|IATA: NRN – ICAO: EDLV
|Operator||Flughafen Niederrhein GmbH|
|Serves||Kreis Kleve, Nijmegen
|Focus city for||Ryanair|
|Elevation AMSL||106 ft / 32 m|
|Source:German AIP at EUROCONTROL|
Weeze Airport or Niederrhein Airport (IATA: NRN, ICAO: EDLV) is an airport situated 3.7 km (2.3 mi) southwest of the small municipality of Weeze in the Lower Rhine (Niederrhein) region of western Germany. It is 7 km (4.3 mi) northwest of Kevelaer, about 33 km (21 mi) southeast of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 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 centre at the grounds of the airport. Its IATA-Code is NRN because of its official name Flughafen Niederrhein.
The airport uses the facilities of the former military airbase RAF Laarbruch, it began operations as a civil airport in 2003.
It has undergone several name changes. 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.
Weeze Airport features one passenger terminal building which is equipped with some 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
|Ryanair||Alicante, Bari, Bergamo, Bologna, Edinburgh, Faro, Fes, Fuerteventura, Girona, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Lappeenranta, London-Stansted, Málaga, Marrakesh, Milan-Malpensa, Oujda, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Riga, Rome-Ciampino, Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki, Treviso, Valencia
Summer seasonal: Alghero, Almería, Ancona, Béziers, Cagliari, Chania, Corfu, Ibiza, Lamezia Terme, Pescara, Pisa, Santander, Zadar
|Transavia.com||Summer seasonal: Palma de Mallorca|
In 2008, with 1.52 mil. passengers, which represented growth of 80% on the previous year, it was among Europe's fastest-growing airports.
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.
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.
- "ADV Monthly Traffic Report" (Press release). German Airports Association. 2010-12. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
- EAD Basic
Media related to Flughafen Weeze at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Current weather for EDLV at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for NRN at Aviation Safety Network