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World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport

Sat Dec 14, 2002 5:49 am

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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RE: World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport

Sat Dec 14, 2002 5:52 am

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

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RE: World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport

Sat Dec 14, 2002 6:21 am

HAM was built 1910, if memory servers

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RE: World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport

Sat Dec 14, 2002 6:48 am

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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RE: World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport

Sat Dec 14, 2002 9:55 pm

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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RE: World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport

Sat Dec 14, 2002 10:20 pm

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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RE: World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport

Sat Dec 14, 2002 11:42 pm

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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RE: World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport

Sat Dec 14, 2002 11:58 pm

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.
 
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RE: World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport

Sun Dec 15, 2002 1:07 am

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/
 
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RE: World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport

Sun Dec 15, 2002 2:20 am

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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RE: World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport

Sun Dec 15, 2002 3:00 am

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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RE: World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport

Sun Dec 15, 2002 10:17 am

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.

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RE: World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport

Sun Dec 15, 2002 10:23 am

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

http://www.avialantic.com/collpark.html
 
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RE: World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport

Sun Dec 15, 2002 2:11 pm

What about LE BOURGET?

It was the landing point of the first transatlantic flight ever!
 
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RE: World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport

Sun Dec 15, 2002 7:23 pm

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

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RE: World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport

Mon Dec 16, 2002 8:45 am

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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RE: World`s Oldest Still Operating Airport

Mon Dec 16, 2002 9:57 am

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