Exhibit and layout news
05.05.2011, 16:00 hrs
Age: 6 Year(s)
The Airport layout is openSince May 4th, Airport Knuffingen is accessible for all visitors
At 11 a.m. on May 4th 2011, under great media coverage, Gerrit and Frederik Braun inaugurated the model airport together with special guests Niki Lauder, F1 World Champion and airline entrepreneur, and Olaf Scholz, mayor of Hamburg.
More than 100 media representatives watched as the power lever was pushed, and the Airport was put into service, officially. Over an area of 150m², there will be almost 40 different aircrafts taking off and landing, up to 360 times, daily.
Since 2011, more than 150.000 working hours, and round-about 3.5 million Euros have been invested in this spectacular project.
A detailed report about the last days before the Grand Opening, and our Great Day will be subject of the next edition of Gerrits’ Diary.
At your on-site visit, you can take a glance behind the scenes of this new layout. The guided tour starts at the control station, from where you will be guided underneath the “Swiss mountains” where you will find gigantic staging yards, and can see the impressive wiring of the layout. Next, you will be led to the Airport layout, past “Castle Neuschwanstein” to the Lufthansa Service Hangar.
From there, you have an exclusive view over the entire Airport, and you get a close-up of the vehicles’ operation. The next station is the aircraft elevator, the connection between the take-off and landing strip, and those levels hidden underneath the layout. The tour continues along the runway until the recharging stations, where you can watch the vehicles getting “filled-up”. Your guide will also reveal how those intelligent vehicles work, in detail. For this tour, we charge € 15 p.P. for adults, € 12 p.P. for children.
NOTE: If you want to reserve a tour in English, please call ahead under +49(40)3006800 to make sure we can schedule an English tour on that day!
There’s still another highlight with regard to the airport: From € 99,- up, you can book the Airport Travel Package, even including exclusive features: One night at a hotel of your choice – breakfast – a visit at Miniatur Wunderland – a Miniatur Wunderland bistro voucher worth €5,- - a city sightseeing tour on a double-decker bus – and 15% discount at selected restaurants.
Some pictures of the inaururation:
V.l. Michael Eggenschwiler, Gerrit Braun, Niki Lauda, Olaf Scholz und Frederik Braun
Niki Lauda und Olaf Scholz bei der Eröffnung des Knuffingen Airports.
Frederik und Gerrit Braun mit einem Lufthansa-Flieger auf der Anlage.
Niki Lauda steht der Presse Rede und Antwort.
Bei Nacht erzeugen die Lichter eine ganz besondere Stimmung auf dem Rollfeld.
eine Lufthansa hebt ab..
Eine Maschine wird für den Abflug vorbereitet.
rasante Abfertigung auf dem Vorfeld
Kurz vor dem Abflug!
Für die kleinen Passagiere werden die Abflug- und Landezeiten in der U-Bahn Station auf Monitoren angezeigt.