There are a total of 36 international airports in Germany, ranging from smaller airfields only operating a few routes and airlines, to mega complexes such as Frankfurt and Munich that transport tens of millions of passengers per year. These larger airports may have as many as 100 different airlines, serving multiple national and international routes.
With no fewer than 79 major cities, Germany has no shortage of large international airports. Some of the most well-known ones are:
All German airports can be divided according to their geographic location.
As well as the smaller ones that serve Germany’s northern islands, there are a few major international airports in northern Germany: two airports of Hamburg, Bremen airport, Hannover airport and several others.
As you would expect of an area that includes the major cities of Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Augsburg, there are quite a few international airports in southern Germany, including Munich airport (Franz Josef Strauss International Airport), Nuremberg airport, Stuttgart airport and some others.
Populous western Germany with its dense concentration of cities is well-served by multiple major international airports. The proximity of North Rhine-Westphalia’s three biggest airports means that, in effect, they all serve the entire region. These airports include Cologne/Bonn airport, Dortmund airport, Düsseldorf airport, and others.
As Germany’s capital city, Berlin serves as a major transport hub in eastern Germany, being the home to two international airports of Tegel and Schönefeld (both of which will soon be merged into one). The cities of Dresden and Leipzig are also home to major international airports.
Central Germany is a loosely-defined region that is generally taken to correspond to the area of Central German dialects, and therefore includes the areas Franconia, Thuringia and Saxony. The region is home to Germany’s biggest airport, Frankfurt airport.