Rovaniemi Airport

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Rovaniemi Airport
Rovaniemen lentoasema
Rovaniemi Airport March 6 2009 01.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Finavia
Serves Rovaniemi, Finland
Elevation AMSL 642 ft / 196 m
Coordinates 66°33′42″N 025°49′51″E / 66.56167°N 25.83083°E / 66.56167; 25.83083Coordinates: 66°33′42″N 025°49′51″E / 66.56167°N 25.83083°E / 66.56167; 25.83083
Website finavia.fi
Map
RVN is located in Finland
RVN
RVN
Location within Finland
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,002 9,849 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 579,470[1]
Passenger change 16–17 Increase 18.8%
Landings 2,270[2]
Source: AIP Finland[3]

Rovaniemi Airport (Finnish: Rovaniemen lentoasema) (IATA: RVN, ICAO: EFRO) is the third busiest airport in Finland[4], located in Rovaniemi, Finland, about 10 kilometres (6 mi) north of Rovaniemi city centre. The Arctic Circle crosses the runway closer to its northern end.

History[edit]

The airport was built in 1940 with two grass-surfaced runways. During the Continuation War it served as an airbase and supply center for German Luftwaffe.

Facilities[edit]

In 2017, the airport served about 580,000 passengers. The main season of charter traffic from Great Britain and many other European countries lasts from the end of November until the middle of January annually. Russians arrive in January because they celebrate Christmas later.

In addition to civil traffic the runway is also used by F-18 fighter interceptors of Lapin lennosto (Lapland Air Command). The Rovaniemen vartiolentue (Air unit of the Frontier guard of Lapland) is also located nearby.

General aviation operators and private pilot owners are served by the provision of a dedicated fully enclosed and heated hangar with a curved snow-shedding roof located near to the terminal complex.

Rovaniemi Airport is one of three airports in Finland that has jet bridges (the other two being Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and Oulu Airport). The airport is managed by Finavia. It is connected to the Rovaniemi city centre by an airport taxi and there are also multiple bus connections around Lapland, including to major winter sports centers.

General Aviation hangar interior

Rovaniemi Airport is the third-busiest airport in Finland after Helsinki and Oulu airports.[5] Santa Claus Village and Santa Park are situated within 2–3 kilometres (1.2–1.9 mi). The airport is located approximately 8–9 kilometres (5.0–5.6 mi) away from Rovaniemi City centre, meaning that it is not far away from many restaurants and hotels. The busiest time for the airport is in the Christmas season, when many people go on Santa Flights.[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Seasonal charter: Dublin[7]
Brussels Airlines Seasonal charter: Brussels
Edelweiss Air Seasonal charter: Zürich
Finnair Helsinki
Neos Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa[8]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Helsinki
Seasonal: London-Gatwick[9]
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bristol Airport, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, London-Gatwick, East Midlands, Newcastle, Glasgow
Transavia Seasonal charter: Amsterdam
TUI Airways Seasonal charter: Belfast International, Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dublin,[10] East Midlands, Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle

Statistics[edit]

Winter Solstice 2004 at Rovaniemi Airport, Arctic Circle
Piper PA-42 at Rovaniemi Airport in March 1988
Annual passenger statistics for Rovaniemi Airport[11] [12]
Year Domestic
passengers
% change International
passengers
% change Total
passengers
% change
2018 (YTD) 222,311 12.9 Increase 46,669 3.8 Increase 268,980 11.2 Increase
2017 455,589 14.5 Increase 123,881 37.6 Increase 579,470 18.8 Increase
2016 397,799 1.7 Decrease 90,058 22.3 Increase 487,857 2.0 Increase
2015 404,712 7.6 Increase 73,635 7.7 Increase 478,347 7.6 Increase
2014 376,183 3.4 Increase 68,378 7.3 Increase 444,561 4.0 Increase
2013 363,670 5.2 Increase 63,697 9.6 Increase 427,367 5.8 Increase
2012 345,763 4.8 Increase 58,129 13.0 Decrease 403,892 1.8 Increase
2011 329,990 33.9 Increase 66,835 5.7 Increase 396,825 28.1 Increase
2010 246,464 0.2 Increase 63,244 0.6 Decrease 309,708 0.0 Steady
2009 245,963 20.4 Decrease 63,642 30.6 Decrease 309,605 22.7 Decrease
2008 308,870 11.3 Decrease 91,697 9.8 Decrease 400 567 11.0 Decrease
2007 348,275 5.2 Increase 101,661 0.3 Increase 449,936 4.1 Increase
2006 330,910 12.1 Increase 101,372 13.5 Increase 432,282 12.4 Increase
2005 295,205 2.1 Increase 89,317 15.3 Decrease 384,522 2.5 Decrease

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Rovaniemi Airport at Wikimedia Commons