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Kuopio Airport

Kuopio Airport (IATA: KUO, ICAO: EFKU) is an airport in Rissala, Finland, about 14 kilometres (9 mi) north of Kuopiocity centre. It is the fifth busiest airport in Finland, as measured by the number of passengers (ca. 235,411 (2017).

Kuopio Airport
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Airport type Public / Military
Operator Finavia
Serves Kuopio, Finland
Location Rissala, Finland
Elevation AMSL 323 ft / 98 m
Coordinates 63°00′31″N
KUO is located in Finland

Location within Finland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 2,800 9,186 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 235,411
Landings 2,023


Kuopio Airport was completed in November 1939 and flight operations started in May 1940. It was used by the Luftwaffeduring World War II (1942–43). During the Continuation War the runways were made from plywood. The first terminal building was opened in 1949 before a new one replaced it in 1971. In 2004, Kuopio Airport was chosen as the Airport of the Year in Finland. As of 2006, Kuopio Airport was one of only five profitable airports in Finland, thanks to shared use of the runways by the Karelian Air Command of the Finnish Air Force and civilian airlines. Kuopio had its first international scheduled route when AirBaltic operated direct flights to Riga in 2008–2011.

Lake terminal

Lake terminal

Lake terminal

Lake terminal interior

Lake terminal interior

Lake Saimaa highlighted

Lake Saimaa highlighted

A unique airport Lake terminal was completed in March 2008. The terminal is situated some 200 metres (660 ft) from the airport tower. It connects the airport to Lake Saimaa region.

Lake Saimaa offers a waterway connection to the cities of the Finnish Lakeland: Imatra, Joensuu, Kuopio, Lappeenranta, Mikkeli, Savonlinna and Varkaus. Vuoksi River flows from Saimaa to Lake Ladoga (Russia). Saimaa Canal connects Saimaa with the Gulf of Finland.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Finnair Helsinki
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal: Gran Canaria

Accidents and incidents

  • On 3 October 1978, Douglas C-47A DO-10 of the Finnish Air Force crashed into Lake Juurusvesi when attempting to return to Kuopio Airport. The aircraft was on a military flight to Helsinki Airport when an engine failed shortly after take-off and the decision was made to return to Kuopio.

Finnish Air Force

Kuopio Airport is also home of the Finnish Air Force’s Karelian Air Command and the Fighter Squadron 31 (HävLLv 31).


Annual passenger statistics for Kuopio Airport
Year Domestic passengers International passengers Total passengers Change
2005 274,954 32,785 307,739 +6.5%
2006 289,231 42,971 332,202 +7.9%
2007 270,430 33,774 304,204 −8.4%
2008 252,616 37,601 290,247 −4.6%
2009 220,018 30,546 250,564 −13.7%
2010 207,067 46,545 253,612 +1.2%
2011 244,472 39,933 284,405 +12.1%
2014 221,722 38,642 260,364 -0.3%
2015 202,041 30,226 232,267 -10.8%
2016 200,569 26,625 227,194 -2.2%
2017 207,276 28,135 235,411 +3.6%

Ground transportation

Means of transport at Kuopio Airport
Means of transport Operator Route Destinations Website Notes
Bus Kuopio Public Transport 40 Market Square (Finnish: Kauppatori) joukkoliikenne.kuopio.fi Every hour on weekdays
Taxi Savon Taksidata Airport Taxi Kuopio www.savontaksidata.fi According to flight schedules

The new Air Traffic Control tower

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