Lausanne Airport

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Lausanne Airport
Aéroport de Blécherette
Main Building Lausanne Airport 1.jpg
Summary
Serves Lausanne, Switzerland
Elevation AMSL 622 m / 2,040 ft
Coordinates 46°32′43″N 6°37′00″E / 46.54528°N 6.61667°E / 46.54528; 6.61667Coordinates: 46°32′43″N 6°37′00″E / 46.54528°N 6.61667°E / 46.54528; 6.61667
Website lausanne-airport.ch
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 775 2,542 Asphalt
Source: Airport Website[1]

Lausanne Airport or Aéroport de Lausanne-Blécherette in French a small civil airport located in the north of Lausanne, Switzerland. It has no scheduled commercial traffic and is used for general aviation. It also serves as a base for Swiss rescue services.

History[edit]

The city established a runway in 1910. Henri Speckner was the first pilot to land here. A year later it created one of the first civil airports in Switzerland around the runway. A hangar for maintenance of aircraft was built west of the runway in 1914, next to a farm. Due to increased usage of the airport another one was built in 1922. Since 1933 operations ahave been controlled by Aéroport de la région lausannoise "La Blécherette" S.A.

At the close of World War II, Lausanne's municipal government made plans to develop a proper regional airport for the city. Blécherette was deemed unfit for such development and thus provision was made to expand the nearby field in Écublens and dispose of Blécherette.[2] However, efforts to begin such development ultimately failed to materialize and Ecublens fell out of use, leaving Lausanne-Blécherette as the only remaining operational airport for the city.

Infrastructure[edit]

Eurocopter EC 145 of Swiss rescue services based at Lausanne Airport

Facilities[edit]

The airport features two maintenance hangars as well as a main building containing a restaurant. There is also a Boeing 737 simulator available.[3]

Runway[edit]

In May 2000 the grass runway was replaced by a paved one (36/18). The runway has a slope, which means the maximum length for takeoff/landing varies depending on the direction[4] between 775 and 805m.

Ground transportation[edit]

Lausanne Airport can be reached via the A9 motorway or public bus lines 1 and 21 of Transports publics de la région lausannoise. By car it's a ten-minute drive from the city center.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lausanne Airport, Official Website
  2. ^ Bell, E. A. (10 May 1945). "Swiss Planning". Flight and Aircraft Engineer. Royal Aero Club. XLVII (1898): 501. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  3. ^ JMS Boeing 737 Simulator
  4. ^ Diagram of slope

External links[edit]

Media related to Lausanne Airport at Wikimedia Commons