In May 1997, the Baden-Airport Karlsruhe / Baden-
Baden - Baden-Wurttemberg's third airport after
Stuttgart and Friedrichshafen and Germany's first
privately operated airport - began operation by
offering charter flights to Mallorca, Spain, and in
doing so it became part of the European air travel
network. The process of converting the former
Canadian air base "Baden-Soellingen" into today's
"Business-Base" brought local and national attention
to the entire BADEN-AIRPARK project.
Because of its accessible and convenient
geographical position where the borders of Germany,
France and Switzerland meet -- right in the heart of
Europe -- Baden-Airpark provides an ideal location
for nearly all kinds of different enterprises. This is
due to the economic region in which it is located,
which is one of the most important in Baden-
Wurttemberg, the Upper Rhine region and all of
Germany, as well as because of its direct accessability
to highways, train lines, waterways and airways.
The basic concept is a traffic structure of short
distances, both inside and outside Baden-Airpark
Based on the existing development and operation
model, the former air base offers exceptional
planning security and maximum levels of planning
flexibility to a variety of enterprises. In addition to
the Logistic Center, the Service and Communication
park and the Trade and Innovation Center, there are
also the Trade and Craftsman's Enterprise Center and
the Technology Factory, all of which are basic
elements of the utilization concept. The long-term
goal is to create several thousand new jobs by the
The Business Park
Nearly 80 companies with an approximate total of
800 employees are directly or indirectly linked to
Baden-Airpark; they form the basis for further future
impulses, especially in consideration of the building
conditions and the resulting increase in marketing
activities. The entire infrastructure with its streets,
supply systems and disposal systems will be further
renovated, improved and expanded.
The development and marketing of the business park
entered an important phase when the building plan
procedure began. The acquisition of construction
authorization, which was granted for this building
plan in August 1998, is the key to successfully
finding investors. This will ensure that not only
economic but also ecological needs are fulfilled. The
building concept is the basis on which professional
marketing will be fully developed, with the support
of national and international real estate agents. Since
December 1998, when the new "Baden-Airpark
Center" administration building was completely
transferred and occupied, the Baden-Airpark AG
again makes its mark on the region and beyond.
Facilities for leisure activities such as a golf course,
ice-skating rink and a disco are already operating.
Furthermore, nearly 150 hectares of forest have
allowed the green Baden-Airpark AG landscape to
cooperate in local forestry efforts.
The primary goal of the Baden-Airport in
Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden is to connect the
surrounding region to national and international air
traffic. This will enhance the advantageous location
of the local economy, thereby increasing the quality
of the whole region. Local enterprises will be in a
better position to compete on an international level
because of the direct,
connection to air traffic.
The most recent example of the new airport's
growing importance is the establishment of the
connection to the Euro-Airport Basel-Mulhouse-
Freiburg via Crossair airlines on September 7, 1998.
Crossair flies from Baden-Airport to Basel on
weekdays with a 50-seat Saab 2000 Concordino
Turboprop. From Basel there are connections to 16
German and European cities. Some of the
destinations available include Berlin, Duesseldorf,
Hamburg, Hannover (trade fair), Munich, Barcelona,
Brussels, Milan, London and Vienna.
The current winter schedule offers flights to the
popular vacation spots Fuerteventura, Mallorca,
Tenerife and Gran Canaria with well-established tour
operators such as Neckermann and TUI. In 1997
there were 15,000 flight movements and 20,000
passengers; in 1998 apprroximately 25,000 flight
movements and almost 60,000 passengers. In the
summer of 1999, even more destinations will be
added to the list of vacation sites above: the
Dominican Republic (Puerto Plata), Greece (Crete),
Portugal (Faro) and Turkey (Antalya).
The establishment of a flight connection from Baden-
Airport to the Berlin airport in Tempdhof is another
milestone in the growth of our air traffic. The Baden-Air
flies to Berlin since March 1st, 1999
Short distances, free parking and a comfortable
atmosphere are the strongest selling points that make
Baden-Airport able to compete with other airports -
even first-time guests feel at home right away.
Furthermore, the region will be able to identify with
this airport and harbor good feelings about "our"
airport. The appeal that visitors will find in the
proximity of Karlsruhe, Baden-Baden, the Black
Forest and Alsace should not be underestimated. The
airport's goal is not only to process passengers on
their way to vacation sites, but also to bring guests
into the region. This is the reason why we are
expanding our cooperation with local hotds and
event coordinators so that we can take advantage of
synergy. Another dement of the airport's operation is
cargo transport, which is the focus for business with
courier services and industrial enterprises.
Excitations and supports for potential investors on the
The Baden-Airpark is the most attractive business and innovation
centre in Centraleurope.
Based on the history of the Baden-Airpark it would be a great
pleasure for us if a business connection with Canada develops in the
future. If you are interested in settling down into the European Market
you should know that the Baden-Airpark is the location you can start
In our private public partnership conception we offer you
different possibilities to realise your ideas successfully here on your
former home base in Baden-Soellingen.
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