|Operator||Flughafen Rostock Laage-Güstrow GmbH|
|Elevation AMSL||42 m / 138 ft|
Rostock–Laage Airport, usually shortened to Rostock Airport (IATA: RLG, ICAO: ETNL), is the airport of Rostock, the largest city in the German state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and is named after Laage, a town in the Rostock district. It features flights to major cities throughout Germany as well as some leisure routes. In addition to civil activity, Jagdgeschwader 73 of the German Air Force is stationed on the military side of the airport.
Construction of the airport began in 1979 as a National People's Army facility. It became operational in 1984 with the Fighter Wing JBG 77 and the Navy Fighter Wing 28. It was deactivated by the Bundeswehr in 1990 and was reactivated in 1993 when Jagdgeschwader 73 was posted there. In the same year the Rostock-Laage-Güstrow GmbH begins civilian operations on a 60 hectare section of the airport.
The airport is expected to post losses of €2.8 million for 2013 while the passenger numbers decreased by 12 percent in the same year. As the government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is not willing to give additional financial aid, the airport operator may face bankruptcy in the near future. In October 2014, Rainer Schwarz, a former general manager of Berlin Brandenburg Airport (which has not yet become operational), was appointed to the same position at Rostock–Laage Airport.
In May 2015, Germania announced it would to establish a seasonal base at the airport from October 2015, locating an aircraft there. While Germania already serves Rostock, the base will lead to revised schedules for the current services as well as a new route to Fuerteventura. In June 2016, Germania announced to upgrade their seasonal base in Rostock to a year-round operation as well as adding new services to Vienna and Zürich by the end of May 2017.
The airport consists of one modern passenger terminal building containing a large check-in hall as well as some shops and restaurants. The building is equipped with two jet bridges and apron positions. Rostock–Laage Airport usually sees traffic by mid-sized aircraft such as the Airbus A320 but is equipped to handle wide-body aircraft up to the Boeing 747-400. It also has several stands for smaller general aviation planes.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Rostock Airport:
operated by Germanwings
|Germania||Antalya, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Burgas, Heraklion, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Varna, Vienna (begins 26 May 2017), Zürich (begins 19 May 2017)
|Neos||Seasonal: Milan-Malpensa (begins 26 May 2017)|
Additionally, the airport is frequently used for non-public cruiseship charter flights to and from Southern Europe to carry passengers travelling to and from the nearby port of Warnemünde. The nearest major international airports are Berlin Tegel Airport 190 kilometres (120 mi) to the south and Hamburg Airport 200 kilometres (120 mi) to the west.
|Source: Rostock Airport|
- dmm.travel - "Germania upgrades Rostock-Laage" (German) 14 June 2016
- aerotelegraph.com - Boeing 747: A little invasion at Rostock Airport (German) 27 January 2016
- rostock-airport.de - Rostock Airport flight schedule retrieved 24 July 2016
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