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Visby Airport (IATA: VBY, ICAO: ESSV), is located about 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) north of Visby, Gotland, Sweden.

Visby Airport

Visby flygplats
Visby flygplats ingången från parkeringen Visby Sweden.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic (Luftfartsverket)
OperatorSwedavia
ServesVisby
LocationGotland, Sweden
Elevation AMSL164 ft / 50 m
Coordinates57°39′46″N 018°20′46″E / 57.66278°N 18.34611°E / 57.66278; 18.34611Coordinates: 57°39′46″N 018°20′46″E / 57.66278°N 18.34611°E / 57.66278; 18.34611
Websiteswedavia.com/visby/
Map
VBY is located in Gotland
VBY
VBY
Location within Gotland
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,000 6,562 Asphalt
10/28 1,100 3,609 Grass
Statistics (2016)
Passengers total463,616
Domestic passengers448,784
European passengers11,428
Intercontinental passengers2,892
AIP[1]
Statistics: Transportstyrelsen[2] [3]

Visby airport is Gotland's only commercial airport and the 12th largest airport in Sweden. The airport had 463,616 passengers in 2016.[2] The traffic has a large seasonal variation with many more passengers in the summer; in 2016 it had 18,070 passengers in January and 57,302 in July. During the Almedalen Week the airport is slot coordinated.[4]

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
The old terminal at Visby airport

Visby Airport was opened on 27 January 1942. The first aircraft to land was a Junkers Ju 52/3m named Göteland from AB Aerotransport.[5] In October the same year regular traffic between Visby and the Swedish mainland started, in the beginning mostly with Ju 52s. In 1958 a new terminal building, a new control tower and a new runway made of asphalt was inaugurated. A runway which also featured a railway crossing. The current terminal and control tower opened in 1985.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

StatisticsEdit

Busiest routes to and from Visby Airport (2018)[7]
Rank Airport Passengers handled % change
2017/18
1   Sweden, Stockholm-Arlanda, Stockholm-Bromma 390,391   3.0
2   Sweden, Gothenburg 32,426   7.3
3   Sweden, Malmö 20,767   11.2
4   Finland, Helsinki 4,057   9.4
5   Sweden, Ängelholm 2,581   3.7
Countries with most handled passengers to/from Visby Airport (2018)
Rank Country Passengers Change
2017/18
1   Greece 4,217  47.5%
2   Finland 4,057  9.4%
3   Spain 2,024  25.3%
4   Norway 1,552  53.4%
Traffic by calendar year[2]
Year Passenger volume Change Domestic Change International Change
2016 463,616  07.5% 448,784  08.0% 14,832  08.3%
2015 431,430  06.0% 415,251  06.5% 16,179  06.0%
2014 406 998 389,793 17,205

Other aviationEdit

Apart from the commercial aviation at Visby airport, there is also a flying club and a parachuting club based at the airport. And the Swedish Maritime Administration has a search and rescue helicopter based in Visby.

Unusual railroad crossingEdit

 
Map of the airport in Visby.

Before the railroad was closed down on the island of Gotland, the main line from Visby to the northern parts of the island actually crossed the runway. It was one of the few airports in the world where this happened. [8] The railway traffic was ended in 1960 and the tracks removed a few years later.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ESSV – Visby" (PDF). AIP Sverige/Sweden. Norrköping: The LFV Group. 23 August 2012. pp. AD 2 ESSV 1-1..8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 January 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Flygplatsstatistik". Transportstyrelsen. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Statistics". Swedavia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
  4. ^ Carlsson, Anders. "Almedalsveckan sätter nya rekord i Visby". Flygtorget (in Swedish). Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  5. ^ Hammarhjelm, Bengt (1999). Beredskap på Gotland 175 år: 1811-1986 (in Swedish) (2nd, utök. uppl., jämte komplement till 2000 ed.). Visby: Ödin. p. 164. ISBN 91-85716-84-7. LIBRIS 7751982.
  6. ^ https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airlines/hp-apf/routes
  7. ^ "Statistik". Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  8. ^ "Gotland 65 år före Stockholm". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Archived from the original on November 11, 2010.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Visby Airport at Wikimedia Commons