Lorient South Brittany Airport

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Lorient South Brittany Airport
Aéroport de Lorient Bretagne Sud
IATA: LRTICAO: LFRH
Summary
Airport type Joint Mil-Civ airfield
Operator Morbihan Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Fleet Air Arm
Serves Lorient, France
Elevation AMSL 160 ft / 49 m
Coordinates 47°45′38″N 003°26′24″W / 47.76056°N 3.44000°W / 47.76056; -3.44000
Website www.lorient.aeroport.fr
Maps
The Brittany region within France
The Brittany region within France
Brittany
LFRH
LFRH
Location of the airport in Brittany
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 1,670 5,479 Asphalt
07/25 2,403 7,883 Asphalt
Source: French AIP[1] and airport website.[2]

Lorient South Brittany Airport or Aéroport de Lorient Bretagne Sud (IATA: LRTICAO: LFRH), also known as Lorient-Lann-Bihoué Airport, is the airport serving the city of Lorient. It is situated 5 km west-northwest of Lorient,[1] a commune of the Morbihan département in the Brittany region of France.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air France
operated by HOP!
Paris-Orly
Eastern Airways Lyon

Military use[edit]

The airport is comparatively large, 3 km by 3 km, which is due to its being built during the Second World War to support German submarine operations from the nearby base in Lorient.

It is also known as Base Aéronavale de Lann Bihoué and is one of the French Navy bases, currently hosting:

  • Two combat flotillas (11F, 17F) equipped with Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard aircraft, suitable to fly naval and land combat and recce missions and nuclear deterrence missions
  • One interception flotilla (12F) equipped with Dassault Rafale F1 aircraft, assuring air superiority
  • One airborne radar flotilla (4F) equipped with Grumman E-2C Hawkeye aircraft, to secure the skies over the fleet and to control air-traffic
  • One training/mission preparation unit

These units also form the airwing which is assigned to the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b LFRH – LORIENT LANN BIHOUÉ (PDF). AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 21 Aug 2014.
  2. ^ Lorient South Brittany Airport (official site)

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