IFATC at Home - Germany

IFATC at Home - Germany

Servus! Moin! Hallo! Along with this sunday’s schedule airports all around Germany will be staffed by the German IFATC-Team offering a wide selection of both domestic flights and long-haul routes featuring international destinations in several countries across Africa, Americas, Asia, and Europe. As of April 2020, Lufthansa (flag carrier in Germany) serves 19 domestic destinations and 209 international destinations in 78 countries across the globe with its hubs at Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport. Including its subsidiary passenger airlines (Austrian Airlines, Swiss International, Eurowings etc.) the Lufthansa Group is the second largest airline in Europe in terms of passengers carried, utilizing one of the largest commercial airline fleets in the world. Happy flying!

Frankfurt Airport


Frankfurt am Main Airport (IATA: FRA, ICAO: EDDF) is the fourth-busiest airport in Europe by passenger traffic, 13th busiest airport worldwide (2016), busiest airport in Europe by cargo traffic and primary hub for Lufthansa including Lufthansa CityLine (subsidiary airline of Lufthansa flying mainly domestic routes) and Lufthansa Cargo as well as Condor and AeroLogic. The airport‘s elevation is 364 ft MSL (111 m). As of summer 2017, Frankfurt Airport serves more than 300 destinations in 5 continents, making it the airport with the most direct routes in the world.
Frankfurt Airport has two large main passenger terminals (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2). Terminal 1 is the older and larger one of the two passenger terminals. The landside is 420 metres long. It has been enlarged several times and is divided into concourses A, B, C and Z and has a capacity of approximately 50 million passengers per year. Terminal 1 is primarily used by Lufthansa, its subsidiary companies and its Star Alliance members (e. g. Air China, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines etc.). Terminal 2, which has a capacity of 15 million passengers a year, was opened in 1994 and is divided into concourses D and E. Terminal 2 is primarily used by airlines of the Oneworld and SkyTeam Alliances (e. g. American Airlines, Japan Airlines, British Airways, etc.). The airport is located 7.5 mi southwest of central Frankfurt and is surrounded by Frankfurt City Forest.

With roughly 750.000 inhabitants, Frankfurt is the fifth-largest city in Germany, one of the world’s leading financial centres and the largest financial center in Europe with the headquarters of the European Central Bank and the Deutsche Bundesbank. Frankfurt is a global hub for commerce, culture, education, tourism and transportation. It is the site of many global and European corporate headquarters. With a large forest, many parks, the Main riverbanks and the two botanical gardens, Frankfurt is considered a “green city”: More than 50 percent of the area within the city limits are protected green areas.

Frankfurt Airport has four runways of which three are arranged parallel in east-west direction and one in north-south direction. During normal operation the two outer parallel runways (07L/25R and 07R/25L) are used for landings and the central parallel runway (07C/25C) and the Runway West (18), which can only be used in one direction, for take-offs.

Runway Length x Width in m (ft) Surface Use
07C/25C 4000 × 60 (13,123 × 197) Asphalt Take-offs (landings allowed)
07R/25L 4000 × 45 (13,123 × 148) Asphalt Take-offs and landings
18 4000 × 45 (13,123 × 148) Concrete Take-offs in southbound direction only
07L/25R 2800 × 45 (9,240 × 148) Concrete Landings only

Ground Chart

Munich Airport


Munich Airport (IATA: MUC, ICAO: EDDM, Franz Josef Strauss International Airport) is the secondary hub of Lufthansa, Lufthansa CityLine and it’s Star Alliance partners, the second-busiest airport in Germany in terms of passenger traffic and the eight-busiest airport in Europe handling 48 million passengers in 2019. The airport is located 18 mi northeast of Munich near the city of Freising in the Erdinger Moos at an elevation of 1487 ft MSL (453 m). It is named after former Bavarian minister-president Franz Josef-Strauss. It has two passenger terminals with an additional midfield terminal, two runways as well as extensive cargo and maintenance facilities and is fully equipped to handle wide-body aircraft including the Airbus A380.
Terminal 1 is the older terminal and commenced operation when the airport was opened on 17 May 1992. It has a total capacity of 25 million passengers per year and is subdivided into five modules designated A, B, C, D and E. Modules A through D provide all facilities necessary to handle departures and arrivals, including individual landside driveways and parking, whereas module E is equipped to handle arrivals only. Modules A and D are used for flights within the Schengen-area, while modules B and C handle those to destinations outside it. Terminal 1 currently handles all airlines that are not members or partners of the Star Alliance (e. g. Emirates, Qatar Airways, Condor etc.) with exception of Turkish Airlines. Terminal 2 commenced operation in 2003. It has a design capacity of 25 million passengers per year and is exclusively used by Lufthansa and Star Alliance members (e. g. Singapore Airlines, All Nippon Airways, South African Airways etc.). Having been designed as a hub terminal it is not divided into modules like Terminal 1. Instead, all facilities are arranged around a central Hall. Terminal 2 was projected to reach its full capacity of handling 27.5 million passengers a year by 2013. Lufthansa and Star Alliance partners stipulated the expansion of Terminal 2 resulting in building a separate Terminal 2 Satellite. The satellite terminal was inaugurated on 22 April 2016 and commenced its operations on 26 April 2016. The new satellite building is 609 metres long with 125,000 square metres of floor space with 52 additional gates and 27 parking positions, 11 of which are able to handle wide-body aircraft, including Airbus A380. The building has separate access facilities for Schengen and Non-Schengen passengers on two main levels.

Munich is the capital and most populous city of Bavaria, the second most populous German federal state. With a population of around 1.5 million it is the third-largest city in Germany after Berlin and Hamburg, as well as the 11th-largest city in the European Union. The city is a global centre of art, science, business, technology and culture. Munich is home to many universities, museums and theatres. Its numerous architectural attractions, sports events, exhibitions and its annual unique Oktoberfest attract a large amount of tourism. Munich is among the most prosperous and fastest growing cities in Germany. And of course Munich is known for its breweries and the Weißbier (wheat beer) is a speciality from Bavaria. There are countless Wirtshäuser (traditional Bavarian ale houses/restaurants) all over the city area, many of which also have small outside areas. Biergärten (beer gardens) are popular fixtures of Munich’s gastronomic landscape. They are central to the city’s culture and serve as a kind of melting pot for members of all walks of life, for locals, expatriates and tourists alike.

Munich Airport has two independent parallel runways in east-west direction handling 90 aircraft movements an hour between them.

Runway Length x Width in m (ft) Surface Use
08R/26L 4000 × 60 (13,123 × 197) Concrete Take-offs and landings
26R/08L 4000 × 60 (13,123 × 197) Concrete Take-offs and landings

Ground Chart

Düsseldorf Airport


Düsseldorf Airport (IATA: DUS, ICAO: EDDL) is the international airport of Düsseldorf. It is about 4 mi north of downtown Düsseldorf, and about 12 mi south-west of Essen in the Rhine-Ruhr area, Germany’s largest metropolitan area, at an elevation of 147 ft ASL (45 m). Düsseldorf is the third-largest airport in Germany after Frankfurt and Munich. It is a hub for Eurowings and a focus city for several more airlines and is equipped to handle wide-body aircraft including the Airbus A380. Düsseldorf Airport has three terminals connected by a central spine, even though the terminals are essentially concourses within a single terminal building. The current terminal buildings are capable of handling up to 22 million passengers per year. Terminal A was opened in 1977 and has 16 gates used by Lufthansa and Eurowings, its airline partners and Star Alliance members. Terminal B was originally inaugurated in 1973 and has 11 gates used for domestic and EU-flights by a few Star Alliance members such as Aegean Airlines, but mainly by SkyTeam and Oneworld members like Alitalia or Finnair. Terminal C was opened in 1986 and has 8 gates used exclusively for non-Schengen-flights by non-Star Alliance airlines (except Turkish Airlines). These are long-haul flights – among others – by Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Mahan Air.

Düsseldorf is the capital and second-largest city of the most populous German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia after Cologne and the seventh-largest city in Germany with a population of about 620,000. Most of the city lies on the right bank of the Rhine. Düsseldorf is an international business and financial centre, renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, and is headquarters to one Fortune Global 500 and two DAX companies. Messe Düsseldorf organizes nearly one fifth of premier trade shows. As second largest city of the Rhineland, Düsseldorf holds Rhenish Carnival celebrations every year in February/March, the Düsseldorf carnival celebrations being the third most popular in Germany after those held in Cologne and Mainz.

Düsseldorf Airport has two parallel runways (Nordbahn and Südbahn) in east-west direction with 500m runway centerline separation. Due to almost all-year-round westwind-conditions about 80% of the time, runways 23L/23R are used.

Runway Length x Width in m (ft) Surface Use
05L/23R 2700 × 45 (8858 × 148) Concrete Take-offs and landings
05R/23L 3000 × 45 (9843 × 148) Concrete Take-offs and landings

Ground Chart


Hamburg Airport


Hamburg Airport (IATA: HAM, ICAO: EDDH), known in German as Flughafen Hamburg, is the international airport of Hamburg and has an elevation of 53 ft ASL (16 m). The airport is named after the former German chancellor and senator of Hamburg Helmut Schmidt. It is located 8.5 km (5.3 mi) north of the city centre in the Fuhlsbüttel quarter at an elevation of 53 ft ASL (16 m) and serves as a hub for Eurowings and focus cities for Condor, Ryanair, and TUI fly Deutschland. Hamburg Airport is the fifth-busiest of Germany’s commercial airports measured by the number of passengers and counted more than 17 million passengers and 160,000 aircraft movements in 2018. As of July 2017, it featured flights to more than 130 mostly European metropolitan and leisure destinations, as well as three are long-haul routes to Dubai, Tabriz and Tehran. The airport is equipped to handle wide-body aircraft including the Airbus A380.
Hamburg has two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, connected by the Airport Plaza and the baggage claim area that extends through the lower levels of all three buildings. Terminal 1 was completed in 2005 and is highly similar to Terminal 2 in terms of design and size. Terminal 1 houses most of the airlines including those from the Oneworld and SkyTeam Alliances. Terminal 2, the older facility, was completed in 1993. It houses Eurowings and Lufthansa with its Star Alliance partners, amongst others.

Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany after Berlin and 7th largest city in the European Union with a population of over 1.84 million. Hamburg is Europe’s third-largest port. The city is a major international and domestic tourist destination. Hamburg is a major European science, research, and education hub, with several universities and institutions. Among its most notable cultural venues are the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle concert halls.

Hamburg Airport features two intersecting runways of which one is arranged in north-south direction and one in east-west direction. Almost 60% of all take-offs are commenced in northern direction due to noise abatement and 31% in western direction due to wind conditions, whereas 49% of all landings came from the east and 25% from the north.

Runway Length x Width in m (ft) Surface Use
05/23 3250 × 45 (10663 × 151) Asphalt Take-offs and landings mainly on 33
15/33 3000 × 45 (12028 × 151) Asphalt Take-offs and landings mainly on 23

Ground Chart


I want give a massive thanks to @Julius97 for handling 5 frequencies at Dusseldorf. I never get how a few of you can handle all the traffic fluently on so many frequencies, it’s like you have the fingers of ET himself.

I definitely loved this airport, I may look at making a variety of German events sometime 🤔


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