Lappeenranta Airport

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Lappeenranta Airport
Lappeenrannan lentoasema
Flughafen Lappeenranta.JPG
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Lappeenrannan Lentoasema Oy
Serves Lappeenranta, Finland
Elevation AMSL 106 m / 349 ft
Coordinates 61°02′45″N 028°08′55″E / 61.04583°N 28.14861°E / 61.04583; 28.14861Coordinates: 61°02′45″N 028°08′55″E / 61.04583°N 28.14861°E / 61.04583; 28.14861
Website [1]
Map
LPP is located in Finland
LPP
LPP
Location within Finland
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 98.300
Landings 550
Source: AIP Finland[1]
Statistics from Finavia[2]

Lappeenranta Airport (IATA: LPPICAO: EFLP) (Finnish: Lappeenrannan lentoasema) is an international airport in Lappeenranta, Finland. Opened in 1918, Lappeenranta Airport is Finland's oldest still operating airport. In 2011, approximately 116,000 passengers used the airport.[2] The Karelia Aviation Museum is located at the airport. In 2016 the ownership of the airport changed from the state-owned Finavia to new private company Lappeenrannan Lentoasema Oy.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Effective 22 October 2015 there are no regular scheduled commercial passenger flights to or from Lappeenranta airport. There are however a few charter flights to European holiday destinations that depart and arrive at Lappeenranta Airport.[4] There are plans, by public financial support, to get some regular scheduled destinations in Central Europe going, starting in 2017 or 2018.[5]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines[6] Seasonal charter: Chania[7]
Primera Air[8] Seasonal charter: Catania (begins 13 October 2017),[9] Chania, Dubrovnik (begins 27 September 2017),[10] Gran Canaria, La Palma, Funchal, Rhodes, Málaga, Menorca (begins 19 September 2017),[11] Tenerife-South, Zakynthos (begins 11 September 2017)[12]

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Statistics[edit]

Annual passenger statistics for Lappeenranta Airport[14] [15]
Year Domestic passengers International passengers Total passengers Change
2005 46,536 3,112 49,648 +1.7% Increase
2006 40,779 8,724 49,503 −0.3% Decrease
2007 18,948 4,036 22,984 −53.6% Decrease
2008 19,056 4,283 23,339 +1.5% Increase
2009 8,265 5,798 14,063 −39.7% Decrease
2010 4,190 56,910 61,100 +324.7% Increase
2011 310 115,957 116,267 +90.3% Increase
2012 112 93,650 93,762 −19.4% Decrease
2013 147 98,153 98,300 +4.8% Increase
2014 325 89,226 89,551 −8.8% Decrease
2015 586 35,206 35,792 -60.0% Decrease
2016 0 0 0 -100.0% Decrease

Until 2006 the airport had a relatively stable flow of domestic business travellers, but after 2009 it has relied on international low-price flights, with higher volatility. The reason for the passenger decline from 2006 to 2009 was mainly the opening of the new railway shortcut LahtiKerava in September 2006. The shortcut shortened the travel time by rail to Helsinki and caused the closure of the Helsinki air route. In March 2010, Ryanair started flights to Lappeenranta, its second destination in Finland after Tampere. AirBaltic flew to Lappeenranta from November 2009 to January 2014. In 2015, Ryanair announced ceasing flights to Lappeenranta.[16] The last scheduled flight to Bergamo was operated on 21 October 2015.[17] In April 2017, traffic restarted with charter flights to southern Europe, with a frequency of around one departure per week, seasonally, mainly operated by Primera Air.

Ground transportation[edit]

Lappeenranta airport is connected to the city and Lappeenranta railway station by local bus number 4 leaving in front of the airport terminal. There is a direct connection further to Helsinki from Lappeenranta railway station by VR train and Matkahuolto expressbus. The distance from Lappeenranta airport to Lappeenranta railway station is 2.5 kilometers. This local bus has continued going also during the 2016 closure of the airport. Taxi service is also available.

Means of transport at Lappeenranta Airport
Means of transport Operator Route Destinations Website Notes
Bus Bus Lappeenranta Public Transport 4 Lappeenranta railway station www.lappeenranta.fi every 60 min

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EFLP Lappeenranta" (PDF). AIP Suomi / Finland. Finavia. 26 August 2010. pp. EFLP AD 2.1, 1–8. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Finavia's Air Traffic Statistics 2010" (PDF). Vantaa: Finavia. pp. 7, 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 January 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  3. ^ http://lppairport.fi/en/ajankohtaista/lappeenranta-airport-now-privately-owned-airport
  4. ^ http://lppairport.fi/en/lennot/lomalennot
  5. ^ Lappeenrannan lentoasema vailla reittilentoja – julkinen kilpailutus voi lykätä reittien avautumista vuodella (in Finnish, 25 Aug 2016)
  6. ^ Tickets from http://www.apollomatkat.fi/
  7. ^ Departing flights lppairport.fi
  8. ^ Tickets from http://www.lomamatkat.fi/
  9. ^ Departing flights lppairport.fi
  10. ^ Departing flights lppairport.fi
  11. ^ Departing flights lppairport.fi
  12. ^ Departing flights lppairport.fi
  13. ^ Lähtevät lennot
  14. ^ "Traffic statistics – Passengers". Finavia. Archived from the original on 24 July 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Traffic statistics". Finavia. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  16. ^ Ryanair drops last Finnish winter route
  17. ^ http://yle.fi/uutiset/ryanair_ei_lenna_lappeenrannasta_ensi_kesana/8363708

External links[edit]

Media related to Lappeenranta Airport at Wikimedia Commons