Airport Games at Düsseldorf International (DUS) Prelude to Summer of Olympics and Soccer Championship

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Sports fans in Europe this summer can get a taste of the season’s hottest events inside the DUS terminal building on May 6, 2012. Olympic participants and athletes will present various sports in the passenger area of the airport all day and invite visitors and travelers alike to watch – and try – some of the games at the 2012 Summer Olympics and European Football Championship.

DUS Airport Games on May 6, 2012

From morning to evening, performances and presentations by athletes will mix with the regular airport goings-on and create a new airport experience.

Sprinting travelers can be a familiar sight at airports, but Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS) takes running inside the terminal building to a new level. On May 6, 2012, major athletes and Olympic participants in full gear will play tennis, soccer, table tennis, rowing, and many other sports, including trendy new ones like headis and crossboccia.

From morning to evening, performances and presentations by athletes will mix with the regular airport goings-on and create a new airport experience. Big sports names include swimming champion Christian Keller, who also moderates, table tennis star (especially in China) Timo Boll, and former Brazilian soccer player Ailton.

The audience is not only encouraged to watch, but also to participate. Athletes will guide the audience through various sports, including headis (table tennis played with your head) and crossboccia (boccia played with bean-bag like balls in a borderless, 3-dimensional area).

Airport Games is part of the monthly event series “Airlebnis” (Air Experience) at DUS, which turns the terminal into a public event space the first Sunday of each month. Airport Games, like any Airlebnis event, includes a supplementary program with such perks as special lotteries, free airport tours, reduced airport parking, and kids’ entertainment.

Airport Games takes place from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM on May 6, 2012, and is free of charge.

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In League with New York, London, Paris and More

Adding to Düsseldorf’s appeal, several US & Canadian cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver) offer non-stop flights. Passengers who continue their journeys can choose from numerous convenient connections to Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and many other German and European cities. Throughout the year, 70 airlines serve 190 destinations worldwide – among them 125 European destinations. Another major advantage of the airport is its layout. With all gates in one terminal building, Düsseldorf International is the “airport of short distances” – guaranteeing minimum connection times of 35 minutes.

The airport is at the center of the Rhine Ruhr area, a bustling network of 53 connected cities and 18 million residents within 40 miles. It is the EU’s third largest market in volume and spending and equal to major metropolitan regions like New York, London and Paris. 500,000 companies are located in the area, including 5,000 offices of foreign corporations, the majority from the Netherlands, Japan and the USA. Many major international industry players, including Fujifilm Europe, Nokia Siemens, Novell, Ericsson, McKinsey, and Toshiba, are headquartered in Düsseldorf, which is a first-rate location for high-tech concerns. International presence and fast accessibility – guaranteed by DUS being one of Germany’s major hubs – make the location highly attractive.

Düsseldorf and North Rhine-Westphalia, ranked 17 in GDP among the world’s major industrial centers, are also home to some of the most significant exhibitions and trade shows in the world. Of the 50 annual events at Düsseldorf’s Exhibition Center, 23 lead their industry worldwide, for example, printing technology (“drupa”), plastics and rubber (“K”), medicine (“MEDICA” and “REHACARE INTERNATIONAL”), leisure time (“boot”) or packaging (“interpack”).

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Düsseldorf Tourism & Marketing GmbH is the visitors and convention bureau of the city of Düsseldorf. Its services include tourism and city marketing, conference and meeting marketing, hotel reservation services, fairs and convention services, city event ticket sales and advance ticket reservations. For more information, visit

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