Vaasa Airport

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Vaasa Airport

Vaasan lentoasema
Vasa flygplats
Vaasan lentoasema.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorFinavia
LocationVaasa, Finland
Elevation AMSL6 m / 21 ft
Coordinates63°02′43″N 021°45′51″E / 63.04528°N 21.76417°E / 63.04528; 21.76417Coordinates: 63°02′43″N 021°45′51″E / 63.04528°N 21.76417°E / 63.04528; 21.76417
Websitefinavia.fi/airport_vaasa
Map
VAA is located in Finland
VAA
VAA
Location within Finland
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers315,900[1]
Landings2,893[2]
Source: AIP Finland[3]

Vaasa Airport (Finnish: Vaasan lentoasema, Swedish: Vasa flygplats) (IATA: VAA, ICAO: EFVA) is located in Vaasa, Finland, about 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) south-east of Vaasa city centre. It is the 6th biggest airport in Finland in terms of passengers. In 2018, 315,900 passengers traveled via the airport[4].

History[edit]

The airport was opened in 1938 when Aero began passenger traffic, which was later interrupted by the war[5]. In 1945 the airport building was completed and passenger routes were reopened.

The airport took it current shape in the 1950s, when the runway was extended to 1,800 metres and the airport building was expanded. In 1951 Vaasa Airport got its first international connection as Veljekset Karhumäki opened a route to Sundsvall in Sweden. In 1971 the runway was extended to 2,000 metres and Finnair began jet traffic with DC-9 aircraft.

In 1993 the third and most significant expansion at the airport was completed, with the airport getting separate facilities for domestic and international traffic and with a significant improvement of the airport's services. In 1998 Vaasa Airport took a step towards more international aviation, as the runway was extended to 2,500 metres in October. In 2014 the terminal's renovation was completed: a new baggage claim hall, security control rearrangement, another café and a new store.

In 2005,[6], 2008,[7] and once again in 2017[8] Vaasa Airport was chosen as the Airport of the Year in Finland.

Regular users of Vaasa airport are Finnair and Scandinavian Airlines. The airport is also served by several charters with destinations to Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Greece, Spain, Turkey and Thailand.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Chania
Finnair Helsinki
Scandinavian Airlines Stockholm-Arlanda
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal: Amsterdam, Gran Canaria
Interior of Vaasa Airport Terminal

Passenger statistics[edit]

Annual passenger statistics for Vaasa Airport [9]
Year Domestic passengers International passengers Total passengers Change
2000 227,523 98,851 326,374 +4.2% Increase
2001 216,409 95,651 312,060 −4.4% Decrease
2002 194,651 74,466 269,117 −13.8% Decrease
2003 169,088 79,836 248,924 −7.5% Decrease
2004 166,836 94,480 261,316 +5.0% Increase
2005 178,378 118,886 297,264 +13.8% Increase
2006 195,045 111,106 306,151 +3.0% Increase
2007 213,833 108,095 321,928 +5.3% Increase
2008 234,447 108,948 343,395 +6.7% Increase
2009 207,274 86,983 294,257 −14.3% Decrease
2010 194,102 94,040 288,142 −2.1% Decrease
2011 226,931 111,568 338,499 +18.0% Increase
2012 218,742 155,399 374,141 +10.5% Increase.
2013 185,562 133,753 319,315 -14.7% Decrease
2014 184,316 141,570 325,886 +2.1% Increase
2015 162,864 119,573 282,437 -13.3% Decrease
2016 173,541 114,979 288,520 +2.2% Increase
2017 162,333 137,785 300,118 +4.0% Increase
2018[10] 166,195 149,705 315,900 +5.3% Increase

Ground transportation[edit]

Means of transport at Vaasa Airport
Means of transport Operator Route Destinations Website Notes
Bus Bus Vaasa Local Traffic 4, 10 Market Square (Finnish: Kauppatori, Swedish: Salutorget) www.vaasanpaikallisliikenne.fi Every hour on weekdays
Taxi Taxi Taksi Vaasa-Vasa Taxi Vaasa www.taksivaasa.fi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.finavia.fi/sites/default/files/documents/Passengers%20by%20Airport%201998-2018.pdf
  2. ^ https://www.finavia.fi/sites/default/files/documents/Landings%20by%20Airport%201998-2018.pdf
  3. ^ "EFVA Vaasa" (PDF). AIP Suomi / Finland. Finavia. 5 May 2011. pp. EFVA AD 2.1, 1–14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 March 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  4. ^ https://www.finavia.fi/sites/default/files/documents/Passengers%20by%20Airport%201998-2018.pdf
  5. ^ https://www.finavia.fi/en/airports/vaasa/airport/about
  6. ^ "Vaasa is Airport of the Year". Vantaa: Finavia. 28 November 2005. Archived from the original on 20 September 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Vaasa is Airport of the Year 2008". Vantaa: Finavia. 11 November 2008. Archived from the original on 20 September 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
  8. ^ "Vaasa is Airport of the Year". Vantaa: Finavia. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Statistics/Finavia". Finavia. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  10. ^ https://www.finavia.fi/sites/default/files/documents/Passengers%20by%20Airport%201998-2018.pdf

External links[edit]

Media related to Vaasa Airport at Wikimedia Commons