Marseille Provence Airport

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Marseille Provence Airport

Aéroport de Marseille Provence
Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) Y-14
Marseille Provence Airport 2017 09.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorMarseille Provence Chamber of Commerce and Industry
LocationMarignane, France
Hub forAir France
Elevation AMSL70 ft / 21 m
Coordinates43°26′12″N 05°12′54″E / 43.43667°N 5.21500°E / 43.43667; 5.21500Coordinates: 43°26′12″N 05°12′54″E / 43.43667°N 5.21500°E / 43.43667; 5.21500
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in France
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in France
LFML is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Airport in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13L/31R 3,500 11,483 Asphalt
13R/31L 2,370 7,776 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger Change 17-18Increase4.3%
Freight (tons)56,132
Sources: French [1]

Marseille Provence Airport or Aéroport de Marseille Provence (IATA: MRS, ICAO: LFML) is an international airport located 27 km (17 miles) northwest of Marseille,[2] on the territory of Marignane, both communes of the Bouches-du-Rhône département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur région of France. The airport's hinterland goes from Gap to Arles and from Toulon to Avignon.

It is the fifth busiest French airport by passenger traffic and third largest for cargo traffic.[3] In 2012 the airport achieved the fourth highest European passenger traffic growth, at 12.7% with 8,295,479 passengers.[4] Marseille Provence Airport serves as a focus city for Air France. In summer 2013, the airport served 132 regular destinations, the largest offer in France after the Parisian airports.[5]


Aerial view
Check-in hall
Apron view

Formerly known as Marseille–Marignane Airport, it has been managed since 1934 by the Marseille-Provence Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI).[6]

In the 1920s and 1930s, Marignane was one of France's main points of operation for flying boats, it even briefly served as a terminal for Pan American World Airways Clipper flying boats.[7] Other flying boat operators were Aéropostale and Air Union, the latter moving over from Antibes in 1931. Marignane was also a production site for hydroplanes by Lioré et Olivier.[citation needed]

Antoine de Saint-Exupery describes turning back to Marignane airport with a fuel leak in chapter 8 of “Wind, Sand and Stars”, before setting out again for Tunis, and the fateful event that informed his later description of the crash-landing in his best-known book, “The Little Prince”.

In September 2006, the airport opened its new terminal MP2 for budget airlines. In 2013 the airport expanded its shopping and dining options, with 30 new shops and restaurants, among which is the first Burger King restaurant in France since 1997.[8][9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens, Heraklion, Rhodes
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo[10]
Aigle Azur Algiers, Annaba, Béjaïa, Constantine, Dakar–Diass, Moscow-Domodedovo,[11] Oran, Sétif, Tlemcen
Seasonal: Beirut
Air Algérie Algiers, Annaba, Batna, Béjaïa, Chlef, Constantine, Oran
Seasonal: Jijel, Sétif[12]
Air Austral Saint-Denis de la Réunion
Air Canada RougeSeasonal: Montréal-Trudeau
Air Corsica Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi, Figari
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Amsterdam,[13] Athens, Beirut, Ibiza, Stockholm–Arlanda[14]
Air Madagascar Antananarivo
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino
British Airways London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
easyJet Berlin-Schönefeld, Bordeaux, London–Gatwick, London-Luton, Venice
Seasonal: Bristol, Glasgow
El Al Tel Aviv
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Eurowings Düsseldorf
HOP! Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Rennes, Strasbourg, Toulouse
Seasonal: Biarritz, Brest, Geneva, La Rochelle[15]
Iberia Regional Madrid
KLM Amsterdam[13]
Lauda Vienna (begins 29 October 2019)[16]
Seasonal: Stuttgart[17]
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Marrakesh, Oujda, Rabat[18]
Ryanair Agadir, Alicante, Bordeaux, Brest, Bucharest, Budapest, Charleroi, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Fez, Kraków,[19] Lille, Lisbon, London–Stansted, Madrid, Malta, Manchester, Marrakesh, Nador, Nantes, Naples, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Palermo, Poitiers, Porto, Prague, Rabat, Rome–Fiumicino, Seville, Tangier, Tel Aviv (begins 29 October 2019), Toulouse (begins 27 October 2019), Valencia
Seasonal: Catania, Essaouira, Faro, Ibiza, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Tours, Warsaw–Modlin, Zadar
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen,[20] Stockholm-Arlanda[20]
SunExpress Seasonal: İzmir
Swiss International Air Lines Zurich[21]
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Tassili Airlines Algiers
Travel Service Seasonal charter: Shannon[22]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Marrakesh[23]
Tunisair Djerba, Monastir, Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul[24]
Twin Jet Metz/Nancy, Milan–Malpensa, Pau
Volotea Alicante, Strasbourg, Venice, Vienna
Seasonal: Bari, Biarritz, Caen, Cagliari, Castellon (begins 14 April 2020),[25] Corfu, Dubrovnik, Faro, Fuerteventura,[26] Heraklion, Lanzarote,[27] Luxembourg,[28] Menorca, Mykonos, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Prague, Rennes, Rijeka,[29] Santorini, Split[30]
Vueling Algiers, Barcelona, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Málaga, Palma de Mallorca
XL Airways France Saint-Denis de la Réunion
Seasonal: Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre


ASL Airlines Belgium Paris–Charles de Gaulle
ASL Airlines France[31] Ajaccio, Bastia, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Rennes
DHL Aviation Brussels, Leipzig/Halle, Malta, Nice
FedEx Feeder Lyon, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
UPS Airlines Cologne/Bonn


Airport traffic[citation needed]
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Passenger 6,155,154[32] 6,963,000 6,965,933[33] 7,290,119 7,522,167 7,363,068 8,295,479[4] 8,260,619 8,182,237 8,261,804
Cargo 53,019 53,026 52,207

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport is served by the Vitrolles Marseille Provence Airport rail station on the TER network. A free shuttle bus runs between the airport and the station.

Other facilities[edit]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 30 July 1950, SNCASE Languedoc P/7 F-BCUI of Air France was damaged beyond economic repair when its undercarriage collapsed on landing.[37]
  • On 6 February 1989 Inter Cargo Service Flight 3132, operated by Vickers Vanguard F-GEJE crashed on takeoff. Three crew died, no passengers were being carried.[38]
  • On 26 December 1994 Air France Flight 8969 with 236 people aboard arrived in Marseille after being hijacked by four young men of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) at Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers, Algeria two days prior. After 15 hours on the ground and a breakdown in negotiations, the French special forces GIGN stormed the aircraft. In the ensuing firefight, all four hijackers were killed while 3 crew, 13 passengers, and 9 GIGN Operators were injured; the Airbus A300B2-1C F-GBEC was written off.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pari réussi pour l'aéroport de Marseille – Air&Cosmos". 19 May 2014. Archived from the original on 30 July 2013.
  2. ^ LFML – Marseille Provence. AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 15 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Les 10 aéroports français les plus fréquentés en 2011 – JDN Business" (in French).
  4. ^ a b "Marseille-Provence bat tous les records avec 8,3 millions de passagers en 2012".
  5. ^ "L'aÊroport Marseille Provence proposera 132 lignes rÊgulières cet ÊtÊ" (in French).
  6. ^ "Official website: Key facts & figures".
  7. ^ "Pan American B-314 Clipper Flights".
  8. ^ "Marseille Provence Airport unveils brand new commercial offer".
  9. ^ "La recette de Burger King pour faire son come-back dans l'Hexagone" (in French).
  10. ^ Liu, Jim (7 December 2018). "Aeroflot adds 2 European routes in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  11. ^ Liu, Jim (14 January 2019). "Aigle Azur adds Marseille – Moscow service in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Air Algerie proposes new French routes in S17". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  13. ^ a b
  14. ^ "Air France adds seasonal Marseille routes in S17". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  15. ^ Liu, Jim. "HOP! adds seasonal domestic routes in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  16. ^ Liu, Jim. "Laudamotion expands Vienna network in W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Laudamotion outlines S19 Stuttgart network". 18 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Royal Air Maroc Adds New Rabat – Europe Routes from late-Oct 2015". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Ryanair W17 new routes as of 05MAR17". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  20. ^ a b "Sommerprogram 2019: Seks nye destinationer og 17 nye direkte ruter fra Skandinavien" (in Danish). SAS. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  21. ^ "SWISS makes a move for Marseille by adding direct flights from Zurich". 25 April 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Charter Flights". Travel Choice Ltd. Archived from the original on 10 November 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  23. ^ "Vols marseille - Billets d'avion marseille - TUI fly, avant Jetairfly". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  24. ^ "Istanbul New Airport Transition Delayed Until April 5, 2019 (At The Earliest)".
  25. ^ Liu, Jim. "Volotea plans Marseille – Castellon service from April 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
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  30. ^ "Volotea S17 New routes as of 14OCT16". Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  31. ^ [1] Archived 19 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  32. ^ "Marseille Provence Airport: About the Airport". 20 February 2013.
  33. ^ "Données clés – Aéroport Marseille Provence" (in French). Archived from the original on 2 October 2009.
  34. ^ "Google Maps". 1 January 1970.
  35. ^ "Legal Notice and Disclaimer Archived 29 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine." Eurocopter. Retrieved on 8 December 2010. "[...]whose registered Office is located Aéroport International Marseille-Provence – 13725 Marignane Cedex – France".
  36. ^ "F-BATK Hull-loss description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  37. ^ "F-BCUI Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  38. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 October 2009.

External links[edit]

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