AviAlliance GmbH
Airports Düsseldorf Airport

Attractive looks, strong performance: Düsseldorf Airport

At the end of 1997, AviAlliance won the bidding for Düsseldorf Airport in the first partial privatization of an airport in Germany. AviAlliance holds 30 percent of the shares, while Aer Rianta holds 20 percent. The City of Düsseldorf has retained a 50 percent interest. In 2018, Düsseldorf Airport registered 24.3 million passengers.

In order to take this development into account, the airport submitted an application for capacity expansion in February 2015, as the demand for take-off and landing rights has already been well above availability for several years. Düsseldorf Airport needs space for growth if it is to operate in line with demand and keep pace with international developments. Located in one of Europe's strongest economic regions with 18 million inhabitants within a radius of 100 kilometers, the airport plays an outstanding role in meeting the mobility needs of people and companies in the region. The application is now submitted to the Ministry of Transport of Northrhine-Westphalia for a decision.

Key project data
  • Contract for the reconstruction and operation of Düsseldorf Airport
  • Form of privatization: Partial privatization, public-private partnership, contract concluded at the end of 1997, duration open-ended
  • Shareholders: City of Düsseldorf (50%), AviAlliance (30%), Aer Rianta Int.cpt (20%)
  • Germany's third-largest airport, located in Europe's third-strongest economic region*: 18 million people living in the patch of the airport within a 100 kilometer distance

*Source: Eurostat

Reasons for investment

Düsseldorf Airport has an exceptionally large and economically strong catchment area. In 2018, about 70 airlines flew from here to around 200 destinations in 55 countries.


Shareholders Flughafen Düsseldorf GmbH

  • 50% City of Düsseldorf
  • 30% AviAlliance
  • 20% Aer Rianta Int. cpt


Year Passengers
2014 21.8 million
2015 22.5 million
2016 23.5 million
2017 24.6 million
2018 24.3 million

Financial Highlights 2018

Revenues EUR 446.7 million
of which Non-Aviation 48%
EBITDA EUR 166.7 million

Prizes and awards

Twice in succession, Düsseldorf Airport has received the Skytrax World Airport Award as Best Regional Airport in Europe. This award is based on independent passenger surveys.

Skytrax World Airport Awards 2013
Best Regional Airport Europe

Skytrax World Airport Awards 2012
Best Regional Airport Europe