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Antwerp International Airport (IATA: ANR, ICAO: EBAW) is a small international airport serving Antwerp, Belgium. Located 2.9 nautical miles (5.4 km; 3.3 mi) south of the city,[1] it is used for some scheduled and charter flights as well as business and general aviation and served 273,130 passengers in 2017.[2]

Antwerp International Airport

Internationale Luchthaven Antwerpen

Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) B-70
Luchthavengebouw Antwerpen-Deurne.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerFlemish Region
OperatorEgis Group
ServesAntwerp, Belgium
Elevation AMSL39 ft / 12 m
Coordinates51°11′22″N 004°27′37″E / 51.18944°N 4.46028°E / 51.18944; 4.46028Coordinates: 51°11′22″N 004°27′37″E / 51.18944°N 4.46028°E / 51.18944; 4.46028
Websiteantwerp-airport.be
Map
ANR is located in Belgium
ANR
ANR
Location of Antwerp International Airport
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 1,510 4,954 Asphalt
11/29 600 1,969 Grass
Sources: Belgian AIP[1]

HistoryEdit

 
Antwerp Airport (2019)

After the first flying events at the Wilrijkse Plein, work on a proper airport for the city started in 1921, under the impulse of pioneer aviator Jan Olieslagers and others. Sabena operated passenger services from 1924 from an old railway carriage as the only passenger infrastructure. A proper airport terminal was ordered by minister Maurice Lippens and inaugurated in 1930.

The airport was home to the aircraft factory Stampe et Vertongen until its demise after WW2.

During World War II the airport was used by the Luftwaffe, and also served the nearby Erla aircraft factory. After the German retreat in 1944, it saw brief use by Allied air forces, who called it Advanced Landing Ground B-70.

Antwerp Airport was home to VLM Airlines from end 2014, since independence from CityJet. VLM was offering flights from Antwerp to Hamburg and Friedrichshafen and was flying on behalf of CityJet on the route Antwerp - London City. However the airline declared bankruptcy on 22 June 2016 due to cancellations of ACMI contracts by People's. Due to VLM's demise, their ACMI customer CityJet handed over the operations of VLM's former service from London City Airport to Antwerp to Danish Air Transport. The Antwerp to Hamburg service was taken over by Chalair Aviation but has been discontinued.

On 6 August 2018, the revived VLM Airlines announced the termination of five scheduled routes with another new one not commencing in the coming weeks and that instead it would focus on charter operations.[3] On 31 August 2018 however, VLM Airlines announced the immediate stop of all of their operations from Antwerp.[4][5]

After the demise of VLM, a new airline "Air Antwerp" was created; it announced a thrice-daily service to London City, starting 9 September 2019.

InfrastructureEdit

FacilitiesEdit

The airport consists of one small passenger terminal with basic facilities including service desks and a restaurant. The apron features ten stands for smaller aircraft such as the Fokker 50. As there are no jet bridges, walk-boarding is used. Due to its short runway length only just over 1,500 m (4,900 ft), it is not possible to operate aircraft larger than the Boeing 737 at the airport.

OperatorEdit

The airport was operated by the Department of Mobility and Public Works of the Flemish Government which made an agreement with the French engineering group Egis Group to operate it starting 2014 for a duration of 25 years.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and seasonal flights at Antwerp International Airport:[6]

AirlinesDestinations
Air Antwerp London–City[7]
TUI fly Belgium Alicante, Lublin, Málaga, Murcia, Nador, Tangier
Seasonal: Enfidha, Florence, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Palma de Mallorca, Split, Toulon

The nearest larger international airports are Brussels Airport, approximately 40 km (25 mi) to the south, and Eindhoven Airport, approximately 80 km (50 mi) to the northeast.

StatisticsEdit

Year Passenger volume Change over previous year Aircraft operations Change over previous year Cargo (tonnes) Change over previous year
2017 273,130  01.15% 37,509  09.40% 2202.6  01.04%
2016 276,311  024.95% 41,401  08.60% 2179.9  041.21%
2015 221,138  082.22% 45,296  03.58% 1543.7  0355.64%
2014 121,357  011.43% 43,732  00.86% 338.8  05.32%
2013 137,015  02.23% 43,361  07.67% 357.0  016.71%
2012 140,140  015.62% 46,962  010.89% 428.6  01.28%
2011 166,078  01.99% 52,701  01.93% 423.2  00.45%
2010 162,840  03.90% 51,703  014.21% 421.3  08.25%
2009 169,446  04.25% 60,266  07.48% 459.2  017.44%
2008 176,971  01.21% 56,072  08.69% 556.2  04.71%
2007 174,858  018.27% 51,589  06.24% 531.2  022.17%
2006 147,849  03.58% 55,023  00.28% 682.5  046.33%
2005 142,737  06.51% 54,871  05.61% 466.4  08.95%
2004 152,682  09.72% 58,132  09.61% 428.1  013.55%

Source numbers 2004-2014: Antwerp Airport ″Annual report 2014″ [8]
Source numbers 2014-present: Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport: ″Airport statistics″ [9]

Other usesEdit

The airport is home to several flying schools such as EuroPilot Center, aircraft maintenance and repair workshops, operators of business jets, to several hangars for private aircraft, and to the Museum Stampe-Vertongen.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b AIP for EBAW – Antwerp International Airport from Belgocontrol
  2. ^ "The recent statistics - Antwerp International Airport".
  3. ^ hln.be - VLM snoeit in aanbod lijnvluchten vanuit Antwerpen: op twee na alle bestemmingen geschrapt (Dutch) 6 August 2018
  4. ^ https://www.aviation24.be/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=62872&start=440
  5. ^ https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2018/08/31/vlm/
  6. ^ antwerp-airport.be - Destinations retrieved 7 July 2019
  7. ^ https://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieuws/categorie/2/airlines/air-antwerp-vanaf-september-van-antwerpen-naar-londen
  8. ^ "The recent statistics - Antwerp International Airport".
  9. ^ "Statistische gegevens van de luchthavens - FOD Mobiliteit". mobilit.belgium.be.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Antwerp Airport at Wikimedia Commons