La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport

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La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport
Aéroport de La Rochelle – Ile de Ré
La rochelle airport.JPG
IATA: LRHICAO: LFBH
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator CCI de La Rochelle
Serves La Rochelle / Île de Ré, France
Elevation AMSL 74 ft / 23 m
Coordinates 46°10′45″N 001°11′43″W / 46.17917°N 1.19528°W / 46.17917; -1.19528
Maps
Poitou-Charentes region in France
Poitou-Charentes region in France
LFBH is located in Poitou-Charentes
LFBH
LFBH
Location of the airport in Poitou-Charentes
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,255 7,398 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft movements 26,242
Passengers 236,736
Source: French AIP[1]

La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport (IATA: LRHICAO: LFBH) is an airport located 2.5 km northwest of La Rochelle,[1] a commune of the département of Charente-Maritime in France. The airport also serves Île de Ré, which is accessible via a bridge from La Rochelle.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air France
operated by HOP!
Lyon
easyJet Summer seasonal: Bristol, London-Gatwick
Flybe Southampton
Summer seasonal: Birmingham, Manchester
Ryanair London-Stansted
Summer seasonal: Charleroi, Dublin, Porto

Traffic and statistics[edit]

La Rochelle Airport welcomed 180,927 passengers in 2006, an increase of 41.8% compared to 2005, and of 18.5% per annum on the last 5 years. It's the biggest airport in the region, before Poitiers Airport. Currently, La Rochelle airport traffic evolution is one of the highest in France. The traffic is envisaged to double by 2015.

Traffic by calendar year
Passengers Change from previous year Movements
1997 37 417 0-- --
1998 44 398 Increase018.7% --
1999 57 460 Increase029.4% --
2000 66 007 Increase014.9% 35 823
2001 76 681 Increase016.2% 34 286
2002 91 854 Increase019.8% 35 271
2003 93 802 Increase02.1% --
2004 100 404 Increase07.0% 33 432
2005 127 563 Increase027.0% 26 573
2006 180 980 Increase041.9% 32 689
2007 220 577 Increase021.9% 32 974
2008 215 145 Decrease02.5% 33 212
2009 168 969 Decrease021.5% 30 145
2010 191 599 Increase013.4% 29 736
2011 229 214 Increase019.6% 29 679
2012 236 736 Increase03.3% 26 242
Source: Union des aéroports Français[2]

Controversy[edit]

In February 2012, the European Commission announced that it had launched an investigation to examine if public subsidies given to La Rochelle Airport, as well as marketing deals between La Rochelle Airport and various airlines, breached EU rules on state aid. In particular, the Commission would examine if public subsidies worth €3 million received between 2002 and 2005 by the airport operator to finance infrastructure projects at La Rochelle airport were necessary to carry out the investment, whether the aid was proportionate to the objectives pursued and whether the infrastructure had satisfactory medium-term prospects for use. The Commission would also look into cash advances worth €8 million granted to the airport operator since 2002 and marketing support contracts and discounts on airport charges for new routes given to various airlines.[3][4]

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