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Luxembourg Airport
Fluchhafe Lëtzebuerg
Aéroport de Luxembourg
Flughafen Luxemburg
Aeroport Findel Luxembourg terminal A 01.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Société de l’aéroport de Luxembourg S.A.


Serves Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Location Sandweiler
Hub for * Cargolux
Elevation AMSL 1,234 ft / 376 m
Coordinates 49°37′24″N 006°12′16″E / 49.62333°N 6.20444°E / 49.62333; 6.20444Coordinates: 49°37′24″N 006°12′16″E / 49.62333°N 6.20444°E / 49.62333; 6.20444
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</div>Location in Luxembourg
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 4,002 13,130 Asphalt
Passengers 3,988,224
Cargo 821,000 tons
Sources: Belgian AIP at Belgocontrol[1]
Statistics from Eurostat[2]

Luxembourg Airport (IATA: LUX, ICAO: ELLX) is the main airport in Luxembourg. Previously called Luxembourg Findel Airport due to its location at Findel, it is Luxembourg's only international airport and is the only airport in the country with a paved runway. It is located 3.25 NM (6.02 km; 3.74 mi) east[1] of Luxembourg City. In 2018, it handled 4.04 million passengers.[3][4] By cargo tonnage, LUX/ELLX ranked as Europe's fifth-busiest and the world's 28th-busiest in 2010. Luxair, Luxembourg's international airline, and cargo airline Cargolux have their head offices on the airport property.[5][6]


Early yearsEdit

The airport was originally known as "Sandweiler Airport", and was opened in the 1930s as a small grass airfield with a relatively short, 3,400 ft (1,000 m) runway.[citation needed]

German use during World War IIEdit

Neutral Luxembourg was invaded by Germany on 10 May 1940, and on 21 May the Luftwaffe assigned Jagdgeschwader 53 (JG 53), a Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter unit, to the airport. JG 53 was engaged in combat against the French and British Expeditionary Force in France during the Battle of France in May and June. In addition, Jagdgeschwader 52 (JG 52) operated Bf 109s from Sandweiler during the Blitzkrieg. JG 52 moved into France on 29 May but JG 53 remained in Luxembourg until 18 August when it moved closer to the English Channel to take part in the Battle of Britain.[7]

Sandweiler Airport then remained unused by the Luftwaffe until September 1944, when Aufklärungsgruppe 123 (AKG 123), a reconnaissance unit which flew the Henschel Hs 126, a two-seat reconnaissance and observation aircraft, was assigned to the airport. AKG 123 moved east into Germany after only a few days when the United States Army moved through Luxembourg and cleared the country of the occupying German forces.[7]

Allied useEdit

United States Army combat engineers arrived at Sandweiler in mid September 1944 and performed some minor reconstruction to prepare the airfield for Ninth Air Force combat aircraft. The airfield was designated as Advanced Landing Ground "A-97" Sandweiler and was opened on 18 September. The Ninth Air Force 363d Tactical Reconnaissance Group operated a variety of photo-reconnaissance aircraft until 29 October 1944 when they also moved east into Germany.[8][9]

Sandweiler Airport was used by the Americans for the rest of the war as a transport supply airfield and also to evacuate combat casualties to the UK. It was returned to Luxembourgish control on 15 August 1945.[10]


Luxembourg Airport has constructed a high-security zone far away from most airport activities in order to attract the business of transporting valuable goods such as art and jewels. According to Hiscox, there is a "massive demand" for such a hub for precious cargo. Planes taxi away from main airport facilities before loading.[11]

In 2015, the airline with the largest share of the airport's total passenger volume was still Luxair with 1.69 million passengers at a 63% share.[12]


Terminal AEdit

Built in 1975, the building was the only terminal of the airport for 30 years, until terminal B opened in 2004. The terminal was getting overcrowded especially during the summer period, and only contained two or three shops. The terminal started to be demolished at the end of 2011 and was complete by March 2012; this was in order to make way for a footbridge connecting terminal B to the new terminal A. Construction of the new Terminal A started in 2005 and it was inaugurated in May 2008.[citation needed]

Terminal BEdit

Terminal B opened in 2004, the building is unique as it only has gates and no check-in counters or arrivals hall. It was built for small planes with a maximum capacity of 50 people. It can handle up to 600,000 passengers a year. The Terminal reopened in the summer of 2017 after some arrangements to handle aircraft with a capacity of up to 80 passengers.[13] It is mainly used by Luxair's Q400 fleet.

Airlines and destinationsEdit


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Luxembourg Airport:[14]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens

Alitalia Milan–Linate
British Airways London–Heathrow

easyJet Berlin–Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Lisbon, London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa, Porto

Flybe Manchester

Hahn Air Düsseldorf

KLM Amsterdam

LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich

Luxair[15] Barcelona, Berlin–Tegel, Copenhagen, Djerba, Dublin, Fuerteventura, Faro, Funchal, Geneva, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Lanzarote, Lisbon, London–City, Madrid, Málaga, Marrakech, Milan–Malpensa, Munich, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Porto, Rome–Fiumicino, Saarbrücken, Tenerife–South, Vienna
Seasonal: Agadir, Ajaccio, Almería, Antalya, Bari, Bastia, Biarritz, Boa Vista, Bodrum, Brač, Burgas, Cagliari, Catania, Chania, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Enfidha, Figari, Heraklion, Jerez de la Frontera, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Malta, Menorca, Naples, Palermo, Prague, Ras Al Khaimah, Rhodes, Rimini, Sal, Split, Varna, Venice, Zadar
Seasonal charter: Hurghada,[16] Marsa Alam[17]

Ryanair Barcelona, Bergamo, Berlin-Tegel, Budapest (begins 29 October 2019),[18] Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London–Stansted, Madrid, Malta, Porto, Seville, Toulouse (begins 29 October 2019)
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca

Scandinavian Airlines Stockholm–Arlanda (begins 4 November 2019)[19]

Swiss International Air Lines Zürich

TAP Air Portugal Lisbon, Porto

Turkish Airlines Istanbul

Volotea Seasonal: Marseille, Nice


Airlines Destinations
Cargolux Abidjan, Abu Dhabi, Accra, Aguadilla, Almaty, Amman, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Bahrain, Baku, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Beijing–Capital, Beirut, Bogotá, Brazzaville, Budapest, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Cairo, Calgary, Campinas–Viracopos, Chennai, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cotopaxi, Columbus–Rickenbacker, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Dammam, Doha, Dubai–International, Fortaleza, Guadalajara, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston–Intercontinental, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Johannesburg–O.R. Tambo, Karachi, Kinshasa, Komatsu, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuwait, Lagos, Latacunga, Libreville, London–Stansted, Los Angeles, Lubumbashi, Lusaka, Maastricht, Manaus, Melbourne, Mexico City, Miami, Milan–Malpensa, Mumbai, Muscat, N'Djamena, Nagoya–Centrair, Nairobi-Kenyatta, New York–JFK, Osaka–Kansai, Oslo–Gardermoen, Ouagadougou, Petrolina, Prestwick, Quito, Recife, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, San Juan, Santiago de Chile, Seattle/Tacoma, Seoul Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Sharjah, Singapore, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Narita, Tbilisi, Vienna, Zaragoza, Zhengzhou
China Airlines Cargo Abu Dhabi, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Delhi, Ho Chi Minh City, Prague, Taipei–Taoyuan

China Southern Airlines Shanghai–Pudong[20]

Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–Al Maktoum

Panalpina Huntsville

Qatar Airways Cargo Atlanta, Doha, Houston–Intercontinental, Mexico City, Oslo–Gardermoen, Pittsburgh, Toronto–Pearson

Silk Way Airlines Baku

Uni-Top Airlines Wuhan[21]


LuxApt check-in

Check-in area in Terminal A

Busiest Routes from Luxembourg Airport (2016)
Rank Airport Passengers 2016
1 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal, Porto Airport 231,154
2 Flag of Germany.png Germany, Munich Airport 207,822
3 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg UK, London City Airport 182,670
4 Flag of Germany.png Germany, Frankfurt Airport 174,811
5 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal, Lisbon Airport 167,396

Incidents and accidentsEdit

See alsoEdit


PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  1. 1.0 1.1 Template:AIP BE
  2. "European Commission". 
  3. "Luxembourg airport recorded passenger increase in 2018". Lux-Airport s.a.. 18 January 2019. 
  4. "Luxembourg Airport - My Journey Starts Here". [dead link]
  5. "Legal." Luxair. Retrieved on 7 February 2011. "Luxair S.A. LuxairGroup Luxembourg Airport L-2987 Luxembourg."
  6. "Network & Offices Luxembourg Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine.." Cargolux. Retrieved on 15 May 2010. "Cargolux Head Office Luxembourg Airport L 2990 Luxembourg"
  7. 7.0 7.1 "The Luftwaffe, 1933-45". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  8. "IX Engineer Command". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  9. Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  10. Johnson, David C. (1988), U.S. Army Air Forces Continental Airfields (ETO), D-Day to V-E Day; Research Division, USAF Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
  11. Michaels, Daniel (19 February 2013). "Gunmen Waylay Jet, Swipe Diamond Trove". Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  12. "Air travel: lux-Airport expects 6 percent growth, new destinations in 2016". 8 January 2016. 
  13. L'essentiel. "Le terminal B du Findel rouvrira pour l’été 2017". 
  14. "Timetable - Flight Information - Luxembourg Airport". Retrieved 23 February 2019. 
  15. luxair.u - Online timetable retrieved 23 February 2019
  16. "Hurghada". 
  17. "Marsa Alam". 
  18. [1]
  19. "SAS opens a new direct route to Luxembourg". Retrieved 20 May 2019. 
  20. [2]
  22. "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 7 October 2009. 
  23. Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Ilyushin 62M CCCP-86470 Luxembourg-Findel Airport (LUX)". 
  24. "Incident: Cargolux B744 at Luxemburg on January 21st 2010, touched van on runway during landing". Aviation Herald. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 

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