Airliner Storage & Maintenance Facilities at the Châteauroux Airport


Location and History

Roadside signage near Châteauroux, France

Located in the heart of Europe and in the center of France, Châteauroux-Centre Airport is an industrial airport specializing in freight, pilot training and aircraft maintenance/storage. Paris lies 270km to the north.

In 1936, Marcel Dassault created his first aircraft manufacturing plant at this site, later the location of Châteauroux-Déols Air Base.

In March of 2007, the French state transferred management responsibility to the Regional Council of the Centre, which decided to develop the airport's industrial activities, both in the field of air freight traffic and aircraft maintenance.

The Châteauroux Airport Today

The airport is assigned ICAO code LFLX, and IATA code CHR.

The control tower at the Chateauroux Airport in France
The control tower at the Châteauroux Airport in France

It features asphalt runway 03/21 3,500m (11,483ft) in length and 45m in width, capable of receiving the largest aircraft flying today, including the Boeing 747, Airbus A380 and Antonov An-124. It offers a CAT 1 ILS (Category 1 Instrument Landing System).

Châteauroux-Centre Airport is used by both passenger and cargo planes. It also serves as a pilot training site for both commercial and military planes. Users of the facility include Airbus, Air France, British Airways, EasyJet, KLM, the French Air Force, Lufthansa and other airlines and air forces.

The airport has a large aeronautical maintenance area utilized by a number of companies. Dale Aviation Ltd specializes in the line maintenance of commercial Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft. This company also stores aircraft with operational support, and offers dismantling and recycling of aircraft at the end of the life.

The airport grounds are entirely enclosed by a perimeter security fence that meets ICAO standards, and controlled access gates.

It is located two hours by road from Paris, and is situated just outside the town of Châteauroux. The airport is a multi-modal site served by the A20, A10 and A71. It also features a dedicated rail link that connects the airport with the French railways (SNCF) Paris - Toulouse line.

For more information, visit the website of the the Châteauroux Airport or phone +33 2 54 60 53 53

Aviation maintenance and storage facilities at the Châteauroux-Centre Airport
Maintenance and storage facilities at the Châteauroux-Centre Airport in France

Airport Improvements

New facilities were underway at the Châteauroux-Centre Airport in 2021, including a new control tower (right) and a new hangar (below).

New control tower under  construction at Châteauroux Airport in 2021
New hangar construction at the Châteauroux Airport in 2021
New hangar construction at Châteauroux Airport in 2021

 

Airliner Storage at Châteauroux During the COVID-19 Outbreak

As anyone that flies, has ties to the aviation industry, or watches TV knows, the worldwide outbreak of the Corona Virus had a major negative impact on airlines and their fleets, worldwide.

Hundreds of airliners were placed in storage around the world.

Châteauroux-Centre Airport stored a number of airliners during the COVID-19 pandemic, including eleven (11) British Airways A380s. A total of over 40 airliners were reportedly stored at the airport during the peak of the pandemic. Many have been restored to active service.

 

Scenes Around the Châteauroux-Centre Airport in 2020

British Airways Airbus A380s in storage at the Châteauroux Airport - June 17, 2020 (Photo by DELEHELLE Eric)
British Airways Airbus A380s in storage at the Chateauroux Airport


Hong Kong Airlines jetliners at the Chateauroux Airport - June 17, 2020 (Photo by DELEHELLE Eric)
Stored Hong Kong Airlines jetliners at the Chateauroux Airport


Stored Air Caraibes airliners at the Chateauroux Airport (Photo by DELEHELLE Eric)
Stored Air Caraibes airliners at the Chateauroux Airport


Garuda Indonesia A330-941, Registration F-WWYP, at the Chateauroux Airport (Photo by DELEHELLE Eric)
Garuda Indonesia A330-941, Registration F-WWYP, at the Chateauroux Airport

 

Scenes Around the Châteauroux-Centre Airport in 2021

Airliner operations around the Châteauroux Airport in 2021 (All photos by DELEHELLE Eric)
SaudiGulf Airlines Airbus A320 at the Chateauroux Airport in 2021
Airliner storage at the Chateauroux Airport in 2021
Airliner operations around the Chateauroux Airport in 2021 ... Garuda Indonesia Airliner operations around the Chateauroux Airport in 2021 ... Hong Kong Airlines
Aeroflot Airbus A350-900 at the Chateauroux Airport in 2021
Transavia Boeing 737-800 at the Chateauroux Airport in 2021
Airliner operations around the Chateauroux Airport in 2021 ... Red Wings Airbus A321 Airliner storage around the Chateauroux Airport in 2021
Airliner operations around the Chateauroux Airport in 2021 ... Air Caraibes and HongKong Airlines
Airliner storage at the Chateauroux Airport in 2021 Airliner storage at the Chateauroux Airport in 2021 ... China Eastern AIrlines
Airliner operations around the Chateauroux Airport in 2021 .... Vallair
iFly Airlines AIrbus A330 at the Chateauroux Airport in 2021

 

 

Interactive Map of the Châteauroux-Centre Airport Area

 

Cocooning of British Airways Airbus A-380s ... YouTube video uploaded by the Châteauroux-Centre Airport


 

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