Courchevel Altiport

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Courchevel Altiport

Altiport de Courchevel
Courchevel aeroport.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
ServesCourchevel
LocationCourchevel
Elevation AMSL2,008 m / 6,588 ft
Coordinates45°23′51″N 06°38′04″E / 45.39750°N 6.63444°E / 45.39750; 6.63444Coordinates: 45°23′51″N 06°38′04″E / 45.39750°N 6.63444°E / 45.39750; 6.63444
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 537 1,762 Asphalt
Courchevel Altiport

Courchevel Altiport (French: Altiport de Courchevel) (IATA: CVF, ICAO: LFLJ) is an altiport serving Courchevel, a ski resort in the French Alps. The airfield has a very short runway of only 537 metres (1,762 ft) with a gradient of 18.6%.[1] There is no go-around procedure for landings at Courchevel, due to the surrounding mountainous terrain. The airfield primarily sees use by smaller fixed-wing aircraft such as the Cessna 208 Caravan, as well as helicopters. The runway has no instrument approach procedure or lighting aids, thus making landing in fog or low clouds unsafe and almost impossible.[1]

The airport is considered dangerous, as it features a difficult approach, an upward-sloping runway and ski runs in the adjacent area. The History Channel program Most Extreme Airports ranks it as the seventh most extreme airport in the world.[2]

Commercial service[edit]

In the 1980s, Tyrolean Airways served Courchevel using Dash-7 STOL aircraft capable of carrying 50 passengers.[3][better source needed] More recently, De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters and DHC-7 Dash 7 turboprops have served the airport. According to their website, Alpine Airlines is currently the only company worldwide to offer commercial flights to Courchevel Altiport.[citation needed]

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