Luftverkehr Friesland-Harle

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Luftverkehr Friesland-Harle
Luftverkehr Friesland-Harle (logo).png
IATA ICAO Callsign
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Founded 1983
Fleet size 8
Parent company FLN Frisia Luftverkehr
Headquarters Wangerland, Germany

Luftverkehr Friesland-Harle, commonly abbreviated LFH, was[1] a small airline based in Wangerland, Germany, that was established in 1983 and had 30 employees (at March 2007).[2] It operated scheduled and chartered passenger and cargo flights, linking Harle Airfield (de) to the East Frisian Islands.[2] In 2011, LFH was acquired by FLN Frisia Luftverkehr, which continues to use the brand.[3]


As of 2013, LFH operated scheduled services between its base at Harle and Wangerooge, on-demand flights to the other East Frisian Islands of Juist, Norderney, Baltrum, Langeoog and Spiekeroog, as well as to Heligoland.[3] Also, at times, the airline was contracted to operate flights in Estonia.


A Cessna 172 of Luftverkehr Friesland-Harle at Langeoog Airfield (2009).

As of August 2013, the LFH fleet consists of the following aircraft:[4]

LFH fleet
Aircraft In Service
Britten-Norman Islander 5
Cessna 172 3
Total 8

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 3 March 2007 at around 16:40 local time, an LFH Britten-Norman Islander (registered D-ILFB) overshot the runway at Ruhnu Airfield in Estonia during a poor-weather landing following a domestic flight from Pärnu. The aircraft was destroyed when it crashed into trees, but the pilot and the two passengers on board survived the accident.[5]
  • Another one of the company's Islanders, registered D-ILFC, was damaged in a landing incident at Wangerooge on 29 June 2009. The aircraft, with one pilot and five passengers on board, was on a short 5-minute flight from Harle when the pilot had to abort landing twice because he was blinded by the sun. At the second go-around attempt, the aircraft slammed hard into the runway, destroying the left landing gear and substantially damaging the left wing. The pilot managed to get airborne again and performed a successful emergency landing at nearby Jever Air Base. There were no injuries.[6]


  1. ^ "List of Air Carriers licensed by the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (current Operating Licences), Version: October 27, 2014" (PDF). Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 105. 
  3. ^ a b "Die Inselflieger". LFH and FLN. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Die Inselflieger". LFH: Flotte. Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  5. ^ 2007 LFH crash at Ruhnu at the Aviation Safety Network
  6. ^ LFH 2009 incident at the Aviation Safety Network

External links[edit]

Media related to Luftverkehr Friesland Harle at Wikimedia Commons