Weeze Airport

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Weeze Airport
Flughafen Weeze/Niederrhein
Airport Weeze Logo.svg
Weeze, Flughafen -- 2016 -- 2522-8.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Flughafen Niederrhein GmbH
Serves Kreis Kleve, Nijmegen
and Duisburg
Location Weeze
Focus city for Ryanair
Elevation AMSL 106 ft / 32 m
Coordinates 51°36′09″N 006°08′32″E / 51.60250°N 6.14222°E / 51.60250; 6.14222 (Weeze Airport)Coordinates: 51°36′09″N 006°08′32″E / 51.60250°N 6.14222°E / 51.60250; 6.14222 (Weeze Airport)
Website airport-weeze.de
Map
NRN is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
NRN
NRN
NRN is located in Germany
NRN
NRN
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,440 8,005 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 1,854,108
Source:German AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Weeze Airport (IATA: NRNICAO: 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[1] of the municipality of Weeze and 7 km (4.3 mi) northwest[1] 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.

History[edit]

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 brigade training facility on the airport grounds. 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.[2]

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.[citation needed]

In February 2014, Ryanair announced the cancellation of 18 routes from Weeze for the 2014 summer season stating a lack of aircraft.[3]

Naming controversy[edit]

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.[4] 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.

Facilities[edit]

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[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Weeze Airport:[5]

Airlines Destinations
Eurowings operated by Air Berlin Munich, Palma de Mallorca (begins 31 March 2018)[6]
FlyEgypt Seasonal charter: Hurghada[7]
Ryanair Agadir, Alicante, Bari, Bergamo, Bologna, Edinburgh, Faro, Fes, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, London-Stansted, Málaga, Malta, Marrakesh, Nador, Niš, Oradea,[8] Oujda, Palermo, Porto, Rabat,[8] Rome-Ciampino, Stockholm-Skavsta, Tallinn, Tangier,[8] Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki, Timișoara, Valencia, Växjö
Seasonal: Alghero, Ancona, Béziers, Burgas (begins 28 March 2018),[9] Cagliari, Chania, Comiso, Corfu, Eilat-Ovda,[10] Girona, Ibiza, Lamezia Terme, Palma de Mallorca, Pescara, Pisa, Santander, Zadar
Small Planet Airlines (Germany) Seasonal charter: Hurghada[7]
Tailwind Airlines Seasonal charter: Bodrum (begins 7 July 2018)[11]

Statistics[edit]

Check-in area at Weeze Airport
Passengers
2008 1,523,990
2009 Increase 2,402,083
2010 Increase 2,896,730
2011 Decrease 2,421,108
2012 Decrease 2,208,429
2013 Increase 2,487,843
2014 Decrease 1,807,543
2015 Increase 1,909,704
2016 Decrease 1,854,108[12]
Source: ADV[13]

Ground transportation[edit]

Coach[edit]

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.[14] Airexpressbus offered from June 2007 until spring 2017 a service between Weeze Airport and Amsterdam with stops at Eindhoven Airport, Den Bosch, and Utrecht.[15]

Train[edit]

Bus shuttles serve the railway stations of Weeze, Kevelaer and Goch on a frequent basis. Travellers for Düsseldorf Main Station will need to catch the bus to Weeze or Kevelaer railway stations.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "EAD Basic – Error Page". Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  2. ^ rp-online.de - "10 years ago: V Bird gives wings to the airport" (German) 15 November 2013
  3. ^ "Ryanair streicht Angebot in Weeze kräftig zusammen". airliners.de. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  4. ^ GmbH, FVW Medien. "Flughafen Weeze darf nicht Düsseldorf heißen". Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "airport-weeze.de - Timetable". Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Our flight schedule - Information - Eurowings". 
  7. ^ a b "Nieuwe routes vanaf Weeze naar Israël, Marokko en Roemenië" (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c Sander van Mersbergen. "Woedende topman Ryanair schrapt vluchten in Eindhoven" (in Dutch). ad.nl. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  9. ^ http://m3web.bg, M3 Web -. "Ryanair Announces Their New Destination From Burgas - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency". 
  10. ^ Staff. "Ryanair Startet Neue Strecke Von Düsseldorf Weeze Nach Eilat (Owda)" (in German). ryanair.com. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "Bodrum nieuwe bestemming voor Airport Weeze" (in Dutch). Luchtvaartnieuws.nl. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  12. ^ Klatt, Michael. "Goch/Weeze: Airport Weeze 2016 mit Rekordgewinn". RP ONLINE. 
  13. ^ "German Airport Statistics (German)". 
  14. ^ "Time Table - Nijmegen | Airport Weeze Shuttle Service". www.airport-weeze-shuttle.de. Retrieved 2017-10-11. 
  15. ^ redactie, Onze (2007-05-09). "AirExpressBus opent busverbinding van Amsterdam naar Airport Weeze". Luchtvaartnieuws (in Dutch). Retrieved 2017-10-11. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Flughafen Weeze at Wikimedia Commons