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Rovaniemi Airport

Rovaniemen lentoasema
Summary
Airport typePublic / Military
OperatorFinavia
ServesRovaniemi, Finland
Elevation AMSL642 ft / 196 m
Coordinates66°33′42″N 025°49′51″E / 66.56167°N 25.83083°E / 66.56167; 25.83083Coordinates: 66°33′42″N 025°49′51″E / 66.56167°N 25.83083°E / 66.56167; 25.83083
Websitefinavia.fi
Map
RVN
RVN
Location within Finland
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,002 9,849 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Passengers268,122 [1]
Passenger change 19-20Decrease -59.4%
Landings1,552
Source: AIP Finland[2]

Rovaniemi Airport (Finnish: Rovaniemen lentoasema) (IATA: RVN, ICAO: EFRO) is the third busiest airport in Finland,[3] located in Rovaniemi, Finland, about 10 kilometres (6 mi) north of Rovaniemi city centre. The Arctic Circle crosses the runway closer to its northern end.

History

The airport was built in 1940 with two grass-surfaced runways. During the Continuation War it served as an airbase and supply center for German Luftwaffe.

Facilities

In 2017, the airport served about 580,000 passengers. The main season of charter traffic from Great Britain and many other European countries lasts from the end of November until the middle of January annually. Russians arrive in January because they celebrate Christmas later.

In addition to civil traffic the runway is also used by F-18 fighter interceptors of Lapin lennosto (Lapland Air Command). The Rovaniemen vartiolentue (Air unit of the Frontier guard of Lapland) is also located nearby.

General aviation operators and private pilot owners are served by the provision of a dedicated fully enclosed and heated hangar with a curved snow-shedding roof located near to the terminal complex.

Rovaniemi Airport is one of three airports in Finland that has jet bridges (the other two being Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and Oulu Airport). The airport is managed by Finavia. It is connected to the Rovaniemi city centre by an airport taxi and there are also multiple bus connections around Lapland, including to major winter sports centers.

Rovaniemi Airport is the third-busiest airport in Finland after Helsinki and Oulu airports.[3] Santa Claus Village and Santa Park are situated within 2–3 kilometres (1.2–1.9 mi). The airport is located approximately 8–9 kilometres (5.0–5.6 mi) away from Rovaniemi City centre, meaning that it is not far away from many restaurants and hotels. The busiest time for the airport is in the Christmas season, when many people go on Santa Flights.[4]

Airlines and destinations

Winter Solstice 2004 at Rovaniemi Airport, Arctic Circle
Winter Solstice 2004 at Rovaniemi Airport, Arctic Circle
AirlinesDestinations
Aer Lingus Seasonal charter: Cork,[5], Dublin,[5] Shannon[5]
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle
easyJet Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Milan–Malpensa
Edelweiss Air Seasonal charter: Zurich
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Katowice, Poznań
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf
Finnair Helsinki
Jet2.com Seasonal charter: Dublin, Manchester
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin
Norwegian Air Shuttle Helsinki
Transavia Seasonal charter: Amsterdam, Rotterdam/The Hague
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, London–Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Turkish Airlines Seasonal: Istanbul (resumes 16 January 2022)

Statistics

A Norwegian Air Shuttle 737-8JP aircraft at a snowy Rovaniemi Airport
A Norwegian Air Shuttle 737-8JP aircraft at a snowy Rovaniemi Airport


Annual passenger traffic at RVN airport. See source Wikidata query.
Annual passenger statistics for Rovaniemi Airport [6][7][8]
Year Domestic
passengers
%change International
passengers
% change Total passengers % change
1998 286,548 0 Steady 41,104 0 Steady 327,652 0 Steady
1999 294,110 2.6 Increase 52,316 27.3 Increase 346,426 5.7 Increase
2000 288,343 -2.0 Decrease 55,790 6.6 Increase 344,133 -0.7 Decrease
2001 280,407 -2.8 Decrease 71,637 28.4 Increase 352,044 2.3 Increase
2002 257,043 -8.3 Decrease 83,061 15.9 Increase 340,104 -3.4 Decrease
2003 277,859 8.1 Increase 87,039 4.8 Increase 364,898 7.3 Increase
2004 289,145 4.1 Increase 105,405 21.1 Increase 394,550 8.1 Increase
2005 295,205 2.1 Increase 89,317 -15.3 Decrease 384,522 -2.5 Decrease
2006 330,910 12.1 Increase 101,372 13.5 Increase 432,282 12.4 Increase
2007 348,275 5.2 Increase 101,661 0.3 Increase 449,936 4.1 Increase
2008 308,870 -11.3 Decrease 91,697 -9.8 Decrease 400,567 -11.0 Decrease
2009 245,963 -20.4 Decrease 63,642 -30.6 Decrease 309,605 -22.7 Decrease
2010 246,464 0.2 Increase 63,244 -0.6 Decrease 309,708 0.0 Steady
2011 329,990 33.9 Increase 66,835 5.7 Increase 396,825 28.1 Increase
2012 345,763 4.8 Increase 58,129 -13.0 Decrease 403,892 1.8 Increase
2013 363,670 5.2 Increase 63,697 9.6 Increase 427,367 5.8 Increase
2014 376,183 3.4 Increase 68,378 7.3 Increase 444,561 4.0 Increase
2015 404,712 7.6 Increase 73,635 7.7 Increase 478,347 7.6 Increase
2016 397,799 -1.7 Decrease 90,058 22.3 Increase 487,857 2.0 Increase
2017 455,589 14.5 Increase 123,881 37.6 Increase 579,470 18.8 Increase
2018 512,033 12.4 Increase 132,111 6.6 Increase 644,144 11.2 Increase
2019 540,467 5.6 Increase 120,657 -8.7 Decrease 661,124 2.6 Increase
2020 219,259 -59.4 Decrease 48,863 -59.5 Decrease 268,122 -59.4 Decrease

See also

References

  1. ^ "Traffic statistics - Finavia". www.finavia.fi.
  2. ^ "EFRO Rovaniemi" (PDF). AIP Suomi / Finland. Finavia. 30 June 2011. pp. EFRO AD 2.1, 1–14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 April 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b "PASSENGERS 2017" (PDF). Finavia.fi. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Santa Holiday Flights". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  5. ^ a b c "Summer Sun Package Holidays 2021". sunway.ie.
  6. ^ "Traffic statistics - Finavia". www.finavia.fi.
  7. ^ "Finavia statistics 1998-2017" (PDF). Finavia Corporation. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Passengers by airports" (PDF). Finavia Corporation. Retrieved 9 August 2018.

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