Dortmund

Dortmund, like many smaller airports in Germany, has struggled following the consolidation of the country’s airlines and a downturn in traffic to some popular tourist destinations. But salvation is coming in the form of low-cost carriers, as Sebastian Schmitz found out.

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Dortmund’s salvation has come from low-cost carriers that now provide the airport with the majority of its traffic.
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The eastern Ruhrgebiet, the area around the River Ruhr, is the most densely populated part of Germany. Fifty years ago it was heavily industrialised: coal and steel were the main products and air pollution was so bad that washing hung out in the morning was grey by tea-time.

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