|Operator||ALPAR Flug- und Flugplatz- gesellschaft AG|
|Elevation AMSL||1,673 ft / 510 m|
Bern Airport (IATA: BRN, ICAO: LSZB / LSMB), formerly Regionalflugplatz Bern-Belp in German, is an airport serving Bern, the de facto capital of Switzerland. The airport is located within the town limits of Belp, and features flights to some European metropolitan and several leisure destinations. It handled 271,111 passengers in 2012, an increase of 47 percent over 2011, and serves as the homebase for SkyWork Airlines and a base for Helvetic Airways.
The airport has multiple touchdown areas, a paved runway (14/32 of 1,730 metres (5,676 ft)), a grass runway (32L/14R of 650 metres (2,133 ft)), a heli-square, and a glider area. Runway 14 has an ILS approach and an NDB approach.
The existing terminal was expanded to better accommodate flights to the Non-Schengen area in 2011. The future development includes new taxiways, but also a new parking area. According to the "Masterplan 2009-2020", a brand new area should be built for private aviation on the southern side of the airfield.
The Biderhangar, one of the airport's hangars built by Swiss aviation pioneer Oskar Bider, is listed as a heritage site of national significance in the November 2008 review draft of the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National and Regional Significance. The airport also houses the head office of Heliswiss. Previously the North Terminal housed the head office of SkyWork Airlines.
The aircraft of the air transport service of the Swiss Air Force are stationed at Bern Airport. These are two jets and two turboprops. The former ones are mainly used for VIP transport and particularly the transport of members of the Bundesrat. They are also used for other purposes, for example deportations or to support international peacekeeping measures. The two turboprop DHC-6 Twin Otter and Beechcraft King Air are not usually used for VIP flights, but for the passenger transport as well as for the country's topography service. The Beechcraft 1900 is also used by the country's topography service for the same tasks. The two jets are a Dassault Falcon 900 and a Cessna Citation Excel, which offer up to seats for VIPs.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Bern Airport:
|Helvetic Airways||Seasonal: Brindisi, Calvi, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca
Seasonal charter: Antalya (begins 21 September 2015), Djerba, Heraklion, Kos, Preveza, Rhodes, Zakynthos
|InterSky||Seasonal charter: Elba, Menorca|
|SkyWork Airlines||Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, London-Southend, Munich, Palma de Mallorca, Vienna
Seasonal: Cagliari, Elba, Figari, Heringsdorf, Ibiza, Jersey, Menorca, Olbia, Split, Rijeka, Zadar
Two bus lines serve the airport: the AirportBus Bern (line 334) connects the terminal every half hour with Belp railway station where passengers can connect to frequent S-Bahn trains S3, S4, S31 and S44 to Bern main station. The journey time to Bern city center is 30 minutes. The bus line 160 connects the airport with Belp, Rubigen and Münsingen (connection to S-Bahn trains S1).
- "Ortsplan." Town of Belp. Retrieved on 8 December 2010.
- "Bern-Belp base." Heliswiss. Retrieved on 25 February 2011. "Heliswiss is an international helicopter company based at Bern-Belp Airport."
- "Contact." SkyWork Airlines. Retrieved on 8 December 2010. "SkyWork Flughafen Bern-Belp Terminal Nord CH 3123 Bern-Belp."
- "Terms and conditions." SkyWork Airlines. Retrieved on 8 December 2010. ""We", "our" "ourselves" and "us" means Sky Work Airlines Ltd., domiciled in Bern-Belp, Switzerland."
- "Lufttransportdienst des Bundes (LTDB) auf admin.ch" (in German). Retrieved 29 October 2010.
- "Mittel: Flugzeuge, Helikopter, Flab" (in German). Swiss Air Force. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
Media related to Bern-Belp Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Accident history for BRN at Aviation Safety Network
- Classification of airports and airfields in Switzerland
- Biderhangar website