Pärnu Airport

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Pärnu Airport
Pärnu lennujaam
Pärnu airport terminal 20080610.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Tallinn Airport Ltd.
Serves Pärnu, Estonia
Elevation AMSL 40 ft / 12 m
Coordinates 58°25′08″N 024°28′22″E / 58.41889°N 24.47278°E / 58.41889; 24.47278Coordinates: 58°25′08″N 024°28′22″E / 58.41889°N 24.47278°E / 58.41889; 24.47278
Website www.parnu-airport.ee/eng
EEPU is located in Estonia
Location in Estonia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 799 2,621 Concrete
Sources: Estonian AIP[1]

Pärnu Airport (Estonian: Pärnu lennujaam, (IATA: EPUICAO: EEPU)) is an airport in Estonia. The airport is situated 2.4 nautical miles (4.4 km; 2.8 mi) northwest of Pärnu.[1]


In October 1937 Pärnu town council designated an area of 0.28 km2 (0.11 sq mi) for the building of an airport. Operations at the new airport began in 1939.

During the Soviet occupation, the airfield was operated by the Soviet Air Force. It was an interceptor aircraft base, operated by 366 IAP (366th Interceptor Aviation Regiment) and possibly the 655 IAP (655th Interceptor Aviation Regiment), which flew Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 aircraft from the 1970s until the 1990s.[2]

Aeroflot used to operate Tartu-Viljandi-Pärnu-Kingissepa (now Kuressaare) services using Antonov An-2 biplanes.

In the summer of 1992, the re-constituted Estonian defence ministry took over the military airport, which had drawn down its operations. On 15 October the same year it was decided to build a civil airport at the site of the old military airport. The old runway was closed on 1 July 1997, and regular flights started to use the runway that had belonged to the Soviet air force.

The airport is often visited by private aircraft from Scandinavia and other European countries. 5,148 people travelled via Pärnu Airport in 2010. At present the condition of the runway makes it unsuitable for larger aircraft flying international flights, and in 2016 there were proposals to upgrade the airport. [3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
FLN Frisia Luftverkehr Seasonal: Kihnu, Ruhnu

The small airline Air Livonia flew from Pärnu to Kuressaare, Kihnu and Ruhnu until 2006. In the summer of 2010, Estonian Air operated one return flight a week from Stockholm.[4]

The airport was also used for charter flights from Finland and Sweden until 2014, when the deteriorating condition of the runway meant that it was no longer suitable for larger aircraft.[5]


Baltic's busiest airports by passenger traffic in 2010
Rank City Airport Passengers (2010)
1. Latvia Riga Riga International Airport 4,663,692
2. Estonia Tallinn Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport 1,384,831
3. Lithuania Vilnius Vilnius International Airport 1,373,859
4. Lithuania Kaunas Kaunas International Airport 809,732
5. Lithuania Palanga Palanga International Airport 102,528
6 Estonia Tartu Tartu Airport 23,504
7. Estonia Kuressaare Kuressaare Airport 19,702
8. Estonia Kärdla Kärdla Airport 10,551
9. Estonia Pärnu Pärnu Airport 5,148


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