Airport Düsseldorf-International

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Beginning of works: 1997
Completion: 2003
Status: in use

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Function / usage: Airport


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11 April 1996

During welding works as part of upgrading and maintenance of terminal building B, sparks start a smoldering fire in the ventilation ducts. Heavy and toxic smoke fills the entire terminal building, 17 people die asphyxiated. The building is unusable for months. Terminal A remains unaffected, C only slightly.

November 1996

Terminal building C is re-opened.


Construction begins for a long-distance train station.

March 1997

Architectural design competition to replace terminal building B is won by JSK Architekten.

December 1998

Demolition of Terminal B begins. Parking garage no. 1 is also demolished to make room for the extended new terminal.


Construction for new underground parking at terminal B begins.

17 March 1999

Marlies Smeets, mayor of Düsseldorf, and Wolfgang Clement, prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, lay the first stone for the new terminal building.

28 May 2000

The new long distance train station begins railroad services. Up to 300 trains a day stop at the station.

1 July 2001

Terminal B is opened for passenger service. President Johannes Rau is present during the inauguration.

1 July 2002

The SkyTrain monorail begins service between the main terminals and the long-distance railroad station.



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