Sylt Airport (GWT) — The Quiet Holiday Seeker’s Paradise

Located on the German island of the same name, Sylt Airport (GWT) is in the Westerland region of the country.

Sylt is a popular destination for travelers longing for sandy beaches (yes, we do have beaches in Germany!) and mild winters (at least compared to the mainland).

The airport contains two passenger terminals and two runways. Its current annual capacity is for 300,000 travelers, many of whom are hoping to chase away the winter blues. ;-)

Distance

Sylt Airport lies only 2 km (1 mi) west of Westerland. The island of Sylt is in northern Germany and a part of the Frisian Islands in the North Sea.

Hours Of Operation

Sylt Airport operates every day from 06:00 until 18:00. Customs is open from 8:00 until 20:00. Because of noise restrictions, there are no local flights from 13:00 to 15:00 and no nighttime flights from 20:00 through 04:00.

Sylt Airport Airlines

Just a handful of airlines come calling at this popular tourist spot. There are many more flights during the high tourist seasons of summer and winter. You can catch a flight with the airlines of Air Berlin, Air-Hamburg, Hanseatic Flights, Lufthansa, Sylt Air, and TUIfly.

Sylt Airport — Realtime Arrivals & Departures

Here are the links to the live timetables of both arrivals and departures…

Getting To And From The Sylt Aiport

Compared to most of the country, public transport options are quite limited on the small island of Sylt.

Regional and Long Distance Trains

Due to its remote location on an island, there is limited train service on Sylt. IC and EC trains do run to Westerland (Sylt), though, so that you can finish your journey to the airport terminal by shuttle bus, car, or taxi (or by feet!).

Buses

There is currently no regular bus service to the airport. However, many hotels offer shuttle services to and from GWT. Some tour groups also arrange for their own buses to meet their visitors at the airport.

Car / Taxi

Your best bet for getting to the city center — or from the city center to the airport — is by taxi or rental car, which are plentiful. Some even walk this short distance by feet! (It really is that close.)

Nonetheless, for navigation system users, simply enter Flughafenstra├če for the street and Westerland or Sylt for the city.

Shopping

There are limited shopping options at Sylt Airport. In fact, there are much more shopping options in the high society city center that’s only a stone’s throw away.

Food & Drink

Visit Sylt’s Hummingbird Restaurant for some fine foods and an excellent view. Take your choice of such international dishes as Spanish paella and Russian solyanka. If you arrive at night, you can even enjoy a candlelight dinner.

Generally the kitchen is open from noon until 23:00, but times are subject to change with the seasons, so check ahead of time.

Fun Facts

Sylt Airport tries to minimize its environmental and societal impact by offering tips to pilots to reduce noise and pollution. With flying time restrictions and certain recommended flight paths, the airport seeks to make your time at this tourist location as peaceful and quiet as it can.

 

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