Sandnessjøen Airport, Stokka

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Sandnessjøen Airport, Stokka
Sandnessjøen Lufthavn, Stokka
Sandnessjoen-lufthavn.jpg
IATA: SSJICAO: ENST
SSJ is located in Nordland
SSJ
SSJ
Location of airport in Nordland
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Avinor
Serves Sandnessjøen, Nordland, Norway
Location Stokka
Elevation AMSL 56 ft / 17 m
Coordinates 65°57′24″N 012°28′08″E / 65.95667°N 12.46889°E / 65.95667; 12.46889
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 1,086 3,563 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Passengers 75,096
Aircraft movements 6,707
Cargo (tonnes) 230
Source: Norwegian AIP at Avinor[1]
Statistics from Avinor[2][3][4]

Sandnessjøen Airport, Stokka (IATA: SSJICAO: ENST) (Norwegian: Sandnessjøen Lufthavn, Stokka) is a regional airport serving the town of Sandnessjøen, Norway. The airport is located in the municipality of Alstahaug in Nordland county, 5.5 nautical miles (10.2 km; 6.3 mi) south west of Sandnessjøen.[1] In 2011, Sandnessjøen Airport served 75,096 passengers.[2] It is operated by Avinor.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Sandnessjøen airport is served by Widerøe with Dash 8 aircraft connecting the community to Bodø, Trondheim and Oslo. The routes to Bodø and Trondheim are operated on public service obligation with the Norwegian Ministry of Transportation and Communication and have stopovers in Brønnøysund, Mo i Rana and Mosjøen.[5][6]

Monday June 27, 2011 Widerøe started the route Oslo-Sandnessjøen. It was originally meant to be a summer service only, with four weekly departures from June 27 until August 14.[7] The service was more popular than expected and from October 31 the same year Widerøe made the route a full year service with three weekly departures.[8]

Airlines Destinations
Widerøe Bodø, Brønnøysund, Mo i Rana, Mosjøen, Oslo, Trondheim[6]

History[edit]

Widerøe de Havilland Canada Dash-8 103 taxiing before takeoff.

The first air route along the coast of western Norway between Bergen and Tromsø started June 7, 1935 with three weekly departures and stop overs in Ålesund, Molde, Kristiansund, Trondheim, Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen, Bodø, Narvik and Harstad. Det Norske Luftfartsselskap (DNL) had exclusive rights for the route and initially flew it using a Junkers W 34 with floats called "Ternen". It soon became clear that the W 34 was too small and Summer 1936 DNL upgraded to a larger Junkers Ju 52 with floats. All flights were put on hold in 1940 during the Occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany. After the war DNL restarted the coastal route using the same equipment. Widerøe later took over the local coastal routes.[9]

Since the float planes could only be operated during daylight and in good weather, a more stable air transport solution was deemed necessary as the volume of traffic steadily grew. To try out a new concept of regional airports, four towns along the Helgeland coast got airports in 1968 (Sandnessjøen, Namsos, Brønnøysund and Mo i Rana). July 1, 1968 Widerøe, having exclusive rights, started the Helgeland route with stop overs at all four towns between Trondheim and Bodø. The route was originally flown using Twin Otters.[10]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport is located approximately 20 km (12 mi) south of the town of Sandnessjøen. One bus serves the airport, although there is no scheduled route. The bus service is on-demand, with the passenger pick up possible at any location inside Sandnessjøen. Taxis are also available.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Airport information for ENST". Avinor. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Passenger statistics from Avinor" (xls). Avinor. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Aircraft Movement statistics from Avinor" (xls). Avinor. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cargo statistics from Avinor" (xls). Avinor. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Routes operated on public service obligation in EU and EEA" (pdf). European Commission. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b wideroe.no
  7. ^ Helgelands Blad - Flyrute åpner i dag (Norwegian) - retrieved April 14, 2012
  8. ^ Boarding.no - Widerøe starter to nye direkteruter - retrieved April 14, 2012
  9. ^ "Lufthavnens historie". Avinor. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Flyplassenes og flytrafikkens historie". Avinor. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "LN-WIF Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "LN-BFG Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Getting to and from the airport". Avinor. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 

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