Rotterdam The Hague Airport
|Rotterdam The Hague Airport|
|Serves||Rotterdam and The Hague|
|Elevation AMSL||-14 ft / -4 m|
Rotterdam The Hague Airport (formerly Rotterdam Airport, Vliegveld Zestienhoven in Dutch), (IATA: RTM, ICAO: EHRD) located 3 NM (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) north northwest of Rotterdam, is the Netherlands' third largest airport. It serves the city of Rotterdam as well as The Hague and surroundings. The airport handled over 1.5 million passengers in 2013 and features scheduled flights to European metropolitan and leisure destinations. It is also used extensively by general aviation and there are several flying clubs and schools located at the airport.
After World War II, the Dutch government decided that a second national airport was needed in addition to Schiphol. Rotterdam had had an airport before the war - Waalhaven airport - but it was heavily damaged in the bombing of Rotterdam, and later destroyed completely to prevent it from being used by the Germans. Reconstruction of the airport wasn't a realistic proposition, so a new location was found in the Zestienhoven polder, giving the airport its name.
Construction of the airport began in August 1955 and the airport was officially opened in October 1956. Several large international airlines such as Swissair, Lufthansa and Air France were soon operating from Rotterdam. However, in the 1970s plans were made to either close or move the airport to make room for houses and the uncertain future caused a stagnation in the airport's growth and many operators left.
Development since the 1990s
For almost thirty years the airport faced closure, but the economic growth of the 1990s caused an increase in passengers again and in 2001 it was decided that the airport's current location would be maintained for at least a century.
The route with the longest continual service, to London Heathrow and operated by KLM Cityhopper, was suspended in 2008. This marked the end of KLM's involvement with the airport. However, in December 2012, British Airways began a service to Rotterdam from Heathrow. In October 2014 British Airways announced they would suspend the route again in March 2015.
The name of the airport was changed from Zestienhoven to Rotterdam Airport and finally in 2010 to its current name Rotterdam The Hague Airport.
Most flights today are operated by regional turboprop aircraft such as the Fokker 50, Dash 8 and ATR aircraft and smaller mainline jets such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 series or the Embraer 190. There is also a fair amount of business aviation. State and military aircraft also use the airport frequently, this due to The Hague being the seat of the Dutch government and also housing various other international institutions such as as the International Criminal Court. With the closure of nearby Ypenburg Airport in 1992 and Valkenburg Naval Air Base in 2006 Rotterdam The Hague airport is now the only remaining airport in the area for those types of flights.
Airlines and destinations
|British Airways||London-Heathrow (ends 28 March 2015)|
operated by BA CityFlyer
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
|Transavia.com||Alicante, Barcelona, Bergerac, Berlin-Tegel (begins 1 April 2015), Budapest, Faro, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Madrid, Málaga, Marrakech, Nice, Prague, Rome-Fiumicino, Valencia, Vienna
Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum, Chambéry, Dalaman, Friedrichshafen, Geneva, Girona, Grenoble, Heraklion, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Montpellier, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Salzburg, Split, Toulon
|VLM Airlines||Seasonal charter: Jersey (begins 2 May 2015), Guernsey (begins 2 May 2015)|
|Vueling||Barcelona (begins 2 April 2015)|
Statistics by CBS
- EHRD – ROTTERDAM/Rotterdam. AIP from AIS the Netherlands, effective 11 Dec 2014
- Monthly statistics 2013 - Rotterdam The Hague Airport (PDF, Dutch)
- "BA gears up for new short-haul Heathrow services". Business Traveller. 03 Decenmber 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014. Check date values in:
- "British Airways suspends London Heathrow – Rotterdam flights from 28 March 2015". London Air Travel. 2014-10-29. Retrieved 2014-12-14.
- Transavia.com begin service to Berlin
Media related to Rotterdam The Hague Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Current weather for EHRD at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for RTM at Aviation Safety Network