Liepāja International Airport

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Liepāja International Airport
LiepajaInternationalAirport.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator AVIASABIEDRĪBA "LIEPĀJA"
Location Liepāja
Elevation AMSL 16 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 56°31′03″N 021°05′49″E / 56.51750°N 21.09694°E / 56.51750; 21.09694 (Liepāja International Airport)Coordinates: 56°31′03″N 021°05′49″E / 56.51750°N 21.09694°E / 56.51750; 21.09694 (Liepāja International Airport)
Website www.liepaja-airport.lv
Map
LPX is located in Latvia
LPX
LPX
Location of airport in Latvia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,002 6,568 Asphalt/Concrete
Source: Aerodrome chart[1]
Latvian AIP at EUROCONTROL[2]

Liepāja International Airport (IATA: LPXICAO: EVLA) is a regional airport in western Latvia which is certified for international air traffic. Unfortunately only in summer period. Along with Riga International Airport and Ventspils Airport, it is one of the three major airports in Latvia.

Overview[edit]

Liepāja International Airport is 2.7 NM (5.0 km; 3.1 mi) east[2] of Liepāja, 210 km (130 mi) from the capital of Latvia, Riga, and 60 km (37 mi) from the Lithuanian border. The territory of the airport covers 2.2 km2 (0.85 sq mi) and is integrated within the Liepāja Special Economic Zone.

There are currently no commercial flights operating to/from Liepāja Airport. On September 20, 2016 the airport was recertified for handling commercial flights after a gap of 8 years.[3] On December 5, 2016, airBaltic conducted a test flight from Riga to Liepāja using their Bombardier CS300 aircraft.[4] On December 6, 2016, it was announced that they would be conducting a further series of test flights in spring 2017.[5]

History[edit]

Early during the Cold War, the airfield was a Soviet Anti-Air Defense (PVO) base. Its aircraft shot down a U.S. Air Force PB4Y-2 Privateer BuNo 59645 on April 8, 1950.[6]

The airport was closed from 20 September 2014 for infrastructure reconstruction works; re-opening on 25 May 2016 but only for non-commercial traffic; fully operational status planned for September.[7]

Number of Passengers[nb 1] Number of Movements[nb 2] Freight (tonnes)
2004 1,512 298 25
2005 1,026 338
2006 1,572 310
2007 32,039 1,692
2008 44,705 2,695
2009 1,011 190
  1. ^ number of passengers including both domestic and international
  2. ^ number of movements represents total aircraft takeoffs and landings during that year

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
airBaltic Riga (begins 17 May 2017)[8]

Ground transport[edit]

Bus route #2 runs between Liepaja International Airport and the city centre.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aerodrome chart
  2. ^ a b http://www.ead.eurocontrol.int/publicuser/protect/pu/main.jsp Eurocontrol EAD Basic
  3. ^ курс, The Baltic Course - Балтийский. "Liepaja airport to be certified by September 20". The Baltic Course | Baltic States news & analytics. Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  4. ^ курс, The Baltic Course - Балтийский. "First airBaltic test flight to Liepaja planned for December". The Baltic Course | Baltic States news & analytics. Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  5. ^ ""airBaltic" testa lidojumus uz Liepāju plāno nākamgad". LA (in Latvian). Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  6. ^ Tart, Larry (2001). Attacks on American Surveillance Flights: The Price of Vigilance. Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-45070-1. 
  7. ^ "A-Z World Airports Online - Latvia airports - Liepaja International Airport (LPX/EVLA)". www.azworldairports.com. A-Z Group. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  8. ^ ""airBaltic maijā uzsāks lidojumus Rīga-Liepāja; biļetes - sākot no 15 eiro". nra.lv. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  9. ^ http://www.aslap.lv

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