Basel-Mulhouse Airport (or the EuroAirport) is located in the commune of Saint-Louis, in the country of France, and approximately 22km, or 14 miles from the larger city of Mulhouse. It has unique location nearby the French/Swiss and French/German borders, and therefore serves major cities within these countries as well. Basel is only about 6km, or 3.7 miles away, and Freiburg (Germany) is about 70km, or 43 miles away. The airport is also allocated three official IATA codes, which are BSL for Basel, MLH for Mulhouse and EAP as an international code. Basel Departures are offered by a large variety of airline carriers, to many worldwide destinations, and departing passengers will find all the facilities they require within the terminal.
The airport, one of the only in the world to be jointly operated by authorities from two countries (Switzerland and France), is split into two sections. Both the Swiss and French sides of the airport are well equipped with facilities, and completely modern for efficient operations. Although built completely in France, Swiss and German passengers may access the airport via a special customs road from Basel city, which is free from any border restrictions. This road was built in 1952, and an agreement in 1946 allows these two countries unrestricted access to the airport. From Mulhouse, the location is accessible by the Autoroute A35, which can also be used from French areas further north, such as Strasbourg and Colmar. From Montbéliard and Belfort, motorists can take the A36 to Mulhouse, and then the A35 to the airport. Particularly nearby lie the areas of Huningue, Hésingue, Blotzheim and Bartenheim, and during rush hour traffic when the A35 is very busy, motorists can exit the Autoroute at Bartenheim, and use the D201 highway for airport access.
Departing passengers driving their own vehicles to Basel-Mulhouse Airport will find plenty of parking options available, on both the French and Swiss sides of the terminal. There are areas for dropping off departing passengers, areas which can be used for stays of up to two hours, short-term parking lots and long-term parking lots, which can be used for stays of four or more days. Passengers may also use public transport to reach their departure flight, which is often more convenient than driving. The BVB buses travel frequently from the Bahnhof SBB, which is the one of the main Basel railway stations in the city. This is the Line 50 bus. Buses are also available for departing passengers from the Saint-Louis railway station in France, and from Freiburg in Germany. Many private shuttle services can be reserved in advance from most of the airport’s surrounding areas, and conventional taxis offer transport from all areas as well.
Basel Departures are offered by some twenty airline companies to sixty-two airports in over thirty countries. There are approximately seventy daily scheduled flights in operation, twenty of which fly to Paris, London and Berlin. A few of the main airline companies offering departure flights from the airport, as well as their destinations, include the following: Aigle Azur to Algiers Constantine and Oran, Air France to Marseille, Lyon and Paris, Lufthansa to Munich and Frankfurt, Air Berlin to Berlin-Tegel, Fuerteventura and Tenerife, Air Algérie to Constantine, BMI to London-Heathrow and Manchester, EasyJet to Barcelona, Edinburgh, Madrid, London and Toulouse, KLM to Amsterdam and EasyJet Switzerland, to a wide range of destinations which include Nantes, Naples, Nice, Rome-Fiumicino, Venice, Düsseldorf and Faro. Iceland Express, Israir Airlines, Air Transat, ArkeFly, Air VIA, Air Mediterranee and TUIfly also offer seasonal departures from the airport to a variety of destinations. Basel-Mulhouse handles over four million passengers per annum, and the presence of airlines from some of the world’s leading alliances (Star Alliance, SkyTeam and oneworld) means that passengers have excellent connections to all major European hubs, and then to a number of intercontinental destinations.
The passenger terminal has facilities which adequately meet the needs of arriving and departing passengers. It is a single building, although sections are referred to as the South and North terminals. These two terminals were more recently built, and within the ‘older’ terminal, levels three and four were recently renovated. Passengers can enjoy efficient and friendly service, along with facilities which include international currency exchange services, banking facilities, ATMS, internet corners, kids corners and Wi-Fi connections for laptops. Entertainment areas for children and internet areas are located throughout the terminal, and offices for currency exchange are open in the international departure area from 06:00 to 22:00, and in the departure hall on level 3 from 09:00 to 20:00, seven days a week. There are also conferencing facilities at the airport, with rooms which are able to welcome up to fifty guests, baby changing rooms, a hairdresser and fax and photocopy facilities. The majority of services are available in both the French and Swiss sectors. For disabled passengers, the terminal building is equipped with ramps and lifts, suitable toilet facilities, lowered public telephones and two check-in desks which are specially reserved for use by persons with reduced mobility. Further assistance can also be arranged in advance of departure with the relevant airline company, and meeting points can be found in the terminal for departing passengers on level 3.
Checking-in at the airport is made easy by a variety of options. There are check-in counters for check-in on the day of your departure, automatic check-in machines allow passengers to avoid queues at the counters and internet check-in services, where passengers can check-in from the comfort of their own home or office. Passengers should be at the airport at least an hour before departure, to allow sufficient time for passing the security checks, and to reach the departure gate.
Further information regarding Basel Departures is available from the information desk at the airport, open from 05:30 to midnight, seven days a week, and live departure schedules are found on many online websites.
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