Lorient South Brittany Airport

Lorient South Brittany Airport

Aéroport de Lorient Bretagne Sud
Le terminal des départs et arrivées de l'aéroport de Lorient..JPG
Summary
Airport type Joint Mil-Civ airfield
Operator Morbihan Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Fleet Air Arm
Serves Lorient, France
Elevation AMSL 160 ft / 49 m
Coordinates 47°45′38″N 03°26′24″W / 47.76056°N 3.44000°W / 47.76056; -3.44000Coordinates: 47°45′38″N 03°26′24″W / 47.76056°N 3.44000°W / 47.76056; -3.44000
Website www.lorient.aeroport.fr
Maps
The Brittany region within France
The Brittany region within France
LFRH is located in Brittany
LFRH
LFRH
Location of the airport in Brittany
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 1,670 5,479 Asphalt
07/25 2,403 7,883 Asphalt
Source: French AIP[1] and airport website.[2]

Lorient South Brittany Airport or Aéroport de Lorient Bretagne Sud (IATA: LRT, ICAO: LFRH), also known as Lorient-Lann-Bihoué Airport, is the airport serving the city of Lorient. It is situated 5 km west-northwest of Lorient,[1] a commune of the Morbihan département in the Brittany region of France.

Airlines and destinations

Statistics

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Military use

The airport is comparatively large, 3 km by 3 km, which is due to its being built during the Second World War to support German submarine operations from the nearby base in Lorient.

It is also known as Lann Bihoue Naval Air Base (Base Aéronavale de Lann Bihoué) and is one of the French Naval Aviation bases, currently hosting:

  • Two combat squadrons (flottilles) (11F, 17F) equipped with Dassault Rafale M aircraft, suitable to fly naval and land combat and recce missions and nuclear deterrence missions
  • One interception squadron (12F) equipped with Dassault Rafale M aircraft, assuring air superiority
  • One airborne radar squadron (4F) equipped with Grumman E-2C Hawkeye aircraft, to secure the skies over the fleet and to control air-traffic
  • One training/mission preparation unit

These units also form the airwing which is assigned to the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.

Accidents

  • On July 30th, 1998, Proteus Airlines Flight 706 collided with a Cessna after flying off-course on approach to the airport, leading to the deaths of the people on both planes.

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