|Operator||Flughafen Niederrhein GmbH|
|Serves||Kreis Kleve and Nijmegen|
|Focus city for||Ryanair|
|Elevation AMSL||106 ft / 32 m|
Weeze Airport (IATA: NRN, ICAO: EDLV), less commonly known as Niederrhein Airport, is a minor international airport in the Lower Rhine region of Germany. It is used by Ryanair. The airport is situated 3.7 km (2.3 mi) southwest of the municipality of Weeze (German pronunciation: [ˈveːt͡sə]) and 7 km (4.3 mi) northwest of Kevelaer, about 33 km (21 mi) southeast of the Dutch city of Nijmegen, and 48 km (30 mi) northwest of the German city of Duisburg. Once one of Germany's fastest growing airports, the airport handled 1,23 Mio. passengers in 2019 which marks a sharp downfall from earlier years due to main customer Ryanair cutting back its route network.
The airport uses the facilities of the former military airbase RAF Laarbruch, it began operations as a civil airport in 2003. There is also a large fire department training facility on the airport grounds. Its IATA code is NRN because of its official name Flughafen Niederrhein. The airport has had several different names in its history as a civil airport. The operators originally wanted to name it after the city of Düsseldorf, but the significant distance of 83 km (52 mi) to that city, which already had two closer international airports (Düsseldorf Airport as well as Cologne Bonn Airport), resulted in the name being blocked by a court ruling that it was likely to mislead passengers. However, Ryanair still refers to it as "Düsseldorf-Weeze". The airport is actually closer to the Dutch cities of Venlo, Nijmegen and Arnhem, the German city of Duisburg, and the immediate Weeze area than Düsseldorf.
Weeze was served by the short-lived Dutch low-cost carrier V Bird, which opened a base here and operated flights to Berlin, Munich and several international destinations, from its inception in 2003 until its bankruptcy in 2004. During this time, passenger numbers doubled from 200,000 to 400,000 within a year. In February 2014, Ryanair announced the cancellation of 18 routes from Weeze for the 2014 summer season citing a lack of aircraft.
Weeze Airport has one passenger terminal building with restaurants, shops, and check-in facilities. The apron, which is to the west of the terminal building, features nine aircraft stands for mid-sized aircraft such as the Boeing 737-800. As there are no jet bridges due to the location of the apron – it is to the west of the terminal building instead in front of it – bus-boarding is used for six stands. Only three stands are close to the terminal and can be boarded by foot.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Weeze Airport:
|Corendon Airlines||Seasonal: Antalya (begins 13 June 2020)|
|Corendon Airlines Europe||Seasonal: Heraklion (begins 1 July 2020), Hurghada (begins 1 July 2020), Rhodes (begins 26 June 2020)|
|Ryanair|| Alicante, Bari, Fez, Kiev–Boryspil, Lviv, Málaga, Marrakesh, Nador, Palermo, Porto, Rabat, Tallinn, Thessaloniki, Valencia |
Seasonal: Agadir, Ancona, Béziers, Cagliari, Chania, Edinburgh, Girona, Ibiza, Oujda, Palma de Mallorca, Pescara, Pisa, Rome–Ciampino, Zadar
Direct buses serve Düsseldorf Main Station up to 7 times a day; the travel time is 1h 15min. Airexpressbus offered from June 2007 until spring 2017 a service between Weeze Airport and Amsterdam with stops at Eindhoven Airport, 's-Hertogenbosch, and Utrecht.
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Media related to Flughafen Weeze at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Current weather for EDLV at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for NRN at Aviation Safety Network