Air Littoral

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Air Littoral
Air Littoral.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Ceased operationsFebruary 2004
Operating basesNice Airport, Montpellier Airport, Paris-Orly Airport and Marseille Airport
Fleet size17
HeadquartersMontpellier - Méditerranée Airport, Montpellier, France
Key peopleMarc Dufour President
Air Littoral Embraer Bandeirante at Nice in 1982
Air Littoral Fokker F70 at Zurich in 2002

Air Littoral was an airline in France founded in April 1972 and originally based at Montpellier - Méditerranée Airport in Montpellier. It started operations on 23 May 1972 with a Nice-Montpellier-Perpignan service.[1] In 1975 it was headquartered at Aérodrome du Castellet.[2]

Over the years KLM, Euralair, Lufthansa and the SAir Group (Swissair), who sold their stake in 2001, all had ownership stakes in Air Littoral. A takeover failed in 2003 and the company was declared bankrupt. A number of groups considered taking over Air Littoral including Azzurra Air (which shortly after ceased operations due to its own financial difficulties), but none succeeded and the airline was closed down by the French authorities in February 2004.


In different periods of its history the company was operating the following aircraft:[3][4]

By the moment of bankruptcy Air Littoral had been operating a fleet of 17 CRJ-100s from bases in Nice, Montpellier, Paris (Orly) and Marseille, and was well known for the bright livery its aircraft sported in the years before its demise.


  • 30 July 1997 (1997-07-30): Air Littoral Flight 701, an ATR 42 on a service from Nice, France, to Florence, Italy, overran the runway on landing at Florence Airport, crashed through the perimeter fence and into a ditch next to the nearby A11 motorway. The captain died of his injuries four days later; fourteen other people on board were injured.


  1. ^ a b Endres, Gunter G (1982). World Airline Fleets 1983. Feltham: The Aviation Data Centre. p. 133. ISBN 0946141029.
  2. ^ World Airline Directory. Flight International. March 20, 1975. "467.
  3. ^ Klee, Ulrich & Bucher, Frank et al. jp airline-fleets international. Zürich-Airport, 1974–2003.
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