Strasbourg Airport (SXB)
Strasbourg Airport is one of the most important airports in France, and is located just outside of one of the nine largest cities in France. It is in the area of Entzheim, hence its other name of the Entzheim Airport, just 10km from the city centre of Strasbourg. The airport is served by several important airline companies, which fly to a variety of local and international destinations, and has facilities for the needs of all passengers. The airport has the official IATA code of SXB, and its ICAO code is listed as LFST.
Strasbourg Airport has an important location nearby to the border between France and Germany, and is found in the wonderful Alsace region of France, well known for a number of attractions. The city itself is a very popular destination for tourists, as it has a lovely old town area that can be explored on foot or by minitram, and has a selection of museums that appeal to all ages. Just an hour from the city is also the Europa Park, which is considered as one of the best-loved amusement parks in Europe, boasting over a hundred rides and various other forms of entertainment. Several other towns and cities nearby are well worth a visit as well, for example, Colmar, known as ‘little Venice’ as it has numerous beautiful canals and bridges. The airport serves the city of Strasbourg, as well as many other areas in the Bas-Rhin department of France.
This important international airport is particularly nearby to the areas of Entzheim, Lingolsheim, Ostwald, Illkirch-Graffenstaden, Duppigheim and Holtzheim, and is found to the southwest of the city centre. Passengers can easily access the airport on the A35 motorway from the city, which links to the D400 and then the D221, which is the airport road. Just east of Strasbourg is the border between France and Germany and the German city of Kehl, and nearby are also the cities of Willstätt and Offenburg. Further north in the country of Germany is the Baden-Baden Airport, Karlsruhe, Zweibrücken (77km) and Saarbrücken (85km). To the south is Freiburg. The main road linking these cities in Germany is the E35 and E52, and is also connected to Strasbourg by the N353 and the road 28 past Kehl. On the French side of the border, Mulhouse, Colmar and Sélestat are to the south, along the A35, and to the north-west and west are Metz, Nancy, Verdun, Toul and Sarrebourg. The main roads connecting to these cities are the N4 and the A4, and they are within two hours drive.
Passengers on departure flights from will find five parking areas available should they arrive by private vehicle. P1 is for short-term parking, while P2, P3 and P5 are more suitable for medium to long-term parking stays. P3 is the airport’s underground car park, while P4 is reserved for use by passengers on charter flights. Alternatively, buses travel between the airport and the Baggersee Tram Station in Strasbourg, and the airport has its own train station, known as the Entzheim Station. Trains are available every fifteen minutes, and take just nine minutes to travel between Strasbourg Airport and the city Train Station. Taxis are another form of ground transport available to or from the airport.
Strasbourg airline companies include Air France, and Air France operated by Brit Air and by Régional. This airline company offers scheduled flights to Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Nice, Bordeaux, Lille, Marseille, Toulouse, Lisbon and Amsterdam, and seasonal flights to Figari, Montpellier, Ajaccio, Bastia, Venice and Calvi. Other important airline companies at the airport include Brussels Airlines with flights to Brussels, Czech Airlines with flights to Prague, Iberia with flights to Madrid and Vueling for flights to Barcelona. Tunisair also serves the destinations of Tunis and Dierba, Royal Air Maroc flies to Casablanca and Aigle Azur offers seasonal flights to Algiers.
Passenger traffic at the airport is currently recorded at just over a million passengers per annum. 2011 ended with the total of 1,080,046 passengers, which was a very slight increase from 2010. However, traffic is declining at the airport, mainly due to the new high-speed train services which are now available to and from the main Train Station. By train Paris can now be reached in just over two hours by the TGV services, and many other European cities are now ‘closer’. In the earlier 2000’s Strasbourg Airport had over 2 million passengers, with 2003 as one of the busiest years recorded. Traffic dropped to just under two million in 2004 and 2005, but 2006 was once again over the two million mark. The TGV services began in 2007, and since then traffic has significantly decreased. 2008 had only 1.3 million passengers, and 2009 dropped further to 1.1 million. The new LGV Rhin Rhône opening in late 2011 is expected to instigate an even further loss of passengerst.
The airport is a public establishment managed by the CCI de Strasbourg et du Bas Rhin, and is responsible for all airport operations. They also manage improvements to the airport’s facilities, and the latest additions have included a new link to the airport train station, the creation of a special service to assist disabled passengers, the opening of a Business Centre offering fully equipped conference venues for hire and the creation of relaxation zone that also includes work areas.
Strasbourg Airport consists of a large, single terminal building with facilities on two levels, and one runway. The airport has a footprint of 270 hectares, and the passenger terminal covers a surface area of 21,000 square metres. There is also a terminal of 9,000 square metres for freight operations. The runway of the airport is of a concrete surface, and 2,700 metres long, allowing larger sized aircraft to take-off and land. The terminal has an annual processing capacity of 2.5 million passengers per annum. Airport facilities include shops, restaurants and bars (and a duty-free store), VIP lounges, cash dispensers, children’s play equipment, baby-changing areas, free WiFi connections and restrooms suitable for disabled passengers. Further facilities are in place for the assistance of reduced mobility passengers as well.
More information is available from the airport desk, or passengers can call the airport at the following number: +33 (0)3 88646767.
Please find below a selection of Airlines, Destination and approx flight times from Strasbourg Airport.
|Orly (ORY)||36||386 Km (240 Miles)|
|Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG)||28||375 Km (233 Miles)|
|Marseille (MRS)||19||602 Km (374 Miles)|
|Toulouse (TLS)||18||732 Km (455 Miles)|
|Bordeaux Mérignac (BOD)||18||761 Km (473 Miles)|
|Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)||17||461 Km (287 Miles)|
|Nantes (NTE)||17||706 Km (439 Miles)|
|Nice (NCE)||13||5,707 Km (3,546 Miles)|
|Lyon St Exupéry (LYS)||12||372 Km (231 Miles)|
|Lille (LIL)||10||394 Km (245 Miles)|
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