Tampere-Pirkkala Airport

Tampere-Pirkkala (EFTP) airport is located 7 nautical miles southwest of Tampere city area. Measured by the number of passengers, EFTP is the fifth busiest airport in Finland. Daily commercial flights takes place from Tampere to Helsinki by Finnair and from Tampere to Arlanda by Scandinavian Airlines. Other operators, as AirBaltic and Ryanair, can also be spotted at the airport.

The airport has 2 terminals. Terminal 2 is used as a terminal for low-cost carriers. Tampere is also a base for the Finnish Air Force, which aircraft are parked south of runway 06/24.

ATS Positions

Login Frequency Callsign Area of Responsibility
EFTP_GND 124.275 Pirkkalan Rullaus
Pirkkala Ground
Ground movement
EFTP_TWR 118.700  Pirkkalan Torni
Pirkkala Tower
Runway & EFTP CTR
EFTP_APP 126.200  Pirkkalan Tutka
Pirkkala Radar
EFTP_F_APP 120.250  Pirkkalan Tulo
Pirkkala Arrival
Arrival final sequencing

Tampere-Pirkkala airport is usually operated by one or two controllers. Either Tower is covering all sectors, or Tower and Radar are working separately. During peak hours with local VFR-, military- and commercial flights, the remaining sectors (Ground and Arrival) may be used.

Runway use

The airport has one runway (06/24). ILS (Instrument Landing System) is in use for runway 24. Normally arriving IFR aircraft will be cleared to follow STAR or direct IAF (end of T-bar) and cleared for RNP runway 06 or ILS-Z runway 24. The choice of runway and arrival/departure routes depends on wind direction and velocity, cloud base, visibility, runway condition, available approach types and traffic situation. The most optimal runway for departing and arriving traffic is runway 06. During night (2000-0500 UTC), the preferred runway for arrivals is 06 and preferred runway for departures is 24.


Tampere-Pirkkala airport has published IFR STAR routes for both runways. The ILS/RNP approach follows runway track 10-18 km from the runway and approach is performed with a 3 degree glide. IFR Departure routes (SID) are published to avoid noice impact on dense populated areas. 

Visual approaches are also common at EFTP. During a visual approach, the arriving aircraft can turn final even at 4-5 km before threshold.

Finnhems medical helicopter

A medical helicopter base is located at the General Aviation Parking Area north of runway 24 threshold. In case of status flight (medical/HOSP) it has a priority to other traffic! The call-sign of the medical helicopter is "Finnhems 30" (ICAO: FIH30). The medical helicopter will perform approach directly to its base. The helicopter will take about 3 minutes to be pushed out of the hangar. When the mission requires to cross the runway overhead or over the approach path, a runway crossing clearance must be given. The medical helicopter will transport patients to Tampereen Yliopistollinen keskussairaala (EFPT) helipad.

Finnhems 30 squawk code: 0003.

Finnhems 30, Cleared direct en-route, 4000ft or below, QNH 1013, wind 220 degrees 2 knots, cleared for takeoff. Report airborne. Cleared to cross runway.

Finnhems 30, selvä menetelmän mukaan, QNH 1013. Tuulet 220 astetta 2 solmua, selvä lentoonlähtöön. Ilmoita ilmassa. Selvä ylittää kiitotie.

Low visibility procedures

Tampere-Pirkkala airport is approved for Low Visibility Procedures. LVP for takeoff are in use when the Runway Visual Range (RVR) is less than 400 meters. 

Low Visibility Procedures for Take-off are not allowed below RVR 300 meters.

LVP procedures will be taken in force gradually as follows:

  • RVR is 800 - 550 M
  • RVR is less than 550 M

LVP procedures has to be in force when the RVR value falls below 550 M.

The use of LVP procedures shall be informed to the pilots by ATIS or ATC:


In case the airport is unable to comply with these procedures, the pilots shall be informed either by ATIS or ATC: "airport unable to comply with low visibility procedures".

IFR clearance

Before each controlled IFR flight, the aircraft shall request a pre departure clearance (clearance to fly from A to B). When Radar is online, the Tower controller will get the approval for clearance from Radar (APP). The clearance includes mainly the destination, runway in use, departure route and next segment of flight plan route, altitude or flight level and the squawk code. If departure time is restricted, a TSAT or CTOT shall be given with the IFR clearance.

Coordination is required with Helsinki Control if a longer direct (DCT) clearance instead of TMA-exit point is preferred. The initial cleared altitude will be the final reuqested flight level, if not restricted by Helsinki Control (ACC).

Finnair 2K, cleared to Helsinki, runway 24, ENETI 3E departure, T95, flight level 150, squawk 0244.

Finnair 2K, selvä Helsinkiin, kiitotie 24, ENETI 3E lähtöreitti, T95, lentopinta 150, koodaa 0244.

Ground movements & parking

Example of a pushback clearance:

Finnair 8CT, time 20, startup and powerback approved. QNH 997.

Finnair 8CT, aika 20, saat käynnistää ja voimatyöntää. QNH 997.

To delay startup and pusback due to CTOT or other reason:

  • Expect startup at (time);
  • Expect departure (time), startup at own discretion;
  • Expect (number) minutes delay due (reason).

Taxiing on the apron is always subject to instructions by Pirkkala Ground or Tower.

General aviation shall be instructed to use Apron 2 (GA Parking Area). Patria Pilot Training flights (FPL item 18: OPR/PATRIA) shall be instructed to use Apron 3. Commercial traffic shall use A or B stands on the main apron. Military traffic shall be instructed to taxi to the Military Apron (MIL APN 1, 2 and 3). Military helicopters can be cleared to make approach directly to own base.

OH-SHT, taxi to apron 3.

OH-SHT rullaa asematasolle 3.

To expedite traffic flow on the runway and minimize runway occupancy time, arrivals may be instructed to vacate using a specific taxiway. This might be useful especially during military operations.

T51, wind 250 degrees, 12 knots, variable between 200 degrees and 310 degrees. Minimum 7, maximum 17 knots. 100 percent high intensity lights on. Runway 24 cleared to land. Vacate via K.

T51, tuuli 250 astetta, 12 solmua, suunnanvaihtelua välillä 200 ja 310 astetta. Minimi 7, maximi 17 solmua. 100 prosenttia suurtehovaloja päällä. Kiitotie 24 selvä laskuun. Vapauta K:sta.

T51, cross runway 24 from H to D (report vacated).

T51, ylitä kiitotie 24, (Ilmoita kun vapautettu).

The table below can be used as a general guideline for assigning parking positions at the airport:

Stand Usage Example of airlines and types
A1-A5 Medium jets/turboprops Finnair (Norra), SAS, BTI
A4 Medium turboprop Usual stand for FIN ATR to Helsinki
B1-B5 Light/Medium turboprops/jets Scheduled air transport
APN 2 Private, non-scheduled General Aviation, Finnhems
APN 3 Private, non-scheduled Patria Pilot Training, Finnish Aviation Academy
MIL APN Military air traffic Finnish Air Force


EFTP airspace is divided in two controlled areas, the Control Zone (CTR) and the Terminal Control Area (TMA). Pirkkala Radar (APP) is responsible for traffic within the TMA and training flight operations in reserved areas within the TMA. The CTR is class D airspace with an upper limit of 2000 ft MSL. The TMA is class C airspace with an upper limit of FL95.

Inbound IFR traffic will enter the TMA via ARBEV, EVLIT, GEMKU, NEBAB, NISVI, UVEMO or XORMU. Traffic will be cleared to FL100 by Helsinki Control, and cleared for RNAV STAR serving the runway in use. With prior coordination, a DCT to IAF (end of ILS/RNP T-bar) may be agreed with ACC. This is a good way to expedite arrivals. Military traffic not able to follow the STAR, will usually be cleared direct PIR VOR and expect vectors or visual/VOR approach serving the runway in use.

Non-RNAV arrivals shall be vectored or cleared DCT TUBDO for ILS-Y runway 24. Non-RNAV arrivals to runway 06 shall be vectored or cleared DCT SOXOR for the VOR approach. The Non-RNAV initial approach routes (NON-RNAV INA) may also be used.

OH-DMP, Pirkkala Radar, radar contact. Continue descent to 2500ft, QNH 1011. Via UVEMO cleared VOR approach runway 06. Report final approach track.

OH-DMP, Pirkkalan Tutka, tutka yhteys. Jatka laskeutumista 2500 jalkaan, QNH 1011. UVEMO:n kautta selvä VOR lähestymiseen kiitotie 06. Ilmoita loppulähestymissuunnassa.

With the previous clearance, Non-RNAV traffic will follow the published Non-RNAV initial approach route (chart in AIP) from UVEMO to SOXOR in order to establish on the final approach track.


VFR inbounds and outbounds shall use the published Visual Reporting Points (VRP), due to noise abatement, presented in the VAC chart. The location of the VRPs has been choosen to avoid densly populated areas.

At Tampere-Pirkkala VFR traffic may fly the circuit in both directions (north and south of runway) without restrictions. In the north circuit the landing is performed on runway 06, and in the south circuit on runway 24.

Preferred Traffic Circuit south of runway 06/24.

Parachute jumping flights are not that common. These flights are mainly operated during summer evenings. The requested altitude depends on the aircraft size, functions, planned jump formation and the student experience. The climb shall normally be perfoemed south of the airport (EFTP TMA South sector).


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