|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 have resumed in spring 2016.
In November 2015, travel agency We Travel announced that they will open up a new direct flight connection between Tampere and Zadar, Croatia. The new seasonal connection is scheduled to open in May 2016.
Airlines and destinations
operated by Nordic Regional Airlines
|Ryanair||Seasonal: Budapest, Bremen||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 €3 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. 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
A taxi service is also available in front of Terminal 1.
|Means of transport||Operator||Route||Destinations||Website|
|Bus||Tampere City 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 City Public Transport. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
- "Single Ticket". Tampere City Public Transport. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
- "Changes in 2016". Tampere City Public Transport. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
Media related to Tampere-Pirkkala Airport at Wikimedia Commons