Ålesund Airport, Vigra
|Ålesund Airport, Vigra
Ålesund lufthavn, Vigra
|IATA: AES – ICAO: ENAL|
|Elevation AMSL||70 ft / 21 m|
|Location in Møre og Romsdal county|
|Source: AIP  and Statistics from Avinor|
Ålesund Airport, Vigra (Norwegian: Ålesund lufthavn, Vigra) (IATA: AES, ICAO: ENAL) is an airport which serves the town of Ålesund in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway and the surrounding regions of Sunnmøre, Nordfjord and Romsdal. The airport is located on the island of Vigra in Giske Municipality, about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) northeast of the town of Ålesund and easily accessible through the undersea Ellingsøy Tunnel and Valderøy Tunnel. The airport passed 1,000,000 yearly passengers in 2013 and is experiencing a strong growth in international flights, as the only airport with scheduled international flights and dedicated international terminal areas between Bergen and Trondheim. As a result, it is operating at almost full capacity and is due to be upgraded. It is also one of only seven Norwegian public airports to post a profit, which is used to subsidise less viable airports.
With a large number of scheduled flights being introduced in 2013, demand still seems to outgrow supply, and an ever increasing number of international flights are being offered from the airport.
The airport was opened in 1958, as the first in Møre og Romsdal. Scheduled flights were offered by Braathens S.A.F.E using de Havilland Heron aircraft, later replaced with Fokker F-27, Fokker F-28 and Boeing 737 aircraft.
Molde Airport, Kristiansund Airport and Ørsta/Volda Airport were opened in later years and serve as secondary regional airports for the region, providing domestic services today mostly served by smaller propeller aircraft.
The current terminal was opened along with an extended runway in 1986, along with new underwater road tunnels to the main city of Ålesund. Prior to this, ferries had to be used to get to the airport.
In 1998 the new low-cost carrier Color Air started services to the new Oslo-Gardermoen. Shortly thereafter, Scandinavian Airlines also starting services to the city using DC9 aircraft. This resulted in a price war, and Color Air had to shut down. In 2001, Braathens was bought by Scandinavian Airlines, and SAS was the only airline operating at the airport. Norwegian started operations from Oslo-Gardermoen to Ålesund in 2002. In 2011, they restarted services from Ålesund to Bergen and Trondheim, destinations once served as a regional airline for Braathens.
Today the airport is served by an increasing number of national and international carriers. A new international section of the terminal opened in 2010 with separate areas for departure and arrivals from the airport's domestic destinations. International Tax free shops are available in both international arrival and departure areas.
Airlines and destinations
operated by KLM Cityhopper
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||Oslo-Gardermoen, London-Gatwick
|Scandinavian Airlines||Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Trondheim|
|Wizz Air||Gdańsk, Vilnius|
Color Air to Oslo-Gardermoen (1998–99)
Scandinavian Airlines to Oslo-Fornebu, London Gatwick
Braathens to Oslo-Fornebu, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stavanger, Bergen, Bodø and Trondheim
Norwegian Air Shuttle to Trondheim-Værnes (2011-2013), Bergen-Flesland (2011-2014)
Krohn Air to Trondheim-Værnes (2013)
Bus services leave for the town centre (Aalesund/Sentrum) and outer town areas (Moa) every 30 minutes.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ålesund Airport, Vigra.|
- Avinor entry for Ålesund Airport, Vigra
- Avinor entry for Ålesund lufthavn, Vigra (Norwegian) (more detail)
- ENAL – ÅLESUND / Vigra. AIP and charts from Avinor.
- Aeronautical chart for ENAL at SkyVector
- Current weather for ENAL at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for AES at Aviation Safety Network
- Aalesund Airport at Facebook