Lelystad Airport

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Lelystad Airport
Lelystad Airport.JPG
IATA: LEYICAO: EHLE
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Schiphol Group
Operator Lelystad Aerodrome
Location Lelystad, Netherlands
Elevation AMSL -12 ft / -4 m
Coordinates 52°27′37″N 005°31′38″E / 52.46028°N 5.52722°E / 52.46028; 5.52722Coordinates: 52°27′37″N 005°31′38″E / 52.46028°N 5.52722°E / 52.46028; 5.52722
Website www.lelystad-airport.nl
Map
LEY is located in Flevoland
LEY
LEY
Location within Flevoland in the Netherlands
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 1,250 4,101 Asphalt
05/23 430 1,411 Grass
Sources: AIP[1]

Lelystad Airport (IATA: LEYICAO: EHLE) is an airport 3.5 NM (6.5 km; 4.0 mi) south southeast of the city of Lelystad in the Netherlands. It is the biggest general aviation airport in the Netherlands. The first flights were in 1971 and it became an official airport in 1973. Schiphol Group became owner of the airport in 1993. It is home to the aviation museum Aviodrome, which has a former KLM Boeing 747-200 on display.

History[edit]

A Consolidated Catalina at the Aviodrome museum on the airport

In 1966 it was decided that the newly created Flevopolder required one central airport. A suitable location with room for future expansion was found to the east of Lelystad. The first flights from this location took place in 1971, but it was not until 1973 that it received official status as an airport.

At first Lelystad had grass taxi- and runways, but it was found that the clay could not support all the traffic, and tracks started to form. Because of the often poor condition of the terrain, the airport suffered from frequent closure. To resolve this problem, in 1978 the first of the taxiways was hardened and in 1981 the runway was hardened. In 1991 the runway length was increased to 1,250 metres (4,101 ft), to try to attract more business aircraft.

A Jetstream 32 from AIS Airlines at Lelystad Airport with some of the aircraft from the flying school in the background.

In 1993 the Schiphol Group became the owner of the airport. The Aviodrome museum moved to Lelystad Airport from Schiphol in 2003. Local flying school AIS Flight Academy started an airline in 2009, AIS Airlines, and is still headquartered at Lelystad Airport, although they do not operate any scheduled flights from Lelystad.

Because of the museum, various aviation events are frequently held at the airport.

Expansion[edit]

An expansion of the airport is planned which would allow mainly budget airlines, holiday charters and regional airlines using aircraft such as the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320 series to operate from Lelystad. The expansion would include a longer runway, 2,100 metres (6,890 ft) long, and facilities to handle the bigger aircraft and approximately 2 million passengers. However concerns regarding aircraft noise from local communities, a complicated airspace structure and a slower growth of traffic at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, which it is to function as a reliever airport to, have delayed these plans.[2]

On 13 June 2014, the draft decision "airport expansion Lelystad Airport" has become public and has been submitted to the Council of State for consultation.

As Lelystad is the biggest General Aviation airfield in the Netherlands, AOPA is concerned that commercial aviation will have a negative impact on the General Aviation users, and has proposed the construction of a new parallel runway south of the airport to improve traffic flow.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ EHLE – LELYSTAD/Lelystad. AIP from AIS the Netherlands, effective 26 Jun 2014
  2. ^ Luchtvaartnieuws.nl (2011), Schiphol wil verder met ontwikkeling Lelystad Airport (Dutch only), article retrieved March 25, 2012.
  3. ^ Niek Vernooij for Luchtvaartnieuws.nl - AOPA pleit voor parallelle baan op Lelystad Airport, article retrieved 14 Juni, 2014.

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