Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport is the only airport in the world that is operated by two countries at once - France and Switzerland. The name of the airport is often shortened to Basel-Mulhouse, also called EuroAirport. The airport is located on the territory of France in the city of Saint-Louis and is located near the border with Switzerland, which is why this country also manages the airport..
It is ranked seventh in size in France and third in Switzerland. More than 5 million people are served here annually, as well as more than 100 thousand tons of cargo..
The airport in Basel has 3 runways, two with artificial turf, 3900 and 1820 meters long. The third grass runway is only 630 meters long. The airport also has two passenger terminals..
The history of the airport in Basel dates back to the 20s of the last century. Then the Swiss airport was located in Birsfelden. However, by the 30s it became clear that the airport could not provide quality work. Since the expansion of the old airport was not possible, Switzerland considered building a new airport..
Thus, negotiations began with France on the construction of an airport on their land, which will be operated by the two countries. These negotiations were interrupted by World War II.
After the war, negotiations were restored and in May 1946 the new airport was put into operation. In 1949, an agreement was signed that took into account various nuances of airport management..
In subsequent years, Basel-Mulhouse Airport was reconstructed several times..
The airport in Basel offers its guests all the services they need on the road. On the territory of the terminals there are cafes and restaurants, ATMs, bank branches, shops, post office, currency exchange, etc..
For passengers with children, there is a mother and child room, as well as special playgrounds for children..
If necessary, passengers can seek help from the medical center or buy the necessary medicines at the pharmacy..
In addition, the terminal has a separate VIP lounge for business class passengers..
How to get there
There are several ways to get from the airport to the nearest cities such as Basel, Saint-Louis, Mulhouse, Belfort and others. The most popular way is by bus.
There are buses to Switzerland, France and Germany that connect the airport with the nearest cities.
In addition, you can always get to the city by taxi..
It should be said that the construction of tram lines is planned, it should be completed by 2016.