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Mario Eland, Marketing Director at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg

Mario Eland, Marketing Director at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg

06.05.2019

EuroAirport – connecting Switzerland to the world

Located at the borders of Switzerland, France and Germany, Basel-Mulhouse airport is serving the cross-border market for over 70 years. In order to underline its cross-border mission the airport positions itself under the trademark EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg.

Today, the airport mirrors the variety of the European airline industry: Truly pan-European carriers and airlines such as easyJet operate a base with twelve aircrafts while Wizzair, Pegasus and Eurowings show a dynamic development. Network carriers such as British Airways, Ibéria, Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, Austrian, Brussels, TAP Air Portugal and Turkish Airlines fly to their intercontinental hubs from Basel. By this, they offer worldwide connections to the local industry, e.g. to the pharmaceutical blue chips Roche and Novartis, logistics companies like DHL and Panalpina and car manufacturer PSA group. The over 100 mainly European destinations served directly from EuroAirport ensure a strong connectivity to major European economic and financial centers as well as to key world hub airports several times a day. On top, a large variety of leisure and holiday destinations are on offer by over 25 scheduled airlines.

The central European location is crucial for the air cargo business. Focused on the life science industry in the Basel region, the temperature controlled Cargo Terminal at EuroAirport has recently been certified by IATA as a Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics – CEIV. The certificate not only shows the commitment towards the life science industry, it also reinforces the airport’s position as a reliable partner for the rapid, consistent and efficient storage and transportation of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products worldwide. Besides Qatar Airways Cargo, which is touching down four times a week, Iberia Cargo, Turkish Airlines Cargo and Korean Air Cargo are operating scheduled full freighter services. In addition, DHL, FedEx, TNT and UPS connect several time daily to their intercontinental hubs.

Non-stop flights from Basel to Montreal

The favorite US destinations for passengers are New York, Boston and San Francisco. Thanks to the new single-aisle long-range versions of Airbus and Boeing, direct flights between EuroAirport and the North American east coast have become a reality. Among the first movers is Air Transat, offering twice-weekly non-stop flights to Montreal with the new Airbus A321neoLR. The EuroAirport expects that more airlines will install direct long-haul flights in the near future.

For passengers, the EuroAirport offers all the amenities while being easy to navigate: Travelers benefit from short distances and walkways from parking to aircraft upon departure and back upon arrival. They can expect a large variety of services facilitating the journey such as fast track security-check lanes, the renowned SkyView-Lounge, app-based bag tracking service, online car parking reservation and friendly multilingual staff.

By its ideal geographical location, the EuroAirport is the natural gateway to strong tourist attractions: It is only a short ride to the medieval town of Basel, but also the marvelous Swiss Alps, the French wine region around Colmar and Strasbourg and the pristine nature of the German Black Forest are within easy reach. The region between Basel-Mulhouse and Freiburg is also well known for its high level of cultural attractions, thermal spas and medical tourism. As distances are short, destinations like Lucerne, Zurich, Milan, Paris, Venice or Munich are visited by tourists landing at EuroAirport. The cruise ships leaving Basel on the river Rhine are highly popular by travelers from the USA, Canada and Australia. Dedicated ships are cruising for tourists from China. The rising demand convinced airlines and tour operators for instance from Japan and Korea to set up long-haul incoming flights using the EuroAirport as the entry point to the heart of Europe.

With over 9 million passengers by the end of 2019, the airport expects further dynamic development and plans for over 13 million passengers in 2030. Based on this outlook, EuroAirport is preparing for a terminal modernization and extension which is expected to be in operation by 2026. A direct train access to the airport is expected by 2028. The healthy economic environment with an above average GDP paired with competitive operational and financial conditions are highly appreciated by airlines serving EuroAirport.

Fabio

Dear Mario,
I enjoyed reading your article and congratulate you for making Basel truely international. However one of the preffered tourist destinations for Swiss and expats living in Switzerland is Tuscany which every year accomodates thousands of tourists coming from the Basel region. Unfortunately we no longer have an EasyJet connection to Pisa which is extremely disappointing. The only flight running to Tuscany is with Swiss from Zurich which now have a complete monopoly of the business to this region. Florence airport is also much smaller than Pisa which is accredited for its International status connecting to the UAE, Turkey, New York and many more destinations. The unfortunate flight disconnection is also causing the huge traffic situation we see every year on the Swiss roads and gottard tunnel. On behalf of the many tourists interested in visiting Tuscany I invite you to collaborate with airliners to find a solution. We have also reached out to Ryanair to explore this opportunity.
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Giovanni Curotto

I am disappointed that there are no flights from Basel to Florence or Pisa. Nor to Verona. These are wonderful cities in wonderful regions and it would be good to improve the connections from Basel to these touristic hubs.
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Fiorenza Gaudenzi

I have been living in Basel fro 15 months now and love it: I also love the Euroairport, which is very close and perfectly connected to the city , it is nice and is improving in time. However, recently a very important route for me, my family, my community was cancelled: Basel-Pisa. Actually, there is no flight connection to the whole of Tuscany (in which Pisa is the biggest airport), a huge touristic destination. I have personally used the EasyJet flight to Pisa several times and was going to use it again regularly, same for plenty of my friends; every time I used it the flights were full. The cancellation of the route was real bad news - what can we do to voice our disappointment? Thanks
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Fabio

Dear Mario,
Great article on EuroAirport connecting the world. One of the tourist destinations most visited by the Swiss is Tuscany. Unfortunately after two years of connecting with Pisa we no longer have such an opportunity. I would be interested in hearing your views as to why such a beautiful Tuscan region is not connected to the EuroAirport.

Also one of the reasons why year after year we keep seeing the extensive queuing in the Gottard tunnel.
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Ismaele Ciani

It is a pity that there are no flights connecting Basel to Tuscany. In the past there was a flight to Pisa but unfortunately not anymore.

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