Located only several miles southwest of Strasbourg’s city center, Strasbourg International Airport serves an important role in connecting the capital city of the Alsace region of France to the rest of the country and Europe. Although domestic flight service makes up the vast majority of the airport’s 1 million annual passengers, international travel still makes up 25% of the airport’s passenger numbers.
Passenger flights currently operate out of a single terminal building, with flights sharing a single 7,874 runway. Although passenger usage and aircraft movements slipped after the opening of a high-speed rail connecting Paris and Strasbourg, the decline finally reversed itself in 2011. Still, at least one major domestic carrier intends to end Strasbourg-Paris flights as soon as 2013 because of competition from the rail.
Strasbourg Airport includes a number of services designed to maximize guests comfort and productivity. Free Wi-Fi internet access has been available since January of 2011 for all passengers at the airport. Additionally, a single ATM is available in the arrivals area.
A Services Area available in the Departure Hall includes an automatic photo booth, a photocopier, and a children’s merry-go-round. Meanwhile, two lounges in the departure area include sofas, comfortable armchairs, and workstations complete with computer connections.
These lounges, whether used for business or relaxation, are joined by another rest area that was opened in 2009. Located on the first floor, the workplace includes two separate areas dedicated to either rest and relaxation or work and equipment recharging.
Another part of Strasbourg Airport’s recent renovations includes the Travel Center. This space, located in the center of the Terminal, includes information and offers from a variety of tour operators, airlines, and more.
Business travelers are welcome to utilize the airport’s four dedicated business center rooms and large conference room. The four business rooms come in several sizes and offer striking views of the airport and free Wi-Fi. Additional equipment available for rent includes an overhead projector, beamer, screens, VCRs, portable PA systems, catering, and fax/photocopy services.
Since 2001, Strasbourg has operated with an environmental protection policy that acts as part of a sustainable development plan. The overall environmental policy breaks down into nine areas of action including noise and air pollution, waste control, and environmental management. Several five-year charter programs have been introduced since 2001, including the first, which ended on December 31st, 2005 with a completion rate of over 93%. The latest program, covering 2011 to 2015, includes additional areas of concern such as renewable energy and environmental certification.
There are several ways to access Strasbourg Airport. The close proximity of the airport to the Strasbourg city center means that many of the city’s major auto-routes are in equally close proximity. Of these, the A35 includes a direct exit to the airport.
Parking & Transportation at Strasbourg Airport
Once at the airport, there are 5 car parks offering a range of parking options. These include Short Time Car Park P1 for arrival waiting, the Long Stay Car Park P5, and other long-term car parking including close-to-terminal parking, underground parking, and a special car park for passengers of charter flights. Additionally, there are several free parking spaces available for cyclists and motorcyclists at the airport.
Given the proximity of the Strasbourg Airport to the second largest train station in France, it is hardly surprising that the Shuttle Train option to the airport is highly popular. These shuttle trains run up to 4 times per hour and include easy access to the heart of the city on one end and a tram station with covered walkway to the Airport Terminal on the other.