School holidays get underway in central Germany: 47 holiday flights departing from Leipzig/Halle and Dresden to national and international destinations

The summer holidays are getting underway in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. Between Friday and Sunday, 47 passenger aircraft will be taking off from the two central German airports – 24 from Leipzig/Halle Airport and 23 from Dresden International. Besides major German and European cities, the departure board will also feature sunshine destinations in the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and on the Black Sea. Flights to some popular holiday countries such as Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia are not yet being run due to the travel warnings currently in place for these countries.

On the first weekend of the school holidays, flights will be taking off from Leipzig/Halle bound for Varna (4), Heraklion (4), Corfu (3), Burgas (3), Palma de Mallorca (3) and Rhodes (3). Three more aircraft will be heading for Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. There will be one flight to the Greek island of Kos.

At Dresden Airport there will be six departures to the Frankfurt Airport hub between Friday and Sunday. Palma de Mallorca is a popular choice for holidaymakers, with five departures. Other aircraft will be taking off for Munich (4), Heraklion (2), London (1), Burgas (1), Kos (1), Rhodes (1), Varna (1) and Düsseldorf (1).


Destinations with non-stop flights from Leipzig/Halle

Condor is once again the biggest holiday airline at Leipzig/Halle Airport. With up to 24 departures per week, it offers the most opportunities to get your summer holiday underway from Leipzig/Halle. Condor flies to destinations in Spain and Greece.

Number two in terms of holiday flights are Eurowings and Freebird Airlines Europe, flying on behalf of TUI, with up to 11 weekly departures each.

A total of eight airlines fly to 13 destinations from Leipzig/Halle Airport. Top of the holiday destination leaderboard is Palma de Mallorca with up to 11 weekly departures, followed by Heraklion and Varna, with up to 8 and 7 flights per week respectively.


Destinations with non-stop flights from Dresden

The airline with the most departures from Dresden is Lufthansa. The German national carrier operates up to 26 weekly flights to the airport hubs of Frankfurt (14) and Munich (12).

With up to 13 weekly departures, Sundair is Dresden Airport’s leading tourist airline, with destinations in Greece and Spain in its timetable. Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings has the same number of departures, with flights from Dresden to Palma de Mallorca, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart.

The destination with the most flights from Dresden is the Balearic island of Majorca, with up to eight departures per week. In second and third places in terms of popular tourist routes are Heraklion, with up to four departures per week, and Rhodes (3).

Altogether, eight airlines will be flying holidaymakers to 13 destinations from Dresden Airport.


Health protection and travel advice

The Central German Airports have put extensive precautions in place to protect the health of passengers, visitors, partners and employees. The package of measures is based on the requirements of the responsible authorities and follows the recommendations of the German Airports Association (ADV).

The precautions include the installation of perspex screens at check-in counters and boarding pass checkpoints and the provision of disinfectant dispensers throughout the terminals. Passengers are reminded of the distancing and hygiene rules on monitors and signs and in PA announcements. Markings have been installed on floors, for example at security control, to help people keep to the social distancing rules. Seats have also been marked with social distancing stickers.

The wearing of face coverings is compulsory inside all terminals. Most airlines already require passengers to wear face coverings on board. Passengers should check the applicable requirements with their airline before travelling.

More details of the applicable regulations can be found on the airlines’ websites, for example for Condor and Sundair.

Passengers should arrive at the airport at least two-and-a-half hours before departure and use their airline’s online check-in facility wherever possible.


Low-cost parking directly at the airports

Passengers arriving by car can park at the central German airports from as little as €15 a week. There are plenty of parking spaces available.


Cafés, restaurants and shops reopening successively

Shops, cafés and restaurants at Leipzig/Halle and Dresden Airports are increasingly reopening in line with flight timetables. In the public area of Leipzig/Halle Airport, Marché Mövenpick and the Kamps bakery are once again serving food and beverages.
At Dresden Airport, Elbezeit is already open for passengers and visitors, and the airport shop, Gate 14, will be opening on 20 July.


New airport tour for the summer holidays

The new guided tour at Dresden Airport, which starts on 21st July, is called the “NaTour”. Participants will take a bus ride out onto the apron, during which they will find out more about various aspects of environmental protection at the airport, such as how bees are helping to manage the impact of flight operations on the environment, why foxes serve a useful purpose at the airport and what measures we are taking to reduce our CO2 emissions.

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