Rovaniemi Airport

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Rovaniemi Airport
Rovaniemen lentoasema
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Finavia
Serves Rovaniemi, Finland
Elevation AMSL 642 ft / 196 m
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RVN is located in Finland
Location within Finland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,002 9,849 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 478,347
Landings 2,270
Source: AIP Finland[1]
Statistics from Finavia[2]

Rovaniemi Airport (Finnish: Rovaniemen lentoasema) (IATA: RVNICAO: EFRO) is the fifth biggest airport in Finland by annual number of passengers (in 2012), 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.


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.


In 2010, the airport served over 309,000 passengers.[2] 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.

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 fifth largest airport in Finland. 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.[3]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Finnair Helsinki
Germania Seasonal: Berlin-Schönefeld (begins 15 January 2017)[4]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Helsinki
Sun D'Or
operated by El Al
Seasonal: Tel-Aviv-Ben Gurion
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Belfast-International
XL Airways France Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle


Winter Solstice 2004 at Rovaniemi Airport, Arctic Circle
Piper PA-42 at Rovaniemi Airport in March 1988
Annual passenger statistics for Rovaniemi Airport [5]
Year Domestic passengers International passengers Total passengers Change
2005 295,205 89,317 384,522 −2.5% Decrease
2006 330,910 101,377 432,287 +12.4% Increase
2007 348,275 101,810 450,085 +4.1% Increase
2008 308,870 91,607 400,477 −11.0% Decrease
2009 246,089 63,642 309,731 −22.7% Decrease
2010 246,464 63,357 309,831 +0.1% Increase
2011 329,990 66,835 396,825 +28.1% Increase
2015 404,712 73,635 478,347 +7.6% Increase

Ground transportation

Means of transport at Rovaniemi Airport
Means of transport Operator Route Destinations Website Notes
Bus Bus Rovaniemi Public Transport 8 Railway Station (Finnish: Rautatieasema) According to flight schedules
Taxi Taxi Airport Taxi Rovaniemi Airport Taxi Bus Station (Finnish: Linja-autoasema According to flight schedules

See also


  1. "EFRO Rovaniemi" (PDF). AIP Suomi / Finland. Finavia. 30 June 2011. pp. EFRO AD 2.1, 1–14. Retrieved 16 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Finavia's Air Traffic Statistics 2010" (PDF). Vantaa: Finavia. pp. 7, 9. Retrieved 16 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Santa Holiday Flights". Retrieved 16 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Streckennetz Germania" (in German). Germania. Retrieved 8 April 2016.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Traffic statistics – Passengers". Finavia. Retrieved 16 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

Media related to Rovaniemi Airport at Wikimedia Commons