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Beauvais–Tillé Airport

Coordinates: 49°27′16″N 02°06′46″E / 49.45444°N 2.11278°E / 49.45444; 2.11278
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Beauvais–Tillé Airport

Aéroport de Beauvais-Tillé
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) A-61/B-42
Airport typePublic
OperatorChambre de Commerce et d'Industrie (CCI) de l'Oise
ServesBeauvais / Paris
Focus city forRyanair[1]
Elevation AMSL359 ft / 109 m
Coordinates49°27′16″N 02°06′46″E / 49.45444°N 2.11278°E / 49.45444; 2.11278
LFOB is located in Picardy
Location of airport in Picardy region
LFOB is located in France
LFOB (France)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 2,430 7,972 Asphalt
04/22 708 2,323 Asphalt
Statistics (2022)
Passenger traffic changeIncrease 122.5%
Sources: French AIP,[2] Aeroport.fr[3][4]

Beauvais–Tillé Airport ([bo.vɛ.ti.je]; French: Aéroport de Beauvais-Tillé)[5][6] (IATA: BVA, ICAO: LFOB), branded as Paris-Beauvais Airport,[7] is an international airport near the city of Beauvais in the commune of Tillé in France. In 2016, it was the tenth busiest airport in France, handling 3,997,856 passengers,[8] and is mostly used by charter and low-cost airlines.

Despite its brand name, the airport is located in the Hauts-de-France region and 85 km (53 mi) north-northwest of Paris.


German use during World War II[edit]

This airport was built in the 1930s and seized by the Germans in June 1940 during the Battle of France. Beauvais was used as a Luftwaffe military airfield during the occupation. Known units assigned (all from Luftflotte 3, Fliegerkorps IV):[9][10]

The initial German use of the airport was as a bomber base. kg 76 and SKG 1 both took part in the Battle of Britain. kg 76 was reduced to 19 out of 29 serviceable machines by 18 August 1940. kg 76 raided London on 7 and 15 September 1940.

With the Luftwaffe switching to night attacks on England, the badly damaged units at Beauvais were replaced by a series of He 111 and Ju 88A units that carried out anti-shipping missions (KG 26, KG 77) and night bombing missions over England (KG 4, KG 54, KG 6).[9]

The increasing number and frequency of USAAF Eighth Air Force Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and Consolidated B-24 Liberator daylight heavy bomber raids over occupied Europe and Germany made the Luftwaffe move out the bomber units and assign day interceptor fighter units to attack the American bombers as part of the Defense of the Reich. After the invasion of Normandy, elements of JG 1 were moved to France and were tasked with providing air support to the German army, along with their normal air defense role against Allied bombers.[9]

In response to the interceptor attacks, Beauvais was attacked by USAAF Ninth Air Force Martin B-26 Marauder medium bombers and Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter-bombers with 500-pound general-purpose bombs, unguided rockets and .50 caliber machine gun sweeps when Eighth Air Force heavy bombers were within interception range of the Luftwaffe aircraft assigned to the base. The attacks were timed to have the maximum effect possible to keep the interceptors pinned down on the ground and be unable to attack the heavy bombers. Also the North American P-51 Mustang fighter-escort groups of Eighth Air Force would drop down on their return to England and attack the base with a fighter sweep.[11]

American use[edit]

It was liberated by Allied ground forces about 3 September 1944 during the Northern France Campaign. Almost immediately, the United States Army Air Forces IX Engineer Command 818th Engineer Aviation Battalion cleared the airport of mines and destroyed Luftwaffe aircraft. Little battle damage was sustained, and the airport became a USAAF Ninth Air Force combat airfield, designated as Advanced Landing Ground "A-61" about 15 September, also being known as "Beauvais/Tille Airfield".[12][13]

From Beauvais, the Ninth Air Force 322d Bombardment Group flew B-26 Marauder medium bombers from mid-September until March 1945.[14] Once the combat unit moved east, the airport was used by transport units, flying in supplies from England and evacuating combat casualties on the return trip. The Americans returned full control of the airport to French authorities on 17 August 1945.[14]

Development since the 1950s[edit]

In 1950, the Air Ministry offered to provide the wartime air base to NATO as part of the Cold War development of the alliance.[citation needed]

Demolition crews arrived and removed the wartime wreckage, and any unexploded munitions were removed from the site. Funding shortages did not allow the construction of an 8,000 feet (2,400 m) jet runway, dispersal pads and other features found at a modern military airfield. Instead, in 1953, the NATO plans for Beauvais were discontinued and the airport was returned to private hands.[15]


Control tower[edit]

The new control tower is active since 22 January 2019. It is located on the southern side of the airport and is replacing the one of 1962, sitting between the two terminals.


The main runway has an Instrument landing system CAT III for runway 12 and CAT I for runway 30 plus a Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) for both runways. This enables aircraft to land at the airport in bad weather conditions, with visibility as low as 75 metres.


When the low-cost airline Ryanair chose Beauvais–Tillé in May 1997 for three daily connections with Dublin, the terminal of this regional airport consisted of a simple hangar built in 1979. Since then four additional stations for planes and in 2010 a second terminal of 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft) had to be built to face a significant increase in traffic. The airport is equipped to handle medium-sized passenger jets. Since 2007 the ban on night flying has been strictly enforced for the benefit of local residents. The terminal building closes between the hours of 23:30 and 06:30.[16] The airport has two terminals, some restaurants, snack bars, and shopping areas, both airside and in the publicly accessible area. An Ibis Budget hotel, which provides 78 rooms, has been built next to Terminal 2.[17]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Beauvais–Tillé Airport:

Dan Air Bacău (begins 16 December 2024)[18]
easyJet Lisbon,[19] Nice[20]
Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa[20][21]
HiSky Baia Mare, Chișinău
Ryanair Agadir,[22] Alicante, Barcelona, Bari, Belfast–International, Beziers, Bergamo, Birmingham,[23] Bologna, Brindisi, Budapest, Bucharest–Otopeni,[24] Cagliari, Catania,[25] Cluj-Napoca, Cork,[26] Dublin, Edinburgh, Faro, Fez, Funchal, Gdańsk, Helsinki, Iași, Kraków, Lisbon, Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Manchester, Marrakesh, Milan–Malpensa,[27] Nador, Oujda, Palermo, Paphos, Pisa, Porto, Poznań, Prague, Rabat, Reggio Calabria (begins 29 October 2024),[28] Riga, Rome–Fiumicino, Santander, Seville, Sofia, Stockholm–Arlanda,[29] Tangier, Thessaloniki, Tirana,[30] Treviso, Trieste, Valencia, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw–Modlin, Wrocław, Zagreb, Zaragoza
Seasonal: Amman–Queen Alia[citation needed], Copenhagen, Dubrovnik,[31] Figari, Girona, Ibiza, Lanzarote,[32] Leeds/Bradford,[33] Naples, Olbia,[34] Palma de Mallorca, Rovaniemi (begins 28 October 2024),[35] Tenerife–South, Turin,[36] Zadar
Wizz Air Belgrade, Bucharest–Otopeni, Cluj-Napoca, Gdańsk, Iași, Kutaisi, Larnaca, Milan-Malpensa, Skopje, Sofia, Timișoara, Tirana, Vilnius



Check-in area
Departure gate area
New control tower under construction as of 2016.
Apron view

Annual passenger traffic at BVA airport. See Wikidata query.
Passengers per year[37]
Year Passengers Change
1996 64,000
1997 209,180 Increase 226.8%
1998 260,267 Increase 24.4%
1999 388,836 Increase 49.4%
2000 387,962 Increase 29.03%
2001 423,520 Increase 9.02%
2002 677,857 Increase 60.02%
2003 969,445 Increase 43.03%
2004 1,427,595 Increase 47.26%
2005 1,848,484 Increase 29.48%
2006 1,887,971 Increase 2.14%
2007 2,155,633 Increase 14.18%
2008 2,484,635 Increase 15.26%
2009 2,591,864 Increase 4.32%
2010 2,931,796 Increase 13.12%
2011 3,677,794 Increase 25.45%
2012 3,862,562 Increase 5.02%
2013 3,952,908 Increase 2.34%
2014 4,024,204 Increase 1.8%
2015 4,330,019 Increase 7.6%
2016 3,997,678 Decrease 8.8%
2017 3,646,523 Decrease 2%
2018 3,787,086 Increase 3.8%
2019 3,980,000 Increase 5.2%[38]
2020 1,258,180 Decrease 64.8%
2021 2,073,643 Increase 65.4%
2022 4,614,424 Increase 122.5%[4]


Movements per year[37]
Year Movements Change
2008 33,724
2009 32,777 Decrease 2.08%
2010 36,517 Increase 11.04%
2011 37,657 Increase 3.01%
2012 35,999 Decrease 4.04%
2013 37,737 Increase 4.8%
2014 35,315 Decrease 6.4%
2015 33,625 Decrease 4.8%
2016 34,905 Increase 3.8%
2017 31,159 Decrease 10.7%
2018 32,400 Increase 3.9%
2019 33,222 Increase 2.4%
2020 16,918 Decrease 49.1%
2021 24,182 Increase 30.0%
2022 28,988 Increase 19.9%[39]


Road transport[edit]

The airport is linked with Paris city through coach and rail services. Travel time to Paris is 75 minutes by coach which drops off and collects passengers beside the Palais des Congrès at Porte Maillot, located in the 17th arrondissement, approximately a kilometre west of the Arc de Triomphe. There are also minibus and shuttle services that go to Paris.

There is also a taxi rank at the airport.

A commuter bus provided by the Transports Urbains du Beauvaisis runs to Beauvais town centre:

  • Line 12: Mairie – Zone d'activités des Tilleuls – Tillé – Aéroport
  • Airport Shuttle: Airport – Parc Municipal – Maillart – Cathédrale – Mairie (City Hall) – Gare SNCF (railway station) – Kennedy – Descartes – Délie – Saint-Germain – Elispace – Airport

Railway connection[edit]

Beauvais railway station is situated almost 4 km (2.5 mi) away, with connections to Paris Gare du Nord, Amiens and other destinations.

See also[edit]


Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency

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External links[edit]

Media related to Beauvais-Tillé Airport at Wikimedia Commons