Rovaniemi Airport

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Rovaniemi Airport
Rovaniemen lentoasema
Rovaniemi Airport March 6 2009 01.jpg
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
RVN is located in Finland
Location within Finland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,002 9,849 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 579,470[1]
Landings 2,270[2]
Source: AIP Finland[3]

Rovaniemi Airport (Finnish: Rovaniemen lentoasema) (IATA: RVNICAO: 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.


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.


In 2015, the airport served about 480,000 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]
Sun D'Or Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bristol Airport, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, London-Gatwick, East Midlands, Newcastle, Glasgow
TUI Airways Seasonal charter: Belfast International, Birmingham, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dublin,[10] East Midlands, Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle


Winter Solstice 2004 at Rovaniemi Airport, Arctic Circle
Piper PA-42 at Rovaniemi Airport in March 1988
Annual passenger statistics for Rovaniemi Airport [11]
Year Domestic passengers International passengers Total passengers Change
2005 295,205 89,317 384,522 −2.5% Decrease
2006 330,910 101,377 432,287 +12.4% Increase
2007 348,275 101,810 450,085 +4.1% Increase
2008 308,870 91,607 400,477 −11.0% Decrease
2009 246,089 63,642 309,731 −22.7% Decrease
2010 246,464 63,357 309,831 +0.1% Increase
2011 329,990 66,835 396,825 +28.1% Increase
2012 345,763 58,129 403,892 +1.8% Increase
2013 363,670 63,697 427,367 +5.8% Increase
2014 376,183 68,378 444,561 +4.0% Increase
2015 404,712 73,635 478,347 +7.6% Increase
2016 397,799 90,058 487,857 +2.0% Increase
2017[12] 455,589 123,881 579,470 +18.8% Increase

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External links[edit]

Media related to Rovaniemi Airport at Wikimedia Commons