International with regional roots
The very same principles that have made the international airport on the Filder one of the most successful are being applied in the development and operation of the new Stuttgart Airport City business park. Stuttgart Airport stands for: sustainability, environmental friendliness and fairness.
It doesn't happen every day that an airport gets a new name. "Stuttgart Airport - Manfred Rommel Airport". This has been the extended name of the airport since October 2014. On one hand, it is a tribute to the life achievement of the former mayor of Stuttgart, who was extremely popular and earned the highest respect across all parties. At the same time, the decision of the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH to extend the name is a symbol and expression of the regional solidarity of the international airport on the Filder, where more than ten million passengers are counted annually.
Ten million people depart or arrive here from all over the world - and the figure is constantly increasing. For many years now, Stuttgart Airport has consistently been among the profitable international airports in Germany with a view to its operating figures and balance sheets. However, growth is not the only factor of significance for the airport company. It’s also very important that the airport is managed in a sustainable, environmentally friendly and fair manner. This was recently confirmed and recognised by the European umbrella organisation of airport operators, Airport Council International (ACI), which awarded Stuttgart Airport the ACI Europe "Best Airport" Award in 2014. The jury was impressed by the "fairport STR" sustainability concept and the airport's commitment to minimizing its impact on the environment.
Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH is now developing the new Stuttgart Airport City in the direct vicinity of the successful airport with the same strategy, aims and commitment. The proven concepts for achieving healthy economic growth sustainably are also being implemented in the development and operation of this modern quarter. At the center of these efforts lie three goals: economic success, social responsibility towards employees, customers and society and ecological compatibility. These goals are reflected equally in the operation of both the airport and the Stuttgart Airport City business park.
The "fairport STR" umbrella brand which was introduced in 2012 is a visible sign of this guiding principle and systematically unites all measures aimed at improving sustainability performance. The declared corporate objective of Flughafen Stuttgart GmbH is to be one of the most efficient and sustainable airports in Europe over the long term. It goes without saying that this commitment to compete with the best also applies to Stuttgart Airport City which shares the same principles and benefits from the airport's proven infrastructure too. The office buildings, for example, are supplied with energy from the climate-friendly combined heat and power plant that went into operation at the end of 2013 and saves around 4,800 tons of CO² annually.
Manfred Rommel, the new eponym of the airport, passed on many aphorisms and quotations, including this observation:
The only house without land consumption is the castle in the air
Castles in the air are not being built in the Stuttgart Airport City business park, but rather modern and sustainable office buildings on an 80,000 square metre site with decisive advantages: excellent growth potential, short distances, a prestigious setting in the middle of one of the world's economically strongest metropolitan regions with direct links to a traffic hub, high frequency and perfect networking opportunities. At the same time, the location combines two seemingly opposite notions: international and regional. Stuttgart Airport stands behind this concept.