More space for business jets at Dresden Airport

Dresden Airport wants to profit from the growth in business aviation. A hangar for small aircraft and executive jets will be inaugurated in October.

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Man sieht ein Flugzeug auf einem Rollfeld.
A small plane lands at Dresden Airport. The Globalfoundries chip factory can be seen in the background. © SZ Archive: Georg Moeritz

From Ulrich Wolf

Dresden. The Central German Airports Group (MFAG) has invested in its Dresden site. A third hangar has been built at the airport in Saxony's capital city at a cost of 4.4 million euros, according to MFAG's latest newsletter. The hangar will be inaugurated in October and will "further increase the airport's attractiveness, especially in the area of business aviation."

The hangar could accommodate up to twelve aircraft. One side of the hangar would be equipped with a 27-meter-diameter turntable for small aircraft, while the other would offer space for positioning business jets. The new building was constructed in just over six months on the site of the former Terminal 2A, which was demolished in 2018. MFAG says the construction is a response "to the high demand" for business aviation.

MFAG operates Dresden and Leipzig/Halle Airports. Its largest shareholders are the states of Saxony with 77.3 percent and Saxony-Anhalt with 18.5 percent. The remainder is shared by the cities of Dresden, Halle and Leipzig. Last year, the shareholders had to make up a deficit of 38.3 million euros from 2021. In 2022, the deficit was similar: Leipzig/Halle Airport was in the red by 22.4 million euros, Dresden Airport by 17.2 million euros. According to the 2022 financial statements, MFAG took out a loan of 370 million in December 2021 "to finance general site investments."

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