EuroAirport Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg

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EuroAirport
Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg

Aéroport de Bâle-Mulhouse
Flughafen Basel-Mülhausen
Basel airport logo.png
Aéroport Bâle-Mulhouse 2.jpg
IATA: BSL, MLHICAO: LFSB
Summary
Airport type Public
Serves Basel, Switzerland
Mulhouse, France
Freiburg, Germany
Location Saint-Louis, France
Hub for easyJet Switzerland
Elevation AMSL 885 ft / 270 m
Coordinates 47°35′24″N 007°31′45″E / 47.59000°N 7.52917°E / 47.59000; 7.52917Coordinates: 47°35′24″N 007°31′45″E / 47.59000°N 7.52917°E / 47.59000; 7.52917
Website euroairport.com
Map
LFSB is located in Alsace
LFSB
LFSB
Location of airport in Alsace region
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 3,900 12,795 Concrete
08/26 1,820 5,971 Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 5,880,771
Freight (tons) 94,000
Aircraft movements 87,319
Sources: French AIP,[1] airport website[2][3] and French AIP at EUROCONTROL[4]

EuroAirport Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg (IATA: BSL, MLHICAO: LFSB) is an international airport 6 km (3.7 mi) northwest of Basel (Switzerland), 22 km (14 mi) southeast[4] of Mulhouse (France), and 70 km (43 mi) south of Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany).[4] It is located in France, on the administrative territory of the commune of Saint-Louis near the Swiss and German borders. The airport serves as a base for easyJet Switzerland.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Plans for the construction of a joint Swiss-French airport started in the 1930s, but were halted by the Second World War.

In 1946 talks resumed and it was agreed that an airport would be built 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north of Blotzheim, France. France would provide the land and the Swiss canton of Basel-Stadt would cover the construction costs. Basel-Stadt's Grand Council agreed to pay the costs for a provisional airport even before an international treaty was signed (which was not until 1949). Construction began on 8 March 1946 and a provisional airport with a 1,200-metre (3,900 ft) runway was officially opened on 8 May.

Between autumn 1951 and spring 1953, the east–west runway was extended to 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) and the "Zollfreistrasse" (customs-free road) was constructed, allowing access from Basel to the departure terminal without passing through French border controls.

The first enlargement project was approved by referendum in Basel in 1960 and, over the following decades, the terminals and runways were continually extended. The north–south runway was extended further to 3,900 metres (12,800 ft) in 1972. In 1984, an annual total of 1 million passengers was reached.

In 1987, the trademark name EuroAirport Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg was introduced.[5]

In 1992 a total of 2 million passengers used the airport. By 1998, this number rose up to 3 million.

Development in the 2000s[edit]

A decision was made to enlarge the terminals again with a new "Y-finger" dock. The first phase was completed in 2002 and the second phase in 2005.

Crossair was based at Basel and was its largest airline. Following the Swissair liquidation in 2001, the subsequent ending of services in early 2002, and the transformation of Crossair into Swiss International Air Lines, the number of flights from Basel fell and the new terminal was initially underused. In 2004 the low cost carrier EasyJet opened a base at Basel and the passenger totals rose again, reaching 4 million in 2006.

From 2007 until 2009, Ryanair also flew to the airport for the first time. However as result of a dispute over landing fees, the airline closed all eight routes.[6] More recently Ryanair announced it would return in April 2014, with the resumption of Basel – Dublin as well as the new route Basel – London-Stansted.

International status[edit]

EuroAirport is one of the few airports in the world operated jointly by two countries, in this case France and Switzerland. It is governed by a 1949 international convention. The headquarters of the airport's operations are located in Blotzheim, France.[7] The airport is located completely on French soil; the airport has a Swiss customs area connected to Basel by a border road.[8] The airport is operated via an agreement established in 1946 wherein the two countries (Switzerland and France) are granted access to the airport without any customs or other border restrictions. The airport's board has 8 members each from France and Switzerland and two advisers from Germany.[9]

Swiss and French passport stamps from the same airport

The airport building is split into two separate sections – Swiss and French. With Switzerland joining the Schengen Treaty in March 2009, the air side was rearranged to include a Schengen and non-Schengen zone.[10] Travellers departing from the airport into non-Schengen countries may receive either the Swiss or the French passport stamp, according to their own choice.

Due to its international status, EuroAirport has three IATA airport codes: BSL (Basel) is the Swiss code,[11] MLH (Mulhouse) is the French code,[12] and EAP (EuroAirport) is the international code.[13] Its ICAO airport code is LFSB.[1] Geneva International Airport has a similar international status, though without the multiple IATA codes.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Pristina
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Heraklion, Rhodes
Aigle Azur Algiers, Constantine, Oran, Sétif
Air Algérie Constantine
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca
Air Berlin Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife South
Seasonal: Catania, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Rhodes
Air Berlin
operated by Belair
Hurghada
Seasonal: Antalya
Air France Paris-Orly
Air France
operated by HOP!
Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau
Air VIA Seasonal: Burgas
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Vienna
British Airways London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
easyJet Antalya, Barcelona, Berlin–Schönefeld, Budapest, Catania, Edinburgh, Krakow, London–Gatwick, London-Luton (begins 7 November 2014), Madrid, Manchester, Toulouse
easyJet Switzerland Alicante, Amsterdam, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dresden, Edinburgh, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Ibiza, Larnaca, Lisbon, Malaga, Marrakech, Montpellier, Nantes, Naples, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Pristina, Rome–Fiumicino, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tenerife–South, Thessaloniki,[14] Venice–Marco Polo
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Bastia, Brindisi, Cagliari, Faro, Olbia, Reykjavík-Keflavík, Split
InterSky Seasonal charter: Hévíz-Balaton[15]
Germanwings
operated by Eurowings
Düsseldorf
HOP! Lyon
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Figari
KLM
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Amsterdam
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Frankfurt, Munich
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Ryanair Dublin,[16] London-Stansted[17]
SunExpress Antalya
Seasonal: Izmir
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss European Air Lines
Barcelona, Hamburg, London-City, Prague
Seasonal: Ibiza,[18] Olbia,[18] Palma de Mallorca
TUIfly Agadir, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria
Seasonal: Boa Vista, Corfu, Funchal, Heraklion, Kos, Larnaca, Marrakech, Minorca, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Sal, Tenerife–South
Tunisair Djerba
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Twin Jet Marseille
Wizz Air Belgrade, Bucharest (begins 26 October 2014), Cluj-Napoca, Skopje, Tuzla

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
DHL Aviation Leipzig/Halle
DHL Aviation
operated by Atlantic Airlines
East Midlands
DHL Aviation
operated by Bluebird Cargo
Geneva, Leipzig/Halle
FedEx Feeder
operated by Air Contractors
Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Korean Air Cargo Seoul–Incheon
TNT Airways Liège
UPS Airlines
operated by Farnair Switzerland
Cologne/Bonn, Geneva

Ground transport[edit]

Location of the airport relative to Basel

Car[edit]

The airport is connected to motorway A3 which leads from Basel to the southeast of Switzerland passing Zürich.

Bus[edit]

There are several bus connections to and from the EuroAirport to all three countries around it:

  • Basel's BVB bus No. 50 connects the Swiss sector of the airport to the Bahnhof SBB, which is the main Swiss and French railway station in Basel. During weekdays, there is a service every 7–8 minutes and on weekends, every 10 minutes during daytime. The duration of the trip is about 20 minutes. On the day of a visitor's arrival to Basel, a reservation confirmation from a local hotel guarantees a free transfer by public transport from the station or the EuroAirport to the hotel.[19]
  • French Distribus bus No. 11 connects the French sector of the airport to the Saint-Louis railway station.
  • Freiburger-Reisedienst AirportBus connects the French sector of the airport to Freiburg Central bus station in Germany.

Other facilities[edit]

The headquarters of Swiss International Air Lines and Swiss European Air Lines are on the grounds at EuroAirport Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg in the Swiss section of the airport; even though the airport is within France, the Swiss head office is only accessible from Switzerland.[20][21] The Swiss division Swiss Aviation Software has its head office there as well.[22]

Farnair Switzerland formerly had its head office at EuroAirport. As in the case of the Swiss head office, the area with the former Farnair head office may only be accessed from Switzerland.[23] The head office moved to its current location, the Villa Guggenheim in Allschwil, in proximity to EuroAirport, on 1 October 2011.[24]

Hello, a now defunct Swiss airline, had its head office in the General Aviation area of EuroAirport.[25] Prior to the formation of Swiss International Air Lines, the regional airline Crossair was headquartered on the grounds of EuroAirport.[26] Prior to its dissolution, Crossair Europe was headquartered on the grounds of EuroAirport.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b LFSB – BÂLE MULHOUSE (PDF). AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 24 Jul 2014.
  2. ^ Statistics of the EuroAirport. EuroAirport.com, Retrieved 5 September 2007.
  3. ^ Information 14 January 2014 http://www.euroairport.com/en/event/2013-another-record-year-for-passenger-traffic-progress-with-major-projects-and-more-jobs,130418.html
  4. ^ a b c EAD Basic
  5. ^ http://www.euroairport.com/en/about-us/presentation.html
  6. ^ http://bazonline.ch/wirtschaft/unternehmen-und-konjunktur/Ryanair-verlaesst-den-EuroAiport/story/10645880
  7. ^ "General conditions of use." EuroAirport. Retrieved on 24 September 2009. "The Site is published by Basel–Mulhouse Airport, a Franco-Swiss public enterprise governed by the international convention of 4 July 1949 concerning its construction and operation and the headquarters of which are situated at 68730 Blotzheim, France."
  8. ^ "Mulhouse – Practical Information." Airlinair. Retrieved on 1 July 2010.
  9. ^ The Board of Directors.
  10. ^ Terminal plan.
  11. ^ BSL – Basel/Mulhouse-EuroAirport Swiss. Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 September 2007.
  12. ^ MLH – Mulhouse, France/Basel-EuroAirport. Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 September 2007.
  13. ^ airlinecodes.
  14. ^ http://www.easyjet.com/DE/Booking.mvc/ShowCheapestOutboundFlights?cheapestFlightDate=01%2F29%2F2014%2000%3A00%3A00
  15. ^ http://ch-aviation.com/portal/news/25840-intersky-to-operate-switzerlandgermany-hungary-charters
  16. ^ New route to DUB
  17. ^ http://www.eadt.co.uk/business/stansted_ryanair_to_increase_capacity_by_1_3m_seats_next_summer_including_12_new_destinations_1_3028202
  18. ^ a b SWISS to offer new summer Ibiza, Olbia and Palma de Mallorca services from Basel
  19. ^ http://www.basel.com/en/mobility-ticket
  20. ^ "Facts and figures." Swiss International Air Lines. Retrieved on 13 June 2009.
  21. ^ "Swiss International Air Lines Basel." Swiss International Air Lines. Retrieved on 24 September 2009.
  22. ^ "CONTACT." Swiss Aviation Software. Retrieved on 17 September 2011. "Swiss AviationSoftware Ltd. BSLSAS/MA P.O.Box, CH-4002 Basel, Switzerland Marketing & Administration" The location is implied by this picture which is of the Swiss head office at Basel Airport.
  23. ^ "How to find us." Farnair Europe. Retrieved on 8 December 2010.
  24. ^ "Contact Us." (Archive) Farnair Switzerland. Retrieved on 19 February 2012.
  25. ^ "Hello Location." (Direct image link) Hello. Retrieved on 1 July 2010.
  26. ^ "Location." Crossair. Retrieved on 13 June 2009.
  27. ^ World Airline Directory. Flight International. 23–29 March 2004. 58.

External links[edit]

Media related to EuroAirport at Wikimedia Commons