Châlons Vatry Airport
|Châlons Vatry Airport|
|IATA: XCR – ICAO: LFOK|
|Operator||Société d’Exploitation Vatry Europort (SEVE)|
|Location||Vatry, Marne, France|
|Elevation AMSL||586 ft / 179 m|
|Sources: French AIP, UAF, DAFIF|
Châlons Vatry Airport (IATA: XCR, ICAO: LFOK) is an airport serving Châlons-en-Champagne (formerly Châlons-sur-Marne) in northeastern France. It is also marketed as Paris Vatry Airport or Paris Vatry (Disney) by Ryanair while it is 147 km (91 mi) from the centre of Paris and approximately 105 km (65 mi) away from the famous theme park. The airport is located 22 km (14 mi) southeast of Châlons-en-Champagne, near Vatry, in the Marne department of France.
Châlons Vatry Airport's origins began in 1950 when, with the Cold War, NATO faced several problems when attempting to solve the air power survival equation. Planning for first strike survival in both conventional and nuclear wars had to be considered.
Construction began in 1953, and Vatry Air Base was designed for 50 fighters with three large hangars constructed. With the French withdrawal from the integrated NATO military structure in 1967, the American forces left Vatry Air Base and it was closed.
For many years, Vatry Air Base was under the control of the French Air Force and used for a training facility. About 2000 it was sold to civil interests and today is being used as an international heavy cargo and commercial passenger airport.
Airlines and destinations
|Yangtze River Express||Chengdu|
- PDF). AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 6 Mar 2014. (
- Aéroport de Paris Vatry (XCR /LFOK) at Union des Aéroports Français
- Airport information for LFOK from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
- Airport information for XCR at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Vatry International Airport at Sovereign-Publications.com