Germany’s Airports and German Airlines
Although many Europeans choose to travel to Germany via overnight train, South African visitors travelling direct to Germany will be arriving via plane. Fortunately, Germany has more than 25 functioning airports, meaning that no matter where you’re planning to start or finish your trip, you’ll have access to a nearby airport.
Major airports in Germany
The largest airport in Germany is Frankfurt International Airport, which is one of the major airports in Europe and is ranked as one of the key airports in the world. Other key airports in Germany include the Munich airport, which is the second largest in the country, as well as the Leipzig/Helle Airport, Cologne-Bonn Airport, Hamburg Airport, the Düsseldorf Airport, and the Berlin Tegel and Berlin Schönefeld Airports. In 2013, the two Berlin airports will be consolidated into a single airport to be called the Berlin Brandenburg Airport. All airports can be easily reached using the country’s well-developed rail and road networks.
Smaller airports in Germany
In addition to the main airports in Germany, there are a number of smaller airports. These include Bremen Airport, Dortmund Airport, Dresden Airport, Frankfurt Hahn Airport, Friedrichshafen Airport, Hanover Airport, Karlsruhe Airport, Leipzig Altenburg Airport, Lubeck Airport, Memmingen Airport, Monster-Osnabruck Airport, Nuremberg Airport, Rostock-Laage Airport, Stuttgart Airport, Sylt Airport and Weeze Airport. Some of these airports are used for budget carriers, or are used for domestic flights. Note that some of these airports are not located within the city that they service, and may require additional transit via bus or train.
German airlines and flight services
The most well-known German airline is Lufthansa; Germanwings is the low-cost subsidiary of this airline. Air Berlin is the second-largest of the German airlines, with other notable airlines including Condor, TUlfly, Germania, and the regional airlines OLT and Cirrus Airlines.
Airlines that fly from South Africa to Germany
There are a number of airlines that fly from South Africa (Cape Town and Johannesburg) to Germany, although not all carriers fly to or from all airport destinations. The airlines that fly between South Africa and Germany include Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, Swiss Airlines, KLM, Turkish Airlines, TUlfly, Emirates, South African Airways, and British Airways.
Domestic flights in Germany
Although it’s possible to travel through Germany via aeroplane, travel by train is often the most cost-effective and time-efficient method of doing so. The autobahn also makes travel by car quick and economical. Roads in Germany are safe and in excellent condition, making overland travel a good option for travelling from one city to another.
Germans are famed for their efficiency, and German airlines and airports are no different: as a visitor to Germany you’ll be able to travel quickly and readily to and from Germany, as well as between Germany’s airports.