There are also arrangements for individual (private) flights; they have certain rules governing them, but these flights are infrequent because they are expensive. This applies to helicopters, airplanes, and drones. Certain airlines fly to domestic and international destinations, and comparable rules apply worldwide. Airboats and hot air balloons are available solely for local tours.

Germany has 40 public airports (27 of which are in northern Germany). 19 are so-called Regional Airports. A unique airport only for freight is located in Lahr, in southwestern Germany. Besides these, there are more than 300 private airports that only accommodate small planes. Germany is one of the countries with the oldest tradition of flying. Beginning with Hamburg in 1911, the cities of Bremen and Friedrichshafen (Graf Zeppelin) also opened airports before World War I (1914-18). Near the end of that war Lübeck-Blankensee (1917) and Sylt (1918) were built. Before the beginning of the Nazi dictatorship in 1933 there were already 7 airports. During the rearmament period from 1934 to 1938, 10 new airports were constructed while the older ones were expanded.

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Today the largest airport in Germany is the one in Frankfurt am Main. It’s located primarily in the Frankfurt City Forest Preserve and comprises its own city neighborhood “Frankfurt-Flughafen” (Frankfurt Airport). It lies about 12 kilometers (km) from downtown Frankfurt. After London-Heathrow (approx. 78 Million passengers), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (approx. 70 Million) and Amsterdam-Schiphol (approx. 68 Million), Frankfurt Airport bills itself as the fourth largest in Europe and 14th in the world, with 64.5 Million passengers. However, with a freight load of 2.2 million tons it’s the largest freight airport in Europe and 8th in the world. The Airport boasts two large Terminals and an additional one which is reserved exclusively for Frequent Flyers and First-Class passengers of the Lufthansa German Airline, as well as the Swiss and Austrian state airlines. A Skyline People-Mover and a Bus Shuttle run between the Terminals. A Regional Train Station at Terminal 1 connects the airport with regular regional trains; also, the S8 and S9 S-Bahn Trains connect to the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (Central Train Station). The ICE and IC Trains of the German Railways (DB) stop regularly at the “AIRTerminal Flughafen Fernbahnhof.” Arriving buses stop at their own Bus Station in front of the Arrival Halls of Terminals 1 and 2 (on Level 2). Connections to surrounding highways are through the A3 and A4 highways; they merge shortly before reaching the Frankfurt Airport at the “Frankfurter Kreuz” (intersection), which is the most congested in Europe with 310,000 vehicles per day. Another connection is through the A67 Highway. The B43, which runs parallel to the A3, absorbs a large part of the traffic.
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is ca. 8 km from the downtown, reachable through the S1 and S7 S-Bahn trains as well as through the A44 Highway..

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is ca. 30 km from downtown, reachable in ca. 40 min from the Hauptbahnhof (Central Train Station) through the S1 and S8 S-Bahn Trains, as well as through the B11 and A53 Highways.Munich Airport Maps
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