Currently there are 15 German Airports with direct flights from all over the UK. Flight times from the UK are usually 1 - 2 hours maximum, depending on your destination.
The largest airports in Germany are Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, Berlin and Hamburg. The top 5 airlines that fly to Germany are: Lufthansa, British Airways, easyJet, Air Berlin and germanwings. Flight prices can vary considerably, but if booked well in advance can cost as little as £60 return, up to approximately £150.
Generally all airlines have a legal duty to accept travellers who are in a wheelchair or are visually impaired, provided it doesn’t compromise their own or the safety of other passengers. Most airlines will supply a lighter on-board wheelchair, whilst your normal chair will be transported in the aircraft’s hold. It is unlikely that airline staff are able to lift you from a wheelchair to a seat or vice versa, and one consideration for this would be your own helper or companion. Taking a guide dog on board an aircraft isn’t normally a problem either, provided you have the correct training and health certificates for your dog.
It is absolutely essential that you inform the airline well in advance of any special requirements you may have, plus you should carefully read their terms and conditions. In addition, and at least 48 hours before travelling, we would suggest you give your airline a cautionary follow up call.
If you require special assistance at an Airport, either in the UK or in Germany, you should call your airline at least 48 hours before travelling. Assistance at an airport cannot normally be booked with the airport directly, even though it will be the airport’s responsibility to look after you, all arrangements have to be made with your airline.
Airport assistance is always available free of charge, even if you have a minor sporting injury.
In Germany all airports will be able to provide an escort service through the arrivals/departure hall, through customs and if you have a connecting flight they will be able to take you from one plane to your next flight or terminal. Some airports will even be able to take you as far as the bus or railway station. If you require this service you should to tell your airline in advance.
Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Cologne/Bonn and Leipzig all have their own, on-site ICE and IC long distance railway station. With the exception of some smaller airports, like Baden-Baden, Erfurt, Frankfurt-Hahn, Memmingen, Niederrhein and Nuremberg, most other international airports in Germany also have a railway station, with S-Bahn connections to the city centre and the immediate local area.
For further information about public transport please see our next page.