Ålesund Airport, Vigra

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Ålesund Airport, Vigra
Ålesund lufthavn, Vigra
Alesund-lufthavn.jpg
IATA: AESICAO: ENAL
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Avinor
Serves Ålesund, Norway
Location Vigra
Elevation AMSL 70 ft / 21 m
Coordinates 62°33′45″N 006°07′11″E / 62.56250°N 6.11972°E / 62.56250; 6.11972Coordinates: 62°33′45″N 006°07′11″E / 62.56250°N 6.11972°E / 62.56250; 6.11972
Map
AES is located in Møre og Romsdal
AES
AES
Location in Møre og Romsdal county
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,314 7,592 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 1,077,209
Aircraft Movements 16,057
Cargo (tonnes) 641
Source: AIP [1] and Statistics[2] from Avinor


Ålesund Airport, Vigra (Norwegian: Ålesund lufthavn, Vigra) (IATA: AESICAO: 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.

Scheduled services are offered by Norwegian, Scandinavian Airlines, KLM, airBaltic, Widerøe and WizzAir.

History[edit]

Terminal exterior

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.

Before 1998, the airport was served by one airline, Braathens SAFE, at times with regional routes being by Norwegian Air Shuttle on behalf of Braathens.

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.

Facilities[edit]

The airport is at an elevation of 70 feet (21 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 07/25 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,314 by 45 metres (7,592 ft × 148 ft).[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
airBaltic Riga
KLM
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Amsterdam[3]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo-Gardermoen, London-Gatwick
Seasonal: Alicante
Scandinavian Airlines Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Trondheim
Widerøe Bergen
Wizz Air Gdańsk, Vilnius

Previous Operators[edit]

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)

Ground transportation[edit]

Bus services leave for the town centre (Aalesund/Sentrum) and outer town areas (Moa) every 30 minutes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Airport information for ENAL". Avinor. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Traffic statistics from Avinor" (xlsx). Avinor. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  3. ^ KLM adds new Norway route. Business Traveller (2012-10-23). Retrieved on 2014-02-12.

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