Tampere–Pirkkala Airport

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Tampere–Pirkkala Airport
Tampere-Pirkkalan lentoasema
Tampere Pirkkala Airport Finland Terminal 1.jpg
IATA: TMPICAO: EFTP
Summary
Airport type Public/Military
Operator Finavia
Serves Tampere, Finland
Location Pirkkala
Elevation AMSL 119 m / 390 ft
Coordinates 61°24′55″N 023°35′16″E / 61.41528°N 23.58778°E / 61.41528; 23.58778Coordinates: 61°24′55″N 023°35′16″E / 61.41528°N 23.58778°E / 61.41528; 23.58778
Website finavia.fi
Map
TMP is located in Finland
TMP
TMP
Location within Finland
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,700 8,858 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 466,671
Landings 18,965
Source: AIP Finland[1]
Statistics from Finavia[2]

Tampere–Pirkkala Airport (IATA: TMPICAO: EFTP) is located in Pirkkala, 7 NM (13 km; 8.1 mi) south-west[1] of Tampere city centre. The airport is the third busiest airport in Finland, as measured by the number of passengers (617,713 in 2010), and the second busiest airport in Finland, as measured by the number of international passengers (526,401 in 2010).[2]

The airport is also home to the Satakunta Air Command base of the Finnish Air Force, with F-18 Hornets stationed there.

History[edit]

Terminal 2 from inside before renovations
The check-in area of Terminal 1

Tampere Airport was founded in 1936 in Härmälä (a district in Tampere) located some 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the centre of Tampere. At that time Härmälä airport was connected to Helsinki, Vaasa, Oulu and Kemi by Aero O/Y (now Finnair). The first terminal building was built in 1941.

Karhumäki Airways began to fly to Stockholm in the 1950s. The runway wasn't paved until 1958. Between 1936 and 1979 Härmälä airport served 1.5 million passengers. In 1979 Härmälä airport was closed and the new airport opened in Pirkkala. Ryanair started flights to Tampere–Pirkkala in April 2003.

Tampere–Pirkkala is one of Finland's fastest growing airports, having increased its annual passenger numbers from 256,380 in 2000 to 632,010 in 2006. Most of this growth can be attributed to Ryanair's low cost flights to and from a number of destinations in Central and Western Europe.

airBaltic operated to Tampere-Pirkkala from October 2008 to October 2013 and Wizz Air in summers 2010 and 2011.

Terminal 2 was closed for expansion and renovation in May 2014[3] and all airlines will be flying to and from Terminal 1 until the work is complete. It is expected that Terminal 2 will reopen by the end of 2014.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Finnair
operated by Flybe Nordic
Helsinki 1
Ryanair Bremen, Budapest (ends 25 October 2014), London-Stansted
Seasonal: Alicante, Bergamo, Girona, Hahn, Malaga
2 1
Scandinavian Airlines
operated by Blue1
Seasonal: Kittilä[4] 1
Scandinavian Airlines
operated by Braathens Regional
Stockholm–Arlanda 1

Statistics[edit]

Passengers[edit]

Annual passenger statistics for Tampere–Pirkkala Airport [5]
Year Domestic passengers International passengers Total passengers Change
2005 114,669 482,433 597,102 +20.4% Increase
2006 119,432 512,578 632,010 +5.8% Increase
2007 113,713 573,998 687,711 +8.8% Increase
2008 107,954 601,402 709,356 +3.1% Increase
2009 85,351 542,733 628,084 −11.5% Decrease
2010 91,312 526,276 617,588 −1.7% Decrease
2011 96,625 561,005 657,630 +6.5% Increase
2012 85,738 485,001 570,739 -13.2% Decrease
2013 88,268 378,403 466,671 -18.2% Decrease

Freight and mail[edit]

Loaded/Unloaded freight and mail (tons) Tampere–Pirkkala Airport [6]
Year Domestic freight Domestic mail International freight International mail Total freight and mail Change
2005 111 0 0 0 111 −17% Decrease
2006 96 0 107 0 203 +83% Increase
2007 65 0 105 0 170 −16% Decrease
2008 59 0 240 0 299 +76% Increase
2009 14 0 845 2 861 +188% Increase
2010 106 0 562 1 669 −22% Decrease
2011 109 0 433 0 542 −19% Decrease

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport is connected to the city centres of Pirkkala (8 minutes) and Tampere (30 minutes) by bus route 1L, which runs once per hour.[7] The bus fare for a single ticket is 2,60 €[8] and one can change to any other bus going anywhere within Tampere or Pirkkala for one hour from purchase of ticket.

There is also a Ryanair affiliated link connecting the terminal that Ryanair flies to with the railway station.

There is a connection to Helsinki with one change of bus at Tampere coach station (fi) using the local bus route 1L. The timetables can be found from Matkahuolto web site.

Taxi service is also available.

Means of transport at Tampere–Pirkkala Airport
Means of transport Operator Route Destinations Website Notes
Bus Bus Tampere Public Transport 1L Tampere railway station joukkoliikenne.tampere.fi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "EFTP Tampere–Pirkkala" (PDF). AIP Suomi / Finland. Finavia. 30 June 2011. pp. EFTP AD 2.1, 1–12. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Finavia's Air Traffic Statistics 2010" (PDF). Vantaa: Finavia. pp. 7, 9. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.finavia.fi/en/news-room/news/2014/tamperepirkkala-construction-to-continue-throughout-the-summer/
  4. ^ http://yle.fi/uutiset/blue1_avaa_nelja_uutta_reittia_kittilaan_joulukuussa/6078371
  5. ^ "Traffic statistics – Passengers". Finavia. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Publications". Finavia. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Time Table for The Bus Stop at The Airport". Tampere Public Transport. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Single Tickets". Tampere Public Transport. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Tampere-Pirkkala Airport at Wikimedia Commons