- EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg
IATA: BSL, MLH, EAP – ICAO: LFSB Summary Airport type Public Serves Basel (Switzerland)
Location Saint-Louis, France Elevation AMSL 885 ft / 270 m Coordinates Coordinates: Website Runways Direction Length Surface m ft 15/33 3,900 12,795 Concrete 08/26 1,820 5,971 Concrete 15R/33L 630 2,067 Grass Statistics (2010) Passengers 4,129,052 Freight (tons) 107,390 Aircraft Movements 77,152 Sources: French AIP, airport website and French AIP at EUROCONTROL
EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (IATA: BSL, MLH, EAP, ICAO: LFSB) is an international airport 6 km (3.7 mi) northwest of Basel (Switzerland), 22 km (14 mi) southeast of Mulhouse (France), and 70 km (43 mi) south of Freiburg (Germany). It is located in France, on the administrative territory of the commune of Saint-Louis near the Swiss and German borders. It handled 4,270,000 passengers in 2007.
Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg is one of the few airports in the world operated jointly by two countries, France and Switzerland. It is governed by the international convention of 1949. The headquarters of operations are located in Blotzheim, France. The airport is located completely on French soil, and the airport has a Swiss customs area connected to Basel by a border road. The airport is operated on an agreement established in 1946 where the three countries (Switzerland, Germany and France) are granted access to the airport without any customs or other border restrictions. The airport's board has 8 members from each France and Switzerland, and two advisers from Germany
The airport building is split into two separate sections - Swiss and French. With Switzerland joining the Schengen Treaty in March 2009, the air side was rearranged to include a Schengen and non Schengen zone.
Due to its unusual international status, EuroAirport has three IATA airport codes: BSL (Basel) is the Swiss code, MLH (Mulhouse) is the French code and EAP (EuroAirport) is the international code. The ICAO airport code is LFSB. The Geneva International Airport has a similar international status.
Plans for the construction of a joint Swiss-French airport started in the 1930s, but were stopped by the Second World War.
In 1946, talks were re-opened and it was agreed that an airport would be built at Blotzheim, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north of the city. France would provide the land, and the Swiss canton of Basel-Stadt would provide the construction costs. Basel-Stadt's Grand Council agreed to pay the costs for a provisional airport even before the international treaty was signed (which was not until 1949). Construction began on 8 March 1946 and a provisional airport with a 1,200-metre (3,900 ft) runway was officially opened on 8 May in the same year.
Between autumn 1951 and spring 1953, the east-west runway was extended to 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) and the "Zollfreistrasse" (sealed road) was constructed allowing access from Basel to the departure terminal without passing through French border controls.
The first enlargement project was approved by referendum in Basel in 1960 and over the following decades the terminals and runways were continually extended. The north-south runway was extended further to 3,900 metres (12,800 ft) in 1972. In 1984, an annual total of 1 million passengers was reached.
In 1987, the official name was changed to "Euro-Airport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg". In 1992, the total of 2 million passengers was reached, and in 1998 3 million. The decision was made to enlarge the terminals again with a new Y-finger dock, the first phase was completed in 2002, the second phase in 2005.
The airline Crossair was based at Basel and was the largest airline. Following the Swissair bankruptcy in 2001, and the transformation of Crossair into Swiss International Air Lines, the number of flights from Basel fell and the new terminal was initially underused. In 2004 the low cost carrier EasyJet opened a base at Basel and the passenger totals rose again, reaching 4 million in 2006.
Airlines and destinations
Airlines Destinations Aegean Airways Heraklion
Aigle Azur Algiers, Béjaia, Constantine, Oran, Sétif Air Algérie Constantine Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca Air Berlin Berlin-Tegel, Fuerteventura, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Catania, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Malta, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes
Air France Marseille, Paris-Orly Air France operated by Régional Lyon, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Mediterranee Seasonal: Jijel Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau Air VIA Seasonal: Burgas ArkeFly Seasonal: Punta Cana Austrian Airlines operated by Tyrolean Airways Vienna Belair Hurghada, Luxor, Sharm el-Sheikh
Seasonal: Antalya, Djerba, Enfidha , Marsa Alam, Nador
Belle Air Pristina BMI London-Heathrow British Airways London-Heathrow EasyJet Barcelona, Berlin-Schönefeld, Edinburgh, Madrid, London-Gatwick EasyJet Switzerland Alicante, Amsterdam, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Faro [begins 27 June 2012], Fuerteventura [begins 19 December], Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Ibiza [begins 23 June 2012], Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Lisbon, Malaga, Marrakech, Nantes, Naples, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Pristina, Rome-Fiumicino, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tenerife-South [begins 16 December], Thessaloniki, Venice-Marco Polo
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Cagliari, Olbia, Split
Hello (airline) Agadir [begins 1 November], Boa Vista [begins 7 November], Corfu, Djerba, Heraklion, Marrakech, Palma de Mallorca, Sal [begins 7 November] Iceland Express Seasonal: Reykjavik-Keflavik KLM operated by KLM Cityhopper Amsterdam Lufthansa Regional operated by Augsburg Airways Munich Lufthansa Regional operated by Lufthansa CityLine Frankfurt, Munich Lufthansa Regional operated by Eurowings Düsseldorf Pegasus Airlines Antalya, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen Pegasus operated by IZair Izmir Swiss International Air Lines operated by Swiss European Air Lines Barcelona, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Hamburg, London-City, Manchester, Prague, Rome-Fiumicino, Zürich
TUIfly Fuerteventura, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Seasonal: Corfu, Heraklion, Kos, Minorca, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Tenerife-South
Tunisair Djerba, Enfidha Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk Twin Jet Marseilles, Toulouse VIM Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo XL Germany Pristina [begins 17 December]
Airlines Destinations DHL Aviation Leipzig/Halle DHL operated by Atlantic Airlines East Midlands DHL operated by Bluebird Cargo Geneva, Leipzig/Halle FedEx Feeder operated by Air Contractors Paris-Charles de Gaulle Korean Air Cargo Seoul-Incheon MASkargo Kuala Lumpur, Tashkent TNT Airways Liège UPS Airlines operated by Farnair Switzerland Cologne/Bonn, Geneva
- Connects to the A3 Motorway
- Basel's BVB bus No. 50 connects the Swiss sector of the airport to the Bahnhof SBB, which is the main Swiss and French railway station in Basel.
- French Distribus bus No. 11 connects the French sector of the airport to the Saint-Louis railway station.
Swiss International Air Lines is headquartered on the grounds of EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg in the Swiss section of the airport; even though the airport is within France, the Swiss head office is only accessible from Switzerland. The Swiss division Swiss Aviation Software has its head office there 
The airline Farnair Switzerland also has its head office at EuroAirport. As in the case of the Swiss head office, the Farnair head office may only be accessed from Switzerland. Hello, a Swiss airline, has its head office in the General Aviation area of EuroAirport.
Prior to the formation of Swiss International Air Lines, the regional airline Crossair was headquartered on the grounds of EuroAirport. Prior to its dissolution, Crossair Europe was headquartered on the grounds of EuroAirport.
- ^ a b (PDF). AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 17 Nov 2011.
- ^ a b Statistics of the EuroAirport. EuroAirport.com, Retrieved 2007-09-05.
- ^ a b c EAD Basic
- ^ "General conditions of use." EuroAirport. Retrieved on 24 September 2009. "The Site is published by Basel-Mulhouse Airport, a Franco-Swiss public enterprise governed by the international convention of 4 July 1949 concerning its construction and operation and the headquarters of which are situated at 68730 Blotzheim, France."
- ^ "Mulhouse -> Practical Information." Airlinair. Retrieved on 1 July 2010.
- ^ The Board of Directors.
- ^ Terminal plan.
- ^ BSL - Basel/Mulhouse-EuroAirport Swiss. Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 2007-09-05.
- ^ MLH - Mulhouse, France/Basel-EuroAirport. Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 2007-09-05.
- ^ airlinecodes.
- ^ http://corporate.airfrance.com/en/press/news/article/item/loffensive-dair-france-a-marseille/
- ^ "Facts and figures." Swiss International Air Lines. Retrieved on 13 June 2009.
- ^ "Swiss International Air Lines Basel." Swiss International Air Lines. Retrieved on 24 September 2009.
- ^ "CONTACT." Swiss Aviation Software. Retrieved on 17 September 2011. "Swiss AviationSoftware Ltd. BSLSAS/MA P.O.Box, CH-4002 Basel, Switzerland Marketing & Administration" The location is implied by this picture which is of the Swiss head office at Basel Airport.
- ^ "How to find us." Farnair Europe. Retrieved on 8 December 2010.
- ^ "Hello Location." (Direct image link) Hello. Retrieved on 1 July 2010.
- ^ "Location." Crossair. Retrieved on 13 June 2009.
- ^ World Airline Directory. Flight International. March 23–29, 2004. 58.
- "Franco-Swiss treaty for the construction and use of Basel-Mulhouse airport in Blotzheim" (1949). Text available in French and German.
- History of Basel Airport on Airport Website. (German)
- Information and some history on Airport Website. (English)
- Article on Basel Airport including information on its history. (German)
- EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (official site) (English) (French) (German)
- Fly-EuroAirport.com (official B2C site of EuroAirport) (English) (French) (German)
- Aéroport de Bâle-Mulhouse (Union des Aéroports Français) (French)
- Accident history for BSL at Aviation Safety Network
- Accident history for MLH at Aviation Safety Network
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