The Westerland-Sylt airport is the northernmost airport in the Federal Republic of Germany. The airport is served all year round, but the flight schedule varies seasonally, so that more flight routes are offered from May to October.
- URL: Westerland / Sylt (GWT)
- Time zone: GMT 1
- Service phone: +49 4651 9206-12
- Address: Flughafen Sylt GmbH, Sylt, Flughafenstrasse 1, D-25980 Sylt-Ost (Tinnum district)
- Operator: Flughafen Sylt GmbH
- Parking: yes, free of charge
- Transport connections: The airfield is located on the eastern outskirts of Westerland.
- Train connections: The Westerland-Sylt train station is only approx. 1500 meters east of the airport
- Flight distribution on the days of the week: Monday (6.44%), Tuesday (3.68%), Wednesday (13.10%), Thursday (18.39%), Friday (16.09%), Saturday (18.62%), Sunday (23.68%)
- other spellings: Sylt, Vesterland – Sild, Weesterlön, Wäästerlön, Зюльт-Вестерланд, Зильт, Зилт, Συλτ, ズ ィ ル ト, 敘 爾特 島, زیلت, سيلت, סילט
Most popular destinations from Westerland / Sylt (flights per week)
- Düsseldorf(13, 38.24%)
- Mannheim – Neuostheim(5, 14.71%)
- Munich(5, 14.71%)
- Zurich – Kloten(4, 11.76%)
- Frankfurt-Main(2, 5.88%)
- Hamburg – Airport(2, 5.88%)
- Kassel-Calden(1, 2.94%)
- Stuttgart(1, 2.94%)
- other (2.94%)
Top airlines (share of take-offs / landings)
- Eurowings(22, 26.19%)
- Lufthansa(20, 23.81%)
- FlexFlight(14, 16.67%)
- United Airlines(10, 11.90%)
- Swiss International Air Lines(7, 8.33%)
- Condor(6, 7.14%)
- Air Burkina(2, 2.38%)
- easyJet(2, 2.38%)
- other (1.19%)
The airport, which opened in 1918, is only approx. 1500 meters east of the city center. It can be reached via the island’s only main road. There is no bus line service, but a shuttle bus service is used by some hotels. In addition to car rental, there is also a bicycle rental service at Sylt Airport.
In 2008 the airport had a passenger volume of 153,000 passengers. Tourism was the driving force when it opened in 1918. The Deutsche Luftreederei started the first scheduled flight connection between Berlin and Weimar in February 1919, the second followed in July 1919 was the Berlin – Hamburg – Sylt route, making Sylt Airport one of the airports with one of the longest tradition of scheduled flights in Germany.
During the war years and afterwards, the airport was used for purely military purposes. When the air base came under the jurisdiction of the Bundeswehr in 1961, the airport could again be used for civilian purposes. In addition to scheduled flights to and from Hamburg, Kiel and Flensburg, regular airline operations on the Berlin – Sylt – Berlin route developed in the 1960s. It was initially operated successfully as a charter route by the Germania travel agency and later as a subsidized route by British Airways.
In the period that followed, package flights from Sweden and England as well as scheduled flight destinations to all regions of Germany established themselves. At that time, various types of commercial aircraft were used on Sylt, including Super-Constellation, De Havilland DH 106, Caravelle, BAC 1-11, Douglas DC-7, Vickers Viking, and Boeing 737-200.
In 1972 the German Armed Forces left the actual flight operations area with some buildings to Flughafen Sylt GmbH. This made her the independent operator of Sylt Airport. It was only from this point in time that general aviation was able to develop unhindered and very quickly, so that Sylt Airport now has a traffic volume that is increasing every year.
On December 1, 2005, the use of the military part of the airport by naval aviators ended, and after the last members of the descendants left in March 2006, the entire airport is now used exclusively for civilian purposes.
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