Mo i Rana Airport, Røssvoll

Mo i Rana Airport, Røssvoll (Norwegian: Mo i Rana lufthavn, Røssvoll) (IATA: MQN, ICAO: ENRA) is a regional airport serving the town of Mo i Rana in the municipality of Rana in Nordland county, Norway. The airport is located about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) outside the town in the village of Røssvoll. In 2014 Mo i Rana Airport served 104,474 passengers. It is operated by Avinor.

Mo i Rana Airport, Røssvoll

Mo i Rana lufthavn, Røssvoll
Mo I Rana Airport.JPG
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorAvinor
ServesMo i Rana
LocationRøssvoll, Rana, Norway
Elevation AMSL229 ft / 70 m
Coordinates66°21′50″N 014°18′06″E / 66.36389°N 14.30167°E / 66.36389; 14.30167Coordinates: 66°21′50″N 014°18′06″E / 66.36389°N 14.30167°E / 66.36389; 14.30167
Map
MQN is located in Norway
MQN
MQN
Location in Norway
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 2,858 871 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers104,474
Aircraft movements7,374
Cargo (tonnes)13
Source:[1][2]

ServiceEdit

The airport is served by Widerøe with Dash 8 aircraft connecting the community to Bodø, Trondheim, and other communities in Nordland and Nord-Trøndelag counties. The routes are operated on public service obligation with the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications. The runway is too short for flights with enough fuel to reach Oslo (in 2017 flights with a fuel stop were introduced).

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Widerøe Bodø, Mosjøen, Oslo, Trondheim[3]

StatisticsEdit

Annual passenger traffic at MQN airport. See source Wikidata query.

Ground transportationEdit

The airport is located in Røssvoll about 20 minutes north-east of the town along the E6. There are no buses to the airport, but taxis are available. Rental cars are available in the town of Mo i Rana.

FutureEdit

In 2002 the Ministry of Transport launched an idea of merging the three airports serving Northern Helgeland, Mosjøen Airport, Sandnessjøen Airport and Mo i Rana Airport into one new airport with a large enough runway to fly jet aircraft like Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 aircraft directly to Oslo, and make it unnecessary to operate subsidized regional aircraft to Helgeland. There are also doubts about the future availability of large enough aircraft for 800 m runways. Better roads between the areas including two long tunnels (Korgfjell Tunnel opened in 2005 and Toven Tunnel) opened 2014) have also been built. It's not possible to extend the present runway at Røssvoll. A location was selected at Drevjadalen in Vefsn, 15 km north of Mosjøen (55 km from Sandnessjøen, 70 from Mo i Rana). Meteorological tests showed that the location was too foggy, so a new location was searched for.

In June 2013 the parliament decided to build the new airport a few km south of Røssvoll airport, and there was a construction start ceremony with the Prime minister in 2017. Still the real construction start is delayed because the government has delayed their financial support. In May 2020 the government decided to take over the leadership of the airport construction through its airport company Avinor. Until then a municipality owned company led the project. This required redoing the plan, but in March 2021 the plans were done and were given go-ahead.[4] Construction start is planned for autumn 2021.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Airport information for ENRA" (PDF). Avinor. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Månedsrapport" (XLS). Avinor. 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  3. ^ wideroe.no
  4. ^ Andreas Budalen, Markus Thonhaugen: Enda en flyplass i Nordland får milliarder: – Dette hadde nok få trodd var mulig, nrk.no, 5. mars 2021
  5. ^ Synnøve Sundby Fallmyr, Andreas Nilsen Trygstad: Avinor anslår byggestart høsten 2021 – får kraftig kritikk fra ordfører, nrk.no, 3. juli 2020