Marseille Provence Airport

Coordinates: 43°26′12″N 05°12′54″E / 43.43667°N 5.21500°E / 43.43667; 5.21500
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Marseille Provence Airport

Aéroport Marseille-Provence
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) Y-14
Airport typePublic
OperatorMarseille Provence Chamber of Commerce and Industry
LocationMarignane, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Opened22 October 1922; 101 years ago (1922-10-22)
Focus city forAir France
Operating base forRyanair
Elevation AMSL70 ft / 21 m
Coordinates43°26′12″N 05°12′54″E / 43.43667°N 5.21500°E / 43.43667; 5.21500
LFML is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Airport in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region
LFML is located in France
LFML (France)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13L/31R 3,500 11,483 Asphalt
13R/31L 2,370 7,776 Asphalt
Statistics (2023)
Passenger change 22-23Increase18.1%
Freight (tons)56,132
Sources: French [1]

Marseille Provence Airport (French: Aéroport 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 region 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-Exupéry 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]


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Marseille Provence Airport:

Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens, Heraklion
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin[7][8]
Air Algérie Algiers, Annaba, Batna, Béjaïa, Chlef, Constantine, Jijel, Oran
Seasonal: Setif (resumes 19 June 2024), Tlemcen[9]
Air Arabia Fes
Air Corsica Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi, Figari
Air France Lyon, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Algiers, Athens, Caen
Air Transat Montréal–Trudeau[10]
Austrian Airlines Vienna[11]
British Airways London–Heathrow[12]
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Corsair International Dzaoudzi, Mauritius, Saint-Denis de la Réunion
easyJet Bordeaux, London–Gatwick
Seasonal: Bristol, Glasgow
El Al Tel Aviv
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Eurowings Düsseldorf
flynas Jeddah[13]
Iberia Madrid
KLM Amsterdam[14]
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Nouvelair Djerba, Monastir, Tunis[15]
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Marrakesh, Rabat[16]
Ryanair Agadir, Alicante, Bergamo, Berlin,[17] Bologna, Bordeaux, Bucharest–Otopeni, Budapest, Catania, Charleroi, Dublin, Eindhoven, Essaouira, Fès, Kraków, La Rochelle,[18] Lille, Limoges,[17] Lisbon, London–Stansted, Luxembourg,[17] Madrid, Málaga, Malta, Marrakesh, Nador, Nantes, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Palermo, Paphos, Porto, Prague, Rabat, Reggio Calabria,[19] Rome–Fiumicino, Seville, Tangier, Tétouan, Tirana,[20] Valencia, Wrocław[21]
Seasonal: Amman–Queen Alia,[17] Bari, Bristol,[22] Chania, Corfu, Edinburgh, Faro,[23] Ibiza, Lanzarote,[17] Manchester, Menorca, Naples,[23] Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes,[24] Shannon,[18][23] Tenerife–South,[17] Tours,[23] Treviso,[24] Venice, Zadar, Zagreb[25]
Shanghai Airlines Shanghai–Pudong (begins 2 July 2024)[26]
Sky Express Seasonal: Heraklion[27]
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich[28]
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transavia Brest,[29] Dakar–Diass, Nantes,[30] Rennes
Seasonal: Antalya,[31] Biarritz,[31] Casablanca,[32] Djerba,[32] Dubai–International, Heraklion (begins 7 July 2024),[31] Lille, Marrakesh,[32] Monastir,[33] Palermo,[31] Stockholm–Arlanda (begins 6 June 2024),[31] Tunis, Yerevan
Tunisair Djerba, Monastir, Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul[34]
Twin Jet Metz/Nancy, Milan–Malpensa, Pau, Strasbourg[35]
Volotea Athens, Caen, Constantine, Fuerteventura, Oran, Rennes, Setif, Strasbourg, Tlemcen, Venice
Seasonal: Annaba, Barcelona,[36] Béjaïa,[37] Brest,[38] Cagliari, Copenhagen,[39] Dubrovnik, Florence, Gran Canaria,[40] Heraklion, Lanzarote,[41] Menorca, Mykonos, Olbia,[42] Palma de Mallorca, Santorini, Split,[43] Tenerife–South[44]
Vueling Algiers, Barcelona


ASL Airlines France[45] Ajaccio, Bastia, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Rennes
UPS Airlines[46] Cologne/Bonn


It is the fifth busiest French airport by passenger traffic and third largest for cargo traffic.[47] In 2012, the airport achieved the fourth highest European passenger traffic growth, at 12.7% with 8,295,479 passengers.[48] 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.[49]

Annual passenger traffic at MRS airport. See Wikidata query.

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport is served by the Vitrolles Marseille Provence Airport rail station on the TER network. A public 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.[52]
  • On 30 July 1950, SNCASE Languedoc P/7 F-BCUI of Air France was damaged beyond economic repair when its undercarriage collapsed on landing.[53]
  • On 6 February 1989, Inter Cargo Service Flight 3132, operated by Vickers Vanguard F-GEJE, crashed on takeoff. Three crew died; no passengers were on board.[54]
  • 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 three 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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External links[edit]

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