Basel-Mulhouse Airport is found in western France, nearby the borders of Switzerland and Germany, and is one of the larger airports of the country. It has a very interesting location, as it is nearby major cities in these three countries, and all these areas are served by the airport. They include Basel in Switzerland, Freiburg in Germany and Mulhouse in France. The airport is also commonly referred to as the EuroAirport, and it has three official IATA codes: BSL for Basel, MLH for Mulhouse and the international code of EAP. A wide variety of airline companies arrive at the airport from many countries around the world, and the Basel Arrivals area is modern and well equipped with facilities for its passengers.
The EuroAirport is situated approximately 22km, or 14 miles from Mulhouse, in the commune of Saint-Louis, about 6km, or 3.7 miles from Basel and 70km, or 43 miles from Freiburg. Its unique location has allowed it to be one of the only airports in the world which is jointly operated by two countries, (France and Switzerland), and although it is built completely on French soil, it permits entry by passengers from Germany and Switzerland with no border control restrictions. These passengers can reach the airport by its customs road which leads into the city of Basel. The terminal building is therefore also separated into two sections, one for France and one for Switzerland. It has a large single terminal building, with several levels, and an excellent choice of amenities. The building has been extended many times over the years since the airport’s establishment, in order to ensure that it can meet the demands of its growing passenger traffic. The more recent additions were the South and North terminal, and the most recent improvements were renovations to Levels 3 and 4 of the ‘old’ terminal building.
Airline companies offering Basel arrivals include those of Air France, Air Algérie, Aigle Azur, BMI, Belle Air, Hello, Iceland Express, EasyJet, British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Twin Jet and Swiss International Airlines. There are approximately twenty different airline companies operating from the airport, and around seventy scheduled flights are offered on a daily basis. Flights arrive at the airport from 62 different airports, located in over thirty countries around the world. The airline carriers present are part of the world’s leading alliances, for example, Star Alliance, SkyTeam and oneworld, and passengers can therefore reach EuroAirport from a range of European hubs and other intercontinental destinations. Flights arrive at Basel Airport from destinations which include Paris, London, Berlin, Rome, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Tenerife, Algiers, Constantine, Casablanca and many others. In 2010, the airport handled just over four million passengers.
Passengers arriving at the airport can pass through the Swiss customs and take the special customs road to Basel, or may pass through French customs, and head for Saint-Louis, Mulhouse or any of the other areas nearby. The airport is particularly nearby Blotzheim and Bartenheim, while larger areas in the vicinity, besides Mulhouse, include Belfort and Montbéliard. Just past Mulhouse is also Colmar, and further north, Strasbourg. The main road leading to these areas is the A35, while from Mulhouse, the A36 heads to Belfort. One of the best ways to explore the country of France is by motor vehicle, as the country has an excellent road network, reaching to all the small and large cities of interest. A hire car can be arranged from the Basel-Mulhouse Airport car rental companies, such as Avis, Hertz, National, Europcar and Sixt. They are found on the second level of the airport, in the arrivals hall 1 of the French sector, and in hall 4 of the Swiss arrival sector.
Further facilities in the arrivals area of the airport include an information desk, open from 05:30 to midnight, seven days a week, a lost property office, tour operators, an international currency exchange office, cash machines, coin dispensers and an SBB Counter, for the purchase of railway tickets for domestic and international travel. There is also an office which can assist with hotel information and bookings. Business travellers can use the meeting rooms of the airport as well, which are capable of seating up to fifty people. The terminal building is fully accessible to disabled passengers, and those with reduced mobility challenges, as there are suitable toilet facilities, lifts, pavement ramps, lowered public telephones and meeting points for all in need of assistance. Passengers can arrange further assistance with their airline company, in advance of their flight to Basel-Mulhouse Airport.
Once ready to leave the airport, passengers who have not hired a car can travel by public transport, as various bus services are available. The Line 50 BVB bus departs from outside the Swiss arrivals area, and takes passengers to the Bahnhof SBB, the main railway station in Basel, for Swiss and French rail connections, and the No.11 Distribus travels from the French sector to the railway station in Saint-Louis, from where trains are available to Mulhouse, and a variety of other destinations. Passengers arriving on the French side can also travel to the Basel railway station from Saint-Louis. Another bus is available to destinations in Germany, and several private bus companies operate vehicles which travel to all the towns and cities within the airport’s region. There is no actual train station at the airport, but taxis are another option for transport. They are found outside both the French and Swiss arrival areas.
Arriving passengers who have parked their vehicle at the airport can now make their payment at the automatic machines, the central pay desk in the arrival hall, or at the exit barriers of the parking areas, by credit card only, and head for their home or place of business. Details of live Basel Arrival schedules can be found online, from various resources.
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