With only 1.75 million passengers a year is the Dresden International Airport one of the smaller ones in Germany. That makes it pretty easy for passengers to get along at the airport. There’s only one terminal and one runway. The most important airline at the airport is Lufthansa together with its subsidiary Germanwings, offering several intra-German flights a day.
The Dresden International Airport is neither the biggest nor the most important airport in Germany. Due to that fact, there is only few information available about the fourth largest airport in Eastern Germany (after the two Berlin airports and the one in Leipzig). Each year, 1.75 million passengers use the Dresden airport to either fly domestic or international. The most important flights are the ones offered by Lufthansa (Frankfurt, Munich), Germanwings (Hamburg, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart) and Air Berlin (Düsseldorf).
Moreover, there are some other city connections to Basel (EasyJet), Brussels (Etihad Regional – starting end of March), Copenhagen (Etihad Regional – starting end of March), London (CityJet), Moscow (Aeroflot, UTair), Vienna (Etihad Regional) and Zurich (Etihad Regional, Swiss – starting end of March). In addition, there are several holiday destinations that may be reached with direct flights from Dresden, mostly on charter basis.
While Dresden as a city may be a shopping paradise, the Dresden Airport definitely is not. There are only a couple of shops offering souvenirs, press and snacks. Not to forget about the machine offering electronic goods like iPads 24 hours a day. Besides, there is a café and there are two bars.
Moreover, there is a bakery offering German pastries, rolls and bread. Interesting enough, there is no real restaurant, so guests departing from Dresden Airport are reliable on snacks only. These are of high quality, but really expensive at the same time. Definitely not a good place for shopaholics and foodies.
Most passengers that are landing or departing at Dresden Airport won’t have a connection as there are hardly any connections offered. Due to that, sleeping at the airport is not of such big importance. Yet, there are several early departures that might make it useful to sleep at the airport. At the Dresden Airport, there are no facilities that may allow a good night sleep.
Apart from some chairs and benches, there is nothing offered. Also, there are no real airport hotels in Dresden. Due to that, it’s recommendable to take a hotel close to the main train station which is connected to the airport with a direct train (20 minutes). There are many hotels around, reaching from budget ones to luxury hotels.
It may come as a surprise that the Dresden Airport got two lounges. The small airport got the pleasure to be served by Lufthansa, meaning that the major German carrier offers its business and first class guests and frequent flyers a Business Class and Senator Lounge at Dresden Airport.
Moreover, the airport itself got the “Airport Lounge” that may host up to 20 people at the same time. This lounge with newspapers, internet and drinks available for passengers may be entered with either having a status in a frequent flyer program other than a Star Alliance one, a Priority Pass membership or for a fee.
Smaller airports got one huge advantage over bigger ones: Parking at the airport usually is easier and cheaper. That’s the case in Dresden as well as passengers will never have to struggle with finding a parking lot. Moreover, the public transportation is organized very well, too.
The train (S 2) is connecting the airport to the city center (12-20 minutes depending on the destination) rapidly. Moreover, there are two bus lines connecting the airport to other parts of the city and the tram network. Tickets for public transport are available for only 2.20 Euro (~ 3 US-Dollar). Besides, there are taxis and several rental car outlets at the Dresden Airport.
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