Cologne to Moscow Domodedovo Airport three times a week and from June 2012 this will increase to five times per week.
Cologne Airport serves one of Germany’s most densely populated areas and for this reason is one of the few aviation hubs permitted to operate 24 hours per day. Located in the suburb of Porz, it is located just 16 km from Bonn and is also surrounded by the Wahner Heide nature reserve, a popular tourist attraction and destination for holiday makers.
Since the beginning of December 2011 the destination offers passengers even more amenities, starting with free Wi-Fi access from anywhere in the terminal. Passengers and visitors will be able to surf the internet free of charge and without any time restrictions, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. There won’t be any complicated registration procedure for users to negotiate either. Any WLAN-competitive device, be is smart phone, tablet PC or laptops can be used to access the FairSpot-Public network. Cologne Airport is the first in Germany to offer this service.
The airport also offers passengers the possibility of late night check-in a day before their departure, making the day of departure a little less hectic and therefore a lot less stressful. The airlines Air Berlin, Condor, Lufthansa, Sky Airlines, Sun Express, TUIFly, XL Airways and German Sky Airlines all offer check-in services between 6 pm and 9 pm for flights taking place the next day, although some are only dealing with flights until 11 o’clock and others only until 12.00 o’clock.
Visitors to Cologne airport have several terraces available for viewing the airport’s take-off and landing runway or the apron, military and cargo sections. These observation platforms can be found at Terminal 1 between areas B and C. Making an excellent destination for family outings, the observation decks also have a Panorama Restaurant offering snacks and refreshments to little and grown up aviation enthusiasts alike. These observation platforms are open to the public from 6.30 am to 10.00 pm daily. Admission is free of charge and access can be gained via the staircase number 4, Conference Centre in Terminal 1, which is also the route for visitors with reduced mobility.
Visitors to the German city can also enjoy a number of guided tours for groups of 10 or more visitors, although reservations must be made for such tours. The tour takes 1.5 hours and costs EUR 5.40 for adults and EUR 3.00 for students and senior citizens, while children go free.
For more information about the location, please visit the official website at http://www.koeln-bonn-airport.de.
The official code of CGN is assigned to Cologne Airport. The another official name is Cologne/Bonn. Please find below GPS coordinates which may help you in your arrival or departure. The Coordinates are 50.86667, 7.15000 which you can enter into your Smartphone or in-car GPS.
Please find below a selection of Airlines, Destination and approx flight times.
|Munich (MUC)||109||435 Km (271 Miles)|
|Berlin tegel Otto Lilienthal (TXL)||93||463 Km (288 Miles)|
|Hamburg (HAM)||64||363 Km (226 Miles)|
|Vienna Schwechat (VIE)||37||746 Km (463 Miles)|
|Berlin Schönefeld (SXF)||30||474 Km (295 Miles)|
|London Heathrow (LHR)||21||534 Km (332 Miles)|
|Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)||21||230 Km (143 Miles)|
|Istanbul Ataturk (IST)||20||1,993 Km (1,238 Miles)|
|Zurich (ZRH)||20||392 Km (243 Miles)|
|Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG)||18||388 Km (241 Miles)|