Rovaniemi Airport

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Rovaniemi Airport
Rovaniemen lentoasema
Rovaniemi Airport March 6 2009 01.jpg
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Finavia
Serves Rovaniemi, Finland
Elevation AMSL 642 ft / 196 m
Coordinates 66°33′42″N 025°49′51″E / 66.56167°N 25.83083°E / 66.56167; 25.83083Coordinates: 66°33′42″N 025°49′51″E / 66.56167°N 25.83083°E / 66.56167; 25.83083
RVN is located in Finland
Location within Finland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,002 9,849 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Passengers 396,825
Landings 10,780
Source: AIP Finland[1]
Statistics from Finavia[2]

Rovaniemi Airport (Finnish: Rovaniemen lentoasema) (IATA: RVNICAO: EFRO) is the fifth biggest airport in Finland by annual number of passengers (in 2012), located in Rovaniemi, Finland, about 10 kilometres (6 mi) north of Rovaniemi city centre. The Arctic Circle crosses the runway closer to its northern end.


The airport was built in 1940 with two grass-surfaced runways. During the Continuation War it served as an airbase and supply center for German Luftwaffe.

Santa Claus Official Airport[edit]

In 2010, the airport served over 309,000 passengers.[2] The main season of charter traffic from Great Britain and many other European countries lasts from the end of November until the middle of January annually. Russians arrive in January because they celebrate Christmas later.

In addition to civil traffic the runway is also used by F-18 fighter interceptors of Lapin lennosto (Lapland Air Command). The Rovaniemen vartiolentue (Air unit of the Frontier guard of Lapland) is also located nearby.

Rovaniemi Airport is one of three airports in Finland that has jet bridges (the other two being Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and Oulu Airport). The airport is managed by Finavia. It is connected to the Rovaniemi city centre by an airport taxi and there are also multiple bus connections around Lapland, including to major winter sports centers.

Rovaniemi Airport is the fifth largest airport in Finland. Santa Claus Village and Santa Park are situated within 2–3 kilometres (1.2–1.9 mi). The airport is located approximately 8–9 kilometres (5.0–5.6 mi) away from Rovaniemi City centre, meaning that it is not far away from many restaurants and hotels. The busiest time for the airport is in the Christmas season, when many people go on Santa Flights.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Finnair Helsinki
Norwegian Air Shuttle Helsinki


Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Winter seasonal: Athens
Arkefly Winter seasonal: Amsterdam
Arkia Israel Airlines Winter seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
AirExplore Winter seasonal: Athens, Barcelona, Madrid, Milan-Malpensa
Israir Winter seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion Winter seasonal: Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester
Privilege Style Winter seasonal: Madrid
Sun d'Or International Airlines
operated by El Al
Winter seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
TAROM Winter seasonal: Bucharest-Henri Coanda
Thomas Cook Airlines Winter seasonal: Belfast International, Birmingham, Bristol, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Durham/Tees Valley, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow International, Leeds/Bradford, London-Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomson Airways Winter seasonal: Belfast International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin, London-Gatwick, Manchester Winter seasonal: Amsterdam
UTair-Ukraine Winter seasonal: Kiev-Boryspil
Wind Rose Aviation Winter seasonal: Kiev-Boryspil
XL Airways France Winter seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle


Winter Solstice 2004 at Rovaniemi Airport, Arctic Circle
Piper PA-42 at Rovaniemi Airport in March 1988
Annual passenger statistics for Rovaniemi Airport [4]
Year Domestic passengers International passengers Total passengers Change
2005 295,205 89,317 384,522 −2.5% Decrease
2006 330,910 101,377 432,287 +12.4% Increase
2007 348,275 101,810 450,085 +4.1% Increase
2008 308,870 91,607 400,477 −11.0% Decrease
2009 246,089 63,642 309,731 −22.7% Decrease
2010 246,464 63,357 309,831 +0.1% Increase
2011 329,990 66,835 396,825 +28.1% Increase

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "EFRO Rovaniemi" (PDF). AIP Suomi / Finland. Finavia. 30 June 2011. pp. EFRO AD 2.1, 1–14. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Finavia's Air Traffic Statistics 2010" (PDF). Vantaa: Finavia. pp. 7, 9. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Santa Holiday Flights". Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Traffic statistics – Passengers". Finavia. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 

External links[edit]

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