A short History of the Altenburg airport
|1868||A drill ground for an infantry battalion is established.|
|1882||The Duke of Altenburg Ernst II. von Sachsen-Altenburg agrees to further use of the area for military purposes.|
|1909||Landing of a Parseval airship on the site of the drill ground. The Duke and his family make a short flight and get enthusiastic.|
|1911||First airshow event. Some courageous airmen show their skills in flying their biplanes.|
|1913||On 28th and 29th June official opening of the Flugstützpunkt (flight base) Nobitz on the site of the former drill ground near the Leina forest.|
|1916/1917||More hangars and production facilities are being built. Aircrafts of Albatros, DFW, Rumpler und Fokker are assembled.
Flight training for military flying starts.
|1920-1931||Dismantling of the airfield facilities according to the Treaty of Versailles and removal and wrecking of all existing planes and equipment.|
|1933||Preparations for the construction of a new military airfield start.|
|1934||Einweihung des neuen Flugplatzes|
|1936||The construction work starts. Hangars, workshops, barracks, a rifle range and a runway are built.|
|ab 1939||Flight training at flying school Flugzeugführerschule (A/B) 31, FFS (A/B) 33, FFS (C) 9 Altenburg|
|ab 1942||Conversion of Focke Wulf Fw-190 single seaters to double seaters for fighter training purposes.|
|1943 - 1945||Training in blind flight at Blindflugschule 10 mainly for fighter pilots, Types like Ju-87, Ju-88, He-111, Do-17Z, Do-18, Do-23, Me-110, Fw-44 are used.
|1945||US Army occupies the airfield on 15th April and withdraws on 1st July. The airfield is handed over to Soviet Army forces.|
|1945-1992||Military airfield, used by Soviet Air Force. The later cosmonaut Alexej Leonow operated as a fighter pilot from this base in 1959.|
|1985||A Soviet fighter MIG-21 SMT was erected as a memorial in front of the former officers' mess.|
|1986||Anti aircraft missiles were on station|
|1992||Withdrawal of all Soviet armed forces and foundation of the civil corporation Flugplatz Altenburg-Nobitz GmbH. Decision to convert the site to a regional airport.|
|1993||Huge party to celebrate 80th anniversary of the airport.|
|ab 1996||Charter flights to different holiday regions like Malta or Mallorca.
|2003||A daily flight connection to London-Stansted operated by Ryanair is installed.|
|17.Dez.2004||Temporal closing of the airport for larger aircraft by Thuringian Ministry of Transport because of pretext of too high trees in the landing path. Protest action in front of the terminal on 23rd December 2004.|
|11.Jan.2005||Lifting of the temporal closing after a lot of protest actions and a demonstration in front of the parliament building in Erfurt.|
|Sept. 2005||200,000th Ryanair passenger in Altenburg.|
|Dez. 2005||Operating licence for the airport extented for 10 yars.
|März 2006||Redevelopment work of the runway.|
|Juli 2006||10,000th visitor in the Flugwelt-Museum|
|Aug.2006||New security service (FIS from Frankfurt / Main) starts its work|
|Sept. 2006||Ryanair starts its flights to Barcelona (Girona) three times a week.|
|2009||since 31.03.2009 with Ryanair to Edinburgh
|2010||since 31.03.2010 with Ryanair to Alicante|
Ryanair leave the airplane after 8 years
The airport celebrated his 100th Birthday.