Great Success at Inaugural Day of Aviation in Germany
By Marino Boric, EAA European Correspondent
June 13, 2013 - More than 200,000 visitors attended the first "Tag der Luftfahrt 2013" (Day of Aviation) held at airports across Germany on Sunday. More than 20 German international airports participated in the inaugural event, according to the Federation of the German aviation industry (BDL) which organized it.
Airports from Hamburg to Friedrichshafen and from the Lower Rhine to the Dresden airports opened their doors and invited guests to colorful programs about airports and aviation. Air carriers like Lufthansa, Air Berlin, TUIfly and Condor participated with 30 other operators at airports like Dresden, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich and many others.
"The world of aviation (still) fascinates people in Germany," stated BDL President Klaus-Peter Siegloch.
At Frankfurt, the biggest and busiest airport in Germany, aviation day attracted more than 20,000 attendees alone despite bad weather. The event there was actually cut short around noon due to a heavy storm. Even the airports in flood-torn eastern Germany were well attended.
Each airport offered different attractions, for example a Lufthansa A 380 was featured in Frankfurt.
At the Düsseldorf and Cologne visitors could book a flight in a vintage aircraft from Air Lingus, Air Albatros GmbH, DDA Classic Airlines, the German Lufthansa Berlin Stiftung (DLBS) and Ju-Air (which brought the RIMOWA Ju-52 to Oshkosh in 2012).
Free tickets for the Frankfurt event were snapped up a week before the event . Also, guided tours were booked at DFS (German Air Traffic Control) there, where guests were able to try out the ATC simulator and have a go at being an air traffic controller.
Munich and Hanover organized exhibitions about the environmental protection activities on airports, while in Bremen and Braunschweig they had programs on training and research. Dusseldorf featured the Deutsche Post's temporary mail-office where a special postmark attracted collectors including from the International Stamp Exhibition in Iceland.