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Rotterdam The Hague Airport

Rotterdam The Hague Airport (formerly Rotterdam Airport, Vliegveld Zestienhoven in Dutch), (IATA: RTM, ICAO: EHRD) located 3 NM (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) north northwest of Rotterdam, is the Netherlands’ third largest airport. It serves the city of Rotterdam as well as The Hague and surroundings. The airport handled over 1.6 million passengers in 2016 and features scheduled flights to European metropolitan and leisure destinations. It is also used extensively by general aviation and there are several flying clubs and schools located at the airport.

Rotterdam The Hague Airport
Rotterdam the Hague Airport logo
Rotterdam The Hague Airport
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Schiphol Group
Serves Rotterdam and The Hague
Focus city for Transavia
Elevation AMSL -14 ft / -4 m
Coordinates 51°57′25″N
RTM is located in Netherlands

Location of airport in Netherlands
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,200 7,218 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 1,774,976
Freight (tonnes) 15
Aircraft movements 49,962


Early years

After World War II, the Dutch government decided that a second national airport was needed in addition to Schiphol. Rotterdam had had an airport before the war — Waalhaven airport — but it was heavily damaged in the bombing of Rotterdam, and was later completely destroyed to prevent it from being used by the Germans. Reconstruction of the airport was not a realistic proposition, so a new location was found in the Zestienhoven polder, giving the airport its name.

Construction of the airport began in August 1955 and the airport was officially opened in October 1956. Several large international airlines, such as Swissair, Lufthansa, Air France, Channel Airways, and British Air Ferries (Channel Air Bridge) were soon operating to Rotterdam. However, in the 1970s plans were made to either close or move the airport to make space for housing. Its uncertain future halted the airport’s growth and led to many operators leaving.

Development since the 1990s

For almost thirty years the airport faced closure, but the economic growth of the 1990s caused an increase in passengers again and in 2001 it was decided that the airport’s current location would be maintained for at least a century.

The route with the longest continual service, to London Heathrow and operated by KLM Cityhopper, was suspended in 2008. This marked the end of KLM’s involvement with the airport. However, in December 2012, British Airways began a service to Rotterdam from Heathrow. In October 2014 British Airways announced they would suspend the route again in March 2015. British Airways now flies to Rotterdam from London City Airport.

The name of the airport was changed from Zestienhoven to Rotterdam Airport and finally in 2010 to its current name Rotterdam The Hague Airport.

Most flights today are operated by regional turboprop aircraft such as the Fokker 50, Dash 8 and ATR aircraft and smaller mainline jets such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 series or the Embraer 190, although TACV operates some flights with their Boeing 757 to the Cape Verde Islands, making this the largest aircraft that serves Rotterdam. There is also a fair amount of business aviation. State and military aircraft also use the airport frequently, this due to The Hague being the seat of the Dutch government and also housing various other international institutions such as the International Criminal Court. With the closure of nearby Ypenburg Airport in 1992 and Valkenburg Naval Air Base in 2006, Rotterdam The Hague airport is now the only remaining airport in the area for those types of flights.

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Rotterdam:

Airlines Destinations
Air Via Charter: Al Hoceima, Nador, Tetouan (all starts July 2018)
British Airways London–City
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Antalya, Marrakech
Corendon Dutch Airlines Seasonal: Heraklion
Flybe Seasonal charter: Guernsey, Jersey
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal charter: Kayseri, Konya
Transavia Al Hoceima, Alicante, Barcelona, Budapest, Faro, Gran Canaria, Lisbon, Málaga, Rome–Fiumicino, Tenerife–South, Venice, Vienna
Seasonal: Almería, Bergerac, Berlin-Schönefeld, Chambéry, Dubrovnik, Geneva, Girona, Grenoble, Heraklion, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt , Lamezia Terme, Lanzarote, Montpellier, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Pula, Salzburg, Skellefteå Split, Toulon, Valencia
TUI fly Belgium Nador, Oudja
Seasonal: Brač, Tangier
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Antalya, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife–South


Rotterdam The Hague Airport.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport.

A Sabena de Havilland Heron at the airport in 1968

Rotterdam The Hague Airport.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport.

Check-in area

Year Passengers Aircraft movements
2000 696,612 113,324
2001 747,827 92,874
2002 612,021 86,972
2003 616,823 66,919
2004 1,096,514 63,968
2005 1,010,950 65,156
2006 1,037,971 64,225
2007 1,060,044 65,527
2008 986,789 59,644
2009 921,840 55,900
2010 922,569 52,637
2011 1,075,202 53,899
2012 1,186,539 48,129
2013 1,488,572 50,667
2014 1,687,574 49,525
2015 1,692,406 50,834
2016 1,683,863 52,442
2017 1,774,976 49,962
Busiest Routes from Rotterdam Airport (2016)
Rank Airport Passengers 2016
1 UK, London City Airport 219.222
2 Spain, Barcelona–El Prat Airport 154.152
3 Spain, Malaga Airport 126.034
4 Portugal, Faro Airport 121.494
5 Spain, Alicante Airport 110.239

Ground transportation

Rotterdam The Hague Airport.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport.

Meijersplein Randstad Rail station


The airport is served by bus line 33, which runs between Rotterdam Centraal, the airport, and further to Meijersplein station. At Meijersplein, you can transfer to metro line E, with frequent service to Den Haag Centraal, Rotterdam Centraal and Rotterdam city center.


The airport is situated next to the busy A13/E19 motorway, which makes it easily accessible via car.

Rotterdam The Hague Airport.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport.

Rotterdam The Hague Airport.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport.

Rotterdam The Hague Airport.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport.

Rotterdam The Hague Airport.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport.


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General Info
Country Netherlands
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 51.956944
51° 57' 25.00" N
Longitude 4.437222
004° 26' 14.00" E
Elevation -15 feet
-5 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 000° W (01/06)
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

Opr H24
GND 122.175
Opr H24
Opr 0600-2000Z++ Mon-Fri
Use outside Rotterdam APP CON hrs.
Communications Remarks
GND Start-up

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
06/24 7218 x 148 feet
2200 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME RTM ROTTERDAM 041X 110.4 1.9 NM 239.2
NDB ROT ROTTERDAM - 350.5 5.6 NM 310.3

Oil O-117, 1100, Reciprocating Engine Oil (MIL L 6082)

O-149, Aircraft Turbine Engine Synthetic 7.5c St

O-156, MIL L 23699 (Synthetic Base)Turboprop/Turboshaft Engine
Other Fluids DE-ICE, Anti-icing/De-icing/Defrosting Fluid (MIL A 8243)

CAUTION Rpt windspeed for Rwy 24 at theTDZ is up to 17 percent too lo for 290 -010 , 12 percent too lo for 130 -170 .
FUEL Avbl 0530-2230Z++, 6 hr PN rqr OT. (NC-100LL, A1)
OIL 0-117-149-156
OPR HOURS Opr 0500-2030Z++ Mon-Fri; 0700-1600Z++ Sat; 1000-1900Z++ Sun, Christmas Day, NewYear's Day. PPR for all non-homebased gen avn, perms granted with confirmed handling fr Rotterdam Jet cntr at C+31(0)2984949, 2984948 freq 131.97, AVIA-Partner at C+31(10)2382704, FAX-2382707 freq 131.75. For further info ctc arpt auth C+31(0)4463456.
RSTD Arpt clsd 2130-0600Z++ exc for emerg, rescue, police, Coast Guard flt and diverting acft (Arpt may be filed as altn dur ngt hr). Arpt auth may grant perms for ldg and tkof of taxi/executive flt, by acft with max 19 seats and MTOW up to andincl 43 metric tons, gov flt and ambulance flt. Arpt auth may grant perms for ldg/tkoff of delayed sked acft til 2300Z++ and for positioning flt fr 0500Z++. Rwy 24 only avbl for tkoff. For assistance, ctc SCHIPHOL at C+31(0)204062314 or 4062316.

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