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World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport  
User currently offlineKuba74 From Poland, joined Mar 2000, 432 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2582 times:

I was surprised when I learned that my hometown airport Poznan Lawica (POZ, EPPO) is the oldest continuously operating airport in Poland. At first it was a German military airfield and it was established back in 1913. The first Polish passenger aircraft left the airport in 1921.
Does anyone know what is the world`s oldest still operating airport and when it was established?

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User currently offlineLjungdahl From Sweden, joined Apr 2002, 908 posts, RR: 36
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2573 times:

What about Stockholm - Bromma airport, established 1936 and is still having scheduled (domestic) flights.

Johan (Ljungdahl)

User currently offlineSailorOrion From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 2058 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2533 times:

HAM was built 1910, if memory servers


User currently offlinePW100 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 2587 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2511 times:

AMS Schiphol airport received its first revenue flight on 17 May 1920, inaugrating a joint AT&T - KLM service London-Amsterdam.
However, regular services were suspended during WWII between May 1940 and July 1945. Schiphol did see quite some heavy traffic during the war days, although many being air battles and bomardments.

BTW, in 1573 a naval battle [!!] was fought on this very site! Off course the land was not reclaimed yet and was a vast lake.


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User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6965 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2395 times:

I just found out today that Rose Bay in Sydney has been receiving float plane service since 1930... I wonder if that qualifies as a historic air port.


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29832 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2373 times:

What about Stuttgart Airport.

Count Von Zeppelin himself crashed one of his gasbags (LZ-5???) there before the start of World War One.

Been to the rock that is the marker there.

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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2346 times:

Schiphol was a military field before becoming a civilian airport. Not quite sure about the opening date, but it was several years earlier.
During WW2 it was used as a German base for nightfighters.

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User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2336 times:

DTW was built in the 1920s, but didn't get much passenger service until the late 1950s because before that YIP was Detroit's main passenger airport. I am not sure when YIP was built, but it was there during WWII because that was where a lot of the B-24 bombers were built.

User currently offlineTreg From Estonia, joined Oct 2001, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

Tallinn Airport (TLL/EETN) in Estonia got its first movements in 1928. At this time it was serving only float planes, starting from the nearby Lake Ülemiste. In 1932 the construction work of a paved runway and hangars started and the new airport was inaugurated Sept. 20, 1936. The first operators were Aero (Finland), Ago (Estonia), Deruluft (German-Russian) and LOT (Poland), serving Berlin, Helsinki, Köningsberg (Kaliningrad), Leningrad (St. Peterburg), Riga, Stockholm and Warsaw. http://www.tallinn-airport.ee/

User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2270 times:

College Park Airfield in Maryland is also one of the oldest airports in the US- it is a GA airport, but I think it dates back to before the First World War.

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User currently offlineStratofish From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2253 times:

The oldest airport in Germany is HAM. Scheduled civil air travel flights started in 1911. Today it´s Germany´s 4th bigest airport (competing with TXL).


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User currently offlineErj-145mech From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 306 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2168 times:

CV-990A is correct, College Park has got to be the oldest civillian airport. The criteria didn't say for commercial traffic only. Wilbur Wright used to give rides there in the Wright Model B, trying to get the military involved in aviation.

The oldest military field is Ft Meyers, VA, next to the Arlington Cemetary. Wilbur gave rides to military officers at the parade grounds there, near the headquarters building.


User currently offlineBrianhames From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 795 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2164 times:

College Park Airport in Maryland IS THE oldest operating airport in the world, established in 1909.


User currently offlineAF-A319 From France, joined Oct 1999, 603 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

What about LE BOURGET?

It was the landing point of the first transatlantic flight ever!

User currently offlineKuba74 From Poland, joined Mar 2000, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2069 times:

That means my hometown airport is only 4 years younger than College Park Airport.  Wow!

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User currently offlineAcvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (12 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1982 times:

MPB and NSB both began commercial air service in 1919. Both have had the same airline in continuous operations between the two.


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User currently onlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4780 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (12 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1957 times:

I know Newark would be close in the US if not the oldest.

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