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Trondheim Airport, Værnes

Trondheim Airport Vaernes
Airport information
 Location of airport in Sør-Trøndelag
Airport typeJoint
ServesTrondheim, Norway
LocationVærnes, Stjørdal, Norway
Elevation17 m (56 ft)
Air movements55474
Cargo5,322 t

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Trondheim Airport, Værnes ( ) is an international airport located in Stjørdal, 10 NM east of Trondheim, Norway. Operated by the state-owned Avinor, it shares facilities with Værnes Air Station of the Royal Norwegian Air Force. In 2010, the airport had 3,521,734 (+2.8%) passengers and 55,747 air movements, making it the fourth-busiest in the country. The airport has two terminals; A dates from 1994 and is used for domestic traffic, while B is the renovated former main terminal from 1982, and is used for international traffic. The airport features a main east west 2759 m runway, a disused northwest southeast 1472 m runway, an integrated train station and an airport hotel.

The main airlines at the airport are Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Norwegian Air Shuttle and Widerøe, all who have Værnes as a focus city. The main route is the service to Oslo, operated by both SAS and Norwegian, which is the tenth-busiest route in Europe. Both airlines operate services also using Boeing 737 aircraft to Bergen, Bodø and Tromsø; SAS has some additional domestic services while Norwegian has a number of low-frequency international services. Widerøe operates regional Dash 8 aircraft to six airports in Helgeland, in addition to their hub in Sandefjord and SAS' hub in Copenhagen. Krohn Air provides services to Molde. Daily international services to Amsterdam is provided by KLM and to Östersund and Stockholm-Bromma by Nextjet; Icelandair commenced services to their hub at Reykjavík in June 2010. In addition, Lufthansa offers a weekly seasonal service to Frankfurt and Estonian Air will start a service to Tallinn in September. The airport also serves charter services, mainly to the Mediterranean.

Værnes was taken into use by the Royal Norwegian Army in 1887. The first flight was made in 1914, and aerodrome facilities were gradually installed. The first main installations, including three concrete runways, were built during World War II by Luftwaffe. After the war, the Air Force Pilot School moved to Værnes, although in 1954 most of the other air force activities for Central Norway were moved to Ørland Main Air Station. Civilian aviation started in 1951, when half a barracks was taken into use as a terminal, with the whole building being utilized from 1958. Jet aircraft started serving Værnes from 1963, and the second terminal opened in 1965. The third (the current international Terminal B) was opened in 1982, and the fourth, Terminal A, was opened in 1994, along with the train station. From 1956 to 2004, Braathens was one of the largest airlines at the airport.

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