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Luxembourg-Findel International Airport
Fluchhafe Lëtzebuerg-Findel
Aéroport de Luxembourg-Findel
Flughafen Luxemburg-Findel
Airport type Public
Operator Luxembourg Airport Authority
Serves Luxembourg City
Location Sandweiler, Luxembourg
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; 6.20444 (Luxembourg-Findel International Airport)Coordinates: 49°37′24″N 006°12′16″E / 49.62333°N 6.20444°E / 49.62333; 6.20444 (Luxembourg-Findel International Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 4,000 13,123 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft movements 83,141
Passengers 1,696,011
Cargo 787,971.117 tonnes
Source: Belgian AIP at EUROCONTROL
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Findel Airport (IATA: LUX, ICAO: ELLX) is the main airport in Luxembourg.

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) away from Luxembourg City.

The airport has two terminals and is completely international as there are no other commercial airports in the country.

Luxair, Luxembourg's international airline and Cargolux, a cargo-only airline, are based out of the airport.

By cargo tonnage, Findel ranked as Europe’s 5th largest and the world’s 23rd in 2008.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
British Airways London-Gatwick
Air France operated by CityJet London-City
Hahn Air Düsseldorf
Iceland Express Reykjavík [seasonal]
KLM operated by KLM Cityhopper Amsterdam
Lufthansa Regional operated by Lufthansa CityLine Munich [begins 31 October]
Luxair Barcelona, Berlin-Tegel, Djerba, Dublin, Florence, Frankfurt, Fuerteventura, Geneva, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Heraklion, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Lisbon, London-City, Madeira, Madrid, Malaga, Marrakech, Milan-Malpensa, Monastir, Munich, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Porto, Prague, Rome-Fiumicino, Saarbrucken, Tenerife-South, Turin, Vienna
Seasonal: Agadir, Ajaccio, Almeria, Antalya, Bastia, Bodrum, Burgas, Cagliari, Catania, Chania, Corfu, Faro, Heraklion, Jerez de la Frontera, Kos, Malta, Naples, Palermo, Paphos, Rhodes, Rimini, Varna, Venice
Scandinavian Airlines operated by Cimber Sterling Copenhagen
Swiss International Air Lines operated by Swiss European Air Lines Zürich
TAP Portugal Lisbon, Porto
Tunisair Monastir [seasonal]

Cargo airlines

Landing on runway 06
Landing on runway 06

Terminal A opened in May 2008
Terminal A opened in May 2008
Airlines Destinations
Cargolux Scheduled: Abidjan, Abu Dhabi, Accra, Almaty, Amman, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Baku, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Beijing-Capital, Beirut, Bogotá, Brazzaville, Budapest, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Calgary, Campinas-Viracopos, Chennai, Chicago-O'Hare, Curitiba-Afonso Pena, Damamm, Damascus, Doha, Dubai, Glasgow-Prestwick, Guadalajara, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston-Intercontinental, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Istanbul-Atatürk, Johannesburg, Karachi, Kinshasa, Komatsu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Latacunga, Libreville, Los Angeles, Lusaka, Maastricht, Manchester, Manston/Canterbury, Mexico City, Miami, Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa, N'Djamena, Nairobi, New York-JFK, Panama City, Petrolina, Quito, Recife, Santiago de Chile, Seattle/Tacoma, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Sharjah, Singapore, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tbilisi, Toronto-Pearson
China Airlines Cargo Delhi, Manchester, Taipei-Taoyuan
Jett8 Airlines Cargo Singapore


The airport was originally known as "Sandweiler Airport", and was opened in the 1930s as a small grass airfield with a relatively short, 3400' (1000m) runway.

German use during World War II

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 additive, Jagdgeschwader 52 (JG 52) also operated Bf 109s from Sandweiler during the Blitzkrieg. JG 52 moved into France on 29 May, however JG 53 remained in Luxembourg until 18 August until moving closer to the English Channel to take part in the Battle of Britain..

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

Allied use

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.

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 England. It was returned to Luxembourg control on 15 August 1945.

Incidents and accidents

  • On 22 December 1969, Vickers Viscount LX-LGC of Luxair was damaged beyond economic repair when it ran off the runway and the nose wheel collapsed.
  • On 6 November 2002, Luxair Flight 9642, Fokker 50 (registration LX-LGB) was flying from Berlin, Germany, and crashed in a field near the village of Niederanven during its final approach to Luxembourg airport. 20 passengers and crew lost their lives, including artist Michel Majerus.
  • On 21 January 2010, Cargolux Flight 7933, operated by Boeing 747-400 LX-OCV struck a vehicle on landing. The van suffered major damage and the aircraft sustained a damaged tyre. Three investigations have been launched into the incident.

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General Info
Country Luxembourg
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 49.626575
49° 37' 35.67" N
Longitude 6.211517
006° 12' 41.46" E
Elevation 1234 feet
376 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 000° E (01/06)
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

TWR 118.1
ATIS 135.55
APP 118.9

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
06/24 13123 x 197 feet
4000 x 60 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME LUX LUXEMBOURG 059Y 112.25 1.6 NM 241.5
NDB WLU LUXEMBOURG - 346 7.1 NM 060.6

Fuel Jet A1+, Jet A1 with icing inhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Oil O-123, 1065,(Dispersant)Reciprocating Engine Oil(MIL L 22851 Type III)

FUEL A1 (ESSO Luxembourg ) (NC-100LL) .
NS ABTMT Climb with max climb grad thru 3000', then maint climb attitude and dly incr airspeed til 4000'.
OIL O-123
OPR HOURS Opr 0500-2200Z++, OT PPR.

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