Tampere–Pirkkala Airport

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Tampere–Pirkkala Airport
Tampere-Pirkkalan lentoasema
Tampere Pirkkala Airport Finland Terminal 1.jpg
IATA: TMPICAO: EFTP
Summary
Airport type Public/Military
Operator Finavia
Serves Tampere, Finland
Location Pirkkala
Elevation AMSL 119 m / 390 ft
Coordinates 61°24′55″N 023°35′16″E / 61.41528°N 23.58778°E / 61.41528; 23.58778Coordinates: 61°24′55″N 023°35′16″E / 61.41528°N 23.58778°E / 61.41528; 23.58778
Website finavia.fi
Map
TMP is located in Finland
TMP
TMP
Location within Finland
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,700 8,858 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 357,082
Landings 3,117
Source: AIP Finland[1]
Statistics from Finavia[2]
Terminal 1

Tampere–Pirkkala Airport (IATA: TMPICAO: EFTP) is located in Pirkkala, 7 NM (13 km; 8.1 mi) south-west[1] 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).[2]

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.

History[edit]

Terminal 2 from inside before 2014 renovations
The check-in area of Terminal 1

Tampere Airport was founded in 1936 in Härmälä neighbourhood, locating 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the centre of Tampere. At that time the 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 was paved in 1958. Between 1936 and 1979 Härmälä airport served 1.5 million passengers. In 1979, Härmälä airport was closed and the new Tampere–Pirkkala Airport was opened.

The current terminal 1 building was completed in 1996.[3] Ryanair started flights to Tampere–Pirkkala in April 2003. Its first destinations were Stockholm-Skavsta, London-Stansted, Frankfurt-Hahn and Riga. This made the airport one of Finland's fastest growing airports and increased its annual passenger numbers from 256,380 to 709,356 between 2000 and 2008. In 2011, Ryanair had 13 destinations from Tampere–Pirkkala. Also airBaltic flew to Tampere–Pirkkala from October 2008 to October 2013 and Wizz Air during summers 2010 and 2011.

The low-cost airline terminal 2 was renovated in 2014-2015.[4] However, in April 2015, Ryanair announced that it would cancel all the routes from Tampere for the winter season 2015/16 due to a plane shortage. Only routes to Bremen and Budapest have resumed in spring 2016.[5]

In November 2015, travel agency We Travel announced that they will open up a new direct flight connection between Tampere and Zadar, Croatia.[6] The new seasonal connection is scheduled to open in May 2016.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Finnair
operated by Nordic Regional Airlines
Helsinki 1
Ryanair Seasonal: Budapest, Bremen 2
Scandinavian Airlines
operated by Braathens Regional
Stockholm–Arlanda 1

Statistics[edit]

Passengers[edit]

Annual passenger statistics for Tampere–Pirkkala Airport [7]
Year Domestic passengers International passengers Total passengers Change
2005 114,669 482,433 597,102 +20.4% Increase
2006 119,432 512,578 632,010 +5.8% Increase
2007 113,713 573,998 687,711 +8.8% Increase
2008 107,954 601,402 709,356 +3.1% Increase
2009 85,351 542,733 628,084 −11.5% Decrease
2010 91,312 526,276 617,588 −1.7% Decrease
2011 96,625 561,005 657,630 +6.5% Increase
2012 85,738 485,001 570,739 -13.2% Decrease
2013 88,268 378,403 466,671 -18.2% Decrease
2014 93,313 319,296 412,609 -11.6% Decrease
2015 89,938 267,144 357,082 -13.5% Decrease

Freight and mail[edit]

Loaded/Unloaded freight and mail (tons) Tampere–Pirkkala Airport[8]
Year Domestic freight Domestic mail International freight International mail Total freight and mail Change
2005 111 0 0 0 111 −17% Decrease
2006 96 0 107 0 203 +83% Increase
2007 65 0 105 0 170 −16% Decrease
2008 59 0 240 0 299 +76% Increase
2009 14 0 845 2 861 +188% Increase
2010 106 0 562 1 669 −22% Decrease
2011 109 0 433 0 542 −19% Decrease
2012 1 0 399 0 401 −26% Decrease
2013 69 0 303 0 539 +34% Increase

Ground transportation[edit]

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.[9] The bus fare for a single ticket is €3[10] until 5 June 2016. One can change to any other bus going anywhere within Tampere and parts of neighbouring municipalities within 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.

Tampere City Public Transport will change to a new fare zone system on 6 June 2016.[11] A three zone ticket (zones A+B+C, €5) is needed to travel between the airport and the city centre in the new zone system. Bus route 1A and its transfer rules will not change.

There is also a faster Ryanair affiliated link connecting the terminal that Ryanair flies to with the railway station. The bus fare on this line is €6. This bus route is only operated when Ryanair is operating flights to Tampere-Pirkkala

There are long distance connections to Helsinki and other cities via the Tampere coach station (fi). The timetables can be found at the Matkahuolto web site.

A taxi service is also available in front of Terminal 1.

Means of transport at Tampere–Pirkkala Airport
Means of transport Operator Route Destinations Website
Bus Bus Tampere City Public Transport 1A Tampere railway station Tampere coach station (fi) joukkoliikenne.tampere.fi
Bus Bus Ryanair Partners Tampere railway station tokee.fi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "EFTP Tampere–Pirkkala" (PDF). AIP Suomi / Finland. Finavia. 30 June 2011. pp. EFTP AD 2.1, 1–12. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Finavia's Air Traffic Statistics 2010". Vantaa: Finavia. pp. 7, 9. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.finavia.fi/en/tampere-pirkkala/about/
  4. ^ http://www.finavia.fi/en/news-room/news/2015/renovation-works-at-tamperepirkkala-airport-to-be-completed-smooth-air-travel-through-terminal-2/
  5. ^ http://yle.fi/uutiset/ryanair_lentaa_ensi_kesana_tampereelta_vain_kahteen_kohteeseen/8363764
  6. ^ http://www.tamperelainen.fi/artikkeli/336487-vihdoinkin-nainkin-pain-uusi-lentoreitti-tampere-pirkkalaan
  7. ^ "Traffic statistics – Passengers". Finavia. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Statistics". Finavia. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Time Table for The Bus Stop at The Airport". Tampere City Public Transport. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Single Ticket". Tampere City Public Transport. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Changes in 2016". Tampere City Public Transport. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Tampere-Pirkkala Airport at Wikimedia Commons