Antwerp International Airport

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Antwerp International Airport
Internationale Luchthaven Antwerpen
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) B-70
Luchthavengebouw Antwerpen-Deurne.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Flemish Region
Operator Egis Group
Serves Antwerp, Belgium
Elevation AMSL 39 ft / 12 m
Coordinates 51°11′22″N 004°27′37″E / 51.18944°N 4.46028°E / 51.18944; 4.46028Coordinates: 51°11′22″N 004°27′37″E / 51.18944°N 4.46028°E / 51.18944; 4.46028
Website antwerp-airport.be
Map
ANR is located in Belgium
ANR
ANR
Location of Antwerp International Airport
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 1,510 4,954 Asphalt
11/29 600 1,969 Grass
Sources: Belgian AIP[1]

Antwerp International Airport (IATA: ANR, ICAO: EBAW) is a small international airport serving Antwerp, Belgium. Located 2.9 nautical miles (5.4 km; 3.3 mi) south of the city,[1] it is used for some scheduled and charter flights as well as business and general aviation and served 273,130 passengers in 2017.[2]

History[edit]

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.[3][4] The scheduled routes to London-City and Manchester accounted for 63% of the passenger traffic in 2011.[5]

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. 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.

On 6 August 2018, the revived VLM Airlines announced to terminate five scheduled routes with another new one not commencing in the coming weeks to focus on charter operations.[6] On 31 August 2018 however, VLM Airlines announced the immediate stop of all of their operations from Antwerp.[7][8]

Infrastructure[edit]

Facilities[edit]

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 aircraft larger than the Boeing 737 at the airport.

Operator[edit]

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[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Antwerp International Airport:[9]

AirlinesDestinations
Flybe London–Southend
TUI fly Belgium Alicante, Barcelona, Málaga, Murcia, Nador, Toulon, Tangier
Seasonal: Florence, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Split, Palma de Mallorca

The nearest bigger international airports are Brussels Airport approximately 40 km (25 mi) to the south and Eindhoven Airport approximately 80 km (50 mi) to the northeast.

Statistics[edit]

Year Passenger volume Change over previous year Aircraft operations Change over previous year Cargo (tonnes) Change over previous year
2017 273,130 Decrease01.15% 37,509 Decrease09.40% 2202.6 Increase01.04%
2016 276,311 Increase024.95% 41,401 Decrease08.60% 2179.9 Increase041.21%
2015 221,138 Increase082.22% 45,296 Increase03.58% 1543.7 Increase0355.64%
2014 121,357 Decrease011.43% 43,732 Increase00.86% 338.8 Decrease05.32%
2013 137,015 Decrease02.23% 43,361 Decrease07.67% 357.0 Decrease016.71%
2012 140,140 Decrease015.62% 46,962 Decrease010.89% 428.6 Increase01.28%
2011 166,078 Increase01.99% 52,701 Increase01.93% 423.2 Increase00.45%
2010 162,840 Decrease03.90% 51,703 Decrease014.21% 421.3 Decrease08.25%
2009 169,446 Decrease04.25% 60,266 Increase07.48% 459.2 Decrease017.44%
2008 176,971 Increase01.21% 56,072 Increase08.69% 556.2 Increase04.71%
2007 174,858 Increase018.27% 51,589 Decrease06.24% 531.2 Decrease022.17%
2006 147,849 Increase03.58% 55,023 Increase00.28% 682.5 Increase046.33%
2005 142,737 Decrease06.51% 54,871 Decrease05.61% 466.4 Increase08.95%
2004 152,682 Decrease09.72% 58,132 Decrease09.61% 428.1 Decrease013.55%

Source numbers 2004-2014: Antwerp Airport ″Annual report 2014″ [10]
Source numbers 2014-present: Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport: ″Airport statistics″ [11]

Other uses[edit]

The airport is home to several flying schools, aircraft maintenance and repair workshops, operators of business jets, to several hangars for private aircraft, and to the Museum Stampe-Vertongen.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b AIP for EBAW – Antwerp International Airport from Belgocontrol
  2. ^ "The recent statistics - Antwerp International Airport".
  3. ^ bbc.co.uk – BMI Regional to scrap five routes 31 October 2013
  4. ^ "Bmi stopt vluchten van Antwerpen naar Manchester". De Morgen. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Baisse du nombre de passagers à l'aéroport d'Anvers en 2010". Sud Presse. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  6. ^ hln.be - VLM snoeit in aanbod lijnvluchten vanuit Antwerpen: op twee na alle bestemmingen geschrapt (Dutch) 6 August 2018
  7. ^ https://www.aviation24.be/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=62872&start=440
  8. ^ https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2018/08/31/vlm/
  9. ^ antwerp-airport.be - Destinations retrieved May 2016
  10. ^ "The recent statistics - Antwerp International Airport".
  11. ^ "Statistische gegevens van de luchthavens - FOD Mobiliteit". mobilit.belgium.be.

External links[edit]

Media related to Antwerp Airport at Wikimedia Commons