Tours Val de Loire Airport

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Tours Val de Loire Airport
Aéroport Tours Val de Loire
Base Aérienne 604
Tours Val de Loire
Tours Val de Loire airport.jpg
IATA: TUFICAO: LFOT
Summary
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Ministère de la Défense (FAF)
Serves Tours, France
Elevation AMSL 357 ft / 109 m
Coordinates 47°25′55″N 000°43′23″E / 47.43194°N 0.72306°E / 47.43194; 0.72306Coordinates: 47°25′55″N 000°43′23″E / 47.43194°N 0.72306°E / 47.43194; 0.72306
Website www.tours.aeroport.fr
Maps
Location of Centre region in France
Location of Centre region in France
Centre
LFOT
LFOT
Location of airport in Centre region
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,404 7,887 Concrete
Source: French AIP[1]

Tours Val de Loire Airport[2] (French: Aéroport Tours Val de Loire[3]) (IATA: TUFICAO: LFOT) is an airport in the French department of Indre-et-Loire, 6 km (3.2 NM) north-northeast of the city of Tours[1] in the Loire Valley (Val de Loire). The airport is located partly on the territory of the communes of Tours and Parçay-Meslay.

The airport is open to both national and international carriers, private planes and is certified for both instrument flight and visual flight.

The airport is home to around 40 Alpha Jets belonging to the French Air Force, as well as a couple of Mirage fighters as part of the Vigipirate defence plan.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The airport dates back to World War I, being established as a French Air Force (Armee de l'Air) training center. The center trained many French aviators and some Americans who had volunteered prior to the American entry in the war into the French flying service. In the summer of 1917, the school was provided to the American Expeditionary Forces, which designated the school as the Second Aviation Instructional Center, Tours Aerodrome. Initially it was used as an advanced training school for pursuit pilot combat training. Later it developed into a center of training for all aerial observers of the Air Service, United States Army assigned to the AEF. It also was used as a Radio School, a Photographic school and an Aerial Gunnery school. After the 1918 Armistice with Germany, it was returned to the French Air Force which used it as a military base.[4]

After World War II the airport was used by NATO and the US Air Force before becoming a flying school in the 1950s. From the early 1960s, Tours Airport was opened to the public. During the end of the 1970s the airport enjoyed a golden period due to the local airline Touraine Air Transport (TAT), but that airline suffered a slow slump, from which the airport never really recovered until the late 1990s, when it received subventions by the Conseil Général.

Facilities[edit]

The airport resides at an elevation of 357 feet (109 m) above mean sea level. It has one paved runway designated 02/20 which measures 2,404 by 45 metres (7,887 ft × 148 ft).[1]

The airport once housed the head office of TAT European Airlines.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Ryanair London-Stansted, Marrakesh, Porto
Summer seasonal: Dublin, Marseille

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c LFOT – Tours Val de Loire (PDF). AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 11 Dec 2014.
  2. ^ Tours Val de Loire Airport, official website in English
  3. ^ Aéroport Tours Val de Loire, official website in French
  4. ^ Series J, Training, Volume 7, Histories of the 1st, 2d, 4th, 7th and 8th Aviation Instruction Centers, Gorrell's History of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service, 1917–1919, National Archives, Washington, D.C. via http://www.fold3.com
  5. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 1 April 1989. 126. "Head Office: Aeroport de Tours, BP0237, F-37002 Tours, France"

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