Rotterdam The Hague Airport

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Rotterdam The Hague Airport
Rotterdam the Hague Airport logo.svg


RTM is located in Netherlands
Location of airport in Netherlands
Airport type Public
Operator Schiphol Group
Serves Rotterdam and The Hague
Focus city for Transavia
Elevation AMSL -14 ft / -4 m
Coordinates 51°57′25″N 004°26′14″E / 51.95694°N 4.43722°E / 51.95694; 4.43722
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,200 7,218 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 1,687,574 Increase
Freight (tonnes) 100 Increase
Aircraft movements 49,525 Decrease
Sources: AIP,[1] Monthly statistics (PDF, Dutch)[2]

Rotterdam The Hague Airport (formerly Rotterdam Airport, Vliegveld Zestienhoven in Dutch), (IATA: RTMICAO: EHRD) located 3 NM (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) north northwest[1] of Rotterdam, is the Netherlands' third largest airport. It serves the city of Rotterdam as well as The Hague and surroundings. The airport handled over 1.5 million passengers in 2013 and features scheduled flights to European metropolitan and leisure destinations. It is also used extensively by general aviation and there are several flying clubs and schools located at the airport.


Early years[edit]

After World War II, the Dutch government decided that a second national airport was needed in addition to Schiphol. Rotterdam had had an airport before the war - Waalhaven airport - but it was heavily damaged in the bombing of Rotterdam, and later destroyed completely to prevent it from being used by the Germans. Reconstruction of the airport was not a realistic proposition, so a new location was found in the Zestienhoven polder, giving the airport its name.

Construction of the airport began in August 1955 and the airport was officially opened in October 1956. Several large international airlines, such as Swissair, Lufthansa and Air France, were soon operating from Rotterdam. However, in the 1970s plans were made to either close or move the airport to make room for houses and the uncertain future caused a stagnation in the airport's growth and many operators left.

Development since the 1990s[edit]

For almost thirty years the airport faced closure, but the economic growth of the 1990s caused an increase in passengers again and in 2001 it was decided that the airport's current location would be maintained for at least a century.

The route with the longest continual service, to London Heathrow and operated by KLM Cityhopper, was suspended in 2008. This marked the end of KLM's involvement with the airport. However, in December 2012, British Airways began a service to Rotterdam from Heathrow.[3] In October 2014 British Airways announced they would suspend the route again in March 2015.[4]

Check-in area at Rotterdam The Hague Airport

The name of the airport was changed from Zestienhoven to Rotterdam Airport and finally in 2010 to its current name Rotterdam The Hague Airport.

Most flights today are operated by regional turboprop aircraft such as the Fokker 50, Dash 8 and ATR aircraft and smaller mainline jets such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 series or the Embraer 190. There is also a fair amount of business aviation. State and military aircraft also use the airport frequently, this due to The Hague being the seat of the Dutch government and also housing various other international institutions such as the International Criminal Court. With the closure of nearby Ypenburg Airport in 1992 and Valkenburg Naval Air Base in 2006 Rotterdam The Hague airport is now the only remaining airport in the area for those types of flights.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Arkefly Seasonal: Antalya, Heraklion (begins 28 April 2016), Kos (begins 28 April 2016)[5]
BMI Regional Munich
British Airways
operated by BA CityFlyer
CityJet London-City
operated by VLM Airlines
Corendon Airlines
operated by Turkish Airlines
Seasonal: Kayseri, Konya
Flybe Birmingham (begins 6 September 2016), Manchester (begins 8 February 2016)
TACV Praia (begins 17 December 2015)[6]
Jetairfly Seasonal: Tangier
Transavia Alicante, Barcelona, Bergerac, Berlin-Tegel, Budapest, Faro, Madrid, Málaga, Nice, Prague, Rome-Fiumicino, Valencia, Vienna
Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum, Chambéry, Dalaman, Friedrichshafen, Geneva, Girona, Grenoble, Heraklion, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Montpellier, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Salzburg, Split, Toulon
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
VLM Airlines Hamburg
Vueling Barcelona


A Sabena de Havilland Heron at the airport in 1968
Boeing 727 from the Burkina Faso government departing Rotterdam The Hague
Year Passengers Aircraft movements
2000 696,612 Increase 113,324 Decrease
2001 747,827 Increase 92,874 Decrease
2002 612,021 Decrease 86,972 Decrease
2003 616,823 Increase 66,919 Decrease
2004 1,096,514 Increase 63,968 Decrease
2005 1,010,950 Decrease 65,156 Increase
2006 1,037,971 Increase 64,225 Decrease
2007 1,060,044 Increase 65,527 Increase
2008 986,789 Decrease 59,644 Decrease
2009 921,840 Decrease 55,900 Decrease
2010 922,569 Increase 52,637 Decrease
2011 1,075,202 Increase 53,899 Increase
2012 1,186,539 Increase 48,129 Decrease
2013 1,488,572 Increase 50,667 Increase
2014 1,687,574 Increase 49,525 Decrease

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport is served by bus line 33, which runs between Rotterdam central station, the airport, and further to Meijersplein station. At Meijersplein, you can transfer to metro line E, with frequent service to Den Haag Centraal, Rotterdam Centraal and Rotterdam city center.[7]

The airport also lies next to the busy A13/E19 motorway, which makes it easily accessible via car.

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

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