The development of the industrial park around Bremen Airport was expected to be completed within 20 years. And it took exactly that: the construction work outside the airport lasted from 1994 to 2014. The project even managed to stay within the original cost estimate of 110 million euros – for the acquisition of land, demolition work, new roads and utility services, and the construction of the airport park. The planning of the project was an unprecedented success and has resulted in a district that is far more than just a business park: it is a location for research, development and manufacturing.
The history of Bremen Airport started more than a hundred years ago when the Bremer Verein für Luftschiffahrt (Bremen Airship Association) built the first aircraft hangar on the Neuenlander Feld site. The site has been synonymous with aviation to this day. Suppliers and partners in the industry benefit from their close proximity to the Airbus Group, which has a production and development facility here. But other sectors are also attracted by the international feel of the business park. “Today, around 450 companies have set up operations at the Airport-Stadt. The entire site is a top location for companies that want to be near an airport yet close to a city centre,” says Andreas Zimmermann, project manager for business services and location development at Bremeninvest, and responsible for supporting businesses with relocation to Bremen.