Magdeburg/Cochstedt Airport (CSO) was begun as a Soviet air force base during the 1950s, at the height of the Cold War. It was returned to the Germans following the end of Russian communism in the early 1990s.
Since opening as a commercial airport in 1994, Magdeburg/Cochstedt Airport has had some times of trouble. With many failed contracts and financial difficulties, the future of CSO remains in some doubt.
You can find the Magdeburg/Cochstedt Airport in Cochstedt (a district of Hecklingen), 37 km (23 mi) southwest of Magdeburg, or 114 km (71 mi) north-west of Leipzig, or 192 km (119 mi) west from Berlin.
Hours Of Operation
Magdeburg/Cochstedt Airport operates Monday to Sunday from 7:00 through 17:00.
Magdeburg/Cochstedt Airport Airlines
There are no regularly scheduled flights from the major or low-cost airlines at this time. The airport is currently used only for business flights and private planes.
Magdeburg/Cochstedt Airport Timetables
Getting To And From The Magdeburg/Cochstedt Airport
With a connection to the national rail and ICE trains, Aschersleben or Magdeburg is your base for continuing the journey to the airport.
There is no direct long-distance train connection to the Magdeburg/Cochstedt terminal. Get to Magdeburg first, then do the rest of the journey by bus (below).
There is also no direct regional train connection to the CSO airport. Again, once you’re in Magdeburg or Aschersleben, take a bus (below)
In Magdeburg, take bus number 173 or a regional train to Aschersleben. Once you’re in Aschersleben, bus number 408 takes you to the airport.
Car / Taxi
From Magdeburg, get on the B71, then B81, then B180 towards Egeln and then Aschersleben. In Schneidlingen, turn right to Cochstedt. Approx. 2 km after that village turn left to the airport.
From Leipzig and Halle, get on the Autobahn A14 (towards Magdeburg) and get off at exit 9 — Staßfurt. After Staßfurt, follow the signs to Hecklingen, then Schneidlingen, then Cochstedt. And again, approx. 2 km after that village turn left to the airport.
Equipped with a navigation system, simply enter Bördering for the street and Cochstedt or Hecklingen for the city.
There are limited shopping opportunities at this small airport.
Food & Drink
There is an airport restaurant on hand for your gastronomic needs. However, don’t take it for granted as it could be closed on the day of your arrival or departure.
In 2007, the world’s largest skydiving attempt was held at the airport. Skydivers from around the globe gathered here to try and break the world record.