Châteauroux-Centre "Marcel Dassault" Airport

Châteauroux-Centre "Marcel Dassault" Airport
Aéroport de Châteauroux-Centre "Marcel Dassault"
Airport type Public
Operator Aéroport Châteauroux-Centre
Serves Châteauroux
Location Déols, Indre, France
Elevation AMSL 529 ft / 161 m
Coordinates 46°51′37″N 001°43′16″E / 46.86028°N 1.72111°E / 46.86028; 1.72111Coordinates: 46°51′37″N 001°43′16″E / 46.86028°N 1.72111°E / 46.86028; 1.72111

Location of Centre region in France
Location in Centre-Val de Loire region
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,500 11,483 Concrete
Source: French AIP,[1] UAF,[2] Airport[3]

Châteauroux-Centre "Marcel Dassault" Airport (French: Aéroport de Châteauroux-Centre "Marcel Dassault", IATA: CHR, ICAO: LFLX), formerly known as Châteauroux-Déols "Marcel Dassault" Airport, is an airport serving the French city of Châteauroux.[1] The airport is located 5.5 km (3.0 NM) north-northeast of Châteauroux[1] in Déols, a commune of the Indre department in the Centre-Val de Loire region in France. The airport is named after Marcel Dassault and is located on the site of the former Châteauroux-Déols Air Base. It is dedicated to air freight, aeronautical maintenance, pilot training and training of airport firefighters.


Châteauroux-Centre Airport resides at an elevation of 529 feet (161 m) above mean sea level. It has one paved runway designated 03/21 which measures 3,500 by 45 metres (11,483 ft × 148 ft).[1] The airport is used by both passenger and cargo planes.

Châteauroux-Centre Airport serves as a pilot training site for both commercial and military planes. Users of the facility include: Airbus, Air Caraïbes, Air France, ATR, the Belgian Air Force, British Airways, EasyJet, KLM, the French Air Force, French Bee, Hi Fly, Swiss International Air Lines, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Transavia France with all types of aircraft up to the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747.

In the years 1990 to 2000, Concorde regularly came to train for the future pilots and flight crews of Air France and British Airways.

The Châteauroux airport has also devoted part of its activity to air freight. Its predominantly industrial vocation allows it to handle all types of aircraft (such as the An-225) and cargo 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is a transit airport that does not no "slot" and relies on road transport.

Since 1 January 2000, the Châteauroux-Center airport has been authorized agent. It is one of the few French airports that made this approach and obtained the approval of the DGAC. This allows it to offer shippers, carriers and freight forwarders a "cargo security" service controlled by the airport security supervisor.

The airport has a large aeronautical maintenance area on which are installed, in 2018, the following companies:

  • ATE - Air Livery: specialized in aeronautic painting with 4 cabins of paint up to Airbus A330, some Airbus A340 and some Boeing 777.
  • Dale Aviation Ltd: specialized in the line maintenance of commercial aircraft Airbus and Boeing. Dale Aviation also stores aircraft with operational support.
  • Egide Aviation: specialized in aircraft maintenance, helicopter less than 5700 kg, avionics and airworthiness management.
  • Vallair: company specialized in the dismantling of end-of-life aircraft with recovery and repair of elements for the maintenance market.
  • Veolia Aero Recycling France: subsidiary of Veolia, has an aircraft decommissioning platform of 10.000 sqm.

C2FPA, an airport fire fighter training center, is based at Châteauroux-Centre Airport. The center offers certification specializing in areas like aviation fire protection and wildlife hazard control.

The business cluster Aérocentre is located on the airport.

Airlines and destinations


HOP! Seasonal: Ajaccio
IGavion London-Southend,[4] Lyon,[5] Toulouse[6]
Seasonal: Biarritz, Nice[7]


There are no regular cargo flights at Châteauroux airport. Currently, only cargo charter flights are operated. The most frequent users are Antonov Airlines and Volga-Dnepr Airlines with Antonov An-124 and Ilyushin IL-76.


The A20 passes close to the airport.

The airport is served by bus number 5 from the centre of Chateauroux.[8]


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