Weeze Airport

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Weeze Airport
Flughafen Weeze/Niederrhein
Weeze Airport Weeze Empfangshalle außen.jpg

IATA: NRNICAO: EDLV

NRN is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
NRN
NRN
Location of the airport in North Rhine-Westphalia
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Niederrhein GmbH
Serves Kreis Kleve, Nijmegen
and Duisburg
Location Weeze
Focus city for Ryanair
Elevation AMSL 106 ft / 32 m
Coordinates 51°36′09″N 006°08′32″E / 51.60250°N 6.14222°E / 51.60250; 6.14222 (Weeze Airport)Coordinates: 51°36′09″N 006°08′32″E / 51.60250°N 6.14222°E / 51.60250; 6.14222 (Weeze Airport)
Website airport-weeze.de
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,440 8,005 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Passengers 2,900,000[1]
Source:German AIP at EUROCONTROL[2]

Weeze Airport or Niederrhein Airport (IATA: NRNICAO: EDLV) is an airport situated 3.7 km (2.3 mi) southwest[2] of the municipality of Weeze, district of Kleve in the Lower Rhine (Niederrhein) region of Germany. It is 7 km (4.3 mi) northwest[2] of Kevelaer, about 33 km (21 mi) southeast of the Dutch city of Nijmegen, and 48 km (30 mi) northwest of Duisburg.

Weeze Airport is used mostly by low-cost carriers, mainly Ryanair. There is also a big fire brigade training facility at the grounds of the airport.

History[edit]

Development[edit]

The airport uses the facilities of the former military airbase RAF Laarbruch, it began operations as a civil airport in 2003. Its IATA-Code is NRN because of its official name Flughafen Niederrhein.

In 2003, the Dutch low-cost carrier V-Bird had its homebase on Weeze. The airline flew with 3 Airbus A320s to numerous domnestic and international destinations.In 2004 the airline went banckrupt.

In 2008, with 1.52 million passengers, which represented a growth of 80% on the previous year, the airport was among Europe's fastest-growing.

In February 2014 Ryanair announced the cancelation of 18 routes from Weeze for the 2014 summer season stating a lack of available aircraft.[3]

Naming controversy[edit]

The airport has undergone several name changes in its history as a civil airport. The operators originally wanted to name it after the city of Düsseldorf, but the significant distance of 70 km (43 mi) to that city, which already had two closer international airports (the actual Düsseldorf Airport as well as Cologne Bonn Airport), resulted in the name being blocked by a court ruling that it was likely to mislead passengers. However, Ryanair still refers to it as "Düsseldorf-Weeze". The airport actually serves better the closer Dutch cities of Venlo, Nijmegen and Arnhem, the German city of Duisburg and the immediate Weeze area than Düsseldorf.

Facilities[edit]

Weeze Airport features one passenger terminal building featuring restaurants and shops besides the check-in facilities. The apron, which lies to the west of the terminal building, features nine aircraft stands for mid-sized aircraft such as the Boeing 737-800. As there are no jet bridges and due to the location of the apron bus-boarding is used.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Ryanair Agadir, Alicante, Bari, Bergamo, Bologna, Bydgoszcz, Edinburgh, Faro, Fes, Fuerteventura, Girona, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Lappeenranta (ends 25 March 2015), London-Stansted, Málaga, Marrakesh, Oujda, Palermo, Porto, Riga, Rome-Ciampino, Stockholm-Skavsta, Tallinn, Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki, Treviso (ends 28 March 2015), Valencia, Växjö
Summer seasonal: Alghero, Ancona, Béziers, Cagliari, Chania, Corfu, Ibiza, Lamezia Terme, Palma de Mallorca, Pescara, Pisa, Santander, Zadar
Transavia.com Seasonal charter: Burgas (begins 2 July 2015), Palma de Mallorca

Statistics[edit]

Check-in area at Weeze Airport
Number of Passengers
2008 1,523,990
2009 Increase 2,402,083
2010 Increase 2,896,730
2011 Decrease 2,421,108
2012 Decrease 2,208,429
2013 Increase 2,487,843
Source: ADV[4]

Ground transportation[edit]

Coach[edit]

There are direct buses serving Düsseldorf Main Station up to 7 times a day. Fare is €14 one way, travel time 1h 15min. There are also buses on reservation to Duisburg and Essen in Germany and to the Dutch cities Nijmegen, Venlo and Arnhem. Airexpressbus offers a service from Weeze Airport to Amsterdam with stops at Eindhoven Airport, Den Bosch, and Utrecht.[5]

Train[edit]

Bus shuttles serve the railway stations of Weeze, Kevelaer and Goch on frequent basis. Travellers with destination Düsseldorf Main Station need to catch the bus shuttle to railway station Weeze Bhf or Kevelaer Bhf. The shuttle leaves every 30 min in front of Weeze Airport. From Weeze or Kevelaer Bhf Düsseldorf Main Station is served directly every 30 min by Regional Train RE 10 with a travel time of 60 min.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ADV Monthly Traffic Report" (Press release). German Airports Association. 2010-12. Retrieved 17 February 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b c EAD Basic
  3. ^ http://www.airliners.de/ryanair-streicht-angebot-in-weeze-kraeftig-zusammen/31489
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ http://www.airexpressbus.com/images/timetable-aeb/Weezewinter.pdf

External links[edit]

Media related to Flughafen Weeze at Wikimedia Commons