Enschede Airport TwenteEdit profile
Enschede Airport Twente ( IATA: ENS, ICAO: EHTW) is located 2 NM (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) north from Enschede, a municipality in the Twente region and the Overijssel province of the Netherlands. It has one runway (06/24), though one of the current taxiways has been used as a runway (taxiway A, formerly runway 11/29). The airport is currently uncontrolled and closed for all aviation except for local users, pending re-operation and redevelopment of the airport.
Twente Airport was opened July 1931 by the mayor of Enschede, Edo Bergsma. KLM started a scheduled flight to Amsterdam in 1932, which was suspended in 1939. During World War II the German Luftwaffe took over the airport and made it a military airbase. In April 1945 allied troops reoccupied the airport and transferred ownership to the Dutch armed forces. A minor typo in the deed misspelled the airport name as Airbase Twenthe, with an added 'h'. After World War II the airport became a "joint use airport", with both civil and military use. For civil operations the airport has been renamed to Enschede Airport Twente, run by the privately held company Enschede Airport Twente BV. On 7 December 2007 military use of the airport ceased. As of 1 January 2008 the airport has been closed for civil aviation as well, pending governmental agreement on the future of the airport. On 16 June 2010 the province of Overijssel agreed on a spatial plan including an airport. On 1 December 2010 the ownership of the airport grounds has been transferred to the Twente region and the city of Enschede. A tender for airport operation and development will be started Q1 2011 at the earliest.
Airlines and destinations
Currently there are no scheduled flights from Enschede Airport. Historical destinations include charter flights to Las Palmas, Antalya, Palma de Mallorca, Faro and Heraklion.
The airport is also used for general aviation and for flight training. For safety purposes, pending re-operation and development of the airport, the number of users of the airport is restricted. Only the Dutch Academy of Commercial Pilots (NAV) and the Twente Flying Club are allowed commercial flights. In addition, the Twente Glider Club and the Twente Radio-controlled Model Aircraft Club are permitted to use the airport for their recreational flying activities.
Enschede Airport is accessible by car via the nearby A1 motorway, exit 33. The car park is adjacent to the terminal and free of charge. There are no public transport links to Enschede Airport.