The airport - economic engine for Dresden and the region

Welcome to Dresden and Saxony!

Illustration: Skyline of Dresden’s world-famous city centre
Fascinating Dresden: the skyline of the famous city centre reflected in the River Elbe (photo: DMG/Sylvio Dittrich,

Dresden International Airport is situated in Saxony’s most dynamic economic region. It is the hub, economic engine and the most important part of the traffic infrastructure in the bustling and vibrant Dresden region.
Dresden is regarded as one of the best German cities to live in and is one of the most popular destinations for city breaks in Germany. Dresden is home to many world-famous sights and places of interest and is the gateway to Saxony’s main holiday regions: Saxon Switzerland, the Erz Mountains (“Christmas country”), Upper Lusatia, the Saxon Elbe region and the Spree Forest in southern Brandenburg.

City of Dresden 
Dresden Marketing GmbH 
Dresden Information GmbH
Dresden Tourism Association 
Free State of Saxony 
Saxony Tourism Association 
Tourismus Marketing Gesellschaft Sachsen 
Accessible accommodation and leisure facilities in Saxony

Welcome to the Czech region of Ústí!

Illustration: Discover the Ústí region - just 50 km away from Dresden!
Bohemian Switzerland (picture: Z. Patzelt)

Discover the most beautiful places in the Czech Republic’s Ústí region, a mere 50 km away from Dresden Airport. Bohemian Switzerland, the Central Bohemian Uplands, the Erz mountains and the Lower Poohří area are home to countless tourist attractions.

To the Gate to Bohemia tourism portal

Information for tourists of the city Ústí nad Labem

Illustration: Gate to Bohemia

Dresden - economic and scientific centre

Illustration: The Globalfoundries computer chip factory (in background) is next to the airport
The Globalfoundries computer chip factory (in background) is next to the airport

Proximity to the airport is a central criterion behind many national and international companies' decisions to locate to the Dresden area. The many microelectronics and aviation firms in the immediate vicinity of Dresden International Airport  form an economic cluster which is helping shape Dresden as a location. Dresden has established itself as a leading base for microelectronics in Europe and for the aviation industry in central Germany.

Industry and research are closely interconnected. Saxony's capital city is the foremost research location in eastern Germany, with higher education institutions such as the University of Applied Sciences and the Fraunhofer, Leibniz and Max Planck Institutes.

City of Dresden - business and science
Silicon Saxony
Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen (Saxony Economic Development Corporation)
Wirtschaftsinitiative für Mitteldeutschland (Industrial Initiative for Central Germany)

Dresden - conference city

Illustration: Dresden International Congress Centre
The Dresden International Congress Centre and historic city centre spires (photo: Maritim)

Thanks to its unique flair, Dresden is one of the most popular locations for conferences and congresses in Europe.  It is easily accessible by air. The journey time from the airport to the city centre is around 20 minutes by car or train.

The Dresden International Congress Centre is one of the most beautiful and most modern of its kind in Europe. Situated directly on the banks of the River Elbe, it nestles between world famous buildings like the Semper Opera, the Zwinger and the Brühl Terrace. The Messe Dresden exhibition centre is also just a few minutes away from the historic city centre by car. The Dresden Airport Terminal boasts a state-of-the-art Conference and Event Centre with a panoramic view of the runway.

Conferences and congresses at Dresden International Airport
Dresden Marketing GmbH - Congress and Destination Marketing

Aviation industry in Dresden

Illustration: Unloading aircraft sections for testing
A cockpit section of an Airbus A400M is unloaded from an Airbus Beluga for testing

There are around 3,250 people working at Dresden International Airport, many of whom are employed by the many long-established aviation firms here. Elbe Flugzeugwerke converts Airbus passenger aircraft into cargo planes. IABG conducted fatigue tests on the Airbus A30-800, the world’s biggest passenger aircraft, and on the military Airbus A400M. IMA develops testing technologies and systems for the traffic engineering sectors such as aerospace, railway and automotive engineering, as well as for the plastics and metal industries and other branches of industry.

There are also several other specialist aviation firms at the airport. Also located here is the Kompetenzzentrum Luft und Raumfahrttechnik Sachsen/Thüringen e.V. (Centre of Excellence for Aerospace Engineering in Saxony/Thuringia, LRT) which represents the interests of the aerospace companies and organisations in the Free States of Saxony and Thuringia, boosting the industry's regional network.

Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH 
IMA Materialforschung und Anwendungstechnik GmbH 
IABG Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH 
Nehlsen-BWB Flugzeug-Galvanik Dresden GmbH & Co. KG 
AOA Avionics Dresden GmbH 
ARTS Deutschland GmbH 
Kompetenzzentrum Luft- und Raumfahrttechnik Sachsen/Thüringen e.V.

Logistics hub at Dresden Airport

Illustration: Frachtverladung am Flughafen Dresden International
Cargo being loaded at Dresden International Airport 

Dresden International Airport has close links to the logistics chains of many different carriers and haulage companies. At present the airport's cargo handling centre is capable of handling about 10,000 tonnes of cargo and airmail a year. All cargo is handled by PortGround GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding. The international logistics services provider DB Schenker also has offices at the airport. DB Schenker delivers spare parts and complete production systems to the semiconductor industry.

Air cargo at Dresden International Airport