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Rovaniemi Airport (Finnish: Rovaniemen lentoasema) (IATA: RVN, ICAO: EFRO) is the third busiest airport in Finland,[1] located in Rovaniemi, Finland, about 10 kilometres (6 mi) north of Rovaniemi city centre. The Arctic Circle crosses the runway closer to its northern end.

Rovaniemi Airport

Rovaniemen lentoasema
Rovaniemi Airport March 6 2009 01.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic / Military
OperatorFinavia
ServesRovaniemi, Finland
Elevation AMSL642 ft / 196 m
Coordinates66°33′42″N 025°49′51″E / 66.56167°N 25.83083°E / 66.56167; 25.83083Coordinates: 66°33′42″N 025°49′51″E / 66.56167°N 25.83083°E / 66.56167; 25.83083
Websitefinavia.fi
Map
RVN is located in Finland
RVN
RVN
Location within Finland
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,002 9,849 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers579,470[1]
Passenger change 16–17Increase 18.8%
Landings2,270[2]
Source: AIP Finland[3]

HistoryEdit

The airport was built in 1940 with two grass-surfaced runways. During the Continuation War it served as an airbase and supply center for German Luftwaffe.

FacilitiesEdit

In 2017, the airport served about 580,000 passengers. The main season of charter traffic from Great Britain and many other European countries lasts from the end of November until the middle of January annually. Russians arrive in January because they celebrate Christmas later.

In addition to civil traffic the runway is also used by F-18 fighter interceptors of Lapin lennosto (Lapland Air Command). The Rovaniemen vartiolentue (Air unit of the Frontier guard of Lapland) is also located nearby.

General aviation operators and private pilot owners are served by the provision of a dedicated fully enclosed and heated hangar with a curved snow-shedding roof located near to the terminal complex.

Rovaniemi Airport is one of three airports in Finland that has jet bridges (the other two being Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and Oulu Airport). The airport is managed by Finavia. It is connected to the Rovaniemi city centre by an airport taxi and there are also multiple bus connections around Lapland, including to major winter sports centers.

Rovaniemi Airport is the third-busiest airport in Finland after Helsinki and Oulu airports.[1] Santa Claus Village and Santa Park are situated within 2–3 kilometres (1.2–1.9 mi). The airport is located approximately 8–9 kilometres (5.0–5.6 mi) away from Rovaniemi City centre, meaning that it is not far away from many restaurants and hotels. The busiest time for the airport is in the Christmas season, when many people go on Santa Flights.[4]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

 
Winter Solstice 2004 at Rovaniemi Airport, Arctic Circle
AirlinesDestinations
Aer Lingus Seasonal charter: Dublin[5]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal charter: Brussels
easyJet Seasonal: London–Gatwick[6], Manchester (begins 21 November 2019)
Edelweiss Air Seasonal charter: Zürich
Finnair Helsinki
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa[7]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Helsinki
Seasonal: London–Gatwick[8]
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, Manchester[9]
Turkish Airlines Seasonal: Istanbul (begins 5 December 2019)[10][11]

StatisticsEdit

 
A Norwegian Air Shuttle 737-8JP aircraft at a snowy Rovaniemi Airport
Annual passenger statistics for Rovaniemi Airport[12][13]
Year Domestic
passengers
% change International
passengers
% change Total
passengers
% change
2018 512,033 12.4   132 111 6.6   644,144 11.2  
2017 455,589 14.5   123,881 37.6   579,470 18.8  
2016 397,799 1.7   90,058 22.3   487,857 2.0  
2015 404,712 7.6   73,635 7.7   478,347 7.6  
2014 376,183 3.4   68,378 7.3   444,561 4.0  
2013 363,670 5.2   63,697 9.6   427,367 5.8  
2012 345,763 4.8   58,129 13.0   403,892 1.8  
2011 329,990 33.9   66,835 5.7   396,825 28.1  
2010 246,464 0.2   63,244 0.6   309,708 0.0  
2009 245,963 20.4   63,642 30.6   309,605 22.7  
2008 308,870 11.3   91,697 9.8   400 567 11.0  
2007 348,275 5.2   101,661 0.3   449,936 4.1  
2006 330,910 12.1   101,372 13.5   432,282 12.4  
2005 295,205 2.1   89,317 15.3   384,522 2.5  

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "PASSENGERS 2017" (PDF). Finavia.fi. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  2. ^ "AIR TRANSPORT LANDINGS 2017" (PDF). Finavia.fi. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  3. ^ "EFRO Rovaniemi" (PDF). AIP Suomi / Finland. Finavia. 30 June 2011. pp. EFRO AD 2.1, 1–14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 April 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Santa Holiday Flights". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Visit Santa". visitsanta.ie.
  6. ^ "New EasyJet route to fly from London to 'official hometown of Santa Claus'". citmagazine.com. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Voli Neos da a". Neosair.it. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Norwegian". Media.uk.norwegian.com. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Flight Timetable". tui.co.uk.
  10. ^ (in Turkish)"THY'nin yeni rotası belli oldu"
  11. ^ "News&Press Releases - Turkish Airlines ®". Turkishairlines.com. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Finavia statistics 1998-2017" (PDF). Finavia Corporation. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Passengers by airports" (PDF). Finavia Corporation. Retrieved 9 August 2018.

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