|Operator||Flughafen Rostock Laage-Güstrow GmbH|
|Elevation AMSL||138 ft / 42 m|
Rostock–Laage Airport, often shortended 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 Luftwaffe 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 the 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 aids, the airport operator may face bankruptcy in the near future. In October 2014, Rainer Schwarz, the former general manager of the still not operational Berlin Brandenburg Airport, has been appointed for the same position at Rostock–Laage Airport.
In May 2015, Germania announced to establish a base at the airport from October 2015 by relocating one aircraft here. While Germania already serves Rostock, the base will lead to revised schedules for the current services as well as a new route to Fuerteventura.
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 aircraft stands with jet bridges as well as some walk-boarding stands. Rostock–Laage Airport can handle mid-sized aircraft such as the Airbus A320. It also features several stands for smaller general aviation planes.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Rostock Airport:
|Austrian Airlines||Seasonal charter: Linz|
|Germania||Antalya, Gran Canaria
Seasonal: Fuerteventura (begins 30 October 2015), Hurghada, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife–South
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
|Source: Rostock Airport|
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- Current weather for ETNL at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for RLG at Aviation Safety Network