Dortmund Airport (DTM) is located 6.2 miles east of Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia. This minor international airport serves Germany’s largest urban agglomeration, the Rhine-Ruhr area, and is mainly used for low-cost charter flights. Dortmund Airport was originally located in Brackel where it was first served by Aero Lloyd commercial flights in 1925. By 1928, the airport’s service had expanded to over 2,500 annual flights.
The original airport was used as a German airbase during WWII and later occupied by British forces. When German commercial air service resumed in 1955, this original airport was not deemed suitable for continued use and was abandoned. Although commercial flights eventually resumed at Dortmund in 1979, it wasn’t until renovation began in 1998 that Dortmund airport began edging towards resurgence.
Dortmund Airport handled about 1.9 million passengers in 2013.
Did You Know? Interesting Facts About Dortmund Airport:
- During the time of Dortmund Airport’s abandonment, Dusseldorf Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport were the major commercial airports serving the Rhine-Ruhr area.
- The first mass carrier at Dortmund was Air Berlin who began service in 2002. They ran flights to London, Milan, Vienna, and leisure flights to the Mediterranean. Air Berlin announced plans to leave Dortmund Airport entirely in October 2014.
- DTM has carried the name “Dortmund Airport 21” since 2006, in reference to its major shareholder DSW21 – Dortmund’s utility company.
- The major surge in passenger traffic experienced by Dortmund since 2000 is attributed to the influx of low-cost carriers such as Germanwings and easyJet. Their mainline jets, such as the Boeing 737, were welcome replacements for turboprop planes previously running almost all of the flights out of the airport.
- At one time, Eurowings had its headquarters at Dortmund Airport. It was relocated to Dusseldorf in 2010.
Dortmund Apron Cam East
This eastward-facing camera will not only catch the sunrise, but it shows several of the airside gates at the airport.
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Dortmund Apron Cam West
A westward vantage of the apron from the airside gates.
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Dortmunder U Cam
This former brewery building in Dortmund now serves as a center for the arts. Among other things, this building houses the Museum Ostwall.
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Dortmund City Hall Cam
This camera is positioned on the Stadthaus on Friedensplatz, and gives a great view of the Dortmund City Hall (or “Rathaus”).
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Dortmund Alter Markt (“Old Market”)
This cam shows the Old Market from the east side. The right of the image shows a brass fountain that was built in 1901.
Dortmund Skyline Southwest
A nice view of the Dortmund skyline that shows the current weather over the city.