Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding has invested about 1.4 billion Euro into advanced infrastructure and equipment since 1991. These measures are complemented by public investments into the high-speed rail network and the reconstruction of the motorways near Dresden and Leipzig/Halle Airports. Central Germany now presents itself as a hub in the European traffic infrastructure with state-of-the-art functionality, modernity and capacity.
New terminals were built at both Leipzig/Halle and Dresden Airports so as to be able to cope with the forecasted growth in air traffic volume throughout the next ten years. Both terminal buildings are of a modular design and can be extended in line with the demand. The aspects of safety, efficient operation, functionality and impact on the environment were given highest priority. Modern construction methods were used and state-of-the-art building equipment was installed.
Dresden Airport Terminal, Departures level
Leipzig Halle Airport, parallel runways
Leipzig Halle Airport: Projection of the future parallel runways (to be completed in 2007)
In addition to the northern runway at Leipzig/Halle Airport, which is 3,600 m long and 60 m wide, a parallel runway of the same dimensions is to be built south of the motorway. Taxiways and aircraft bridges both east and west of the terminal buildings will link the two runways across the motorway and the high-speed rail tracks. In this way an airport is built which will prove its operational reliability at any time and in any weather. An air traffic installation of this type and with spare capacity is currently unique in Germany.
Runway at Dresden International
Dresden International: planned extension of the runway
In Dresden, the new runway, which will measure 2,850 m, will be constructed next to the old one. Thanks to this investment in new infrastructure, the airport will occupy an excellent position in the medium-distance sector. Once the runway extension project is completed, all currently frequented destinations in the Mediterranean and the Canaries can be flown to without take-off weight restrictions even at high temperatures. Time-consuming and costly fuelling stops will then become a thing of the past.