Caen – Carpiquet Airport

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Caen - Carpiquet Airport
Aéroport de Caen - Carpiquet
Aéroport de caen carpiquet.JPG
Airport type Public
Operator CCI de Caen
Serves Caen, France
Location Carpiquet, France
Elevation AMSL 256 ft / 78 m
Coordinates 49°10′24″N 000°27′00″W / 49.17333°N 0.45000°W / 49.17333; -0.45000Coordinates: 49°10′24″N 000°27′00″W / 49.17333°N 0.45000°W / 49.17333; -0.45000
Lower Normandy region in France
Lower Normandy region in France
LFRK is located in Lower Normandy
Location of the airport in Lower Normandy
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 1,900 6,233 Asphalt
06/24 1,180 3,871 Asphalt
Source: French AIP[1]

Caen – Carpiquet Airport (French: Aéroport de Caen - Carpiquet) (IATA: CFRICAO: LFRK) is a civil airport located in Carpiquet and 6 km west of Caen,[1] both communes of the Calvados département in the Normandy (formerly Lower Normandy) region of France. Chalair Aviation has its head offices at the airport.[2] In 2017, Caen - Carpiquet airport handled more than 170,000 passengers an increase of 30% over 2016.


The military base (1939-1967)[edit]

The idea of an airfield near Caen dates back to 1926 after a visit from a military delegation.[3] However, ministry of aviation decided its creation in 1930.[4] Work started in July 1937 and ended in March 1938.[5]

Air base 720 Caen-Carpiquet is inaugurated on 17 August 1939.[6] Taken by the Luftwaffe in June 1940, it serves as a rear base for the battle of Britain. The runway is extended and concreted by the Germans.

In June and July 1944, during battle of Normandy, Anglo-Canadian and German troops engaged in long and harsh fights to take control of the aerodrome. After the war, the airfield is rebuilt and refitted for the air force.

Civil airport (since 1967)[edit]

The 16 May 1969 decree places the aerodrome under the civil aviation general secreteriat, depending on transports ministry.[7] Caen City Council developed the aerodrome in the late 1960s which came under the Chamber of Commerce and Industry's management.

In May 1968, an air terminal was built to house a public concourse, service offices and a restaurant.

Since March 2007, the airport has been managed by the urban community Caen la Mer.

By late 2008, a Caen - Paris-Orly route is introduced with two round trips from Monday to Friday. This is the second regular scheduled route after Caen - Lyon.

In 2010, the Caen - Paris-Orly line goes up to three rotations, then one a day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Between July and August, the 13/31 runway is rebuilt, as well as the taxiway which is also enlarged.

In 2014, the low-cost company Flybe opens a line between Caen and London-Southend airport. The Caen - Paris-Orly line is abandonned after a decision of Hop.[8]

By 2020, the main 1900 meters long runway is expected to be extended and should be from 2250 to 2400 meters long.[9]


Caen airport has two concrete runways (13/31 and 05/23) and two grass runways for recreational aviation.

The main runway (1900 meters long) is equipped with a high intensity approach and a 420 meters approach light. Runway 31 is equipped with a CAT I ILS.

JET A1 and AVGAS 100LL gas stations are available, as well as a 20000 litres supply truck.

These aid facilities are available:

  • 4 variable height gateways (maxi 4.50 meters).
  • Tri-tension starting unit GPU - ASU.
  • Trailers for Beechcraft.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air France
operated by HOP!
Lyon, Toulouse (begins 22 December 2017), Marseille (begins 23 February 2018)
Seasonal: Nice, Figari
Chalair Aviation Brest, Bordeaux,[10] Nantes
operated by Stobart Air
Seasonal: London-Southend
Volotea Toulouse[11]
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Bastia,[12] Figari, Marseille (begins 20 April 2018) [13]


Year Passengers
2016 139 016
2015 129 096
2014 115 015
2013 105 022
2012 100 769
2011 107 898
2010 76 883
2009 89 868
2008 107 898


The airport is located west of Caen, on Carpiquet commune. Since 29 June 2015, it has been served by Twisto bus line 3.[14]


  1. ^ a b LFRK – Caen Carpiquet. AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 7 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Access Archived 2010-12-21 at the Wayback Machine.." (image). Chalair Aviation. Retrieved on 12 February 2011. "Chalair Aviation Headquarters Aéroport de Caen-Carpiquet 14650 Carpiquet France."
  3. ^ "Un aérodrome à Caen ?". Ouest-Éclair (Caen edition). 15 September 1927. 
  4. ^ "L'assemblée générale de l'aéro-club de Caen et du Calvados". Ouest-Éclair (Caen edition). 29 March 1933. 
  5. ^ "Aéroport de Caen - Historique". Aéroport de Caen. Retrieved 29 August 2012.  External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ Thibault Richard, L'aventure aéronautique en Normandie (1920 - 1940), Condé-sur-Noireau, Éditions Charles Corlet, 2006, p. 81
  7. ^ Journal officiel de la République française, 24 June 1969, p. 6452
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External links[edit]

Media related to Aéroport de Caen - Carpiquet at Wikimedia Commons