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Airport layout

Cologne-Bonn airport has three crossing runways.

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The main take-off and landing direction is 32, whereby runway 32R is primary used due to the available length. Business jets or VFR traffic can also use runway 14R/32L for shorter taxi times. During high traffic situations it is recommended to use runway 14L/32R and runway 24 only.

The airport has two passenger terminals. Terminal 1 with its two distinctive stars accommodates aprons A, B and C, and Terminal 2 with the apron area D. 

EDDK_APR.pngApron areas

The cargo area is used by several airlines and is located in the middle of the airport between the runways. It contains the apron areas E, F and W.

Apron V close to the cargo area is used for general aviation and business jets.

The military part of the airport is located west of runway 14R/32L at apron U. The military part of the apron is the home of the german Flugbereitschaft.

Area of Responsiblility

The area of responsibility of Ground is located between the three runways and includes all aprons except the military apron U (see image below).

EDDK_AoR.pngArea of Responsibility -  Cologne-Bonn Ground

Cologne-Bonn Apron: Special station that is mainly used for larger events at the airport. It does not have an own area of responsibility and works closely together with Ground. Apron receives the aircraft from Delivery and coordinates with Ground the pushback from the parking positions. For taxi the aircraft are then handed over to Köln Ground.

EWG1TP, pushback approved on the blue line, for taxi contact Ground on 121.730.

Runway Crossing: The crossing of all runways is within the responsibility of Tower, but can be delegated to Ground if the appropriate runway is not in use.

Parking Positions

Parking positions are assigned by the Ground Radar Plugin based on airline and aircrafttyp according real world usage. It is recommended to use the assigned stands.

Stands with designator B and C are part of Terminal 1, while Terminal 2 uses designator D.
Cargo aircraft are primary parked at stands with designator E, F and W. During the night cargo rush, stands A and V are also used for cargo.

Apron U: Apron U is used by two maintenance companies for customers' aircraft. Parking positions U10 - U14 can be used up to code C (A321/B739) and parking positions U16 - U26 only for code A (wingspan < 15m).

Military Apron: The military apron is the apron part west of taxiway B, south of the U stands.

Apron V: Apron V is used for business jets and general aviation. Depending on the position, aircraft up to the size of a B737-BBJ can be parked.

General aviation parking: The general aviation parking is located northwest of taxiway B between the junction of taxiway T and the bridge before the junction of stand taxiway L.

Antonov AN225 special parking procedure: Parking parallel to taxiway A on Stands E09 to E15, main gear on E12, facing north-west.

Taxiway Usage

The primary used taxiway is A, running parallel to runway 14L/32R.

EDDK_TWY.pngTaxiways at Cologne-Bonn

14 Operation: Landing aircraft usually vacate the runway via taxiways A3 or A2 and are then guided via taxiway A to the parking area.

32 Operation: Departing aircraft are guided from the terminal to the runway via taxiway A. Landing aircraft usually leave the runway via taxiways A3 or A4 and are then guided towards the terminal via taxiway E.

Runway 24/06 for taxi: It is possible for in- and outbound traffic to use runway 06/24 for taxi.

GAF1GH, taxi to holding point runway 32R via Bravo, enter runway 06 and Alpha, cross runway 32L.
DAFHK, taxi right via runway 24 and continue T.

After landing or before takeoff, the word "backtrack" has to be used.

EWG1PC, backtrack runway 24, vacate T.
RYR7AF, backtrack and lineup runway 24.

Taxiway Restrictions

Taxiway B and T can only be used up to Code E aircraft. Taxiway C is limited to Code C aircraft. Taxiway D between A and T can only be used by max. Code E aircraft. The part of D east of runway 14L/32R can also be used by a B748.

Parallel taxi on A and E with Code F aircraft: If an Airbus A380 is on taxiway A, taxiway E is limited to Code D aircraft. If a B748 or an AN124 is on taxiway A, taxiway E is limited to Code E (in case of a B748 limited to Code E + B748).

Colored lines: In front of Terminal 2 aircraft up to code C can use the orange and blue line simultaneously up to position D51.

On taxiway B between L and T (marked with (!)) only aircraft with a wingspan of max. 52 m (Code D) and max. weight of 200t are allowed to taxi on it's own. Aircraft up to 234t may be towed over or taxi on their own power over the bridge if guided by a marshaller.

Potential conflicts at the ground

(1) When using runway 14L as departure runway, Ground need to take care of not blocking the taxiways B, M, A5 as well as the blue and orange line with departing aircraft for inbound traffic. In high traffic situation outbound traffic might wait short of A, B or by using the colored lines until the inbound traffic has passed before they can continue up to the holding point. 

(2) If Runway 24 is used for take-offs, Taxiway A3 may become a bottleneck because aircraft have to be guided to the runway via Taxiways A3 and D, while landing aircraft on Runway 14L/32R could taxi via Taxiway A3.

Tower should inform landing traffic that taxiway A3 is not available for vacating!

EDDK_Risk.pngPotential conflicts on ground