Maastricht combines the best bits of a big airport: lots of air traffic control, instrument landing systems and a long runway with the worst bits of a provincial small airport: no taxis when you want them and unnecessary bureaucracy.
You clear customs and immigration at one door, pay the landing fee in an office in the tower and get your met and file flight plans in another (typically well-equipped) room. It takes about 30m to sort everything out so don’t expect a rapid departure. Similarly, since we arrived between scheduled flights there were no taxis. We called one from the information centre and it took twenty minutes to arrive.
We liked this sign: “Arround de corner”. Since everyone spoke better English than we did, I think this is their idea of a joke.
Tel. +31 (0)43 358 9999 .
Runway 04/22, 2,500m (8,202ft)
Open: 06:00 and 23:00 hrs
Instrument approaches: Available
Airport website: www.maa.nl
Taxi Banens: +31 (0)46 437 5252
AVIS Tel. +31 (0)43 325 2377
Budget Rent A Car Tel. +31 (0)43 364 0046
Europcar Autoverhuur Tel. +31 (0)43 361 2310
Hertz Tel. +31 (0)43 364 8585 or (0)43 325 1971
National Car Rental Tel. +31 (0)43 365 3070
I very much enjoy browsing through GolfHotelWhiskey every once in a while. I'm relatively new to flying powered aircraft (just got my PPL-A) and to golf, but it is always nice to explore a combination of the two, especially when there is good food to be found aswell. A nice tip I'd like to share with you is Texel Airport (EHTX) on the Wadden Isles in Holland. It's a (smooth) grass strip, so do not expect an ILS or other Nav aids. The golfcourse "The Texelse" is nearby the airport and in the South of Texel you'll find a very nice restaurant/hotel called "Bij Jef", they have a Michelin star and an exceptional sommeliere, so you'd best stay the night. The golfcourse and restaurant are reachable by bike that you can rent at the airport.