|IATA: BRN – ICAO: LSZB / LSMB
|Operator||ALPAR Flug- und Flugplatz- gesellschaft AG|
|Elevation AMSL||1,673 ft / 510 m|
|Source: Swiss AIP at EUROCONTROL|
Bern Airport (IATA: BRN, ICAO: LSZB / LSMB) is an airport serving Bern in Switzerland. The airport is within the town limits of Belp, and it is also known as Bern-Belp Airport. It handled 271,111 passengers in 2012, an increase of 47 percent over 2011.
The airport has multiple touchdown areas, a paved runway (14/32 of 1,730 metres (5,676 ft)), a grass runway (32L/12R 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 Sky Work Airlines.
Airlines and destinations
|Darwin Airline||Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca|
|Helvetic Airways||Seasonal: Brindisi, Catania, Heraklion, Heringsdorf, Kos, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Reus, Rhodes, Zakynthos|
|InterSky||Seasonal charter: Elba (begins May 2014)|
|Sky Work Airlines||Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, London-City, Munich, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Vienna
Seasonal: Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Djerba, Elba, Enfidha, Figari, Ibiza, Menorca, Nice, Olbia, Preveza, Rome-Fiumicino, Split, Zadar
On the regional airport Bern-Belp the aircraft of the air transport service of the Swiss Air Force are stationed. This are two jets and two turboprops. The former are mainly used for VIP transport and particularly the transport of members of the Bundesrat, which is why they are often called in the Bundesrats jets. They are also used for other purposes, for example deportations or to support international peacekeeping measures. The two turboprop DHC-6 Twin Otter T-741 and Beechcraft King Air T-721 are not usually used for VIP flights, but for the passenger transport as well as for the country's topography service. The Beechcraft 1900 T-729 is apart the used by the country's topography service for the same tasks.
The two jets are the Dassault Falcon 50 (military registration T-783) and the Cessna Citation Excel (T-784), which offer up to six VIP room. The aircraft were in 1995 and in September 2002 taken on duty. The Falcon 50 was replaced with the Dassault Falcon 900 The Air Force also serves on the Bern airport the planes of the FOCA, who have this as their home airfield. These are:
- HB-GPC Beechcraft Baron 58
- HB-KEY Robin DR 400 /500
- HB-KEZ Robin DR 400 /500
- HB-KIA Beechcraft Bonanza A36
- HB-POP Piper PA-46 350P Malibu Mirage
- HB-XQE Agusta A109E
- HB-XVA Eurocopter AS 350B2
- HB-ZKO Agusta A119
Two bus lines serve the airport: the AirportBus Bern (line 334) connects the terminal every half hour with Belp Rail Station where passengers can connect to frequent S-Bahn trains S3, S4, S31 and S44 to Bern Rail Station. The journey time to Bern city center is 30 minutes. The Tangento bus (line 160) connects the airport with Belp, Konolfingen and Münsingen.
- "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." Sky Work 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. Oktober 2010.
- "Mittel: Flugzeuge, Helikopter, Flab" (in German). Swiss Air Force. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
- Berne-Belp Airport website (German)
- Berne-Belp Airport website (French)
- Berne-Belp Airport website (English)
- Classification of airports and airfields in Switzerland
- Biderhangar website