La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport
|La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport
Aéroport de La Rochelle – Ile de Ré
|IATA: LRH – ICAO: LFBH|
|Operator||CCI de La Rochelle|
|Serves||La Rochelle / Île de Ré, France|
|Elevation AMSL||74 ft / 23 m|
Poitou-Charentes region in France
|Source: French AIP|
La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport (IATA: LRH, ICAO: LFBH) is an airport located 2.5 km northwest of La Rochelle, 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
operated by HOP!
|easyJet||Summer seasonal: Bristol, London-Gatwick|
|Flybe||Summer seasonal: Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton|
operated by Chalair Aviation
|Jet2.com||Summer seasonal: Edinburgh|
Summer seasonal: Charleroi, Dublin, East Midlands, Porto
Traffic and statistics
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.
|Passengers||Change from previous year||Movements|
|2000||66 007||14.9%||35 823|
|2001||76 681||16.2%||34 286|
|2002||91 854||19.8%||35 271|
|2004||100 404||7.0%||33 432|
|2005||127 563||27.0%||26 573|
|2006||180 980||41.9%||32 689|
|2007||220 577||21.9%||32 974|
|2008||215 145||2.5%||33 212|
|2009||168 969||21.5%||30 145|
|2010||191 599||13.4%||29 736|
|2011||229 214||19.6%||29 679|
|2012||236 736||3.3%||26 242|
|Source: Union des aéroports Français|
European Commission investigation
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.
- PDF). AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 26 Jun 2014. (
- "Statistiques annuelles". Union des aéroports Français. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
- Reuters: EU regulator probes French aid for La Rochelle airport
- La Rochelle – Île de Ré Airport (official site)
- Aéroport de La Rochelle – Ile de Ré (Union des Aéroports Français) (French)
- Airport information for LFBH at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- Current weather for LFBH at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for LRH at Aviation Safety Network