Groningen Airport Eelde (GRQ/EHGG)


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The Nothern Netherlands are characterized by the oil- and gas industry, shipping and shipping construction, agri culture, knowledge industry, leisure, sensor- & water technology. The of Groningen is home to the Groninger Museum – one of the nation’s most popular museums. De Wadden Sea and its Islands are Unesco World Heritage, attracting many tourists.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • The Top of Holland has the largest European natural gas field and therefor is the centre of oil & gas and other energy-related industries in the Netherlands. www.energyvalley.nl
  • The catchment area of Groningen Airport Eelde, the only international airport of the Top of Holland, houses 3,2 million inhabitants. The primary catchment (max 60 minutes drive) houses 1,5 million inhabitants and generates 2,3 million passengers. The total catchment generates 4,5 million passengers.
  • The region is home to a working population of 700,000 across more than 101,000 established businesses
  • TOP sectors: Oil, Gas & renewables, Shipping and ship construction, BioMeds, Agriculture, Knowledge Industry, Water Technology.
  • The Top of Holland houses large Universities, 65,000 students amongst with 14,000 International and Exchange students
  • 32 Billion Euro’s is currently being invested in the Energy Sector (construction of Power plants, Offshore windmill parks, Gas Exploration and –Transport)
  • 20% of the Intercontinental traffic is on Business Class, 7% on Premium Economy (company database 2013, travel data of 150 companies and growing)
  • The nearest competing airports (AMS & BRE) are 180 km away making GRQ’s primary catchment area very autonomous

Key indicators

  • Confirmed investments and jobs:
    • €20 billion investment until 2020 in offshore windmill plants, mostly built and served from northern Netherlands harbours
    • €2 billion investment by Shell in largest gas field in the world
    • €1 billion investment by NUON in new electricity plant Eemshaven 2011, 4,000 foreign construction workers needed
    • €1.5 billion investment by Gasunie into gas transport network 2010-2014
    • €1.2 billion investment by Eemsmond Energy into the world’s most efficient gas turbine.
  • Centre of oil & gas and other energy-related branches in the Netherlands. See www.energyvalley.nl
  • Strong developing region in the field of Biomedics, Petro-chemistry and shipbuilding
  • Public is ‘Schiphol-tired’; congestion, traffic jams, early departures, crowded airport:
    • Driving time to Schiphol: 2 – 2.5 hours
    • Parking time: 30 – 45 minutes at very high costs
    • Check-in time: average 2 hours
    • Total time loss using Schiphol: at least 4.5 hours each way
    • Earliest possible arriving time at Schiphol by train from GRQ region: 08:11 hrs.

Groningen Airport offers a comprehensive support package to airlines launching new routes, including tailor-made route launch activities, full on-airport and online exposure and reduced airport charges.

Marketing and other support

  • PR support: Inaugural flights and activities for press, passengers and VIPs, and other tailor-made activities.
  • Market information: Statistics and market analysis on request.
  • Airport Marketing: Full exposure on airport monitors, in the terminal, on the website etc.
  • Start-up support: Reduced airport charges for all routes to new destinations
  • Marketing support: to fund campaigns (preferably joint promotions)
  • Sales support: GSA function of the airport with regard to visiting corporates
  • Unique dynamic company traffic database; 150 companies shared their travel data with us. Number is growing.

The City of Groningen has a population of 180,000, plus a further 40,000 students, while more than 4.6 million live within just a 90-minute drive of the airport.

Catchment Area

Population:

  • 30-minute drive-time catchment population: 610,000
  • 60-minute drive-time catchment population: 2,125,000
  • 90-minute drive-time catchment population: 4,620,000
  • City of Groningen: 195.000 + 50.000 students

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Groningen Airport Eelde Shell Award

Groningen Airport Eelde receives the Shell Golden Goal award for the second year running.

Awards

Groningen Airport Eelde received a 2012 Golden Goal Zero Award from Shell Fuel.

Infrastructure & Operations

Groningen Airport offers direct road access to the centre of the City of Groningen, which is just 17 km away. “ In 2013 the runway of Groningen Airport Eelde was extended to 2,500 meters. With the completion of the runway extension, more destinations fall within the scope of Groningen Airport Eelde

  • Runways:
    • 05-23 (2,500 x 45m, ASPH)
    • 01-19 (1,500 x 45m, ASPH)
  • Slot Coordinated: No
  • Winner of the Zoover Award 2013 – Best Airport
  • Initiator of Green Sustainable Airports
  • Operating hours:
Schedule of Operating Hours (UTC)
Wintertime Summertime
Station Service(s) Wintertime period   Groningen / Eelde AD MON –FRI
05.30 - 22.00
SAT, SUN & HOL
06.30 – 20.30
MON-FRI
4.30 – 21.00
SAT, SUN & HOL
05.30 – 19.30
Customs/Immigration MON-FRI
05.30 – 22.00
SAT, SUN & HOL
06.30 – 20.30
MON-FRI
4.30 – 21.00
SAT, SUN & HOL
05.30 – 19.30
Health Authority PN* PN*
ATS-services MON-FRI
5.30 - 22.00
SAT, SUN & HOL
06.30 – 20.30
MON-FRI
04.30 – 21.00
SAT, SUN & HOL
05.30 – 19.30
APP/TAR MON-FRI EXC HOL
07.00 – 19.00
MON-FRI EXC HOL
06.00 – 18.00
MET briefing office MON –FRI
05.30 - 22.00
SAT, SUN & HOL
06.30 – 20.30
MON-FRI
4.30 – 21.00
SAT, SUN & HOL
05.30 – 19.30

Vital statistics

Passenger movements:

  • 2011:
    • Total: 149,000
    • Charter: 109,000
    • Scheduled: 4,500
  • 2012:
    • Total: 209,000
    • Charter: 119,000
    • Scheduled: 61,000

Aircraft movements:

  • 2011:
    • Total: 53,000
    • Charter: 1,100
    • Scheduled: 410
    • Aviation Schools: 21,600
  • 2012:
    • Total: 46,000
    • Charter: 1,100
    • Scheduled: 800
    • Aviation Schools: 18,300

Financials