Dresden Airport (IATA: DRS, ICAO: EDDC), formerly known as Flughafen Dresden-Klotzsche in German, is the international airport of Dresden, Germany. It is located in Klotzsche, a district of Dresden 9 km (5.6 mi) north of the city centre. The airport rebranded itself as “Dresden International” in September 2008.
In 2008, 1,860,364 passengers passed through the airport, an increase of 0.3% over the previous year and a record for the airport. In the same year, there were 36,968 takeoffs and landings, an increase of 2.3% over the previous year.
Dresden Airport is home to EADS EFW, a business unit of EADS. Lufthansa Airport Services Dresden GmbH (LASD), a subsidiary of Lufthansa, and AHS (Aviation Handling Services) provide passenger services at the airport. The general aviation services are offered by the airport itself.
DRESDEN AIRPORT HISTORY
The airport was opened to commercial traffic on 11 July 1935.
Though planned as a commercial airport, its importance to the military increased dramatically during the following years in the Third Reich. During World War II it was exclusively used for military purposes. An airlift between the airport and Breslau was established to support German troops during the Siege of Breslau in spring of 1945. Attempts to destroy buildings and equipment before the Allied troops could occupy Dresden failed due to the resistance of civil airport employees.
During the following years, the airport was used as an education centre for the Soviet army. It was reopened for commercial traffic on 16 June 1957. In 1959 international air traffic resumed, primarily to countries of the Eastern Bloc.
Between 1955 and 1961, the East German government decided to develop its own aviation industry centred on Dresden. Although this development ultimately failed, it increased the importance of Klotzsche Airport considerably, and has shaped the design and atmosphere of the airport right up until today.
DRESDEN AIRPORT LOCATION
Dresden Airport (IATA: DRS, ICAO: EDDC), formerly known as Flughafen Dresden-Klotzsche in German, is the international airport of Dresden, Germany.
DRESDEN AIRPORT FACTS
Elevation: 755 ft.
Runway length available: 04/22 8228×167 ft.