Eindhoven Airport

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Eindhoven Airport
Eindhoven Air Base
Vliegbasis Eindhoven
(Advanced Landing Ground B-78)
Flughafen Eindhoven Logo.svg
Vertekhal Eindhoven airport.jpg
Airport type Public / Military
Owner Schiphol Group (51%)
Operator Eindhoven Airport N.V.
RNLAF Vliegbasis Eindhoven
Serves Eindhoven, Netherlands
Focus city for Transavia
Elevation AMSL 74 ft / 23 m
Coordinates 51°27′00″N 005°22′28″E / 51.45000°N 5.37444°E / 51.45000; 5.37444Coordinates: 51°27′00″N 005°22′28″E / 51.45000°N 5.37444°E / 51.45000; 5.37444
Website eindhovenairport.com
EHEH is located in Netherlands
Location of Eindhoven Airport
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21[1] 3,000 9,842 Tarmac
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 5,656,000 Increase 19%
Aircraft movements 36.400Increase 11%
Source: AIP from AIS the Netherlands,[1] Eindhoven Airport News[2]

Eindhoven Airport (IATA: EIN, ICAO: EHEH) is an airport located 7.6 km (4.7 mi) west[1] of Eindhoven, Netherlands. In terms of the number of served passengers it is the second largest airport in the Netherlands, with 5.7 million passengers in 2017 (well behind Schiphol, which serves more than 68 million passengers).[1][3] The airport is used by both civilian and military traffic.


Early years[edit]

The airport was founded in 1932 as a grass strip under the name Vliegveld Welschap (Welschap Airfield). In 1939 the airfield was acquired for use by the Air Force, as concerns over a military conflict with Germany increased. The airfield was quickly captured by German forces during the Battle of the Netherlands and re-used by them under the name Fliegerhorst Eindhoven. The airfield was expanded and improved by the Germans, with three paved runways and numerous hangars and support buildings being constructed.

The airfield was captured by American paratroopers during Operation Market Garden. Damage to the airfield was repaired and the airfield was re-used as an Advanced Landing Ground by both US and British forces under the designation B-78.

The airfield was returned to the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 1952. It was home to Republic F-84G Thunderjet, Republic F-84F Thunderstreak, Northrop NF-5A/B and finally the General Dynamics F-16A/B Fighting Falcon. 316 Squadron flew the F-16 and was inactivated in April 1994.

Development since the 1980s[edit]

In 1984 a terminal building for civilian air traffic was constructed, based on a design of Leo de Bever.[4] After the end of the Cold War, Eindhoven was transformed into a military transport base. Initially it was home to F27-300M Troopship aircraft. Over the years to come, Fokker 50, Fokker 60, McDonnell Douglas KC-10, Lockheed C-130 Hercules and Gulfstream IV aircraft were stationed at the air base. The Fokker aircraft have been retired.

On 15 July 1996, a Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules crashed at the airport – known as the Herculesramp (Hercules disaster). The plane caught fire and in the intense heat, 34 people died. As a result of communication problems within the emergency services the fire services were not aware that the C130 carried many passengers, which likely caused more people to die than if the emergency services had known about this.[5]

On the civilian side, the airport has continued to grow and is now the second largest airport in the Netherlands. To accommodate this, in early 2012 work to further expand Eindhoven airport was started including the addition of a 120-room Tulip Inn Hotel.[6]


Passenger facilities available include: exchange office, lost property office, luggage lockers, baby changing area, health centre and various shops.[7] A business centre is available too. There are 1,500 parking spaces for long and short term parking.[8]


From 1 July 2007, Eindhoven, is the location of the Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE), a merger of the former European Airlift Centre (EAC), established by the European Air Group, and the Sea-lift Coordination Centre (SCC). MCCE is a non NATO/non European military organization. MCCE is an organization open to all Governments whose membership is accepted by all the others participant nations, regulated by a specific legal technical agreement. The Mission of the MCCE is to coordinate the use of Air Transport, Surface Transport (sea and land) and Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) capabilities between participating Nations and thereby improve the overall efficiency of the use of owned or leased assets of the national military organizations. The Centre’s main focus will be on strategic movements, but not excluding operational and tactical movements.

From September 2010 Eindhoven Airport is also hosting the European Air Transport Command, composed of seven European nations who share aerial military assets in a single operative command. EATC will play leading role on the A400M standardization process.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AtlasGlobal Seasonal charter: Antalya[9]
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Antalya
Ryanair Agadir, Alicante, Athens, Bergamo, Bologna, Bratislava, Brindisi, Catania, Dublin, Edinburgh, Faro, Fes, Girona, Gran Canaria, Kraków, Lanzarote, Lisbon, London–Stansted, Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Manchester, Marrakesh, Marseille, Murcia, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Porto, Prague, Reus, Riga, Rome–Ciampino, Seville, Sofia, Tenerife South, Thessaloniki, Treviso, Valencia, Warsaw–Modlin
Seasonal: Alghero, Chania, Corfu, Ibiza
Transavia Alicante, Athens, Barcelona, Bologna, Copenhagen, Faro, Gran Canaria, Kraków (begins 9 October 2018),[10] Lanzarote, Lisbon, Málaga, Marrakesh, Nice, Prague, Seville, Stockholm–Arlanda, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tenerife South, Valencia
Seasonal: Antalya, Gazipaşa, Heraklion, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Kos, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Rijeka, Salzburg, Zakynthos (begins 21 April 2019)
Seasonal charter: Corfu, Hurghada
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Nador, Oujda
TUI fly Netherlands Gran Canaria
Seasonal: Antalya, Boa Vista (begins 3 November 2018),[9] Hurghada (begins 2 November 2018),[9] Kos, Sal (begins 1 November 2018),[9] Sharm El Sheikh (begins 2 November 2018),[9] Tenerife South[9]
Wizz Air Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Debrecen, Gdańsk, Iași, Katowice, Kaunas, Lublin, Poznań, Riga, Skopje, Sofia, Tuzla, Varna, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław


The former airport building
Check-in area at Eindhoven Airport
Busiest Routes from Eindhoven Airport (2017)
Rank Airport Passengers 2017
1  Spain, Malaga Airport 273.467
2  Spain, Alicante Airport 263.327
3  UK, London Stansted Airport 263.017
4  Hungary, Budapest Airport 262.474
5  Portugal, Faro Airport 225.325
6  Portugal, Lisbon Airport 191.514
7  Spain, Barcelona El Prat Airport 176.380
8  Spain, Ibiza Airport 156.010
9  Bulgaria, Sofia Airport 146.115
10  Czech Republic, Prague Airport 142.027
Source: ec.europa.eu

Ground transport[edit]

Eindhoven Airport is located just off the A2 motorway which offers direct connections to the west and south of the country, including the cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht and Maastricht. The airport is also served by two of Eindhoven's electric bus routes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c EHEH – EINDHOVEN/Eindhoven. AIP from AIS the Netherlands, effective 13 September 2018
  2. ^ "Eindhoven Airport - Voordelig vliegen vanaf Eindhoven". eindhovenairport.nl. 
  3. ^ "Schiphol Transport and Traffic statistics". Schiphol Group. 13 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Leo de Bever & Loed de Bever" (in Dutch). Eindhoven in beeld. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Hercules ramp Eindhoven" (in Dutch). Zwaailichten disaster website. 15 July 1996. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "Construction terminal extension and hotel Eindhoven Airport has started" (in Dutch). kcap.eu. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  7. ^ "Winkels". eindhovenairport.nl. 
  8. ^ "Eindhoven Airport Facilities". Eindhoven Airport. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Schedule". tui.nl. 
  10. ^ "Destinations". www.transavia.com. 
  11. ^ Timetable of line 400 from Eindhoven Airport to Eindhoven Station NS – OVEindhoven.nl
  12. ^ Timetable of line 401 from Eindhoven Airport to Eindhoven Station NS – OVEindhoven.nl

External links[edit]

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