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Stavanger Airport, Sola

Stavanger Airport, Sola (Norwegian: Stavanger lufthavn, Sola; IATA: SVG, ICAO: ENZV) is an international airport located in Rogaland county, Norway. The airport is located 6 NM (11 km; 6.9 mi) southwest of the centre of the city of Stavanger inside the neighboring municipality of Sola and it serves the Stavanger, Sola, Sandnes area as well as serves as a regional hub for southwest Norway. It is Norway's third-busiest airport, with both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter traffic for the offshore North Sea oil installations. In addition, the Royal Norwegian Air Force operates Westland Sea King search and rescue helicopters from Sola Air Station.

Stavanger Airport, Sola
Stavanger lufthavn, Sola
Summary
Airport typePublic / military
OwnerAvinor
ServesStavanger, Norway
LocationSola, Rogaland
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL9 m / 29 ft
Coordinates58°52′36″N005°38′16″E /58.87667°N 5.63778°E /58.87667; 5.63778Coordinates: 58°52′36″N005°38′16″E /58.87667°N 5.63778°E /58.87667; 5.63778
Websiteavinor.no
Map
SVG
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 2,556 8,386 Asphalt
11/29 2,449 8,035 Asphalt
Helipads
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1A
Statistics (2019)
Passengers4,309,723
Source: Norwegian AIP at Avinor
Statistics from Avinor
A.^ According to the AIP "Off-shore helicopters mainly use RWY 11/29. SAR helipad E of RWY 18/36"

The airport had 85,306 air movements and 4,501,368 passengers in 2015.[citation needed] Five airlines offered domestic flights to nine destinations while ten airlines offered international flights to 37 destinations. Two helicopter companies operate out of Sola. The busiest route is Sola–Oslo Gardermoen, which has about 28 daily flights. In the vicinity of the airport there is an aeronautical museum, Flyhistorisk Museum, Sola.

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Facilities

Stavanger Airport, Sola is Norway's oldest airport, opened by King Haakon VII 29 May 1937. The airport was the second to have a concrete runway in Europe. The airport was attacked and captured by German fallschirmjägers from 1st battalion of the 1st Regiment, 7th Flieger Division supported by Luftwaffe aircraft on 9 April 1940.[citation needed] The attack was over in an hour, and the airport remained in German hands for the duration of World War II. During the war, the German occupation forces and Luftwaffe expanded the airport considerably, as it was a vital strategic asset for the Germans.[citation needed] Former anti-aircraft positions are also still visible along the neighboring beach Solastranda.

Originally, the idea was to locate the Stavanger airport at Forus in Stavanger Municipality, but after the war the Royal Norwegian Air Force decided to use Sola temporarily until the new airport was built, and nothing ever became of Forus. Sola Air Station has since been of vital importance for the Norwegian armed forces, but gradually lost assignments, and in 1982 the last fighter squadron left the airport.[citation needed]

Stavanger Airport has two passenger terminals, one for airplanes and one for helicopters. When the present terminal was put into use 28 January 1987, it was the first airport in Norway to have jet bridges, nine in total.[citation needed] The old terminal was demolished and made way for taxiway H The airport has two crossing runways: the main runway, north–south (18/36) and the main runway for helicopters, which is oriented northwest–southeast (11/29).

Expansion of the airplane terminal took place in 2009. The new gates were built without jetbridges. The airport's two largest airlines, SAS and Norwegian, showed little interest in such amenity and desired quicker turnaround times. SAS though later said that they did want jetbridges for their larger jet aircraft, and only wanted gates without jetbridges for their smaller turboprop aircraft. The lack of jetbridges angered the societies representing the disabled and multiple sclerosis afflicted, and prompting several Rogaland politicians to put pressure on Avinor to reconsider the building. In April 2009, Avinor decided not to build jetbridges.

Offshore helicopter flights out of Stavanger commenced in 1966. Instead of operating out of Sola, the operator Helikopter Service decided to operate their services out of Stavanger Airport, Forus, a closed-down airport built during the Second World War. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s this became an increasingly problematic solution, not least due to increased development of the area. It eventually became inevitable to relocate the base to Sola. To allow for the transfer, the airport authority built a new, separate helicopter terminal at Sola, costing 56 million Norwegian kroner. It opened on 7 March 1989, at the same time as operations ceased out of Forus. At the same time Helikopter Service built an operations center at the airport, including a hangar and maintenance center. In total the relocation from Forus cost about 120 million kroner.

Civilian airlines

Sola Airport being opened, to the right a Deutsche Luft Hansa Junkers G.38

Det Norske Luftfartsselskap (DNL, later Scandinavian Airlines System or SAS) started flying to Sola after the war, as did Braathens SAFE in 1946 on its routes to Europe and the Far East with the Douglas DC-3 aircraft. In 1952, Braathens SAFE received concession to fly the routes Oslo–Stavanger, Oslo–Kristiansand–Stavanger and the coastal route Stavanger–BergenÅlesundTrondheimBodøTromsø. Widerøe established itself at Sola in the late 1980s after they bought Sandefjord Airport, Torp-based Norsk Air. For a time, SAS operated intercontinental nonstop flights between Stavanger and Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) located in Texas in the U.S., with this service being operated by PrivatAir with Boeing 737-700 jetliners configured with 44 business class seats.

When the oil exploration in the Norwegian part of the North Sea started in 1967, there was a sudden need for helicopter transport out to the oil platforms. The first helicopter service was Helikopter Service, later renamed CHC Helikopter Service, who started operations with 2 Sikorsky S-61Ns initially from a makeshift heliport at Stavanger Airport, Forus.[citation needed] The offshore helicopter operations were moved to the Sola in 1989. Braathens Helikopter, a sister company of Braathens SAFE, also operated helicopters from Sola in the period 1989–1994, but was then sold to Helikopter Service. Norsk Helikopter, later renamed Bristow Norway, started their offshore flying at Sola in 1993.[citation needed] Bristow Norway is now the biggest helicopter company in Sola, with the average of 28 departures each day Monday–Friday.[citation needed] CHC Helicopter Service has the average of 8 departures each day Monday–Friday.[citation needed]

Foreign airlines

British Airways predecessors had started operating at Sola after World War II, in 1980 they started regular flights with British Aircraft CorporationBAC One-Eleven jet aircraft to London Heathrow Airport. Later, the route was operated with Boeing 737-200/-300/-400s. For a period the Boeing 737-400 morning flight continued to Paris–Charles de Gaulle after London Heathrow as an extension of the flight. British Airways later started operating Boeing 757-200s with Boeing 737-200s flying new services twice daily to London–Gatwick. In 1994, British Airways employees at Sola were transferred to Braathens SAFE as part of new cooperation between the two airlines.[citation needed] However, in 1997, KLM bought 30% of Braathens (as the airline was renamed) and British Airways closed its Stavanger routes, because it lacked its own staff.[citation needed] Today British Airways operates 2 daily rotations utilising Airbus A319 jet aircraft from London Heathrow Airport in competition with SAS Scandinavian Airlines (Also 2 rotations) to London Heathrow Airport, Norwegian operates a daily rotation to London, Gatwick. Dan-Air flew the route London–Gatwick – Newcastle – Stavanger, until they were taken over by British Airways in 1992. Norwegian Air Shuttle has flown to Newcastle as well. Eastern Airways operating Embraer ERJ-145 and ERJ-135 regional jets and Widerøe using Bombardier Dash-8-402Q (Q400) propjets both fly to Newcastle, U.K.

The oil industry has also required scheduled routes between Stavanger and Scotland, primarily to British oil center in Aberdeen. In addition to SAS, Air Anglia (later AirUK, KLMuk) flew the route. Today, this route is flown by Scandinavian Airlines, Widerøe and Eastern Airways. In the 1970s, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines started flights to Stavanger from Amsterdam. They have used the Douglas DC-9-10, Boeing 737, Fokker 100, Fokker F27 and Fokker 50 aircraft, and this route was the first operated by KLM with Fokker 70s (their first Fokker 70 is named "City of Stavanger"). The route was operated by Braathens between 1997 and 2002. Today, this route is flown by the KLM five times daily by Boeing 737, Fokker 70 and Embraer ERJ-190 aircraft, the latter two aircraft operated by KLM Cityhopper.[citation needed]

Air France also operated to Stavanger, initially routing Paris–Charles de Gaulle - Stavanger - Gothenburg using Boeing 737s. The route later became a twice-daily direct Paris - Stavanger connection using Embraer ERJ-170 jet aircraft, until it was discontinued in October 2015.

The Norwegian authorities have denied, among others, Northwest Airlines (since merged into Delta Air Lines) the right to start flying intercontinental flights from the United States. Lufthansa started in 2003 to fly twice daily to its hub in Frankfurt in Germany with the Canadair RJ-700 aircraft, but ceased flying the route in October 2015.

In 2005, work to upgrade the terminal building started. A new domestic arrival hall was opened in the summer of 2005, followed by the refurbishing of the international arrival hall. A new international lounge finished in 2006 and a new baggage sorting system, and an extension of the check-in areas was completed in 2007. Avinor is working on the instrument landing system category II/LVTO approach system at the airport. This will allow planes to land with as little as 300 meters of horizontal visibility.[citation needed]

On 15 February 2010, Scandinavian Airlines announced that Widerøe would take over their regional routes connecting airports in Western Norway, including the route from Stavanger to Kristiansand. SAS will retire their five Fokker 50 aircraft by November 2010, and Widerøe will take over the operations and 75 employees, and serve the routes using Q300 and Q400 aircraft.

AirlinesDestinations
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
DAT Esbjerg
Flyr Oslo–Gardermoen
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
KLM Amsterdam
Loganair Edinburgh, Newcastle upon Tyne
Norwegian Air Shuttle Alicante, Barcelona, Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Kraków, London–Gatwick, Málaga, Manchester, Oslo
Seasonal: Antalya, Dubrovnik, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca, Split
PLAY Reykjavík–Keflavík (begins 26 May 2022)
Scandinavian Airlines Aberdeen, Ålesund, Alicante, Bergen, Copenhagen, London–Heathrow, Manchester, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda, Tromsø, Trondheim
Seasonal: Málaga, Milan–Malpensa, Nice, Split
Seasonal charter: Alghero, Chania, Dalaman, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Kos, Lanzarote, Preveza/Lefkada, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Tenerife–South
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya, Chania, Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Varna
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona
Widerøe Aberdeen, Bergen, Bodø, Harstad/Narvik, Kristiansand, Sandefjord
Wizz Air Gdańsk, Katowice, Kaunas, Kraków, Szczecin

See source Wikidata query and sources.


Main article: Sola Air Station

The armed forces have a number of functions located at the airport. The 330 Squadron operated Sea King search and rescue helicopters are the only squadron left at the airport, but still a number of military aircraft can be seen at the airport. NATO's AWACS aircraft, VIP transports, airlift command and fighter and attack aircraft are regular visitors. Technicians and equipment at the Sola AFB facilitate turnover and housing of fighters, predominately the RNoAF F-16A Fighting Falcons, as well as F-16s and other aircraft from NATO allies. Facilitating the Marines and Airforces training base, NATO FORSACS and NATO Joint Warfare Centre amongst others.

The Sola AFB is a NATO 24-hour readiness base for deployment of aircraft and military personnel in the event of a military escalated tension or conflict.

Sola has quite a number of technical facilities, and has the largest aviation technical environment in Norway, including the largest helicopter maintenance facilities in Northern Europe, Braathens had its technical main base at Sola, as does Norwegian Air Shuttle, CHC Helikopter Service, Heli-One Norway, Bristow Norway, Norsk Helikopterservice, Norcopter, Pratt & Whitney Norway Engine Centre and the air force's helicopter main technical base. The former Braathens hangars now house SAS Technical Services, Norwegian Technical Services (which has their technical main base for their Boeing 737 fleet here) and Norsk Helikopterservice is to move into the former Braathens paint-hangar.[citation needed] Heli-One (when part of Helikopter Service) had final assembly of most of the Bell 412 helicopters when introduced to the RNoAF. Both Bristow and Heli-One have their heavy duty maintenance facilities for their Sikorsky S-92A at the airport. Heli-One also specialises in the maintenance of the Turbomecca engines and the gearbox of the Super Puma. The airport also has the only Norwegian education school for aircraft mechanics, they are certified by Eurocopter qualifying them to make conversions of Eurocopter helicopters, they perform heavy duty maintenance tasks for many operators and air forces of foreign nations.

On 16 June 2006 the board of SAS decided to close the SAS owned Braathens Technical Services at Sola, which resulted in over 300 job losses.[citation needed]This was despite Beaathens Technical Services being the only profit making heavy maintenance center in the SAS Group and award winner in achievements, the SAS unions having the upper hand since SAS acquired Braathens. Braathens Technical Services undertook services for many customers including Boeing.[citation needed]

On 31 March 2012 the board of Pratt & Whitney also decided to close the Pratt & Whitney Norway Engine Center. The last engine left the shop on 20 June 2012. All 195 jobs were lost. Later Gulf Aero Services opened a new engine center in the same building complex under the company name Aero Gulf, delivering basically the same services as the former Pratt & Whitney Norway Engine Center. As per June 2017 maintaining and servicing CFM56-3/7b/5b jet engines under the company name Aero Norway AS Quality Engines for a growing number of both domestic and international airlines.

The airport has two asphalt paved runways: the main runway 18/36 measures 2,556 by 60 metres (8,386 ft × 197 ft) (Mark up, original 80 m wide, and runway 11/29 is 2,449 by 45 metres (8,035 ft × 148 ft) although initaily built 65 m wide,. The two airstrips cross each other, but since they have a different orientation, they could never operate as individual runways for planes, but 11/29 is most commonly used as the activate helicopter runway, whilst 18/36 for planes, although the helicopters utilise the CATII on runway 18/36. 11/29 is used when the situation demands for it to serve as the main runway, typically when heavy winds from The Atlantic Ocean occurs, and landing in heavy gusts of crosswind makes it demanding to operate to and from 18/36. Although the orientation isn` t ideal for operating planes from both runways, they are both most commonly active at the same time, 18/36 for planes and 11/29 for helicopters operating from it, having to keep well within the bounds of their intersection allowing for helicopters to operate from 29 to taxiway H, and departure from 11 from taxiway H, utilising both directions for helicopters, hotel and to the outer edge. Runway 18–36 has a CAT II landing system, enabling landing in very poor visibility. 11/29 only has ILS from one direction, 29, 11 is less frequently used, among other considerations to reduce noise emissions and flying over built areas, catering for population living in central parts of Sola municipality.

See 1961 Holtaheia Vickers Viking crash.

On 9 August 1961 Vickers VC.1 Viking 3B (registration: G-AHPM), operated by Cunard Eagle Airways (later British Eagle) crashed on into a mountain near Holta on approach to Stavanger Airport, Sola from London Heathrow airport with the deaths of all 39 on board: 3 crew, 34 schoolboys from The Archbishop Lanfranc School in Thornton Heath, London, plus two members of staff from the school. The Norwegian report on the incident concluded that the pilot was off-course for unknown reasons. The aircraft crashed into a hill approximately 500 m (1,600 ft) high, approximately 13 km (8.1 mi) north of the airport at about 16:23. The 50th anniversary was marked by a book published in summer 2011, The Lanfranc Boys by Rosalind Jones, sister of Quentin Green, one of the victims.

On 7 January 2020 a major fire broke out in the main parking garage, later found to have started from a vehicle with faulty wiring (2005 Opel Zafira) as the driver attempted to start the vehicle and it subsequently caught fire then quickly spread to nearby cars. The fire burned for nearly 7 hours, causing a partial collapse of the parking garage and destroying an estimated two to three hundred vehicles. An important factor that influenced the spread of the fire was a lack of a sprinkler system. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

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Stavanger Airport, Sola
Stavanger Airport Sola Language Watch Edit Stavanger Airport Sola Norwegian Stavanger lufthavn Sola IATA SVG ICAO ENZV is an international airport located in Rogaland county Norway The airport is located 6 NM 11 km 6 9 mi southwest of the centre of the city of Stavanger inside the neighboring municipality of Sola and it serves the Stavanger Sola Sandnes area as well as serves as a regional hub for southwest Norway 1 It is Norway s third busiest airport with both fixed wing aircraft and helicopter traffic for the offshore North Sea oil installations In addition the Royal Norwegian Air Force operates Westland Sea King search and rescue helicopters from Sola Air Station Stavanger Airport Sola Stavanger lufthavn SolaIATA SVGICAO ENZVSummaryAirport typePublic militaryOwnerAvinorServesStavanger NorwayLocationSola RogalandFocus city forBristow Norway CHC Helikopter Service Scandinavian AirlinesElevation AMSL9 m 29 ftCoordinates58 52 36 N 005 38 16 E 58 87667 N 5 63778 E 58 87667 5 63778 Coordinates 58 52 36 N 005 38 16 E 58 87667 N 5 63778 E 58 87667 5 63778Websiteavinor noMapSVGRunwaysDirection Length Surfacem ft18 36 2 556 8 386 Asphalt11 29 2 449 8 035 AsphaltHelipadsNumber Length Surfacem ftH1AStatistics 2019 Passengers4 309 723Source Norwegian AIP at Avinor 1 Statistics from Avinor 2 3 4 A According to the AIP Off shore helicopters mainly use RWY 11 29 SAR helipad E of RWY 18 36 The airport had 85 306 air movements and 4 501 368 passengers in 2015 citation needed Five airlines offered domestic flights to nine destinations while ten airlines offered international flights to 37 destinations Two helicopter companies operate out of Sola The busiest route is Sola Oslo Gardermoen which has about 28 daily flights In the vicinity of the airport there is an aeronautical museum Flyhistorisk Museum Sola Contents 1 History 1 1 Facilities 1 2 Civilian airlines 1 3 Foreign airlines 2 Airlines and destinations 3 Traffic and statistics 4 Sola Air Station 5 Technical facilities 6 Runways 7 Accidents 8 References 9 Bibliography 10 External linksHistory EditFacilities Edit Stavanger Airport Sola is Norway s oldest airport opened by King Haakon VII 29 May 1937 The airport was the second to have a concrete runway in Europe The airport was attacked and captured by German fallschirmjagers from 1st battalion of the 1st Regiment 7th Flieger Division supported by Luftwaffe aircraft on 9 April 1940 citation needed The attack was over in an hour and the airport remained in German hands for the duration of World War II During the war the German occupation forces and Luftwaffe expanded the airport considerably as it was a vital strategic asset for the Germans citation needed Former anti aircraft positions are also still visible along the neighboring beach Solastranda Originally the idea was to locate the Stavanger airport at Forus in Stavanger Municipality but after the war the Royal Norwegian Air Force decided to use Sola temporarily until the new airport was built and nothing ever became of Forus Sola Air Station has since been of vital importance for the Norwegian armed forces but gradually lost assignments and in 1982 the last fighter squadron left the airport citation needed Stavanger Airport has two passenger terminals one for airplanes and one for helicopters When the present terminal was put into use 28 January 1987 it was the first airport in Norway to have jet bridges nine in total citation needed The old terminal was demolished and made way for taxiway H The airport has two crossing runways the main runway north south 18 36 and the main runway for helicopters which is oriented northwest southeast 11 29 Expansion of the airplane terminal took place in 2009 The new gates were built without jetbridges The airport s two largest airlines SAS and Norwegian showed little interest in such amenity and desired quicker turnaround times 5 SAS though later said that they did want jetbridges for their larger jet aircraft and only wanted gates without jetbridges for their smaller turboprop aircraft 6 The lack of jetbridges angered the societies representing the disabled and multiple sclerosis afflicted and prompting several Rogaland politicians to put pressure on Avinor to reconsider the building 7 In April 2009 Avinor decided not to build jetbridges 8 Offshore helicopter flights out of Stavanger commenced in 1966 Instead of operating out of Sola the operator Helikopter Service decided to operate their services out of Stavanger Airport Forus a closed down airport built during the Second World War 9 Throughout the 1970s and 1980s this became an increasingly problematic solution not least due to increased development of the area It eventually became inevitable to relocate the base to Sola 10 To allow for the transfer the airport authority built a new separate helicopter terminal at Sola costing 56 million Norwegian kroner It opened on 7 March 1989 at the same time as operations ceased out of Forus At the same time Helikopter Service built an operations center at the airport including a hangar and maintenance center In total the relocation from Forus cost about 120 million kroner 11 Civilian airlines Edit Sola Airport being opened to the right a Deutsche Luft Hansa Junkers G 38 Det Norske Luftfartsselskap DNL later Scandinavian Airlines System or SAS started flying to Sola after the war as did Braathens SAFE in 1946 on its routes to Europe and the Far East with the Douglas DC 3 aircraft In 1952 Braathens SAFE received concession to fly the routes Oslo Stavanger Oslo Kristiansand Stavanger and the coastal route Stavanger Bergen Alesund Trondheim Bodo Tromso Wideroe established itself at Sola in the late 1980s after they bought Sandefjord Airport Torp based Norsk Air For a time SAS operated intercontinental nonstop flights between Stavanger and Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport IAH located in Texas in the U S with this service being operated by PrivatAir with Boeing 737 700 jetliners configured with 44 business class seats 12 When the oil exploration in the Norwegian part of the North Sea started in 1967 there was a sudden need for helicopter transport out to the oil platforms The first helicopter service was Helikopter Service later renamed CHC Helikopter Service who started operations with 2 Sikorsky S 61Ns initially from a makeshift heliport at Stavanger Airport Forus citation needed The offshore helicopter operations were moved to the Sola in 1989 Braathens Helikopter a sister company of Braathens SAFE also operated helicopters from Sola in the period 1989 1994 but was then sold to Helikopter Service Norsk Helikopter later renamed Bristow Norway started their offshore flying at Sola in 1993 citation needed Bristow Norway is now the biggest helicopter company in Sola with the average of 28 departures each day Monday Friday citation needed CHC Helicopter Service has the average of 8 departures each day Monday Friday citation needed Foreign airlines Edit British Airways predecessors had started operating at Sola after World War II in 1980 they started regular flights with British Aircraft CorporationBAC One Eleven jet aircraft to London Heathrow Airport Later the route was operated with Boeing 737 200 300 400s For a period the Boeing 737 400 morning flight continued to Paris Charles de Gaulle after London Heathrow as an extension of the flight British Airways later started operating Boeing 757 200s with Boeing 737 200s flying new services twice daily to London Gatwick In 1994 British Airways employees at Sola were transferred to Braathens SAFE as part of new cooperation between the two airlines citation needed However in 1997 KLM bought 30 of Braathens as the airline was renamed and British Airways closed its Stavanger routes because it lacked its own staff citation needed Today British Airways operates 2 daily rotations utilising Airbus A319 jet aircraft from London Heathrow Airport in competition with SAS Scandinavian Airlines Also 2 rotations to London Heathrow Airport Norwegian operates a daily rotation to London Gatwick Dan Air flew the route London Gatwick Newcastle Stavanger until they were taken over by British Airways in 1992 Norwegian Air Shuttle has flown to Newcastle as well Eastern Airways operating Embraer ERJ 145 and ERJ 135 regional jets and Wideroe using Bombardier Dash 8 402Q Q400 propjets both fly to Newcastle U K The oil industry has also required scheduled routes between Stavanger and Scotland primarily to British oil center in Aberdeen In addition to SAS Air Anglia later AirUK KLMuk flew the route Today this route is flown by Scandinavian Airlines Wideroe and Eastern Airways In the 1970s KLM Royal Dutch Airlines started flights to Stavanger from Amsterdam They have used the Douglas DC 9 10 Boeing 737 Fokker 100 Fokker F27 and Fokker 50 aircraft and this route was the first operated by KLM with Fokker 70s their first Fokker 70 is named City of Stavanger The route was operated by Braathens between 1997 and 2002 Today this route is flown by the KLM five times daily by Boeing 737 Fokker 70 and Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft the latter two aircraft operated by KLM Cityhopper citation needed Air France also operated to Stavanger initially routing Paris Charles de Gaulle Stavanger Gothenburg using Boeing 737s The route later became a twice daily direct Paris Stavanger connection using Embraer ERJ 170 jet aircraft until it was discontinued in October 2015 13 The Norwegian authorities have denied among others Northwest Airlines since merged into Delta Air Lines the right to start flying intercontinental flights from the United States Lufthansa started in 2003 to fly twice daily to its hub in Frankfurt in Germany with the Canadair RJ 700 aircraft but ceased flying the route in October 2015 In 2005 work to upgrade the terminal building started A new domestic arrival hall was opened in the summer of 2005 followed by the refurbishing of the international arrival hall A new international lounge finished in 2006 and a new baggage sorting system and an extension of the check in areas was completed in 2007 Avinor is working on the instrument landing system category II LVTO approach system at the airport This will allow planes to land with as little as 300 meters of horizontal visibility citation needed On 15 February 2010 Scandinavian Airlines announced that Wideroe would take over their regional routes connecting airports in Western Norway including the route from Stavanger to Kristiansand SAS will retire their five Fokker 50 aircraft by November 2010 and Wideroe will take over the operations and 75 employees and serve the routes using Q300 and Q400 aircraft 14 Airlines and destinations EditAirlinesDestinationsairBalticSeasonal Riga 15 DATEsbjergFlyrOslo Gardermoen 16 Freebird AirlinesSeasonal charter Antalya 17 KLMAmsterdamLoganairEdinburgh 18 Newcastle upon Tyne 19 Norwegian Air Shuttle 20 Alicante Barcelona Bergen Billund Copenhagen Krakow London Gatwick Malaga Manchester 21 Oslo Seasonal Antalya Dubrovnik Murcia Palma de Mallorca SplitPLAYReykjavik Keflavik begins 26 May 2022 22 Scandinavian Airlines 23 Aberdeen Alesund Alicante Bergen Copenhagen London Heathrow Manchester Oslo Stockholm Arlanda Tromso Trondheim Seasonal Malaga Milan Malpensa Nice Split Seasonal charter Alghero Chania 17 Dalaman 17 Gran Canaria Heraklion Kos 17 Lanzarote Preveza Lefkada Rhodes Samos 17 Santorini Skiathos Tenerife SouthSunclass AirlinesSeasonal charter Antalya Chania Gran Canaria Palma de Mallorca Rhodes Varna 24 VuelingSeasonal Barcelona 25 WideroeAberdeen Bergen Bodo 26 Harstad Narvik 26 Kristiansand SandefjordWizz AirGdansk Katowice Kaunas Krakow SzczecinTraffic and statistics EditSee source Wikidata query and sources Sola Air Station EditMain article Sola Air Station The armed forces have a number of functions located at the airport The 330 Squadron operated Sea King search and rescue helicopters are the only squadron left at the airport but still a number of military aircraft can be seen at the airport NATO s AWACS aircraft VIP transports airlift command and fighter and attack aircraft are regular visitors Technicians and equipment at the Sola AFB facilitate turnover and housing of fighters predominately the RNoAF F 16A Fighting Falcons as well as F 16s and other aircraft from NATO allies Facilitating the Marines and Airforces training base NATO FORSACS and NATO Joint Warfare Centre amongst others The Sola AFB is a NATO 24 hour readiness base for deployment of aircraft and military personnel in the event of a military escalated tension or conflict Technical facilities EditSola has quite a number of technical facilities and has the largest aviation technical environment in Norway including the largest helicopter maintenance facilities in Northern Europe Braathens had its technical main base at Sola as does Norwegian Air Shuttle CHC Helikopter Service Heli One Norway Bristow Norway Norsk Helikopterservice Norcopter Pratt amp Whitney Norway Engine Centre and the air force s helicopter main technical base The former Braathens hangars now house SAS Technical Services Norwegian Technical Services which has their technical main base for their Boeing 737 fleet here and Norsk Helikopterservice is to move into the former Braathens paint hangar citation needed Heli One when part of Helikopter Service had final assembly of most of the Bell 412 helicopters when introduced to the RNoAF Both Bristow and Heli One have their heavy duty maintenance facilities for their Sikorsky S 92A at the airport Heli One also specialises in the maintenance of the Turbomecca engines and the gearbox of the Super Puma The airport also has the only Norwegian education school for aircraft mechanics they are certified by Eurocopter qualifying them to make conversions of Eurocopter helicopters they perform heavy duty maintenance tasks for many operators and air forces of foreign nations On 16 June 2006 the board of SAS decided to close the SAS owned Braathens Technical Services at Sola which resulted in over 300 job losses citation needed This was despite Beaathens Technical Services being the only profit making heavy maintenance center in the SAS Group and award winner in achievements the SAS unions having the upper hand since SAS acquired Braathens Braathens Technical Services undertook services for many customers including Boeing citation needed On 31 March 2012 the board of Pratt amp Whitney also decided to close the Pratt amp Whitney Norway Engine Center 27 The last engine left the shop on 20 June 2012 All 195 jobs were lost Later Gulf Aero Services opened a new engine center in the same building complex under the company name Aero Gulf 28 delivering basically the same services as the former Pratt amp Whitney Norway Engine Center As per June 2017 maintaining and servicing CFM56 3 7b 5b jet engines under the company name Aero Norway AS Quality Engines for a growing number of both domestic and international airlines 29 Runways EditThe airport has two asphalt paved runways the main runway 18 36 measures 2 556 by 60 metres 8 386 ft 197 ft Mark up original 80 m wide and runway 11 29 is 2 449 by 45 metres 8 035 ft 148 ft although initaily built 65 m wide 1 The two airstrips cross each other but since they have a different orientation they could never operate as individual runways for planes but 11 29 is most commonly used as the activate helicopter runway whilst 18 36 for planes although the helicopters utilise the CATII on runway 18 36 11 29 is used when the situation demands for it to serve as the main runway typically when heavy winds from The Atlantic Ocean occurs and landing in heavy gusts of crosswind makes it demanding to operate to and from 18 36 Although the orientation isn t ideal for operating planes from both runways they are both most commonly active at the same time 18 36 for planes and 11 29 for helicopters operating from it having to keep well within the bounds of their intersection allowing for helicopters to operate from 29 to taxiway H and departure from 11 from taxiway H utilising both directions for helicopters hotel and to the outer edge Runway 18 36 has a CAT II landing system enabling landing in very poor visibility 11 29 only has ILS from one direction 29 11 is less frequently used among other considerations to reduce noise emissions and flying over built areas catering for population living in central parts of Sola municipality Accidents EditSee 1961 Holtaheia Vickers Viking crash On 9 August 1961 Vickers VC 1 Viking 3B registration G AHPM operated by Cunard Eagle Airways later British Eagle crashed on into a mountain near Holta on approach to Stavanger Airport Sola from London Heathrow airport with the deaths of all 39 on board 3 crew 34 schoolboys from The Archbishop Lanfranc School in Thornton Heath London plus two members of staff from the school The Norwegian report on the incident 30 31 concluded that the pilot was off course for unknown reasons The aircraft crashed into a hill approximately 500 m 1 600 ft high approximately 13 km 8 1 mi north of the airport at about 16 23 The 50th anniversary was marked by a book published in summer 2011 The Lanfranc Boys by Rosalind Jones sister of Quentin Green one of the victims On 7 January 2020 a major fire broke out in the main parking garage later found to have started from a vehicle with faulty wiring 2005 Opel Zafira as the driver attempted to start the vehicle and it subsequently caught fire then quickly spread to nearby cars The fire burned for nearly 7 hours causing a partial collapse of the parking garage and destroying an estimated two to three hundred vehicles An important factor that influenced the spread of the fire was a lack of a sprinkler system No injuries or fatalities were reported References Edit a b c ENZV Stavanger Sola PDF AIP Norge Norway Avinor 31 May 2012 AD 2 ENZV Archived from the original PDF on 11 June 2012 Retrieved 30 August 2012 Passenger statistics from Avinor xls Avinor Retrieved 9 April 2012 Aircraft Movement statistics from Avinor Avinor Archived from the original xls on 18 April 2016 Retrieved 11 June 2016 Cargo statistics from Avinor Avinor Archived from the original xls on 29 August 2012 Retrieved 9 April 2012 Helgesen Jan Petter December 19 2008 Ingen gangbruer til flyene in Norwegian Aftenbladet Archived from the original on October 1 2009 Retrieved 2009 09 20 Helgesen Jan Petter January 24 2009 Uakseptabelt for SAS in Norwegian Aftenbladet Archived from the original on February 5 2009 Retrieved 2009 09 20 Tollaksen Tor Gunnar February 1 2009 Fylket ber Navarsete legge press pa Avinor in Norwegian Aftenbladet Archived from the original on September 16 2009 Retrieved 2009 09 20 Helgesen Jan Petter April 6 2009 Rasende pa Avinor in Norwegian Aftenbladet Archived from the original on April 7 2009 Retrieved 2009 09 20 Olsen Hagen 35 Olsen Hagen 37 Olsen Hagen 39 airlineroute net SAS Cancels Stavanger Houston Route 15 September 2015 AIRFRANCE Ends 3 European Routes in W15 Airline Route Retrieved 21 May 2015 Wideroe vil overta for SAS pa Vestlandskysten Adressavisen in Norwegian Norwegian News Agency 15 February 2010 Retrieved 15 February 2010 Press Releases LETA https www hangar no flyr apner rute til stavanger a b c d e Only Flight tui no Loganair adds four routes from Edinburgh https www loganair co uk flybmi update 17th february Route map norwegian com Norwegian Releases Summer 2022 Schedule Connecting the UK and Ireland to Scandinavia with 142 weekly flights Flyselskapet PLAY med nye flyvninger til Stavanger Trondheim og Goteborg The airline PLAY with new flights to Stavanger Trondheim and Gothenburg Press release in Norwegian NTB Kommunikasjon 12 October 2021 Retrieved 12 October 2021 Trafic programme sas no Flight Ving no Vueling a por el mercado de Norwegian desde el Prat 18 February 2021 a b Liu Jim Wideroe schedules new routes June Aug 2020 Routesonline Retrieved 21 May 2020 195 ansatte mister jobben Pratt amp Whitney blir Aero Gulf http aeronorway no Flight International 4 October 1962 Stavanger Accident Report British Pathe NewsBibliography EditOlsen Hagen Bernt Charles 2014 Offshore Helicopters Helikopteraktiviteten pa norsk kontinentalsokkel Aviation Forlag ISBN 978 82 999547 0 9 External links Edit Media related to Stavanger Airport Sola at Wikimedia Commons Avinor entry for Stavanger Airport Sola Avinor entry for Stavanger lufthavn Sola in Norwegian more detail History of Sola Air Station at the Wayback Machine archived 12 October 2007 ENZV STAVANGER Sola AIP from Avinor effective 22 Apr 2021 Aeronautical chart and airport information for ENZV at SkyVector Accident history for SVG at Aviation Safety Network Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Stavanger Airport Sola amp oldid 1053379014, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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