Pole Vaulting Event Inside Düsseldorf Airport Terminal

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On May 5, 2013, 12 top pole vaulting athletes will compete in the departure area of Düsseldorf Airport as part of Düsseldorf Airport Sports, a free all-day event and sports-related program for travelers and day visitors alike.


Pole vaulting athlete Björn Otto at Düsseldorfer Airport

Inviting travelers and visitors at DUS to reach new heights.

Travelers at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) will see people using 17-foot poles to jump high above their heads in the check-in area – not to get to the front of the line or catch a plane, but as part of a pole vaulting event that is a bona fide sports competition in an unusual location. “Düsseldorf Airport Sports” uses the 65-foot tall hall of the airport’s terminal building for an all-day sports event on May 5, 2013.

German Olympic silver medal winner Björn Otto is one of 12 athletes who will compete during the event. Among them are the eight top ranking pole vaulting athletes in Germany, including Raphael Holzdeppe, who won Olympic bronze in London last year.

This is the third pole vaulting event at DUS, and the program is designed to entertain travelers and attract day visitors – inviting them to reach new heights themselves. A 40-foot indoor climbing wall and a high ropes course are available for adults and children to test their skills. Cheerleaders will provide encouragement, and there will be music and other entertainment all day. The program begins at 11:00 a.m.; the professional competition starts at 2:00 p.m.; and the awards are presented at 4:00 p.m. Düsseldorf Airport Sports ends at 6:00 p.m. and is free.

For more information, visit http://www.fly2dus.com.

In League with New York, London, Paris and More

Adding to Düsseldorf’s appeal, several US & Canadian cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Toronto) 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 Airport is the “airport of short distances” – guaranteeing minimum connection time 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, Deloitte & Touche, 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”). For more information on Düsseldorf Airport, visit http://www.fly2dus.com.


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 http://www.visitduesseldorf.de.

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