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Zweibrücken Airport

Zweibrücken Airport (IATA: ZQW, ICAO: EDRZ), or Flughafen Zweibrücken in German, is a regional airport and former minor international airport in Zweibrücken, Germany. It was the smaller of the two passenger airports in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the other being Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. Zweibrücken currently only features general aviation, since scheduled air services ceased in November 2014 due to the airport's financial difficulties.

Zweibrücken Airport
Flughafen Zweibrücken
Summary
Airport typeGeneral Aviation
ServesZweibrücken, Germany
Elevation AMSL1,133 ft / 345 m
Coordinates49°12′34″N07°24′02″E /49.20944°N 7.40056°E /49.20944; 7.40056Coordinates: 49°12′34″N07°24′02″E /49.20944°N 7.40056°E /49.20944; 7.40056
Websiteedrz-airport.de
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 8,776 2,675 Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Passengers220,740 (-9,1%)
Aircraft movements11,855 (-10,4%)
Cargo volume81 tons (+103%)
Source:

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Development into a civil airport

Zweibrücken Airport is located on the site of the former Zweibrücken Air Base which was closed in 1991 following the end of Operation Desert Storm. The former site was reopened as a converted commercial airport on 1 September 1994.

In 2006, Germanwings began twice-daily service to Berlin Schönefeld Airport, but ceased them in 2011 due to expensive airports taxes. The airport also used to have regular scheduled service operated by Ryanair to London Stansted Airport. The service was announced on 27 May 2008, but ceased already one year later in May 2009. 264,247 passengers used the airport in 2010, decreasing to 242,880 passengers in 2012.

A twice per week service was operated between Zweibrücken and Antalya by Sky Airlines until the airline ceased operations due to financial problems in 2013. These flights were replaced by Atlasjet during summer 2013 season, and were taken over by Freebird Airlines for summer 2014. On 3 November 2013, Air Berlin stopped its weekly summer seasonal route to Palma de Mallorca on behalf of TUI, and were replaced by TUIfly and Germania for the 2014 summer season. In July 2014, TUIfly inaugurated the new seasonal route to Ankara, the airport's third destination in Turkey after Antalya and Istanbul. TUIfly operated eight routes out of Zweibrücken Airport, making it one of their focus cities.

Bankruptcy

In July 2014, it was reported that the European Commission decided that up to 56 million Euros of subsidies for the airport were illegal and needed to be paid back. Due to this decision, on 24 July, Zweibrücken Airport filed for bankruptcy. One of the reasons for the Commission's decision is the close proximity to Saarbrücken Airport, which exists much longer.

While it was planned to keep the airport operating for general aviation operations, all commercial passenger operations were expected to cease by the end of the 2014 summer schedule. TUIfly decided to provide financial support for the airport to guarantee uninterrupted operations until the end of their summer schedule in November 2014.

However, in September 2014, TUIfly announced the closure of their Zweibrücken base as of 8 November 2014. As a replacement, several of their eight scheduled leisure routes, for example to Palma de Mallorca and Gran Canaria, will be relocated to nearby Saarbrücken Airport. Additionally, Pegasus Airlines' scheduled seasonal service to Istanbul ceased by 29 September 2014 without resumption in 2015. The few other remaining summer seasonal charter flights, for example those of Air VIA to Burgas, moved to Saarbrücken for the 2015 summer season as well.

The last scheduled flight took off from Zweibrücken at 13:40 p.m. on 3 November to Fuerteventura, also remaining as the last TUIfly operation at the airport and marking the closure of its focus city. Since that day, all scheduled operations at the airport ceased for the then upcoming entire winter season while most of the staff has been laid off due to a lack of funding to keep operations running.

Zweibrücken Airport features a small terminal building equipped with three aircraft stands next to it. As there are no jet bridges, walk-boarding is used. Before bankruptcy, the airport could handle mid-sized aircraft such as the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320 family.

All scheduled operations at Zweibrücken Airport ceased by 3 November 2014 due to a lack of funding for the upcoming winter season. The airport used to feature scheduled and charter flights to leisure destinations around the Mediterranean. There was no resumption of services for the 2015 summer season as all former airlines at Zweibrücken either terminated their services to the area, such as Pegasus Airlines, or relocated their routes to Saarbrücken instead.

The nearest other minor international airport is Saarbrücken Airport, approximately 40 km (25 mi) away.

A Piper Aerostar general aviation aircraft at Zweibrücken Airport
Number of passengers
2006 78,000
2007 288,000
2008 327,000
2009 338,000
2010 265,000
2011 224,000
2012 242,880
2013 220,740
Source: Zweibrücken Airport

Zweibrücken Airport is only accessible by road. It can be reached via motorway A8 (exit Contwig, Flughafen, Bitche (F)) which leads to Saarbrücken and Luxembourg and from France directly via federal highway L700. Additionally, the local bus route 226 connects the airport with Zweibrücken city centre including Zweibrücken station.

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Media related to Zweibrücken Airport at Wikimedia Commons

Zweibrücken Airport
Zweibrucken Airport Language Watch Edit Zweibrucken Airport IATA ZQW ICAO EDRZ or Flughafen Zweibrucken in German is a regional airport and former minor international airport in Zweibrucken Germany It was the smaller of the two passenger airports in the state of Rhineland Palatinate the other being Frankfurt Hahn Airport Zweibrucken currently only features general aviation since scheduled air services ceased in November 2014 due to the airport s financial difficulties 2 Zweibrucken Airport Flughafen ZweibruckenIATA ZQWICAO EDRZSummaryAirport typeGeneral AviationServesZweibrucken GermanyElevation AMSL1 133 ft 345 mCoordinates49 12 34 N 07 24 02 E 49 20944 N 7 40056 E 49 20944 7 40056 Coordinates 49 12 34 N 07 24 02 E 49 20944 N 7 40056 E 49 20944 7 40056Websiteedrz airport deRunwaysDirection Length Surfaceft m03 21 8 776 2 675 ConcreteStatistics 2013 Passengers220 740 9 1 Aircraft movements11 855 10 4 Cargo volume81 tons 103 Source 1 Contents 1 History 1 1 Development into a civil airport 1 2 Bankruptcy 2 Facilities 3 Airlines and destinations 4 Statistics 5 Ground transportation 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksHistory EditDevelopment into a civil airport Edit Zweibrucken Airport is located on the site of the former Zweibrucken Air Base which was closed in 1991 following the end of Operation Desert Storm The former site was reopened as a converted commercial airport on 1 September 1994 3 In 2006 Germanwings began twice daily service to Berlin Schonefeld Airport but ceased them in 2011 due to expensive airports taxes The airport also used to have regular scheduled service operated by Ryanair to London Stansted Airport The service was announced on 27 May 2008 but ceased already one year later in May 2009 264 247 passengers used the airport in 2010 decreasing to 242 880 passengers in 2012 4 A twice per week service was operated between Zweibrucken and Antalya by Sky Airlines until the airline ceased operations due to financial problems in 2013 These flights were replaced by Atlasjet during summer 2013 season and were taken over by Freebird Airlines for summer 2014 On 3 November 2013 Air Berlin stopped its weekly summer seasonal route to Palma de Mallorca on behalf of TUI and were replaced by TUIfly and Germania for the 2014 summer season In July 2014 TUIfly inaugurated the new seasonal route to Ankara the airport s third destination in Turkey after Antalya and Istanbul TUIfly operated eight routes out of Zweibrucken Airport making it one of their focus cities Bankruptcy Edit In July 2014 it was reported that the European Commission decided that up to 56 million Euros of subsidies for the airport were illegal and needed to be paid back 5 Due to this decision on 24 July Zweibrucken Airport filed for bankruptcy 6 One of the reasons for the Commission s decision is the close proximity to Saarbrucken Airport which exists much longer 7 While it was planned to keep the airport operating for general aviation operations 7 all commercial passenger operations were expected to cease by the end of the 2014 summer schedule 7 8 TUIfly decided to provide financial support for the airport to guarantee uninterrupted operations until the end of their summer schedule in November 2014 However in September 2014 TUIfly announced the closure of their Zweibrucken base as of 8 November 2014 As a replacement several of their eight scheduled leisure routes for example to Palma de Mallorca and Gran Canaria will be relocated to nearby Saarbrucken Airport 9 10 Additionally Pegasus Airlines scheduled seasonal service to Istanbul ceased by 29 September 2014 without resumption in 2015 11 The few other remaining summer seasonal charter flights for example those of Air VIA to Burgas moved to Saarbrucken for the 2015 summer season as well The last scheduled flight took off from Zweibrucken at 13 40 p m on 3 November to Fuerteventura also remaining as the last TUIfly operation at the airport and marking the closure of its focus city Since that day all scheduled operations at the airport ceased for the then upcoming entire winter season while most of the staff has been laid off due to a lack of funding to keep operations running 2 Facilities EditZweibrucken Airport features a small terminal building equipped with three aircraft stands next to it As there are no jet bridges walk boarding is used Before bankruptcy the airport could handle mid sized aircraft such as the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320 family Airlines and destinations EditAll scheduled operations at Zweibrucken Airport ceased by 3 November 2014 due to a lack of funding for the upcoming winter season 2 The airport used to feature scheduled and charter flights to leisure destinations around the Mediterranean There was no resumption of services for the 2015 summer season as all former airlines at Zweibrucken either terminated their services to the area such as Pegasus Airlines or relocated their routes to Saarbrucken instead The nearest other minor international airport is Saarbrucken Airport approximately 40 km 25 mi away Statistics Edit A Piper Aerostar general aviation aircraft at Zweibrucken Airport Number of passengers2006 78 0002007 288 0002008 327 0002009 338 0002010 265 0002011 224 0002012 242 8802013 220 740Source Zweibrucken AirportGround transportation EditZweibrucken Airport is only accessible by road It can be reached via motorway A8 exit Contwig Flughafen Bitche F which leads to Saarbrucken and Luxembourg and from France directly via federal highway L700 12 Additionally the local bus route 226 connects the airport with Zweibrucken city centre including Zweibrucken station 12 See also EditTransport in Germany List of airports in GermanyReferences Edit Zweibrucken mit deutlichem Passagierruckgang aero de Jan 10 2014 Retrieved May 17 2020 a b c Flughafen Zweibrucken droht das endgultige Aus aero de Oct 31 2014 Retrieved May 17 2020 Welcome to the Zweibrucken AB Page USAFGermany Retrieved 10 February 2017 20 Prozent weniger Passagiere Archived from the original on Jul 19 2011 Retrieved May 17 2020 SPIEGEL DER Flughafen Zweibrucken droht Insolvenz kurz vor der Pleite DER SPIEGEL Wirtschaft www spiegel de Retrieved May 17 2020 Insolvenzantrag fur Flughafen Zweibrucken gestellt aero de Jul 24 2014 Retrieved May 17 2020 a b c Flughafen Zweibrucken stellt Insolvenzantrag airliners de Retrieved May 17 2020 http www swr de landesschau aktuell alle meldungen des livetickers id 396 did 12247042 nid 396 l2ya2g index html GmbH Euro Business Communication Verlag Apr 23 2020 News www touristik aktuell de Retrieved May 17 2020 Germany s TUIfly to close Zweibrucken base in November ch aviation Retrieved May 17 2020 https book flypgs com Common ScheduledFlightList jsp activeLanguage DE amp a b flughafen zweibrucken de Ihr Weg zu uns Archived December 13 2013 at the Wayback MachineExternal links Edit Media related to Zweibrucken Airport at Wikimedia Commons Official website Current weather for EDRZ at NOAA NWS Accident history for ZQW at 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