Eindhoven Airport (IATA: EIN, ICAO: EHEH) is a regional airport located 4 NM (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) west of Eindhoven, the Netherlands. In terms of the number of served passengers it is the second largest airport in the Netherlands, with 2.14 million passengers in 2010 (well behind Schiphol, which serves more than 46 million passengers). The airport is used for both civilian and military traffic. From World War II up until 1998, Eindhoven Airport was called Welschap.
During World War II, it was extensively bombed. When construction started of the new Meerhoven district in the vicinity of the airport, many bombs were found and had to be defused. On 15 July 1996, a Belgian Air Force C-130 Hercules crashed at the airport. The plane caught fire and in the intense heat, 34 people died
Passenger facilities available include: Exchange office, Lost property office, Luggage lockers, Baby changing area and a Health centre. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge throughout the airport. A business lounge is available too. Major car rental companies have their offices here: Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt. There are 1,500 parking spaces for long and short term parking.
Eindhoven Airport is located just off the A2 motorway which offers direct connections to the west and south of the country, including the cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht and Maastricht. The airport is also served by two of Eindhoven’s bus routes.
Line 401 is a Bus rapid transit line (see: Phileas) that connects the airport to Eindhoven’s city center and its main railway station. The service frequency ranges from twice an hour late in the evenings, and eight times an hour during the day.
The newly implemented (as of December 2008) line 145 runs from Best railway station to Eindhoven Airport and onward to Eindhoven railway station via the northern district of Woensel. This bus runs every half hour on weekdays and every hour in the evening and on Sundays.