|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 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. 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. 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 will resume in spring 2016.
In November 2015 a travel agency called We Travel announced that they will open up a new direct flight connection between Tampere and Zadar, Croatia. The new seasonal connection will open in May 2016.
Airlines and destinations
operated by Nordic Regional Airlines
|Ryanair||Budapest (resumes 2 April 2016), Bremen (resumes 4 April 2016)||2|
operated by Braathens Regional
|Year||Domestic passengers||International passengers||Total passengers||Change|
Freight and mail
|Year||Domestic freight||Domestic mail||International freight||International mail||Total freight and mail||Change|
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 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.
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.
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.
- "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