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Bale Mulhouse Airport

EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg
Flughafen Basel-Mülhausen-Freiburg
Aéroport Bâle-Mulhouse-Fribourg

Location of airport in Switzerland
Airport type Public
Serves Basel (Switzerland)
Mulhouse (France)
Freiburg (Germany)
Location Saint-Louis, France
Elevation AMSL 885 ft / 270 m
Coordinates 47°35′24″N 007°31′45″E / 47.59°N 7.52917°E / 47.59; 7.52917 (EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg)Coordinates: 47°35′24″N 007°31′45″E / 47.59°N 7.52917°E / 47.59; 7.52917 (EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 3,900 12,795 Concrete
08/26 1,820 5,971 Concrete
16r/34l 630 2,067 Grass
Statistics (2007)
Passengers 4,270,000
Freight (tons) 107,000
Aircraft Movements 82,024
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.

International status

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 country.

Location of the airport relative to Basel
Location of the airport relative to Basel

The airport building was originally split into two separate sections. However, with Switzerland joining the Schengen Treaty in March 2009, the separate Swiss and French halves have been united.

Due to its unique 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
Aigle Azur Algiers, Constantine, Oran, Sétif
Air Algérie Constantine
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca
Air Berlin Catania [seasonal], Fuerteventura [seasonal], Heraklion [seasonal], Ibiza [seasonal], Kos [seasonal], Lamezia Terme [seasonal], Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Luxor [seasonal], Marsa Alam [seasonal], Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes [seasonal], Tenerife-South
Air France Paris-Orly
Air France operated by CityJet Amsterdam
Air France operated by Régional Ajaccio [seasonal], Lyon, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Transat Montréal-Trudeau [seasonal]
Air VIA Burgas
French Airlines operated by Tyrolean Airways Vienna
Belair Antalya [seasonal], Djerba [seasonal], Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh
British Airways London-Heathrow
DanubeWings Bratislava, Balaton [seasonal charter]
EasyJet Barcelona, Berlin-Schönefeld, Madrid, London-Gatwick
EasyJet Switzerland Alicante, Ajaccio [seasonal], Amsterdam, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Cagliari [seasonal], Copenhagen [begins November 1], Dresden [begins December 3], Düsseldorf, Edinburgh [begins December 3], Las Palmas de Gran Canaria [begins December 4], Hamburg, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Lisbon, Malaga, Marrakech, Nantes, Naples, Nice, Olbia [seasonal], Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Pristina, Rome-Fiumicino, Split [seasonal], Tel Aviv [begins December 5], Thessaloniki, Venice [begins October 31]
Hello Corfu, Djerba, Heraklion, Palma de Mallorca
Iceland Express Reykjavik-Keflavik [seasonal]
Israir Tel Aviv [resumes 29 September and ends in 27 October]
Lufthansa Regional operated by Augsburg Airways Munich
Lufthansa Regional operated by Lufthansa CityLine Frankfurt, Munich
Lufthansa Regional operated by Eurowings Düsseldorf
Pegasus Airlines Antalya, Bodrum, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Pegasus operated by IZair Izmir
SunExpress Antalya
Swiss International Air Lines operated by Swiss European Air Lines Barcelona, Brussels, Budapest, Hamburg, London-City, Manchester, Prague, Venice, Warsaw, Zürich
TUIfly Corfu [seasonal], Fuerteventura, Funchal [seasonal], Heraklion [seasonal], Kos [seasonal], Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Minorca [seasonal], Palma de Mallorca [seasonal], Rhodes [seasonal], Tenerife-South
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Twin Jet Marseilles, Toulouse

Cargo airlines

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

Ground transport

  • 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.

Other facilities

Swiss International Air Lines head office at EuroAirport
Swiss International Air Lines head office at EuroAirport

Swiss International Air Lines is headquartered on the grounds of EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg in the Swiss section (only accessible 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.

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General Info
Country France
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 47.589583
47° 35' 22.50" N
Longitude 7.529914
007° 31' 47.69" E
Elevation 885 feet
270 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 000° E (01/06)
Alternate Name EUROAIRPORT
Near City Basel Mulhouse SZ
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

TWR 118.3
INFO 121.25
GND 121.6
ATIS 127.875
APP 118.575
118.575 121.25 On instr to FL100.

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
08/26 5969 x 197 feet
1819 x 60 meters
16/34 12795 x 197 feet
3900 x 60 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME BLM BALE MULHOUSE 121Y 117.45 2.9 NM 154.9
NDB BN BALE MULHOUSE - 353 4.8 NM 154.5

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Oil O-117, 1100, Reciprocating Engine Oil (MIL L 6082)

O-123, 1065,(Dispersant)Reciprocating Engine Oil(MIL L 22851 Type III)

CAUTION WIP along first 5020ft Rwy 16 UFN.
FUEL (NC- 100LL, A1) Apvl rqr btn 2200-0400Z++
LGT PAPI Rwy 26 MEHT 29'. Rwy 34 GS 3.5 MEHT 75'.
OIL O-117-123
RSTD Tkof/ldg proh btn 2100-0500Z++. Rwy 16/34 clsd btn 2330-0400Z++ Mon-Sat.

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