Haugesund Airport, Karmøy
|Haugesund Airport, Karmøy
Haugesund lufthavn, Karmøy
|IATA: HAU – ICAO: ENHD|
|Elevation AMSL||27 m / 87 ft|
|Location in Rogaland county|
Haugesund Airport, Karmøy (Norwegian: Haugesund lufthavn, Karmøy; IATA: HAU, ICAO: ENHD) is an international airport serving the town of Haugesund, Rogaland county, Norway. It is located on the west side of the island and municipality of Karmøy, southwest of Haugesund. The airport was opened in 1975 and is operated by the state-owned Avinor.
In 2013 the airport had 701,326 passengers. Scheduled domestic flights to Oslo are operated by Scandinavian Airlines, and Norwegian Air Shuttle, while Widerøe operates flights to Bergen. Avinor granted a 90% reduction in the aviation fees on routes to international destinations, therefore Ryanair has started flying to its base at London Stansted Airport, serving the entire West Coast of Norway from Haugesund.
The airport opened in 1975. In March 1975 the airline Nordsjøfly was established at the airport, at first operating a Cessna 402B. It aimed at the growing oil industry and offered air taxi services. It expanded with a base at Stavanger Airport, Sola the following year. Its main service was twelve daily round trips between Stavanger, Haugesund and Bergen. Nordsjøfly fell into financial difficulties in 1979 and was bought by the shipyard Georg Eides Sønner. The latter itself fell into difficult times in 1981 and Nordsjøfly was bought by the airline Norving and other investors. Nordsjøfly operated with a loss every year. The airline was therefore liquidated in 1982 and the assets transferred to Norving and the Haugesund base was taken over by Norving. From 1984 also Braathens SAFE started operating flights from Haugesund to Stavanger and Bergen. Norving closed its base at Haugesund in November 1988, as it gradually terminated its operations in Southern Norway due to financial difficulties.
The airport resides at an elevation of 27 meters (87 ft) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 14/32 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,120 by 45 metres (6,955 ft × 148 ft). In 2013 the airport had 701,326 passengers, of which 247,746 were international, making Haugesund Norway's eleventh-busiest airport. It served 9,814 aircraft movements and 233 tonnes of cargo.
The runway was extended by 400 meters in November 2003 from 1600 to 2000 meters; an additional 60 m safety zone at each end gives the runway an overall length of 2120 meters. This extension was a requirement from Ryanair so that they could use the larger Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Further extension of the runway is difficult since the shoreline is at the northwest end of the runway while the flight path to the southeast passes over a water tower that is currently just clear the required safety margins.
One short-term parking lot and three long-term parking lots are located to the north and east of the terminal. Car rentals and taxis are also available.
The airport buses to Haugesund are scheduled to connect with many, but not all, departures. The bus has struggled with few passengers, and in the summer of 2012 the service connected to the Ryanair flights only.
Airlines and destinations
|Adria Airways||Seasonal charter: Split|
|BH Air||Seasonal charter: Burgas|
|Freebird Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||Oslo-Gardermoen
Seasonal: Las Palmas
Seasonal charter: Las Palmas, Rhodes
|Onur Air||Seasonal charter: Bodrum|
Summer seasonal: Alicante, Málaga
Seasonal charter: Las Palmas, Chania
|SunExpress||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Tailwind Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
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