Historische mijlpalen

Enige hoogtepunten in de geschiedenis van onze luchthaven zijn: de eerste langeafstandsvlucht in 1961, de landing van de Space Shuttle Enterprise op de rug van een Boeing of de opening van de nieuwe terminal. Dit zijn fascinerende momenten, die tonen dat ook in het Rijnland de droom van het vliegen voor steeds meer mensen werd verwezenlijkt.

2015

13-03.

De Raad van Commissarissen van Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH verlengt de overeenkomst met technisch bedrijfsleider Athanasios Titonis opnieuw met 5 jaar.

24-04.

Bij aankomst en vertrek op Keulen Bonn Airport kunnen passagiers nu gebruikmaken van de zogenaamde EasyPASS-procedure. Deze verkort de wachttijden bij de pascontrole. Bij binnenkomst in het Schengengebied en bij het verlaten van het Schengengebied kan EasyPASS worden gebruikt door alle meerderjarige houders van een elektronisch paspoort van de Europese Unie, de Europese Economische Ruimte en Zwitserland. Ook het nieuwe Duitse identiteitsbewijs geeft het recht op gebruik van de e-gates.

04-05.

Op Keulen Bonn Airport kunnen passagiers nu bijdragen aan de integratie van langdurig werkelozen op de arbeidsmarkt door het doneren van hun statiegeldflessen. In de terminals van de luchthaven staan opvallende inzameltonnen met het opschrift "Doneer je statiegeldfles" van de charitatieve vereniging Burgers voor Daklozen ("Bürger für Obdachlose e.V.") uit Keulen. Deze heeft twee extra medewerkers in dienst genomen voor het legen van de tonnen op de luchthaven, waardoor zij nu een vaste werkplek en een regelmatig inkomen hebben.

26-06.

De Europese Organisatie voor Luchthavens, ACI, heeft in het kader van de "ACI Europe Best Airport Awards 2015" de eerste prijs toegekend aan Keulen Bonn Airport als beste luchthaven in Europa in de categorie tot 10 miljoen passagiers. Na de "Skytrax World Airport Award", waarbij Keulen Bonn Airport werd uitgeroepen tot beste non-hub airport van Europa en de "Air Cargo Excellence Award" als "beste Europese vrachtluchthaven" is dit de derde gerenommeerde onderscheiding die de luchthaven in 2015 kreeg.

01-07.

Wisskirchen Handling Service GmbH wordt de nieuwe exploitant van het Cologne Bonn Cargo Center (CBCC) op Keulen Bonn Airport. Wisskirchen pacht de vrachthal en krijgt een concessie met een looptijd van 30 jaar voor het afhandelen van luchtvracht op Keulen Bonn Airport.

08-08.

De Airbus Zero-GE wordt met een kraan verplaatst van het platform naar een vaste plek. Een 700 ton zware en circa 60 meter hoge kraan tilt het voorheen door het Duitse Centrum voor Lucht- en Ruimtevaart (DLR) gebruikte paraboolvliegtuig naar zijn definitieve standplaats. Tijdens het verplaatsen zweeft de 54 meter lange en 80 ton wegende Airbus A300 circa twee uur in de lucht en wordt daarbij bijna 180 graden gedraaid. Op de nieuwe standplaats wordt de Zero-G in samenwerking met het DLR omgebouwd tot een multimedia museumvliegtuig.

28-10.

De nieuwe terminal voor langeafstandsbussen wordt in gebruik genomen. Op de eerste dag rijden er al bijna 100 bussen naar de nieuwe standplaats op de luchthaven. De enige bushalte voor langeafstandsbussen in Keulen is volgens een besluit van de gemeenteraad van Keulen gesitueerd op de luchthaven.

02-11.

De eerste low cost langeafstandsvlucht van Eurowings vertrekt naar Varadero op Cuba. Op het wintervluchtschema van Keulen Bonn Airport staan in totaal 10 bestemmingen, waaronder Dubai, Phuket, Bangkok, Punta Cana en Puerto Plata.

18-11.

Keulen Bonn Airport ontvangt het kwaliteitszegel "Generatievriendelijk winkelen" voor de winkels en parkeergarages op de luchthaven. Het certificaat wordt verleend door het Handelsverband Deutschland (HDE). Het Handelsverband houdt rekening met de belangen van zowel gezinnen met kinderen als senioren en mensen met een handicap. Beoordeeld worden onder andere barrièrevrijheid, voorzieningen voor kleine kinderen (bijv. verschoningsruimtes, plekken om kinderwagens te stallen), centraal gelegen parkeerplaatsen voor gehandicapten en ruime kleedhokjes.

11-12.

De Raad van Commissarissen van Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH verlengt de overeenkomst met de voorzitter van het bestuur, Michael Garvens, opnieuw met 5 jaar tot januari 2022.

11-12.

Keulen Bonn Airport presenteert voor het eerst een duurzaamheidrapport. Dit beschrijft de activiteiten en successen van de luchthaven op economisch, ecologisch en sociaal gebied. Het eerste duurzaamheidrapport van de luchthaven betreft de verslagperiode 2014 en inventariseert op bijna 80 pagina's de gehele onderneming.

15-12.

Keulen Bonn Airport begroet de 10 miljoenste bezoeker in 2015. Het is de derde keer dat dit aantal werd bereikt in de geschiedenis van de luchthaven. Tot eind december stijgt het aantal passagiers in Keulen/Bonn tot 10,4 miljoen passagiers.

2014

"Travis" zorgt voor transparantie: op de website van Keulen Bonn Airport kunnen bezoekers alle vliegbewegingen live volgen. Aan de hand van kleine vliegtuigsymbolen op een digitale landkaart kan vluchtspecifieke informatie, zoals de vluchtroute, vlieghoogte, snelheid, luchtvaartmaatschappij, het type vliegtuig en de vluchtbestemming, worden afgelezen. Bovendien kunnen van elke vliegbeweging de individuele geluidsniveaus, die worden gemeten op de meetpunten van de luchthaven, worden afgelezen. (18-03).

 "Ster B" is lichter en fraaier: het stervormige afhandelingsgedeelte in Terminal 1 werd gedurende drie maanden gerenoveerd en is nu weer opengesteld voor passagiers. Hiermee is de modernisering van Terminal 1 afgerond. (20-03)

Het wereldwijd opererende logistieke bedrijf UPS opent officieel de uitbreiding van zijn Europese air hub op Keulen Bonn Airport, die 200 miljoen US dollar heeft gekost. (24-03) 

Keulen/Bonn wint de gerenommeerde Skytrax award: in de categorie "Best Regional Airport Europe" belandt de luchthaven voor het eerst in zijn geschiedenis op de 1e plaats. Dit betekent dat Keulen Bonn Airport volgens de passagiers de beste Europese luchthaven is in de groep van luchthavens die geen intercontinentaal knooppunt zijn. (27-03)

In zowel augustus als september telt Keulen Bonn Airport meer dan een miljoen passagiers, een mijlpaal die voor het laatst in september 2011 werd bereikt. Exact 1.033.371 passagiers startten of landden in september op Keulen/Bonn. Hiermee is dit de beste maand sinds september 2010. (09-10)

De Ierse lagekostenluchtvaartmaatschappij Ryanair versterkt zijn presentie. Met ingang van het wintervluchtschema opent de luchtvaartmaatschappij een basis op de locatie Keulen/Bonn en stationeert hier een vliegtuig. Tegelijkertijd breidt Ryanair zijn luchtnet op Keulen Bonn Airport uit met 5 nieuwe lijnvluchten naar Dublin, London-Stansted, Madrid, Riga en Rome. (28-10)

ZERO-G wordt een bezoekersattractie: de A 300 ZERO-G, die onder andere door het Duitse Centrum voor Lucht- en Ruimtevaart (DLR) werd gebruikt als zogenaamd paraboolvliegtuig ter simulatie van gewichtloosheid, belandt na zijn laatste vlucht in Keulen/Bonn. Hier wordt hij voortaan permanent tentoongesteld en kan door bezoekers van de luchthaven worden bezichtigd in het kader van een rondleiding. (03-11)

Condor start met de eerste vlucht naar Varadero op Cuba. De vakantieluchtvaartmaatschappij biedt de bestemming in het wintervluchtschema een maal per week aan met een Boeing 767-300. Het is de eerste langeafstandsverbinding vanaf Keulen/Bonn sinds enkele jaren (04-11)

Lowcost-langeafstandsvluchten vanaf eind 2015: de Duitse Lufthansa kondigt aan, Keulen/Bonn tot thuisbasis te maken van de nieuwe lowcost-langeafstandsvloot van het concern. Vanaf eind 2015 zullen er onder de merknaam "Eurowings" gunstige intercontinentale verbindingen vanaf Keulen/Bonn worden aangeboden, onder andere naar Florida, richting Indische Oceaan en het zuidelijk deel van Afrika. (05-12)

2013

Keulen Bonn Airport geeft alle spullen die niet door de veiligheidscontrole heen komen en achtergelaten worden aan de Kölner Tafel. Drankjes, parfums en cosmetica die niet aan boord van een vliegtuig mogen worden meegenomen krijgen zo een andere bestemming. Maandelijks worden er enkele honderden kilo's origineel verpakte producten verzameld en overhandigd aan de liefdadigheidsvereniging. (15-01)

De vakbond Verdi roept de medewerkers van de particuliere veiligheidsdiensten op tot een staking. Ofschoon de luchthaven niet deelneemt aan de cao-onderhandelingen -de veiligheidscontrole van de passagiers is een overheidstaak en valt onder de verantwoordelijkheid van de federale politie (Bundespolizei)- wordt deze sterk getroffen door de gevolgen: op 7 stakingsdagen vallen er op Keulen/Bonn bijna 400 vluchten uit. Meer dan 40.000 potentiële passagiers moeten anders reizen. (15-03)

Bij de "World Airport Awards 2013" van het gerenommeerde luchtvaartonderzoeksinstituut Skytrax in Londen komt Keulen Bonn Airport in de categorie "Beste luchthaven van de wereld 5 tot 10 miljoen passagiers" op een goede derde plaats. Bij de internationaal erkende "World Airport Awards" worden ieder jaar luchthavens door passagiers beoordeeld. Volgens data van Skytrax werden er voor de ranking van 2013 wereldwijd op 395 luchthavens meer dan 12 miljoen passagiers met meer dan 100 verschillende nationaliteiten ondervraagd. De reizigers hebben cijfers uitgedeeld in 39 verschillende categorieën -bijv. voor de kwaliteit van de service bij het inchecken en afhandelen, de vriendelijkheid van het personeel en de kwaliteit van het shopping aanbod. (12-04)

Na circa zeven maanden bouwtijd wordt de gemoderniseerde bagageafgifte in de C-ster van terminal 1 in gebruik genomen. De beide nieuwe bagagebanden kunnen duidelijk meer koffers en reistassen verwerken dan de vorige installatie. Een derde bagageband staat bovendien ter beschikking voor afwijkende bagage. Het nieuwe aankomstgedeelte is duidelijk groter, moderner en ingericht volgens het nieuwste design. (28-05)

Volksfeest op het platform: ter ere van de eerste nationale "Dag van de luchtvaart" en het op dezelfde tijd en plaats gevierde "REWE Family 2013" event komen er ruim 30.000 bezoekers naar de luchthaven: techniek bekijken, bezoekersrondleidingen, rondvluchten, het hondenteam van de douane en vele andere attracties stuitten bij de gasten, waaronder veel gezinnen met kinderen, op levendig interesse en voor een deel op fascinatie en verwondering. (08-06)

Tot zelfbezinning nodigt per direct de gebedsruimte/prayer room op Keulen Bonn Airport uit. Ver van het luchtvaartgebeuren en het reisgewoel vinden passagiers, bezoekers of luchthavenmedewerkers op het basisniveau in terminal 2 een oase van rust. De gebedsruimte is toegankelijk voor bezoekers van alle geloofsrichtingen en religies; men heeft bewust afgezien van religieuze symboliek. Deze is ontstaan in nauwe samenwerking met de Raad der Religies in Keulen. (20-06)

Nieuwe service voor passagiers: per direct kunnen passagiers op de vertrekschermen in de terminals van Keulen Bonn Airport zien met hoeveel minuten wachttijd deze rekening moeten houden bij de veiligheidscontroles. De informatie is ook te vinden op de internetpagina en via de luchthaven-app. (06-12)

 Het samenwerkingsverband van Duitse luchthavens (ADV) heeft Michael Garvens gekozen in het presidium van de Duitse Luchtverkeersassociatie (BDL). De BDL is het aanspreekpunt voor politiek, media en burgers als het om het onderwerp luchtvaart gaat. In de BDL zijn Duitsland's luchtvaartmaatschappijen, luchthavens, de Duitse luchtverkeersbeveiliging (DFS) en dienstenaanbieders uit de luchtvaart vertegenwoordigd. (11-12)

Passagiers op Keulen Bonn Airport kunnen met hun smartphone de door hun vlucht veroorzaakte CO2-emissies compenseren, door met een gift klimaatbeschermingsprojecten mede te financieren. Op posters die een QR code bevatten wordt in de wachtruimtes bij de gates reclame gemaakt voor de klimaatbeschermingsorganisatie myclimate, die wereldwijd projecten ondersteunt ter reductie van broeikasgassen. (12-06)

2012

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.

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.

 

 

2006

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.

2005

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.).

2004

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.).

2003

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).

2002

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).

2001

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).

2000

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.

1999

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.

1998

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).

1997

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.

1996

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.

1995

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.

1994

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

1993

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.

1992

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.

1991

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.

1990

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.

1989

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.

1988

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.

1987

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.

1986

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).

1985

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).

1984

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#.

1983

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.

1982

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).

1981

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

1980

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

1979

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.

1978

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).

1977

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.

1976

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).

1975

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.

1974

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).

1973

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.

1972

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.

1971

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.

1970

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.

1969

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.

1968

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.

1967

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.

1966

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

1965

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

1964

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.

1963

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).

1962

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

1961

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.

1960

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).

1959

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).

1958

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).

1957

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).

1956

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.

1955

"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).

1954

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

1953

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.

1952

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.

1951

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.

1950

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).

1949

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.

1938

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.