Frisian Flyers - Civil Air Operations at the German North Sea Coast

The East Frisian coastal region from Emden in the west to Wilhelmshaven in the east is without doubt one of the most popular holiday regions in Germany. This is especially true for the 8 islands from Borkum to Wangerooge, all of them lying directly off the coast. All can be reached by regular  ferry connections but 6 also operate an airfield and can therefore be reached by air. During the holiday season, air transport is used by many tourists who want to reach their holiday destinations quickly and comfortably. The local air-transport operator FLN FRISIA-Luftverkehr GmbH was founded in 1969 and is based in Norddeich. With a fleet of 15 aircraft FLN operates a year-round air ferry service with fixed departure times from the airports Norden-Norddeich and Harle to all 6 destinations. Regular flights are operated from Norddeich to the western and central islands of Borkum, Juist, Norderney, Baltrum and Langeoog. Harle serves mainly Wangerooge as a destination, which is the easternmost of the East Frisian islands. Both airports also offer a direct connection to Helgoland, certainly one of the most extraordinary places in the German Bight. With around 120,000 passengers per year, FLN is the largest provider of air transport services in the region. The core of the fleet consists of 8 twin-engined Britten-Norman BN-2 Islanders, each offering seating for up to 8 passengers or an equivalent cargo volume. In addition there are 4 Cessna 182T Skylane and 2 Cessna 172XP in the fleet. FLN operates its own maintenance facilities, which take care of the technical condition of the aircraft at the locations of Norddeich and Harle. Significant maintenance events such as major overhauls, extensive inspections or scheduled engine changes are usually moved to the winter half of the year, when flight activity is somewhat reduced. Particularly interesting: the exceptionally salty air on the coast also requires the aircraft to be washed every day. Further information on the current flight schedule and the company itself can be found on the official FLN homepage under

A very special thanks to FLN, especially to the team at Harle airfield, for their outstanding support and for making this feature possible.