Roskilde Airport (IATA: RKE, ICAO: EKRK), officially known as Copenhagen Airport, Roskilde (Danish: Københavns Lufthavn, Roskilde), is located 4 nautical miles (7 km) southeast of Roskilde near the town Tune. It was opened in 1973 as the first of three planned relief airports around Copenhagen. These plans were shelved shortly after, and the two other relief airports never made it past the planning stage. The airport is owned and operated by Københavns Lufthavne A/S (Copenhagen Airports) which also operates Copenhagen's major airport at Kastrup. The airport had 25,053 passengers in 2003. The airport is fully equipped, but most flights from this airport are taxi-flights, small-plane regular flights to minor domestic islands or business jets.
Københavns Lufthavn, Roskilde
Copenhagen Airport, Roskilde
|Operator||Copenhagen Airports A/S|
|Elevation AMSL||146 ft / 45 m|
It was once discussed to move all charter flights from Copenhagen Airport to this airport, but then the European aviation market changed as national airliners were allowed to be challenged by privately owned ones. The former charter airline companies in Europe then more or less had to either become regular challengers or vanish from the market. Hence, no flights with large aircraft have been moved to the airport.
Operational facilities include:
- ILS approach for runways 11 and 21
- GPS approach for runways 03 and 11
- Fuel: 100LL and Jet A1
- De-icing capability
- Fire fighting category 5, 6 and 7 (on prior notice)
- Met office and ATIS
- Parking and hangar facilities
- Aircraft repairs and overhaul
The airport is open around the clock and has immigration and customs facilities for international traffic, but it is used primarily for taxi, business, and training flights and the airport serves as base for several flights schools. It is home to more than half of the Danish fleet of GA-aircraft. Roskilde Airport is planning an expansion of the runways and airport facilities to receive regular flights of low-cost international and charter operators, including aircraft types of Boeing 737 and Airbus A320-family sizes. However, due to lack of commitment from airline carriers these plans have been postponed until further notice.
Airlines and destinationsEdit
|Copenhagen Air Taxi||Anholt, Læsø|
|Starling Air||Ærø, Ringsted, Svendborg|
In 2002 the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Of Denmark reported that Ryanair was in discussions with the airport about beginning scheduled service to London Stansted. It was believed that the location close to the centre of Copenhagen would draw the airline. The talks eventually came to nothing and Ryanair has not stated interest since. In October 2014, Ryanair announced plans to base aircraft at the larger Copenhagen Airport from March 2015 instead.
A small Danish Air Force installation is located adjacent to the airport, called Flyvestation Skalstrup. On the airport grounds there is additionally a separate area with a hangar and helipad, for use by the search and rescue Eskadrille 722, which deploys an AW101 Merlin rescue helicopter on permanent alert to cover the area of Sjælland and the Baltic Sea. This facility also covers any other Air Force deployment if needed. Roskilde is now the only airfield used by the armed forces on Sjælland with the closure of Værløse Air Base in 2004.
Lately Roskilde Airport has been the departure airport of Danish troops deploying to or returning from overseas locations, primarily Afghanistan, due to its more private and secluded atmosphere, compared to the far busier Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup.
Bus and train services from around the country to the nearby town of Roskilde are extensive, but bus services to and from the airport are infrequent due to its limited use, and the primary means of getting to/from the airport is by own car or taxi. The road distance to the airport from Roskilde is 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) and from Copenhagen 40 kilometres (25 mi).