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Google Earth Plug-in: Duesseldorf International Airport, Germany (overlay)

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From Wikipedia: Düsseldorf International Airport is an airport located eight kilometres from Düsseldorf, Germany. The airport has the IATA Airport Code DUS.

The airport supports flights to 180 destinations on four continents and hosts 70 airlines. The airport has 500 takeoffs and landings per day.

Düsseldorf International Airport once had many flights from the United States. After September 11, Continental Airlines and United Airlines left the airport. Direct flights to the United States are currently are from Privatair and LTU. Privatair has flights going to Chicago O'Hare and New York Newark airports, which are codeshared with Lufthansa. LTU flies to Fort Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, and New York (JFK).

The airport was opened on April 19, 1927, after two years of construction. However, the first aircraft to land in northern Düsseldorf was the Zeppelin LZ-III in 1909.

On April 11, 1996 there was a fire in the airport, probably caused by welding work on the roof. 17 people were killed, mostly due to smoke inhalation. The terminal building was heavily damaged, and was closed for five years. By July 1, 2001 it had been nearly completely re-built and was re-opened.

A monorail connects the terminal building with the InterCity train station. The so-called SkyTrain travels the 2.5 kilometers between the terminal and station with a maximum speed of 50 km/h. It started operation in 2002.

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