Schwerin-Parchim Airport (SZW) — The Chinese Stopover

Schwerin-Parchim Airport (SZW) has a long history of international aviation. It had its beginnings as a glider hub, then experienced some time as an German Air Force base.

Its current use is as an international gateway and important cargo center, which flies many relief missions to Afghanistan.

It was recently purchased by a Chinese company for 30 million euros.

Distance

This commericial airport is located in the city of Parchim, 32 km (20 mi) southeast of Schwerin.

The closest major cities are Hamburg and Berlin as it lies right in-between. Hamburg is 135 km away (84 mi) while to Berlin it’s 175 km (109 mi). It is also less than 100 km (62 mi) to the Baltic coastal cities of Rostock, Wismar and L├╝beck.

Hours Of Operation

Despite its small size, Schwerin-Parchim operates every day of the year, on a 24 hour schedule.

Schwerin-Parchim Airport Airlines

Airlines serving this airport include Antonov Airlines, Air Berlin, Air Hamburg, Etihad Airways, China Southern Airlines, CJSC Aviation Enterprise, Lufthansa, MK Airlines, United Airlines.

With its new Chinese investor, passengers at this airport can expect to find some Chinese airlines visiting soon.

Schwerin-Parchim Airport Airlines

There is no real-time flight information on the Schwerin-Parchim Airport Web site (yet).

Getting To And From The Schwerin-Parchim Airport

It is still fairly easy to reach Schwerin-Parchim Airport using Germany’s exceptional public transport system.

Long-Distance Trains

There are no long-distance trains that stop directly at the Schwerin-Parchim Airport terminal.

Regional Trains

With the regional trains it’s almost the same, except that they do stop at the Airport’s Industrial Park.

Buses

There are local buses that run from Parchim’s city center to the airport terminal. I’m just not sure about bus connections to Schwerin.

Car / Taxi

The airport is located off of the A24 autobahn, and can also be reached via B321 or B191. Just follow the signs to Parchim.

Equipped with a navigation system, you would enter Parchim for the city and Flughafenstra├če for the street.

Shopping

There are limited shopping opportunities at this small airport.

Food & Drink

There are limited gastronomic opportunities at this small airport but an on-request catering company is on hand.

Fun Facts

Schwerin-Parchim Airport (SZW) has had a strong military presence over the years. It was virtually destroyed following the Second World War by the Americans. Later, it was used by the Soviets for attack helicopters and was finally returned to German control in 1992.

 

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