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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 year 2010.

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 Baden-Airpark Areal

        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 from.

        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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