Rotterdam The Hague Airport

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Rotterdam The Hague Airport
Rotterdam the Hague Airport logo.svg
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorSchiphol Group
ServesRotterdam and The Hague, Netherlands
LocationRotterdam, South Holland
Focus city forTransavia
Elevation AMSL−14 ft / −4 m
Coordinates51°57′25″N 04°26′25″E / 51.95694°N 4.44028°E / 51.95694; 4.44028Coordinates: 51°57′25″N 04°26′25″E / 51.95694°N 4.44028°E / 51.95694; 4.44028
RTM/EHRD is located in Rotterdam
Location of airport in Rotterdam , South Holland , Netherlands
RTM/EHRD is located in South Holland
RTM/EHRD (South Holland)
RTM/EHRD is located in Netherlands
RTM/EHRD (Netherlands)
RTM/EHRD is located in Europe
RTM/EHRD (Europe)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,200 7,218 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers2,133,976 Increase
Freight (tonnes)1 Decrease
Aircraft movements52,439 Decrease
Sources: AIP,[1] 2019 Annual Facts & Statistics Report (PDF, Dutch)[2]

Rotterdam The Hague Airport (formerly Rotterdam Airport, Vliegveld Zestienhoven in Dutch), (IATA: RTM, ICAO: EHRD) is a minor international airport serving Rotterdam, the Netherlands' second largest city and The Hague, its administrative and royal capital. It is located 3 NM (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) north northwest[1] of Rotterdam in South Holland and is the third busiest airport in the Netherlands.

The airport handled over 2.1 million passengers in 2019 and features scheduled flights to European metropolitan and leisure destinations. It is also used extensively by general aviation and there are several flying clubs, a skydiving club and a flight training school 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 German bombing of Rotterdam, and was later completely destroyed 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.[3]

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, Air France, Channel Airways, and British Air Ferries (Channel Air Bridge) were soon operating to Rotterdam. However, in the 1970s plans were made to either close or move the airport to make space for housing. Its uncertain future halted the airport's growth and led to many operators leaving.[3]

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.[4] In October 2014 British Airways announced they would suspend the route again in March 2015.[5] British Airways now flies to Rotterdam from London City Airport.[6]

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 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.[7] 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.

The airport experienced significant growth in the 2010s, doubling passenger numbers from 1,000,858 in 2010 to 2,133,976 in 2019.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Rotterdam/The Hague:[8]

Blue Islands Seasonal charter: Jersey
British Airways London–City
Corendon Airlines Kayseri
Seasonal: Antalya, Izmir
Corendon Airlines Europe Seasonal: Heraklion
Pegasus Airlines Kayseri
Transavia Alicante, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Faro, Fez, Gran Canaria, Lisbon, Málaga, Tenerife–South, Valencia
Seasonal: Al Hoceima, Almería, Bergerac, Bilbao, Brindisi, Chambéry, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Geneva, Girona, Grenoble, Heraklion, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Kos, Lanzarote, Montpellier, Nador, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Perugia, Pula, Rome–Fiumicino, Salzburg, Split, Tangier, Toulon, Zadar
Seasonal charter: Rovaniemi, Skellefteå
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Agadir,[9] Marrakech
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Antalya, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Kos, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife–South, Zakynthos


A Sabena de Havilland Heron at the airport in 1968
Check-in area

Passenger numbers[edit]

See source Wikidata query and sources.

Year Passengers Aircraft movements
2017 1,774,976[10] Increase 49,962 Decrease
2018 1,943,733[11] Increase 53,322 Increase
2019 2,133,976[12] Increase 52,439 Decrease

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest Routes from Rotterdam Airport (2016)
Rank Airport Passengers 2016
1 London City Airport 219,222
2 Barcelona–El Prat Airport 154,152
3 Málaga Airport 126,034
4 Faro Airport 121,494
5 Alicante Airport 110,239

Ground transportation[edit]

Meijersplein metro station


The airport is served by bus line 33, which runs between Rotterdam Centraal, the airport, and further to Meijersplein station. At Meijersplein, transfers are available to metro line E, with frequent service to Den Haag Centraal, Rotterdam Centraal and Rotterdam city center.[13]


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b EHRD – ROTTERDAM/Rotterdam. AIP from AIS the Netherlands, effective 25 March 2021
  2. ^ Annual Statistics 2010-2019 - Rotterdam The Hague Airport (PDF, Dutch)
  3. ^ a b "History - Rotterdam The Hague Airport". Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  4. ^ "BA gears up for new short-haul Heathrow services". Business Traveller. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  5. ^ "British Airways suspends London Heathrow – Rotterdam flights from 28 March 2015". London Air Travel. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Visit Holland | Flights | British Airways". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  7. ^ Ranter, Harro. "Rotterdam Airport profile - Aviation Safety Network". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  8. ^ - Find & book retrieved 14 November 2020
  9. ^ Liu, Jim. "TUIfly Maroc adds Agadir – Rotterdam service from mid-Dec 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Rotterdam The Hague Airport fact & figures 2017" (PDF). Rotterdam The Hague Airport.
  11. ^ "Rotterdam The Hague Airport fact & figures 2018" (PDF). Rotterdam The Hague Airport.
  12. ^ "Rotterdam The Hague Airport Annual facts & figures 2019" (PDF). Rotterdam The Hague Airport.
  13. ^ "Metro".

External links[edit]

Media related to Rotterdam The Hague Airport at Wikimedia Commons