Cologne-Bonn Airport: ultimate spotting guide

Cologne-Bonn Airport’s terrace offers excellent views of a broad selection of passenger and cargo aircraft, as Gary Morris discovers. Additional photography by Steve Kilvington and Matt Sudol

Köln-Bonn Konrad Adenauer (IATA: CGN, ICAO: EDDK) is Germany’s sixth busiest airport. More than 12 million passengers passed through the airport in 2019, while it currently ranks as Germany’s third largest cargo hub behind Frankfurt/Main and Leipzig/Halle, having handled 967,437 tonnes of cargo in 2021. Located nine miles south of Cologne, the country’s fourth largest city, the airport also serves Bonn – once the West German capital. It sits on the edge of the Wahner Heide nature reserve, enabling aircraft to arrive and depart 24 hours a day due to the lack of housing close to the airfield.


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