Hamburg Airport Guide to Hamburg Helmut Schmidt Airport - HAM

Hamburg Airport Terminals

Hamburg Airport is the oldest airport in the world still in operation. It opened in 1911 thanks to a private funding by the Hamburger Luftschiffallen. During its more than 100 years in operation, it was used with multiple purposes: For airship flights, for military use during the First World War… It wasn’t until 1955 when it became a civilian airport, first hosting passenger operations.

Both airport terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, including the Airport Plaza, were built in the 90s, as part of a modernization plan called HAM21. 

Hamburg Airport has its own Hamburg International Airline exclusively serving the airport. Also, domestic and international airlines serve it, with a wide offer of 130 flights worldwide.

About the name

Hamburg Airport is named after Helmut Schmidt, former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) during 1974 to 1982 period. 


In 2012 it was both awarded as the Best Regional Airport in Europe by Skytrax and the Best Airport in Europe by ACI.

Transfer between terminals

Both terminals are connected by the Airport Plaza. Luggage reclaim area is located throughout the lower levels of the three buildings. Additionally, there is a free shuttle bus between terminals. 

Terminal 1

Hamburg Airport Terminal 1 is the newest terminal in the airport. Hosts many of the airport flights and is a hub for Oneworld and SkyTeam alliance airlines. Terminal 1 counts with eco-friendly features regarding energy and water saving.

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Terminal 2

Hamburg Airport Terminal 2 was opened in 1993, making it as the oldest terminal. It is the main hub for Eurowings, Germanwings and Lufthansa.

See more terminal 2 information


Hamburg Airport hosts the Radisson Hotel within its facilities. Find it at passenger terminals. 

The design of both Terminals 1 and 2 was done by Gerkan, Mag und Partner. The main building has a high curved ceiling, which reminds a wing. 

A miniature of Hamburg’s Airport is displayed in the airport. Furthermore, there is an observation deck at the top level of the airport building, it is a fantastic place to get a general view of the airport.