Châteauroux-Centre "Marcel Dassault" Airport

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Châteauroux-Centre "Marcel Dassault" Airport
Aéroport de Châteauroux-Centre "Marcel Dassault"
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Airport type Public
Operator Aéroport Châteauroux-Centre
Serves Châteauroux
Location Déols, Indre, France
Elevation AMSL 529 ft / 161 m
Coordinates 46°51′37″N 001°43′16″E / 46.86028°N 1.72111°E / 46.86028; 1.72111Coordinates: 46°51′37″N 001°43′16″E / 46.86028°N 1.72111°E / 46.86028; 1.72111
Location of Centre region in France
Location of Centre region in France
LFLX is located in Centre-Val de Loire
Location in Centre-Val de Loire region
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,500 11,483 Concrete
Source: French AIP,[1] UAF,[2] Airport[3]

Châteauroux-Centre "Marcel Dassault" Airport French: Aéroport de Châteauroux-Centre "Marcel Dassault" (IATA: CHRICAO: LFLX) is an airport serving the French city of Châteauroux.[1] The airport is Located at the heart of Europe and in the centre of France, 5.5 km (3.0 NM) north-northeast of Châteauroux[1] in Déols, a commune of the Indre department in the Centre-Val de Loire region in France.

It was formerly known as Châteauroux-Déols "Marcel Dassault" Airport (Aéroport Chateauroux-Deols "Marcel Dassault"). The airport is named for Marcel Dassault and is located on the site of the former Châteauroux-Déols Air Base. The airport supports aviation industry uses including cargo, pilot training, airports firemans training, aircraft maintenance, painting, storage, dismantling and recycling.


The airport resides at an elevation of 529 feet (161 m) above mean sea level. It has one paved runway designated 03/21 which measures 3,500 by 45 metres (11,483 ft × 148 ft).[1]

The Châteauroux-Centre Airport is dedicated to freight. Its essentially industrial vocation explains why its operations are so efficient and its costs so competitive.

It is a transit airport, supported by a simple and rapid road transport system to Paris and other major European capitals, many of which can be reached within eight hours by truck.

The airport's infrastructure can handle all types of aircraft and all types of goods – Rapid management of import-export goods traffic – No waiting – No slot – Immediate taxiing and operations. Open 24/24 and 7/7. Night hours require two hours' notice. No slot – Direct access by the A20 motorway.

Antonov Airlines and Volga-Dnepr Airlines are the companies who regularly use the cargo facilities of the airport often with the largest freighters aircraft like the Antonov An-124 and IL-76TD-90VD.

The airport's location south of Paris makes it a destination of choice for traffic from southern countries (such as those of the Mediterranean basin, Africa and the Indian Ocean), particularly for exporters of perishable goods for whom the savings in reduced flying times can equal up to 20% of rotation costs. Very competitive charges – Competitive tax and assistance costs – Shortened flight times – Free parking for planes during operations.

The 40 hectares (99 acres) of parking facilities allow for the storage of about 50 medium- and large-capacity commercial aircraft.

The airport has an important zone of aircraft maintenance on which are installed, in 2017, the following companies:

  • ATE - Air Livery : has the skills and facilities for painting aircraft of all types, from flying club planes to the largest passenger or freight aircraft, and those of every manufacturer – such as Airbus and ATR. ATE has a permanent workforce of 80 people at its site in Châteauroux, most of them painters and surface preparation teams.

The company has four paint workshops of which the largest takes Airbus A330, some Airbus A340 and some Boeing 777.

  • Bartin Aero Recycling : A subsidiary of VEOLIA, has an aircraft dismantling facility certified ISO 14001.
  • Dale Aviation Ltd : specialized in the aircraft line maintenance Airbus and Boeing. Dale Aviation also provides storage with operational maintenance of aircraft.
  • Egide Aviation : specialized in the maintenance and the repair of aircraft of less than 5,700 kilograms (12,600 lb) and the follow-up of airworthiness.
  • Vallair : specializes in the dismantling of aircraft at end of life with recovery and repair of components for the maintenance market. Vallair is a partner of maintenance centers and airlines for aircraft cargo conversion needs and spare parts.

Châteauroux-Centre Airport is Europe's premier pilot training site for take-off and landing procedures, performed further to theoretical training on flight simulators. A large number of French and European airlines, along with the French Air Force and aircraft manufacturer Airbus, carry out more than 20,000 Touch & Go manoeuvres at Châteauroux-Centre Airport every year, and in optimum safety conditions. During weekdays and at weekends, they perform an average eight Touch & Go manoeuvres per hour. Major French airlines and organisations which train at Châteauroux include:

Major European airlines which train at Châteauroux include:

Fire & Rescue Services Training: The C2FPA was jointly created by 35 French airports and the Association of French Airports (UAF). The centre based at Châteauroux is unique in Europe for both the high quality of its non-polluting simulator and for its ICAO-certified training programme. It offers airport fire and rescue services both initial and ongoing training for fire and rescue and for the prevention of animal hazards.

The cluster Aérocentre is located on the airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
HOP! Seasonal: Ajaccio
operated by Skytaxi
Seasonal: Nice


The airport is served by bus number 5 from the centre of Chateauroux.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d LFLX – CHÂTEAUROUX DÉOLS. AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 20 July 2017.
  2. ^ (in French) Aéroport de Châteauroux – Centre (CHR / LFLX) at L'Union des Aéroports Français
  3. ^ (in French) Aéroport de Châteauroux-Centre "Marcel Dassault", official site
  4. ^

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