Historic Milestones

Delve into the history of our Airport. The first long-haul flight in 1961, the piggy-back landing of the Space Shuttle or the opening of the new Terminal: fascinating moments which also showed how the dream of flying has since become reality for more and more people – also in Rhineland.



The Supervisory Board of the Airport Company, Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH, extends its contract with the Technical Director Athanasios Titonis for a further five years.


Passengers can now use the new EasyPASS process upon entry or exit at the Cologne Bonn Airport border control points, which will mean shorter waiting times. On entering or leaving the Schengen area, the EasyPASS can be used by all adult holders of an electronic passport from a member country of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland. The new German identity card also authorizes you to use the e-Gates.


At Cologne Bonn Airport, passengers can also make a contribution to a project for the integration of long-term unemployed in the labour market. In the Airport Terminals, there are eye-catching collection bins labelled “Donate your deposit”, which advertise for the Cologne non-profit organization for the homeless “Bürger für Obdachlose e.V.”. This organization has created two new jobs: During the day-to-day Airport operations, the two employees empty the bins, thus ensuring they have a fixed job and a regular income.


At the “ACI Europe Best Airport Awards 2015“ [Airports Council International], Cologne Bonn Airport received the First Prize in the category for airports with up to 10 million passengers. Following the “Skytrax World Airport Award”, which elected Cologne/Bonn as Europe’s best Non-Hub Airport, and the “Air Cargo Excellence Award” as the “Best European Cargo Airport, this is the third prestigious distinction the Airport has received in 2015.


Wisskirchen Handling Service GmbH is the new operating company of the Cologne Bonn Cargo Center (CBCC) at Cologne Bonn Airport. Wisskirchen rents the cargo hangar and now has a 30-year licence for the air cargo handling services at Cologne Bonn Airport.


With the help of an enormous crane, the Airbus Zero-G makes its move from the apron to a parking lot. A 700-tonne heavy-duty crane, some 60 metres high, brought the aircraft, which had been used as parabolic flight aircraft by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), to its final resting place in Cologne/Bonn. During this move, the 54-metre long Airbus A300 weighing 80 tonnes hovered in the air for some two hours and was also rotated by almost 180 degrees. Safely at its new location, the Zero G will be converted into a Multimedia Museum Aircraft in cooperation with the DLR.


The new long-distance coach terminal goes into operation. On the very first day in operation, almost 100 coaches arrive at their new location at the Airport. Following a resolution of the City Council of Cologne, the Airport is now the only stopping place for long-distance coaches in Cologne.


The first low-cost long-haul flight by Eurowings takes off for Varadero on Cuba. The Cologne/Bonn winter flight schedule has a total of 10 destinations, including Dubai, Phuket, Bangkok, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata.


Cologne Bonn Airport receives the hallmark of quality “Generation-friendly Shopping” for its shops, facilities and car parks. The certificate is awarded by the German Retail Association (HDE). The assessment criteria of the trade association include provisions for families with children, senior citizens, and also for people with disabilities. These include accessibility, facilities for babies and young children (e.g. baby-care rooms, storage for strollers etc.), central parking spots for people with disabilities, and spacious restrooms.


The Supervisory Board of the Airport Company, Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH, extends its contract with the CEO Michael Garvens for a further five years until January 2022.


For the first time, Cologne Bonn Airport presents a sustainability report, which describes the Airport’s activities and successes in the sectors of economy, ecology and social welfare. The Airport’s first sustainability report comprises almost 80 pages, covering the period under report (2014) and reflecting a company-wide stocktaking.


Cologne Bonn Airport welcomes the 10-millionth passenger in the current year. This is the third time in the history of the Airport that this figure has been reached. By the end of December, the passenger volume in Cologne/Bonn rises to a total of 10.4 million passengers.


“Travis” ensures transparency:  Visitors to the Cologne Bonn Airport website can now follow all aircraft movements in real time. Small aircraft icons on a digital map provide information relevant for flights, such as the flight path, altitude, speed, airline, type of aircraft and destination. The individual noise levels of every aircraft movement measured at the Airport’s monitoring stations can also be seen. (18.03).

“Stern B“ lighter and more inviting: The star-shaped check-in area B in Terminal 1 has been re-opened for passengers after three months of renovation work. This concluded the modernisation of Terminal 1. (20.03.)

The globally operating logistics enterprise UPS celebrates the official opening of the 200-million USD extension of its European Air Hub at Cologne Bonn Airport. (24.03.)

Cologne/Bonn wins the renowned Skytrax-Award: The Airport lands first prize in the category “Best Regional Airport Europe” for the first time in its history. This means that, according to the passengers, Cologne Bonn Airport is the best European Airport among the airports which are not an inter-continental hub. (27.03.)

In both August and September, the passenger volume at Cologne Bonn Airport amounted to more than one million passengers per month – something last achieved in September 2011. Exactly 1,033,371 flight passengers took off or landed in Cologne/Bonn in September, which makes it the strongest month since September 2010. (09.10.)

The Irish low-cost air carrier Ryanair reinforces its position. With the start of the winter timetable, the airline opens a base at Cologne/Bonn and stations one aircraft here. At the same time Ryanair expands its route network at Cologne Bonn Airport, offering five new scheduled connections to Dublin, London-Stansted, Madrid, Riga and Rome. (28.10.)

ZERO-G a great visitor attraction: The A300 ZERO-G, which was used by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) - among others - as a reduced gravity aircraft following an (approximately parabolic) flight path, landed after its last flight in Cologne/Bonn. Here it is now a permanent exhibition piece, and visitors to the Airport can be shown round during guided tours. (03.11.)

Condor takes off for the first time to the Cuban resort Varadero. In the winter timetable 2014/15, the holiday airline offers a once-a-week flight with a Boeing 767-300 to the holiday destination. This is the first long-haul flight from Cologne/Bonn in some years. (04.11.)

Low-cost long-haul flights from the end of 2015: Deutsche Lufthansa announces that Cologne/Bonn will be the home base of the Group’s new low-cost, long-haul fleet. From the end of 2015, they will offer low-priced intercontinental flights under the brand name Eurowings from Cologne/Bonn. The destinations include Florida, Indian Ocean islands and Southern Africa. (05.12.)


Sometimes, items have to be left at the security control point. At Cologne Bonn Airport, all these are handed over to the charity organisation, ‘Kölner Tafel’. This way, beverages, perfumes and cosmetics that cannot be taken on board in hand luggage can be put to good use. Every month, several hundred kilos of originally packed products are collected and then donated to the charity organisation. (15.01.)

The trade union Verdi, responsible for service industries, calls for a strike among the private security services. Although the Airport is not directly involved in the collective bargaining negotiations – the German Federal Police are responsible for passenger security – it is greatly impacted by the consequences: During seven days’ strike, almost 400 flights at Cologne/Bonn were cancelled. More than 40,000 potential passengers had to make other travel arrangements. (15.03.)

At the “World Airport Awards 2013” organised by the renowned London Aviation Research Institute Skytrax, Cologne/Bonn Airport cut a very good figure, coming in third in the category “World-best Airport - 5 to 10 million passengers”. Every year, at the internationally acclaimed “World Airport Awards” airports are rated by passengers. As Skytrax reported, for the 2013 ranking, more than 12 million interviews were carried out with passengers from more than 100 nations at 395 airports worldwide. The passengers gave their ratings in a total of 39 different categories – for instance, for check-in service and handling quality, friendliness of the staff, plus the quality of the shopping facilities. (12.04.)

After a construction period of some seven months, the modernized baggage claim in the ‘C-Stern’ of Terminal 1 goes into operation. The two new luggage belts can deal with much more baggage than before. A third belt is also now available for bulky luggage. The new arrival area is clearly more spacious and more modern in the latest design. (28.05.)

Fiesta on the apron: The first nationwide “Aviation Day” and the “REWE Family 2013” event – same time, same place - attracted more than 30,000 visitors to the Airport. Technical demonstrations, guided tours, a presentation of the Customs and Excise dog unit and many other attractions fascinated the visitors, many of whom were families with children. (08.06.)

A place for inner reflection has now opened its doors at Cologne Bonn Airport - the Prayer Room. Far from the madding crowd that goes with flight operations and the general hustle and bustle of an airport, passengers, visitors and Airport staff are able to find a place of peace and tranquillity on the ground level in Terminal 2. The Prayer Room is open to visitors regardless of belief or denomination, and it was a deliberate decision to forego any religious symbolism. In setting up this room, the Airport worked in close cooperation with the Cologne Council of Religions. (20.06.)

New service: Passengers can now get extra information, with the departure monitors at Cologne Bonn Airport’s terminals showing the expected waiting time at the security check. These details are also available on the website and via the Airport App. (06.12.)

The German Airports Association (ADV) elected Michael Garvens as a member of the Steering Committee of BDL (Federal Aviation Association). When it comes to aviation, BDL is the contact point for politicians, the media, and of course the man or woman on the street. BDL has representatives from German airlines, airports, German Air Traffic Services (DFS) and aviation service providers. (11.12.)

With their Smartphone, passengers at Cologne Bonn Airport can now offset the C02 emissions caused by their flight by making a donation to climate protection projects. At the gate waiting areas, there are posters with a QR code campaigning for the climate protection organisation ‘myclimate’, which supports projects striving to reduce greenhouse gas worldwide. (12.06.)


Informative, modern and easy to understand – that was the objective of Cologne Bonn Airport with its new website. After more than eight years, this new launch offers the user even more help to find his or her way around the sometimes complex world of the Airport. This is absolutely in line with the Airport design and motto “So simple”. (13.01.)

Cologne Bonn Airport is now offering cargo enterprises a real financial incentive to change from aircraft of the type MD-11 to low-noise aircraft Boeing 777. By using a Boeing 777, a cargo enterprise can, over a period of three years, save almost a million euros in landing fees. FedEx was the first airline to operate with a B777F at Cologne/Bonn as of March this year, and in July, the second aircraft of the same model will go into operation. With the third B777F aircraft in service in August, this will mean that half of the 76 weekly flights from and to Cologne/Bonn are operated with the most modern aircraft the FedEx fleet has to offer. These aircraft are en route between Asia, Europe and the USA.

Cologne/Bonn is, alongside Frankfurt, the second airport to become a direct member of the Federal Association of the German Aviation Industry (BDL). (28.02.)

The International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef • Bonn (IUBH) and Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH have concluded a cooperation agreement for studies in Aviation Management. In the future, Cologne Bonn Airport will be closely involved with the students of Bad Honnef University in finding their way in this industry sector. (25.04.)

Passive noise protection: Although the legislators passed a resolution only a few months ago that the Regional Administration in Cologne is responsible for applications for compensation of noise protection measures, Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH continues to fulfill these applications within a voluntary programme.

New airline: The Irish airline Ryanair took off for the first time on 15.05. With flights to Palma de Mallorca and Girona, Europe’s leading low-cost airline is operating in and out of Girona on the Spanish Costa Brava six times a week; there are also daily flights to Palma de Mallorca from Cologne/Bonn.

The Baggage Claim B in Terminal 1 is once again in operation after almost seven months’ renovation work. Cologne Bonn Airport has spent almost 3 million euros on the modernization of this – important – area where the travelers can pick up their luggage. The two new, larger luggage conveyor belts can transport much more baggage than before. Soon there will also be a new separate conveyor belt for bulky luggage. (30.05.)

Cologne Bonn Airport is in the process of expanding and renovating its Observation Platform where, from above Terminal 1, plane spotters, aircraft fans and families with children can have a clear view over the entire Airport. Up there, on the fifth storey, there is no safety glazing that can impair your photographs – a great opportunity for any ambitious photographer. (05.07.)

The European debit crisis, the air traffic tax and consolidation course of the airlines resulting from this has also put the brakes on the traffic development at Cologne Bonn Airport. In Cargo business, the Airport could mark up a moderate plus of one percent (750,000 tonnes) in 2012. However, passenger volume dropped by three percent with “only” 9.3 million passengers.


2011 – the year in retrospect

At the beginning of the year, the winter had the whole of Europe in its icy grasp. Although it was the hardest winter in the history of weather records, the air traffic at Cologne/Bonn could be handled without any major interruptions. To ensure that this is also the case in future, 9 million euros were invested in winter maintenance services in the course of the year.

In February, the foundation stone was laid for the new GAT (General Aviation Terminal), where private and business aircraft are handled. The new General Aviation Terminal is located outside the security area. The elegant new building with a VIP lounge, conference rooms and security facilities went into operation in September. 

In the course of the year, there were a few special highlights for passengers and visitors. In February, the Rendezvous Piano Bar opened in Terminal 1; here you can enjoy a drink to piano music. In April, the Haribo Shop opened its doors to a paradise for anyone with a sweet tooth. The “Terminal 3” is a new attraction for children: this bouncy castle, where the kids can safely jump, climb and play, was set up in the security area of Terminal 1 in summer. 

The Airport’s facebook fan page started up in April. In this social network, friends and fans of the Airport receive all the news from the Airport and can get in touch with us. 

Michael Garvens remains at the head of the Airport Company for another five years. In May, the Airport Supervisory Board prolonged the contract with the Chief Executive Officer until early 2017. 

At the beginning of June, Athanasios Titonis took up his position as the Technical Director of the Airport. The 43 year-old Titonis has been with the Airport Company since 2002 and was last the head of the “Operations and Traffic” department. 

In June, two new solar energy systems were installed on the roofs of the Hangars 2 and 3, which will in future generate some 400,000 – 500,000 kWh electricity p.a. The Airport now has five photovoltaic systems, which produce a total of approx. 2.3 million kWh electricity. Thanks to this solar electricity, the Airport can save some 823,000 kg CO2 every year.

In July, the Airport became the main sponsor of FC Viktoria Cologne. This partnership with the football club from the right side of the Rhine has been in place (with breaks) since 1993, and now we’re into the next round. 

The Airport does its utmost to continue to reduce noise pollution for the residents. From August, the Airport extended the particularly quiet “Continuous Descent Approach” (CDA) procedure. Since February 2009, this has been the guiding principle for flights between 22.00 hrs and 6.00 hrs, and this has now been extended to the early-morning hours between 6.00 and 8.00 hrs. The CDA regulations apply for all Boeing 747 and MD11 aircraft, regardless of the time of day. 

In September, there were two reasons for celebration. The express cargo carrier UPS celebrated its 25th anniversary at Cologne/Bonn and announced that the European air hub in the Rhineland will be extended with an investment of some 145 million euros. By the end of 2013, the sorting capacity in the cargo and sorting centre will be increased from 110,000 to 190,000 packages per hour. This is the largest single investment outside the USA in the history of UPS. 

Since November, electric car drivers can recharge their vehicles at the Airport. On the upper deck of Car Park 2, RheinEnergie operates an electric “filling station”– TankE- , one of the first at a German airport. In April, the first electric vehicle went into operation in the Airport’s vehicle pool. 

Since the beginning of December, there has been free access to the Internet for all passengers and visitors in the terminals. WLAN is available round the clock, without any time limitations or complicated registration procedures. 

The year 2011 was a record year for Cologne Bonn Airport in terms of cargo. A total of 743,000 tonnes air cargo was handled – the best ever figure in the history of the Airport - and an increase of 13 percent over the previous year. The air traffic tax and the cuts by Air Berlin were felt in the passenger figures. All in all, 9.6 million passengers used Cologne Bonn Airport, a decrease of 2 percent in comparison to 2010. 


2010 – the year in retrospect

The largest ever disaster protection exercise in the history of North Rhine-Westphalia was carried out in January. A task force of more than 3,000 people were in action at Cologne Bonn Airport and in four cities. Rescue measures at the Airport were rehearsed following simulations of an attack on an aircraft and the detonation of what is known as a “dirty bomb” in one of the terminals. 

In April, Cologne Bonn Airport declared to include climate protection as one of its corporate objectives. A commitment was made that any future growth would be carbon-neutral, and a climate management programme was also introduced. Thanks to its combined heat and power unit (CHPU), two solar systems, which are among the largest in North Rhine-Westphalia, and its innovative HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) technology, the Airport has saved more than 135,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide since 1998.

Mid-April, Thomas Schwarz took up his post as the new Technical Director at Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH. His responsibilities included the business sectors Operations and Traffic, Extension Planning and Technical Issues. With effect from 31 December 2010, Mr. Schwarz left Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH for personal reasons.

Following a volcanic eruption in Iceland, an ash cloud paralysed almost the entire European air traffic. The air space over Germany remained closed to traffic for four complete days. Cologne Bonn Airport cancelled 1,700 flights, causing a loss of revenue amounting to € 3 million. The Airport’s crisis management team set up a 24-hour hotline for passengers and increased the number of service staff in the terminals.

A new central arrivals area in Terminal 1 opened at the end of April, offering more comfort and convenience for passengers and people collecting them. Instead of the two waiting areas on the lower level of the terminal, there is now a spacious collecting area on the departure level. The Airport Company invested some € 6 million in the reconstruction of Terminal 1. To coincide with the opening of the new area, the new REWE supermarket also began its round-the-clock business, opening its doors 24 hours a day. The airport information desk is now also next to the arrivals area.

At the beginning of June, Lufthansa’s new flagship, the Airbus A 380, paid a visit to Cologne Bonn Airport. The world’s largest passenger aircraft stayed some five hours at the Airport, delighting thousands of visitors who watched the landing and take-off from the Airport’s observation deck. On 6 June, this aircraft flew the German national football team to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The new Veterinary Border Control Station (GKS) went into operation at the Airport at the beginning of June. The building, which covers an area of 500 m², has separate examination rooms for animals, food consignments and other animal products arriving in Germany by air. The 11 veterinarians in office can examine up to 8,000 shipments a year. 

Since July, Cologne Bonn Airport has had a new special attraction for children. For our little “pilots” and “passengers”, a huge toy airplane in the security area in Terminal 2 offers lots to be discovered on this innovative climbing frame at Gate D 60.

The end of October saw the opening of the new FedEx Cargo Center for Central and Eastern Europe. Together, FedEx, the largest transport enterprise in the world, and Cologne Bonn Airport invested € 140 million in the Cargo Center. The number of FedEx employees located in Cologne/Bonn has increased from 35 to more than 450. FedEx had previously operated its handling centre for Central and Eastern Europe out of Frankfurt.

Also at the end of October, a dangerous package that had been checked in in Yemen, and intended as a terrorist attack, was transhipped at Cologne Bonn Airport. Thanks to the excellent international cooperation among the authorities, the package was discovered in the United Kingdom and defused. Fortunately, there were no injuries.

Airport securing jobs: despite the economic crisis and the departure of DHL/Lufthansa Cargo the number of employees at Cologne Bonn Airport has remained almost stable. At the end of 2009, a total of 12,216 people were employed at the Airport, only some two percent less than in 2007. This was the outcome of the work place survey carried out every two years at Cologne Bonn Airport. With the location of the Low Cost Carriers here in 2001, the number of employees has since increased by 28 percent.


UPS opens the more than 135 million-dollar extension to its European cargo gateway at Köln Bonn Airport in the presence of NRW’s Prime Minister, Jürgen Rüttgers. New technology doubles sorting capacity to date. The building is the largest foreign investment of the US air cargo corporation. 

International survey among flight passengers shows that Köln Bonn Airport is top of the class in Europe. Of the 165 airports considered in the study, Köln/Bonn was worldwide number 4. 

Continental Airlines, the sixth largest airline in the world, starts a daily non-stop service between Köln/Bonn and New York. Via the major hub airport at Newark Liberty passengers can connect to more than 230 cities in the USA, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. High-ranking officials from the world of politics and economy were on the first non-stop Atlantic flight on May 11, 2006.

Köln Bonn Airport, Deutsche Lufthansa and KG Luftflotte celebrate 80 years of aviation with the people of Cologne. Highlight of the festivities was the touch down of an historical seaplane (DO-24 ATT) on the River Rhine. 

During the FIFA World Cup Köln Bonn Airport chalked up its first 40,000 passengers in one single day. This record figure was repeated a few days later at the beginning of the summer holidays. 

Destination: Rio de Janeiro - the second long-haul route from Köln Bonn Airport in 2006. The Brazilian airline BRA services this route twice a week.


At the beginning of February the FedEx Cargo Express starts with four daytime flights a week from Köln/Bonn to Memphis.
Volker Hauff, representing the Land NRW, is elected Chairman of the Supervisory Board (16.3.).
The World Youth Day reigns supreme in Cologne: Pope Benedict XVI lands at Köln/Bonn on 18 August.
Continental Airways announces the new long-haul flight from Cologne to New York (27.10.); the daily service to start on 11 May 2006.
The Minister of Transport, Oliver Wittke opens the airport’s new DHL Cargo Sorting Centre (28.10.).


In a tragic accident in Terminal 2 an 18-month-year-old boy is caught in a revolving door and fatally injured (4.3.). All revolving doors are immediately taken out of service and replaced by sliding doors in the course of the year.
A study carried out by the University of Cologne and commissioned by the Köln Bonn Airport and the Chambers of Commerce of Cologne and Bonn/Rhein-Sieg confirms the positive effects the low-cost traffic has on the economy and labour market in the region.
Opening ceremony of the airport railway station with Manfred Stolpe, the Federal Minister of Transport (12.6.); a day later more than 25,000 visitors test the new connection and come and visit the airport on this trial day.                         EasyJet, Europe’s largest low-budget airline, starts with a flight to Liverpool (22.06.); flights to Nottingham and London Gatwick follow in the weeks to come.   With 878,000 passengers September proves to be the boom month of the year, topping August’s previous record (857,000 passengers).
In December Ursula Hackenbruch from Düsseldorf is the 8 millionth passenger in 2004, as she checks in with her husband on a Germanwings flight to Prague (7.12.).
Köln Bonn Airport gets its own "Starwalk": opening ceremony of the new Terminal 1 building designed by the star architect Helmut Jahn. Participants in the ceremony include Minister of Transport for NRW, Axel Horstmann, Cologne’s Lord Mayor, Fritz Schramma, Head of the Airport Michael Garvens, Helmut Jahn and Germanwings CEO, Joachim Klein (17.12.).
During an Open Day on the fourth Sunday in Advent more than 10,000 visitors stroll along the "Starwalk" (18.12.).


Joint reception given by Düsseldorf Airport and Cologne/Bonn Airport at the ITB in Berlin (10 March).
Burger King opens a fast-food restaurant (28 March).


Michael Garvens takes up his position as new commercial manager of Cologne/Bonn Airport (1 February).
Partnership with Izmir Airport (September).
The Art-Foyer is extended to include an exhibition on the history of aviation and becomes the "Air-Art-Foyer" (6 May).
Germanwings is the first low-cost airline at Cologne/Bonn (27 October).
With the launch of Hapag-Lloyd-Express, Cologne/Bonn becomes the hub for low-cost airlines in Germany (November).


The one hundred millionth passenger in the history of Cologne/Bonn Airport boards a Swissair flight bound for Zurich (12 March).
One of Cologne's most modern police stations is officially opened at the airport (10 May).
Werner Schniedermann resigns his position at Cologne/Bonn Airport for health reasons (31 May).
The "Art-Foyer" of the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany is opened at Terminal 2 (June).
The trainees at Cologne/Bonn Airport as a "Young Service Team" form their own junior company and open a service centre on the departures level of Terminal 1 (June).
UPS announces its plans to build a new, fully mechanised baggage sorting facility (June).
The new LSG in-flight catering kitchen on Nordallee goes into service (August). Michael Garvens is appointed new commercial manager (19 September).
A survey of places of work shows that 9,568 people work in 164 companies at the airport (September).
The baggage service is the first department in the operations and transport division to be certified according to ISI 9001 (11 October).
The annual meeting of the Aviation Press Club is held at Cologne/Bonn (16 -19 November). A new image film is presented (November).
The noise prevention programme is expanded. 1,300 homes in Wahnheide are fitted with ventilation systems as protection against ground noise (December).


Demolition of the old tower in spring. Extension of passive noise prevention. First "Ramp Safety Information Exchange" in March is very well received.
The new Stockheim in-flight catering facility on Nordallee goes into service (March).
The German Border Guard assumes responsibility for air security in April.
The Federal State Geology Office carries out drilling work at the site of the airport, the results are included in the making of geological maps.
The airport operating company becomes a party to the initiative set up by the German business community "Remembrance, Responsibility, the Future" to provide compensation for slave labourers of the Nazi regime.
Terminal 2 becomes operational on 21 June. Official opening of Terminal 2 on 21 September.
Heinz Gombel steps down as the commercial manager of Cologne/Bonn Airport (31 December).
Werner Schniedermann becomes the new commercial manager of Cologne/Bonn Airport (1 October).
Ground-breaking ceremony for construction of the airport loop at Porz-Wahn Station on 3 December.
Münster higher administrative court rejects an action to prevent apron D.


The new fuelling centre is opened on 1 March.
Cologne/Bonn is represented at the ITB Berlin in March.
Multi-storey car park 3 is opened on 26 March.
Summits take place in Cologne: the EU summit and G8 summit from 2 to 21 June.
Building of apron D in September.
The agreement to build the ICE / S-Bahn airport loop is signed on 20 September.
The improved Internet presence goes online at the beginning of December.
17 December sees the 6 millionth passenger.
Y2K: No problems on 31 December 1999 / 1 January 2000.


The arrivals area at Terminal 1 is modernised (work begins in January).
Building of multi-storey car park P3 starts in mid-February.
After more than 10 years, TNT discontinues its operations at Cologne/Bonn Airport and moves to Lüttich (28 February).
The airport has its own stand at the ITB in Berlin, the world's largest trade fair of the tourist industry (07-11 March). Multi-storey car park P2 goes into operation (16 March).


The drainage system of the airport is restructured - an 18,000 cubic-metre buffer basin is built.
The foundation stone is laid for Terminal 2 and the topping out ceremony for multi-storey car park P2 takes place on 30 June in the presence of Matthias Wissmann, the German Transport Minister.
New, more stringent regulations on night flights come into force on 1 November.
The airport "goes to school": Cologne/Bonn Airport produces teaching material for the higher grammar school stage (December).
The foundation stone is laid for a new administrative building and storage area of Lufthansa CityLine on 16 December.


Following a major fire at Düsseldorf Airport on 11 April, nearly all its air traffic is re-routed to Cologne/Bonn. Cologne/Bonn management and the airport staff show their abilities and commitment in the days immediately following the blaze.
A Canadair regional jet of the Tyrolean is christened "Stadt Köln" (26 April).
Lufthansa CityLine decides to move its entire business operations to Cologne/Bonn and, in addition to its technical and flight operations basis, intends to relocate its administrative section to Cologne/Bonn by the end of 1998.
The Norumat and Secur computer systems go into service at the fire station.
Building of a UPS maintenance and spare parts centre.
The noise prevention system goes into service at a ceremony attended by Minister President Wolfgang Clement (4 July).
Building of Terminal West, the terminal becomes operational in July.
The foundation stone is laid for multi-storey car park P2 (6 November).
A cabin for the new apron control is lifted onto the 6th floor of Terminal 1 (9 November).
Cologne/Bonn has over 5 million passengers for the first time in one year. Karin Götz from Karlsruhe is welcomed on 9 December as the 5 millionth passenger.


Renewal of the main runway - 2nd section - 2,050 m (June to September).
With 536,514 passengers in August, the airport passes the 500,000 mark for a single month. Election of Assessor Wolfgang Klapdor as technical manager and successor of Dipl.-Ing. Günter Schade, who retires on 31 December.
A study by the Ministry for Mid-range Industry, Technology and Transport of North Rhine Westphalia shows that a rail link to the airport makes economic sense.
Extension of the fire station - the operations centre is equipped with cutting-edge technology.


The airport is officially renamed "Flughafen Köln/Bonn-Konrad Adenauer" (Cologne/Bonn-Konrad Adenauer Airport) in the presence of the German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl, Federal Government Minister Norbert Blüm, Regional Minister Kniola, the Mayor of Cologne, Norbert Burger, the Mayor of Bonn, Hans Daniels, and the artist Yrsa von Leistner on 4 October.
Millionth tourist passenger: On 24 October, the airport has, for the first time, more than 1 million tourist passengers in a single year.
Renewal of the main runway - 1st section - 1,750 m (August to October). Presentation of the Wahner Heide development concept. Completion of cargo terminal 7.
The new tower goes into operation.
Mayor Burger stands down from the supervisory board (12 December) - he is succeeded as chairman by Lothar Ruschmeier, Cologne's chief executive official. Re-election of manager Heinz Gombel (12 December) - manager Dipl.-Ing. Günter Schade to retire on 31 December


Breakthrough for the new rail link.
Central issue: liberalisation of ground services.
A shareholder meeting on 7 December resolves to add the designation "Konrad Adenauer" to the name of the airport.
Long-distance Condor flights (Florida, Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Rep.) have positive effects for the airport's charter business as a whole. The shell of the new tower building is completed.
10-year agreement with UPS.


Architecture competition for a design of terminal 2.
Completion of the new administrative building and opening for use in November. 1st building stage of station 1 E.
Survey of places of work: approx. 6,400 employees in 127 companies, service units and public authorities.
Decrease in air traffic due to the Gulf War.
A passive noise prevention project group is set up.


The increase in passenger numbers is halted by the Gulf War.
The maintenance centre of DLT (today: Lufthansa CityLine) at hangar 2 is completed and put into operation.
The foundation stone of the new administrative building of the airport operating company is laid.
Renewal work on the short runway is finished.
Construction of a noise barrier between hangar 6 and the hall of the TÜV - organisation carrying out technical inspections - (protection against ground noise).
Building work on the new tower begins.


Extension of areas A and D of the terminal.
Lufthansa starts scheduled flights from Cologne/Bonn to New York-Newark and the airport again has regular connections to the USA.
The number of passengers exceeds the 3-million mark for the first time.
A central issue: priority given to environmental compatibility.
Decision to pay voluntary subsidies to finance passive noise barriers.


Extension of terminal A and the check-in area D.
The simulation chamber for security checks of cargo goes into operation.
Co-operation agreement with Deutsche Lufthansa.
Extension of terminal area A and the baggage reclaim facilities.
Completion of the simulation chamber and the transshipment area, the customs building, cargo terminal 6 and of the extension of the ITS office building.


The express carrier TNT takes Air de Cologne over and sets up its European hub at Cologne/Bonn - 14 flights daily from the airport as of September.
The forwarding hall is built.
The cargo apron is extended by 22,000 square metres.
Renewal work on the short runway begins.
Further development of the simulation chamber.
LTU begins services in November with 4 weekly connections.


UPS commences freight service between Cologne/Bonn and the UPS US hub (17 February).
Pope John Paul II lands at Cologne/Bonn on 30 April.
US President R. Reagan departs from Cologne/Bonn (17 June).
Cologne/Bonn Airport and Lufthansa present "BAP on Airport" for 10,000 travel agency employees (26 September).
Cologne/Bonn Airport organises the annual ADV meeting (5/6 November).
The office building at cargo terminal 5 becomes operational.
The apron at the GAT and winter equipment hall are built.


Heinz Gombel becomes the new commercial manager of Cologne/Bonn Airport (as of 1 January).
An Air France Concorde lands, for the first time, at the airport on 21 June.
UPS set up a European hub at Cologne/Bonn (16 September).
Death of Carl Mudlagk, former commercial manager of Cologne/Bonn Airport for many years (25 September).
Growth in air traffic is limited due to the decline in the dollar, the reactor disaster at Chernobyl and threats of terrorist attacks following events in connection with Libya.
The parking area at the arrivals level is completed.
Cargo terminals 5 / 6 and an office building are built (ground-breaking ceremony at the beginning of July).
The Hapag Lloyd travel agency opens a counter at the passenger terminal.
The GAT becomes operational in June.
Purchase of the CargoMaster (lifting equipment for heavy loads).


Cargo terminal 4 is inaugurated on 12 March in the presence of the German Transport Minister, Dr. Dollinger.
The new terminal means an increase in cargo-handling facilities of 4,000 square metres to 16,000 square metres. The cargo apron is extended. Hangar 1 is built to accommodate light aircraft.
Establishment of the general aviation terminal (GAT).
Building of a hall for apron equipment and extension of the vehicle depot for fire-fighting vehicles (for SIMBAS).
Extension of office space at the terminal for airport administration.
A contract for a flight and aircraft information computer is awarded. Removal of obstacles (approx. 4 ha) in approach 25 (remaining obstacles area of approx. 50 ha extends as far as Hasbacher Strasse).
Open day with 65,000 visitors on 19 May.
Manager Dipl.-Kfm. Wolfgang Diederich leaves Cologne/Bonn Airport.
SAS sets up the European cargo hub (2 December).
The first SIMBA is acquired for the fire service.
The WDR television channel produces the TV film "Kennwort Möwe" (Codeword Gull), the story of a hijacking based on the Keppel case (see 1979).


Leave is taken of the old building of the "Flower-Airport" terminal on 28 October and it is demolished in December.
Norbert Burger, the mayor of the city of Cologne, becomes the chairman of the supervisory board of the airport operating company (19 December).
A British Airways Concorde lands, for the first time, at Cologne/Bonn Airport on 20 December.
A new kitchen for in-flight catering services of Stockheim is set up in the basement of the passenger terminal.
Cargo terminal 4 is built.
The topping-out ceremony takes place on 20 November.
Protection of facilities and closing off the inner security area are improved by a code card system.
Cologne/Bonn becomes a subscriber to the view data service of the German postal authorities, offering its own programme under the number *22301#.


1st Cologne/Bonn travel market at the terminal (15 / 16 January).
A NASA delegation and the "Enterprise" space shuttle visits Cologne/Bonn at Whitsun. Over 300,000 visitors watch the landing or inspect the space shuttle mounted atop a Boeing 747.
The "Weltreise" (World Travel) series of the WDR television channel is produced at C7-10.
A survey of places of work shows: There are 91 companies and service units and 2,547 employees at Cologne/Bonn Airport.


Growing unemployment, negative effects on the development of numbers of flights.
The airport advertises "Fly from Cologne/Bonn" on a tram for the first time (first tram in Cologne with all-over advertising).


Demolition of the old tower in the military section in October.
The airport receives a category III B licence (1 December).


Difficult international economic situation, decline in demand. Open day on 18 May.
Pope John Paul II lands at Cologne/Bonn on 15 November.


Building of the E and A3 taxiways.
VASIS is installed for the 07, 25, 14L, 32R, 32L approaches.
A survey of passengers shows: The "typical" Cologne/Bonn passenger is aged 40 (36 in the case of charter passengers), male and flies over 10 times a year.
Hijacking on 12 September of the "Münster", a Lufthansa Boeing 727, on flight FRA-CGN, hijacker: Raphael Keppel (30).
Manager Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wilhelm Grebe leaves CGN on 31 October. Dipl.-Ing. Günter Schade becomes his successor as the new technical manager on 1 December.


Cologne/Bonn has, for the first time, more than 2 million passengers in a single year.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry holds the first examinations leading to qualification as a "certified aircraft dispatcher" (8 December).


Construction of the third cargo terminal and a high-bay warehouse, and enlargement of the office building. Capacity increases to 100,000 tons. On 18 March, the airport has its 20 millionth passenger since it began flight operations. Survey of places of work on 1 October: 90 companies, 2,487 employees at the airport.


New fee schedule as an incentive to use less noisy equipment on 1 April.
Extension of the cargo facility.
Launch of the "Green Airlift" for agricultural products between Tel Aviv and Cologne/Bonn by Israeli Cargo Air Lines (1st flight lands on 2 November). Expansion of Lufthansa Service GmbH (LSG).


Annual meeting of the ADV in Cologne is organised by the airport operating company (13 / 14 November).
25th anniversary of "Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH".
An aircraft noise measurement system with 12 stationary measuring units and 1 mobile one goes into operation.
The fuel depot company builds the first overground tank (13 m high, diameter of 16 m) in addition to 13 underground tanks.


The Holiday Inn Airport Hotel is opened on 18 December.
The C7-10 check-in areas in the passenger terminal are extended.
An apron hall and a hall for winter equipment are built.
State visits:
US Secretary of State Kissinger (4 March), Yugoslavian head of state Tito (27 June), the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Mrs. Bandaranaike, (9 September).


The new buildings public authority hands its responsibilities over to the Cologne public construction authority and leaves the airport (26 November).
A survey of places of work is carried out: 67 companies, service units; 2,100 employees. Hereditary building agreement with the regional tax authority on return of the old terminal, replaced by hall VI (hangar 6) with ancillary buildings and aprons.
Extension of the "B" baggage reclaim facility and conversion of the entire baggage transportation system. (conveyor belt from outside on the apron side).
The Arrivals "C" parking area is built.


Air traffic controllers "work to rule"
(from 20/5 - 16/6 and 26/6 - 12/7).
State visits:
General Idi Dada, Ugandan head of state (7 February), King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden (8 May), Prince Juan Carlos and Princess Sophia of Spain (25 September). Extension of the "C" baggage reclaim system                                            Building of the "B" Arrivals parking area                                              Construction of the noise barrier                                                                        A Lufthansa Boeing 727 is christened "Leverkusen"
Premiere of the travelling exhibition of the airport operating company.
Internal news:
Kurt Raufuß, the commercial manager and authorised representative of Cologne/Bonn Airport, retires.


The cargo building with the warehouse (capacity of 25,000 t / p.a.) and office buildings are handed over to the airlines, customs and forwarding agencies on 20 April.
A passenger survey is carried out in July and October.
Air traffic controllers "work to rule".
State visits:
President Pompidou (France) on 6 July, the Emperor of Japan on 11 October, President Sunay (Turkey) on 19 October, the Queen of the Netherlands on 26 October, the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, on 10 November, the German Chancellor, Willy Brandt, flies to Oslo on 9 December to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace.


The German President, Gustav Heinemann, opens the new terminal on 20 March.
The fuelling service plant becomes operational on 1 July.
Topping-out ceremony for the cargo centre on 17 September.
Completion of the ITS building in October.
Lufthansa begins a daily jumbo-jet service to New York on 1 November.
Jumbo christening of the "Nordrhein-Westfalen" by Minister President Kühn and his wife.


Topping-out ceremony for the new terminal on 23 January.
The airport operating company moves into the new administrative building in March. The airport fire service also moves into its new premises in March.
LSG (Lufthansa Service GmbH) begins operations with the new in-flight catering service on 1 July.
The first men on the moon - Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin Aldrin - land at the airport on 12 October.


The company operating the airport is renamed and now called "Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH" (Cologne/Bonn Airport Ltd.).
New air traffic control centre / tower is inaugurated on 25 March.
Aircraft hall G1 (today hangar 3) goes into operation on 17 October.
Completion of the district heating plant in December.
Tourist flights: 14 departures a week (9 more than in summer '67).
The shell of the building for the new fire station is completed.


Wolfgang Diederich takes over from Carl Mudlagk as commercial manager of the airport operating company (on 1 January).
Building work on hall G 1 (today hangar 3) begins.


Building work on a "drive-in" terminal with a decentralised check-in system begins in August.


The foundation stone of the new terminal is laid on 8 July. Building of the radar tower.


Station 1 goes into operation with three emergency service aggregates.
The airport director, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinrich Steinmann, retires on 22 September.
Dr.-Ing. Wilhelm Grebe becomes the new technical manager of Cologne/Bonn Airport on 2 November.


John F. Kennedy at Cologne/Bonn with the German Chancellor, Konrad Adenauer (23 June).
Presentation of the functions, building and land use programme for the new terminal B. North Rhine Westphalian Minister of Regional Planning, Housing and Public Works.
Annual meeting of the ADV in Cologne in November. 500,000th passenger at CGN (undated).


Charles de Gaulle arrives at Cologne/Bonn for a state visit (with the German President Heinrich Lübke - 4 September).


The major runway is formally opened by North Rhine Westphalia's Minister of Economics, Mid-range Industry and Transport, Dr. Lauscher, on 17 March.
The first long-distance flight is an Air France charter flight for Japanese miners via Anchorage to Tokyo on 20th March.
Deutsche Lufthansa is the first airline to use the new runway for intercontinental flights, flying from Cologne/Bonn to New York (30 April).
Opening of a duty-free shop in June.
A hereditary building agreement is concluded with the German state on 9 October.
A bus service between Bonn and the airport operated by the Bonn public transport authority starts (as of the end of the year).
Preliminary ideas developed for an underlying planning concept for a new terminal; a study trip in this connection to the USA by a committee of the supervisory board in May. Introduction of the night airmail service in September.


The fiscal year is changed: now the calendar year.                                   Topping-out ceremony for the extended runway (14 October).
Extension of the terminal buildings.
Finnair uses Caravelles for the first time (Copenhagen-Helsinki as of 1 April).
Swissair flies DC 8s to New York for the first time (as of 1 April).


State visit by US President Eisenhower on 26 August.
Formation of the new buildings public authority to oversee the extensions to the airport (1 April).
Extensions to the airport begin with work on the 3,800-m runway (13 September).


The government of North Rhine Westphalia grants permission to develop the airport to give it capacities for international flights.
Carl Mudlagk becomes the commercial manager (as of 1 May).


Restrictions on commercial flights are lifted. The volume of air traffic increases steadily from 18 July onwards. The need to expand the airport's facilities is recognised. At this time the airport only has inadequate makeshift terminal facilities capable of handling 300,000 passengers a year.
The RAF hands the airport over to the Economics and Transport Minister of the Federal State of North Rhine Westphalia on 2 October.
The airport establishes its own fire service.
Three VW minibuses provide a shuttle service between Bonn and the airport.
The German weather service sets up a station at CGN (1 August).


Restriction of commercial air traffic by the British Royal Air Force from 1952-1957, while all other commercial German airports systematically became part of the steadily growing air traffic network. Initially 8 and later 14 non-military flights are permitted per week.


"No business report was drawn up due to lack of time" for the 6th financial year (01/4/1955-31/3/1956) (quoted from the business report dated 21/11/1957).


The crosswind runway 07 / 25 (2,460 m) goes into operation.


The world's first jet aircraft, the De Havilland "Comet 1", lands at CGN. Foreign ministers including Schuman, Poncet, Acheson und Eden fly to the airport to attend a meeting of foreign ministers.
Building of the crosswind runway 07 / 25 (2,460 m - making it the longest runway in Germany at the time). The airport was closed from 24 April to 11 May to enable work on the takeoff runway to be carried out and from 23 to 30 July for manoeuvres.


The licence granted by the CAB is valid in full until 31 July. A Flyers' Festival takes place on January 6. Annual meeting of the ADV (German Association of Commercial Airports) in Cologne on 8/9 March. Opening of the airmail co-ordination centre on 1 March.


BEA begins a daily service on the London - Cologne/Bonn - Berlin route on 1 January.
The airport facilities are handed over to German administrative authorities on 1 February. The airport operating company (Köln-Bonner Flughafen Wahn GmbH zu Porz) is entered in the commercial register on 2 March.
The licence granted by the Civil Aviation Board expires on 31 December. After just under one year, the airport and its facilities are returned to the jurisdiction of the British armed forces. Civil aviation has to take second place to military uses. Commercial takeoffs and/or landings are restricted to eight a day. Sabena begins services to and from Cologne/Bonn on 1 April.


The Civil Aviation Board, British Element gives the cities of Cologne and Bonn a licence to use the facilities of Wahn Airport for a one-year period. Cologne and Bonn transfer exercise of their rights and duties to a private limited company named "Köln-Bonner Flughafen Wahn GmbH zu Porz" formed in 1950.
The initial shareholders are the Federal Republic of Germany, the Federal State of North-Rhine-Westphalia, the city of Cologne, the city of Bonn, the Sieg district, and the town of Porz. Rheinisch-Bergisch district became a further shareholder. The airport's first director was Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinrich Steinmann (until 1964). The airport's manager begins preparatory work in October 1950. Flights begin in September. BEA flies to Berlin for the first time (23 September).


First discussions on a commercial airport to give Bonn, which had just become the provisional German capital, the business city of Cologne and the greater Cologne/Bonn area international air links.


The German Airforce establishes a military airfield at a former artillery shooting range in the Wahner Heide.
The airfield is enlarged by the occupying powers, a takeoff runway with a length of 1,866 m, a control tower and a number of hangars are built.