Groningen Airport Eelde
Groningen Airport Eelde ( IATA: GRQ, ICAO: EHGG) is a civilian airport near Eelde, a town in the province of Drenthe in the Netherlands. It is located 4.8 NM (8.9 km; 5.5 mi) south of the city of Groningen. Though there are several scheduled services operating from the airport the majority of operations at the airport mostly comprise charter flights to holiday destinations in Greece, Portugal, Spain and Turkey. In 2008, the airport handled 190,034 passengers. The airport is also the homebase of the KLM Flight Academy, Dutch Flight Academy (DFA), Noord Nederlandse Aero Club (NNAC) and Stella Aviation.

The airport was officially opened on May 23, 1931 by mayor Jan Gerard Legro. Legro announced at the opening that it would grow into 'an airport for the entire North region'. During the opening there was an air show which was attended by 40,000 spectators. On August 15 1931 a scheduled flight between Eelde and Schiphol was launched, but it did not prove successful. In 1933 the airport's name was changed into 'NV Luchthaven Eelde'.

Groningen Airport Eelde has two asphalt paved runways. Runway 05/23 measures 1,800 × 45 m (5,906 × 148 ft) and it is planned to extend it to 2500 meters. Runway 01/19 is shorter, measuring 1,500 × 45 m (4,921 × 148 ft).

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations BMI Regional Aberdeen Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Antalya Groninger Luchtvaart Maatschappij London-Southend Sky Airlines Antalya Antalya, Corfu, Dalaman, Faro, Heraklion, Kos, Las Palmas, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife

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