Leipzig / Halle Airport (IATA: LEJ) located in Schkeuditz, Saxony, Germany, is an international airport offering aviation services to Leipzig and Halle.
The public airport is owned by Mitteldeutsche Flughafen (Central German Airports Group) and operated by its subsidiary Flughafen Leipzig / Halle.
Equipped with state-of-the-art aviation facilities, the airport acts as a gateway to the central German metropolitan region and connects central Germany with multiple economic and tourism markets.
The airport embarked upon a $560m expansion project approved by the supervisory board of LEJ airport in June 2019. The project will involve the refurbishment of the existing aviation and cargo facilities, as well as logistics infrastructure at the airport.
The expansion project is intended to enhance the passenger and cargo handling capacity of the airport and enable it to offer an enriched travel experience to passengers.
It involves the expansion of cargo and logistics facilities at the airport and construction of a ‘Cargo City’. New aprons, cargo, and office building will be constructed in the northern and southern parts of the airport.
Taxiways will be constructed and the apron space near the express hub of DHL will also be expanded under the project.
Leipzig / Halle Airport features a range of aviation facilities, including two terminal buildings, two parallel runways, an apron, taxiways, air traffic control (ATC) tower, and a world cargo centre.
The main terminal of the airport, designated as Terminal A or the Central Terminal, occupies a major part of the airport and offers international and domestic aviation services.
Located adjacent to Terminal B, the Central Terminal features six concourses, multiple check-in areas, a ticketing counter, and security screening areas.
It also includes a general aviation terminal (GAT), which offers charter flights for private and business customers. The GAT features advanced equipment, handling facilities, and VIP lounges.
The Central Terminal and Terminal B feature a range of bars, restaurants, and retail outlets. Terminal B houses multiple high-end shopping outlets. A flight simulator is also located in the arrivals area of the terminal.
Cargo handling activities at the airport are carried out at the state-of-art World Cargo Centre. Covering an area of 20,000m², the cargo centre has the capacity to handle more than 200,000t of cargo a year.
It offers 38 loading gates, parking space for 171 trucks and provides direct access to cargo apron 2.
The airport integrates two 3,600m-long concrete runways running parallel to each other. The 8,500m² maintenance hangar at the airport can accommodate wide-bodied aircraft such as B747, AN 124, and A380.
The airport offers more than 5,000 parking spaces for passenger vehicles. Design configuration of all the facilities at the airport enhances accessibility for wheelchair users.
LEJ started operations in 1927 and is a hub for multiple aviation companies, including AeroLogic, DHL Aviation, Ryanair, and Etihad.
The airport is recognised as one of the busiest airports in Germany in terms of passenger traffic. It is also the second largest airport in Germany by cargo traffic.
Passenger traffic at the airport has witnessed an upward trend in recent years. Passenger traffic in 2018 increased by 4% compared to 2017, while aircraft movements and cargo traffic increased by 8.7% and 7.3% respectively.
The airport can be accessed through state-owned Deutsche Bahn train services and roadways. Visitors can reach the check-in areas directly from the airport train station.
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