Rotterdam The Hague Airport
|Rotterdam The Hague Airport|
|IATA: RTM – ICAO: EHRD
|Serves||Rotterdam and The Hague|
|Elevation AMSL||-14 ft / -4 m|
|Sources: AIP, Monthly statistics (PDF, Dutch)|
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.
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.
The name of the airport was changed from Zestienhoven to Rotterdam Airport and finally in 2010 to its current 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.
Airlines and destinations
operated by Eastern Airways for BA CityFlyer
Seasonal Charter: Guernsey Airport
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
|Transavia.com||Alicante, Barcelona, Bergerac, 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
- EHRD – ROTTERDAM/Rotterdam. AIP from AIS the Netherlands, effective 21 Aug 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.
- "British Airways Adds London City – Florence / Rotterdam Service in S14". Airline Route. 27 November 2013. Archived from the original on 27 November 2013.
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