|Operator||Flughafen Niederrhein GmbH|
|Serves||Kreis Kleve, 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 mostly used by low-cost carriers, especially Ryanair. The airport is situated 3.7 km (2.3 mi) southwest of the municipality of Weeze 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.
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 big fire brigade training facility at the grounds of the airport. Its IATA code is NRN because of its official name Flughafen Niederrhein.
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 European 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 2008, with 1.52 million passengers, which represented a growth of 80% on the previous year, the airport was among Europe's fastest-growing.
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 (the actual 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 Airport features one passenger terminal building featuring restaurants and shops besides the check-in facilities. The apron, which lies 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 located to the west of the terminal building instead in front of it – bus-boarding is used for 6 stands. Only 3 stands are close to the terminal which could be boarded by foot.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Weeze Airport:
|Eurowings operated by Air Berlin||Munich (begins 14 June 2017)|
|FlyEgypt||Seasonal charter: Hurghada (begins 16 July 2017)|
|Ryanair||Agadir, Alicante, Bari, Bergamo, Bologna, Edinburgh, Faro, Fes, Fuerteventura, Girona, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, London-Luton, Málaga, Malta, Marrakesh, Nador, Niš, Oujda, Palermo, Porto, Rhodes, Rome-Ciampino, Stockholm-Skavsta, Tallinn, Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki, Timișoara, Valencia, Växjö
Seasonal: Alghero, Ancona, Béziers, Cagliari, Chania, Comiso, Corfu, Ibiza, Lamezia Terme, London-Stansted, Malta, Palma de Mallorca, Pescara, Pisa, Santander, Zadar
Direct buses serve Düsseldorf Main Station up to 7 times a day; the travel time is 1h 15min. There are also shuttle buses on reservation to Duisburg and Essen in Germany and to the Dutch cities of Nijmegen, Venlo and Arnhem. Airexpressbus offered until spring 2017 a service from Weeze Airport to Amsterdam with stops at Eindhoven Airport, Den Bosch, and Utrecht.
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