Marseille Provence Airport

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Marseille Provence Airport

Aéroport de Marseille Provence
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) Y-14
Marseille Provence Airport 2017 09.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorMarseille Provence Chamber of Commerce and Industry
LocationMarignane, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL70 ft / 21 m
Coordinates43°26′12″N 05°12′54″E / 43.43667°N 5.21500°E / 43.43667; 5.21500Coordinates: 43°26′12″N 05°12′54″E / 43.43667°N 5.21500°E / 43.43667; 5.21500
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in France
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in France
LFML is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Airport in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13L/31R 3,500 11,483 Asphalt
13R/31L 2,370 7,776 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passenger Change 18-19Increase8.1%
Freight (tons)56,132
Sources: French [1]

Marseille Provence Airport or Aéroport de Marseille Provence (IATA: MRS, ICAO: LFML) is an international airport located 27 km (17 miles) northwest of Marseille,[2] on the territory of Marignane, both communes of the Bouches-du-Rhône département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur région of France. The airport's hinterland goes from Gap to Arles and from Toulon to Avignon.


Aerial view
Check-in hall
Apron view

Formerly known as Marseille–Marignane Airport, it has been managed since 1934 by the Marseille-Provence Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI).[3]

In the 1920s and 1930s, Marignane was one of France's main points of operation for flying boats. It even briefly served as a terminal for Pan American World Airways Clipper flying boats.[4] Other flying boat operators were Aéropostale and Air Union, the latter moving over from Antibes in 1931. Marignane was also a production site for hydroplanes by Lioré et Olivier.[citation needed]

Antoine de Saint-Exupery describes turning back to Marignane airport with a fuel leak in chapter 8 of “Wind, Sand and Stars”, before setting out again for Tunis, and the fateful event that informed his later description of the crash-landing in his best-known book, “The Little Prince”.

In September 2006, the airport opened its new terminal MP2 for budget airlines. In 2013 the airport expanded its shopping and dining options, with 30 new shops and restaurants, among which is the first Burger King restaurant in France since 1997.[5][6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aegean Airlines Athens
Seasonal: Heraklion, Rhodes
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin (resumes 29 March 2022)[7]
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo[8]
Air Algérie Algiers, Annaba, Batna, Béjaïa, Chlef, Constantine, Oran
Seasonal: Jijel, Sétif[9]
Air Austral Saint-Denis de la Réunion
Seasonal: Dzaoudzi[10]
Air Corsica Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi, Figari
Air France Algiers, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Amsterdam,[11] Athens, Beirut, Biarritz,[12] Corfu[13]
Air France Hop Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Rennes, Strasbourg, Toulouse
Seasonal: La Rochelle[14]
Air Madagascar Antananarivo
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta
Air Senegal Dakar–Diass[15]
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino
Binter Canarias Seasonal: Gran Canaria[16]
British Airways London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
easyJet Berlin, Bordeaux, London–Gatwick
Seasonal: Bristol, Glasgow
El Al Tel Aviv
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Eurowings Düsseldorf
Iberia Regional Madrid
KLM Amsterdam[11]
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg[17]
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Marrakesh, Oujda, Rabat[18]
Ryanair Agadir, Alicante, Beauvais, Bergamo, Berlin (begins 2 November 2021),[19] Bologna, Bordeaux, Brest, Bucharest, Budapest, Catania, Charleroi, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Essaouira, Faro, Fez, Kraków, Lille, Lisbon, London–Stansted, Luxembourg,[20] Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Manchester, Marrakesh, Nador, Nantes, Naples, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Palermo, Paphos, Porto, Prague, Rabat, Rome–Fiumicino, Seville, Tangier, Tel Aviv, Tétouan, Tours, Valencia
Seasonal: Alghero, Bari, Chania, Corfu, Dublin, Ibiza, Lanzarote (begins 1 November 2021),[21] Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife–South (begins 2 November 2021),[22] Vienna (resumes 2 November 2021),[23] Zadar
SkyUp Seasonal: Kyiv–Boryspil[24]
Swiss International Air Lines Zurich[25]
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Tassili Airlines Algiers
Transavia Brest,[26] Nantes[27]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Marrakesh[28]
Tunisair Djerba, Monastir, Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul[29]
Twin Jet Metz/Nancy, Milan–Malpensa, Pau
Volotea Strasbourg, Venice
Seasonal: Athens,[30] Bari, Biarritz, Caen, Cagliari, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Faro, Fuerteventura,[31] Heraklion, Lanzarote,[31] Limoges,[32] Luxembourg,[33] Menorca, Mykonos, Naples, Olbia,[34] Palma de Mallorca, Prague, Rennes, Rijeka, Santorini, Split,[35] Tenerife–South[30]
Vueling Algiers, Barcelona, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Málaga, Palma de Mallorca


ASL Airlines France[36] Ajaccio, Bastia, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Rennes
UPS Airlines[37] Cologne/Bonn


It is the fifth busiest French airport by passenger traffic and third largest for cargo traffic.[38] In 2012 the airport achieved the fourth highest European passenger traffic growth, at 12.7% with 8,295,479 passengers.[39] Marseille Provence Airport serves as a focus city for Air France. In summer 2013, the airport served 132 regular destinations, the largest offer in France after the Parisian airports.[40]

See source Wikidata query and sources.

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport is served by the Vitrolles Marseille Provence Airport rail station on the TER network. A free shuttle bus runs between the airport and the station.

Other facilities[edit]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 4 February 1948, SNCASE Languedoc P/7 F-BATK of Air France was damaged beyond economical repair.[43]
  • On 30 July 1950, SNCASE Languedoc P/7 F-BCUI of Air France was damaged beyond economic repair when its undercarriage collapsed on landing.[44]
  • On 6 February 1989, Inter Cargo Service Flight 3132, operated by Vickers Vanguard F-GEJE, crashed on takeoff. Three crew died; no passengers were being carried.[45]
  • On 26 December 1994, Air France Flight 8969, with 236 people aboard, arrived in Marseille after being hijacked by four young men of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) at Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers, Algeria two days prior. After 15 hours on the ground and a breakdown in negotiations, the French special forces GIGN stormed the aircraft. In the ensuing firefight, all four hijackers were killed while 3 crew, 13 passengers, and 9 GIGN operatives were injured. The Airbus A300B2-1C F-GBEC was written off.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ LFML – Marseille Provence. AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 9 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Official website: Key facts & figures".
  4. ^ "Pan American B-314 Clipper Flights".
  5. ^ "Marseille Provence Airport unveils brand new commercial offer".
  6. ^ "La recette de Burger King pour faire son come-back dans l'Hexagone" (in French). 21 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Aer Lingus".
  8. ^ Liu, Jim (7 December 2018). "Aeroflot adds 2 European routes in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Air Algerie proposes new French routes in S17". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Air Austral adds Mayotte-Marseille link". Routesonline.
  11. ^ a b "KLM adds Marseille service in W18". Routesonline.
  12. ^ Liu, Jim. "Air France S20 Short-Haul Network additions as of 28JAN20". Routesonline. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Summer 2021: Air France increases services to leisure destinations in France, Europe and North Africa". 8 April 2021.
  14. ^ Liu, Jim. "HOP! adds seasonal domestic routes in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Air Senegal schedules Barcelona / Marseille launch in Dec 2019". Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Binter Canarias desembarca en Francia e Italia". 8 April 2021.
  17. ^ "Luxair reveals four new routes for this summer". 8 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Royal Air Maroc Adds New Rabat – Europe Routes from late-Oct 2015". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
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  24. ^ "Bonjour, Marseille: SkyUp launches flights from Kyiv to the heart of Provence". 9 February 2021.
  25. ^ "SWISS makes a move for Marseille by adding direct flights from Zurich". 25 April 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  26. ^ "La compagnie aérienne Transavia va ouvrir 4 nouvelles lignes au départ de Brest". France Bleu. 2 February 2021.
  27. ^ Liu, Jim. "Transavia France adds new domestic routes from Nov 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  28. ^ "Vols marseille - Billets d'avion marseille - TUI fly, avant Jetairfly". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  29. ^ "Istanbul NEW Airport Review I One Mile At A Time". One Mile at a Time. 9 April 2019.
  30. ^ a b Liu, Jim. "Volotea outlines post-COVID 19 network expansion in S20". Routesonline. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  31. ^ a b "Volotea W18 new routes as of 02AUG18". Routesonline.
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  33. ^ "Volotea : 6 nouveautés à Marseille, 4 à Lyon | Air Journal".
  34. ^ "Volotea, 3 nuove rotte da Olbia - Sardegna". Agenzia ANSA. 31 October 2019.
  35. ^ "Volotea S17 New routes as of 14OCT16". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  36. ^ [1] Archived 19 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  37. ^ retrieved 23 August 2020
  38. ^ "Les 10 aéroports français les plus fréquentés en 2011 – JDN Business" (in French).
  39. ^ "Marseille-Provence bat tous les records avec 8,3 millions de passagers en 2012".
  40. ^ "L'aÊroport Marseille Provence proposera 132 lignes rÊgulières cet ÊtÊ" (in French).
  41. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. 1 January 1970.
  42. ^ "Legal Notice and Disclaimer Archived 29 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine." Eurocopter. Retrieved on 8 December 2010. "[...]whose registered Office is located Aéroport International Marseille-Provence – 13725 Marignane Cedex – France".
  43. ^ "F-BATK Hull-loss description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  44. ^ "F-BCUI Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  45. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 October 2009.

External links[edit]

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