Kuopio Airport

Kuopio Airport (IATA: KUO, ICAO: EFKU) is an airport in Rissala, Siilinjärvi, Finland, about 14 kilometres (9 mi) north of Kuopio city centre. It is the fifth busiest airport in Finland, as measured by the number of passengers (ca. 235,411 (2017).[4]

Kuopio Airport

Kuopion lentoasema
Airport typePublic / Military
ServesKuopio, Finland
LocationRissala, Finland
Elevation AMSL323 ft / 98 m
Coordinates63°00′31″N 027°47′40″E
Location within Finland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 2,800 9,186 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Source: AIP Finland[3]


Kuopio Airport was completed in November 1939 and flight operations started in May 1940. It was used by the Luftwaffe during World War II (1942–43). During the Continuation War the runways were made from plywood. The first terminal building was opened in 1949 before a new one replaced it in 1971. In 2004, Kuopio Airport was chosen as the Airport of the Year in Finland.[5] As of 2006, Kuopio Airport was one of only five profitable airports in Finland,[6] thanks to shared use of the runways by the Karelian Air Command of the Finnish Air Force and civilian airlines. Kuopio had its first international scheduled route when AirBaltic operated direct flights to Riga in 2008–2011.

Lake terminal

A unique airport Lake terminal was completed in March 2008. The terminal is situated some 200 metres (660 ft) from the airport tower. It connects the airport to Lake Saimaa region.

Lake Saimaa offers a waterway connection to the cities of the Finnish Lakeland: Imatra, Joensuu, Kuopio, Lappeenranta, Mikkeli, Savonlinna and Varkaus. Vuoksi River flows from Saimaa to Lake Ladoga (Russia). Saimaa Canal connects Saimaa with the Gulf of Finland.

Airlines and destinations

Corendon Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Corendon Airlines Europe Seasonal charter: Chania
Finnair Helsinki
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Gran Canaria[7]
Nordic Regional Airlines Helsinki

Accidents and incidents

Finnish Air Force

Kuopio Airport is also home of the Finnish Air Force's Karelian Air Command and the Fighter Squadron 31 (HävLLv 31).


Annual passenger statistics for Kuopio Airport [9]
YearDomestic passengersInternational passengersTotal passengersChange
2005 274,95432,785307,739+6.5%
2006 289,23142,971332,202+7.9%
2007 270,43033,774304,204−8.4%
2008 252,61637,601290,247−4.6%
2009 220,01830,546250,564−13.7%
2010 207,06746,545253,612+1.2%
2011 244,47239,933284,405+12.1%
2014 221,72238,642260,364-0.3%
2015 202,04130,226232,267-10.8%
2016 200,56926,625227,194-2.2%
2017[10] 207,27628,135235,411+3.6%

Ground transportation

Means of transport at Kuopio Airport
Means of transport Operator Route Destinations Website Notes
BusKuopio Public Transport40Market Square (Finnish: Kauppatori)joukkoliikenne.kuopio.fiEvery hour on weekdays
TaxiSavon TaksidataAirport TaxiKuopiowww.savontaksidata.fiAccording to flight schedules

See also


  1. https://www.finavia.fi/sites/default/files/documents/Passengers%20by%20Airport-fi_0.pdf
  2. https://www.finavia.fi/sites/default/files/documents/Landings-fi_0.pdf
  3. "EFKU Kuopio" (PDF). AIP Suomi / Finland. Finavia. 30 June 2011. pp. EFKU AD 2.1, 1–14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 March 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  4. "Finavia's Air Traffic Statistics 2010" (PDF). Vantaa: Finavia. pp. 7, 9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 January 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  5. "Kuopio is Airport of the Year for 2004". Vantaa: Civil Aviation Administration. 8 December 2004. Archived from the original on 20 September 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  6. "Lentoasemista vain neljännes kannattavia". YLE Uutiset (in Finnish). Yleisradio Oy. 23 September 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2007.
  7. "Flights". tjareborg.fi.
  8. "Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-1-DK DO-10 Kuopio Airport (KUO)". Aviation Safety Network. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  9. "Traffic statistics – Passengers". Finavia. Archived from the original on 24 July 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  10. https://www.finavia.fi/sites/default/files/documents/Passengers%20by%20Airport-fi_0.pdf

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