Part 2 of an
aerial pictorial from Airport Weeze, wich is
former RAF Laarbruch. Being built in 1954 as one of
the three ''clutch'' bases, the airflied is now one of the
largest airports in Nordrhein Westfalen.
Laarbruch, was one of RAFG's largest airbases. Here the air
is filled with the ghosts of past wars: there was action
here during the hundred Year War, Marlbourough fought here,
the Siegfried line ende here, and, towards the end of World
War II, heavy fighting took place around this area. From the
opening of the base on 15 oktober 1954 to the closure in
1999, RAF Laarbruch saw action of the most modern airplanes.
From Canberra and Javelins to Tornado's and Harriers.
After the RAF
left the base, the airfield was rebuilt into a civil
airport. Nowadays Airport Weeze is one of the most popular
airports for travellers. It's small, cheap and has a lot of
destinations. Since the opening on May 1st 2003 the airport
had many ups and downs. The noise-complaints issues
were the largest setback with some important airlines
cancelled their engagemant at the last minute. These
noise-complaint issues are now dealth with and the airport
has a bright future ahead.
moment in time in Weeze's history was February 2007 wenn
Europe's Largest low cost airline, Ryanair, announced
it's 19th european base at Airport Weeze. In the fall
of 2007 the airport saw a large reconstruction, were
taxiways were resurfaced and a brand new ILS CATIIIb system
nowadays is a homebase for up to 9 Ryanair aircraft as wel
as an Airbus A319 from Hamburg International and a Boeing
737-800 from XL-Airways (wich is used by Sunweb.)
Airport City Weeze is situated in the West of Germany,within
the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and quite near to the
Dutch border. The airport handles more then 2 million
passengers a year and has more than 7000 parking places.