|IATA: TMP – ICAO: EFTP|
|Elevation AMSL||119 m / 390 ft|
Tampere–Pirkkala Airport (IATA: TMP, ICAO: EFTP) is located in Pirkkala, 7 NM (13 km; 8.1 mi) south-west of Tampere city centre. The airport is the fourth busiest airport in Finland, as measured by the number of passengers (617,713 in 2010), and the second busiest airport in Finland, as measured by the number of international passengers (526,401 in 2010).
The airport is also home to the Satakunta Air Command base of the Finnish Air Force. F-18 Hornets were stationed at Tampere-Pirkkala airport until the middle of 2014 when the 21st flight of the Satakunta Air command was dissolved.
Tampere Airport was founded in 1936 in Härmälä (a district in Tampere) located some 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the centre of Tampere. At that time Härmälä airport was connected to Helsinki, Vaasa, Oulu and Kemi by Aero O/Y (now Finnair). The first terminal building was built in 1941.
Karhumäki Airways began to fly to Stockholm in the 1950s. The runway wasn't paved until 1958. Between 1936 and 1979 Härmälä airport served 1.5 million passengers. In 1979 Härmälä airport was closed and the new airport opened in Pirkkala. Ryanair started flights to Tampere–Pirkkala in April 2003.
Tampere–Pirkkala was one of Finland's fastest growing airports, having increased its annual passenger numbers from 256,380 in 2000 to 632,010 in 2006. Most of this growth can be attributed to Ryanair's low cost flights to and from a number of destinations in Central and Western Europe.
Terminal 2 was closed for expansion and renovation in May 2014 and all airlines flew to and from Terminal 1 until the work was completed. It was announced that Terminal 2 would reopen in April 2015 with new baggage carousel and customs and border guard areas.
On 13 April 2015 Ryanair announced that it would cancel all routes from Tampere for the winter season of 2015/2016 due to a plane shortage.
Airlines and destinations
operated by Nordic Regional Airlines
|Ryanair||Seasonal: Alicante, Bergamo, Bremen, Budapest, Hahn, London-Stansted, Malaga ||2|
operated by Braathens Regional
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Freight and mail
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The airport is connected to the city centres of Pirkkala (8 minutes) and Tampere (30 minutes) by bus route 1A, which runs once an hour. The bus fare for a single ticket is €2.60 and one can change to any other bus going anywhere within Tampere or Pirkkala for one hour from the purchase of the ticket. The buses on bus route 1A show the text "1A Pirkkala Lentoasema/Airport" on the front of the bus.
There is also a Ryanair affiliated link connecting the terminal that Ryanair flies to with the railway station. The bus fare on this line is €6.
A taxi service is also available in front of Terminal 1.
|Means of transport||Operator||Route||Destinations||Website|
|Bus||Tampere Public Transport||1A||Tampere railway station Tampere coach station||joukkoliikenne.tampere.fi|
|Bus||Ryanair Partners||Tampere railway station||tokee.fi|
- "EFTP Tampere–Pirkkala" (PDF). AIP Suomi / Finland. Finavia. 30 June 2011. pp. EFTP AD 2.1, 1–12. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
- "Finavia's Air Traffic Statistics 2010". Vantaa: Finavia. pp. 7, 9. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
- Ryanair cans Tampere winter routes
- "Time Table for The Bus Stop at The Airport". Tampere Public Transport. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
- "Single Tickets". Tampere Public Transport. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
Media related to Tampere-Pirkkala Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Finavia – Tampere–Pirkkala Airport (official site)
- AIP Finland – Tampere–Pirkkala Airport
- Current weather for EFTP at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for TMP at Aviation Safety Network