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Your Complete Guide to Basel Airport

The Basel Airport is located approximately 22km, or 14 miles southeast of Mulhouse, France, 6km, or 3.7 miles northwest of Basel, Switzerland and 70km, or 43 miles south of Freiburg, Germany. The airport is constructed completely on French soil, but is jointly operated by both French and Swiss authorities. It is also known as the Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, or as the EuroAirport, and due to its unique location, is assigned three IATA codes. The most commonly used of the three is BSL, while the second most common is MLH. The third code, EAP, is the international code, and is less commonly advertised. The EuroAirport is served by a large number of airline carriers, and has a large and modern terminal building with all essential facilities.

Basel Airport is truly interesting due to its unique position in the heart of western Europe, and at the crossroads of three economically thriving locations, which include the Alsace region of France, North West Switzerland and Baden-Würtemberg in Germany. It is the only bi-national airport in the world, although it’s international status is similar to the Geneva International. An agreement established in 1946 allows the three countries of Switzerland, France and Germany access to the location without any customs or other border restrictions. The airport, although in France, is connected to Basil by a customs road, which is also shared with Mulhouse and Freiburg. Basel-Mulhouse Airport consists of a Swiss sector and a French sector, and passengers, with valid travel documents, are able to pass from one side to the other through the border crossing in the departure area.

The board of directors for EuroAirport consists of persons from the three nationalities. There are eight members from France, eight members from Switzerland and two advisors from Germany. The headquarters is located in Blotzheim, France.

Access to the airport is provided from all three countries by major roads and highways, and excellent bus services. There is no train station on the Basel airport grounds, but possibly one will be built in the near future. However, buses travel to the Bahnhof SBB railway station in Basel, which is the main station for the city and consists of a French section as well. Buses are also available to the Saint-Louis railway station, since that the airport is located in the commune of Saint-Louis. Other areas nearby the Mulhouse Airport include Bartenheim, Hésingue and Village-Neuf, on the French side. The main access road is the A35, which leads from Mulhouse to the south, past the airport and on to Basel. This road can become extremely busy, and therefore, passengers are sometimes recommended to exit the Autoroute at Bartenheim and travel the D201 highway instead. The drive to the terminal from Saint-Louis will take five minutes, from Mulhouse, half an hour, from Basel five minutes and from Freiburg, an hour. The location is also within an hours drive of Lucerne, Zurich, Berne, Colmar and Belfort.

Although a joint Swiss-French airport was discussed since 1930, it was only in 1946 that the airport was built for operation. The earlier plans for EuroAirport were halted by the Second World War. The first runway built was 1,200 metres in length, and was opened on 8 May 1946. An important year was 1952, when the toll-free road linking it to Basel was completed. This ‘sealed road’ allowed passengers to reach the departure terminal without the need to pass through French border controls. Over the following years the terminal was expanded and the runways were extended, and by 1984, passenger traffic exceeded one million. The airport’s name was officially changed to the ‘Euro-Airport Basel-Freiburg, and by 1992, over two million passengers per year used the destination. Rapidly increasing traffic forced the authorities to enlarge the terminals again around the year 2000, with a new Y-finger dock. The two phases of this project was completed by 2005. The new sections are named the South and North passenger terminals. In 2006, over four million passengers passed through Basel airport.

More recent developments at the Basel-Mulhouse Airport have included renovations to the old terminal building, in particular on levels three and four. In the future, the airport will no doubt find it necessary to provide further extensions to the passenger facilities, and plans are in the works to construct new shops and car parks. The airport will also be promoting the possibility of a direct rail link in order to optimize its accessibility via public transport.

Scheduled flights are offered from the Mulhouse Airport to 62 destinations in thirty countries around the world. Approximately seventy daily scheduled flights are handled by twenty different airline companies. Twenty daily flights are made to Paris, London and Berlin. Important airline carriers serving the airport include EasyJet and EasyJet Switzerland, Aigle Azur, British Airways, Air France, Air Algérie, Air Berlin, Hello, KLM operated by Cityhopper, Lufthansa Regional operated by Lufthansa CityLine and Eurowings, Swiss International Airlines, Twin Jet and TUIfly. In 2010, 4,129,052 passengers were recorded, and 77,152 aircraft movements were made at Basel Airport.

Within the terminal building, which has separate areas for Swiss and French operations, a vast array of facilities are available. Although aircraft mainly operate from 04:00 to midnight, the terminal is open twenty-four hours a day, and there are plenty of shops and restaurants for the entertainment of passengers. There are also banking and currency exchange services, conference facilities, kid’s corners, internet corners, Wi-Fi connections, travel agencies, car hire companies, an office from where hotel information is available and photocopying services. The terminal is complete with meeting points for disabled passengers, and all facilities required for passengers with reduced mobility challenges.

Further details relating to Basel-Mulhouse Airport information is available from the information desk of the airport, located on level 2 of the terminal building, and open from 05:30 to midnight, seven days a week.

You can see below a selection of nonstop flights covered from Basel Airport with approximate times.

Destination Weekly Flights Distance
Basel Mulhouse Freiburg (MLH) 57 0 Km (0 Miles)
Heathrow (LHR) 40 718 Km (446 Miles)
Frankfurt (FRA) 35 280 Km (174 Miles)
Munich (MUC) 28 327 Km (203 Miles)
Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) 27 401 Km (249 Miles)
Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) 24 560 Km (348 Miles)
Hamburg (HAM) 23 693 Km (430 Miles)
Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) 23 692 Km (430 Miles)
Barcelona (BCN) 18 823 Km (511 Miles)
Dusseldorf (DUS) 15 414 Km (257 Miles)