Antwerp International Airport
|Antwerp International Airport
Internationale Luchthaven Antwerpen
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) B-70
|Elevation AMSL||39 ft / 12 m|
Antwerp International Airport (IATA: ANR, ICAO: EBAW) is a small international airport serving Antwerp, the second most populous city of Belgium. Located 2.9 nautical miles (5.4 km; 3.3 mi) south of the city, it is used for some scheduled and charter flights as well as business and general aviation and served 110,320 passengers in 2012. The airport is also home to a maintenance hangar of CityJet.
After the first flying events at the Wilrijkse Plein, work on a proper airport for the city started in 1921, under the impulse of pioneer aviator Jan Olieslagers and others. Sabena operated passenger services from 1924 from an old railway carriage as the only passenger infrastructure. A proper airport terminal was ordered by minister Maurice Lippens and inaugurated in 1930.
The airport was home to the aircraft factory Stampe et Vertongen until its demise after WW2.
During World War II the airport was used by the Luftwaffe, and also served the nearby Erla aircraft factory. After the German retreat in 1944, it saw brief use by Allied air forces, who called it Advanced Landing Ground B-70.
BMI Regional announced the termination of their route to Manchester for 29 November 2013. The scheduled routes to London-City and Manchester accounted for 63% of the passenger traffic in 2011.
Antwerp Airport was home to VLM Airlines from end 2014, since independency from CityJet. VLM was offering flights from Antwerp to Hamburg and Friedrichshafen and was flying on behalf of CityJet on the route Antwerp - London City. However the airline declared bankruptcy on 22 June 2016 due to cancellations of ACMI contracts by People's Viennaline. Due to VLM's demise, their ACMI customer CityJet handed over the operations of VLM's former service from London City Airport to Antwerp to Danish Air Transport. The Antwerp to Hamburg service was taken over by Chalair Aviation but has been discontinued.
The airport consists of one small passenger terminal with basic facilities including service desks and a restaurant. The apron features ten stands for smaller aircraft such as the Fokker 50. As there are no jet bridges, walk-boarding is used. Due to its short runway length only just over 1,500 m (4,900 ft), it is not possible to operate larger aircraft than the Boeing 737 at the airport.
The airport was operated by the Department of Mobility and Public Works of the Flemish Government which made an agreement with the French engineering group Egis Group to operate it starting 2014 for a duration of 25 years.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Antwerp International Airport:
|Flybe||London-Southend (resumes 25 March 2018)|
|TUI fly Belgium||Alicante, Barcelona, Málaga, Murcia, Nador
Seasonal: Florence (begins 2 April 2018), Ibiza, Innsbruck, Split, Palma de Mallorca
|VLM Airlines||Birmingham (begins 26 March 2018), London-City, Maribor, Munich, Zürich|
The nearest major international airport is Brussels Airport approximately 40 km (25 mi) to the south.
|Year||Passenger volume||Change over previous year||Aircraft operations||Change over previous year||Cargo (tonnes)||Change over previous year|
- AIP for EBAW – Antwerp International Airport from Belgocontrol
- bbc.co.uk – BMI Regional to scrap five routes 31 October 2013
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- "Baisse du nombre de passagers à l'aéroport d'Anvers en 2010". Sud Presse. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
- antwerp-airport.be - Destinations retrieved May 2016
- "VLM Airlines will operate flights from Antwerp to Birmingham, Munich and Maribor starting 12th February 2018". VLM Airlines Nieuws. 8 January 2018.
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