landing at paris le bourget airport

May 27, 2019

Marc Grangier sets his sight on the features that make the Paris-Le Bourget Airport an important center of the aviation industry

On October 9, 1914, Captain Lucca made the first landing on Le Bourget soil while looking for a suitable place defend Paris against the enemy. Le Bourget Airport was officially opened five years later in 1919, and on May 21st 1927, Charles Lindbergh landed there in his Spirit of Saint Louis after having flown across the Atlantic Ocean in 33 hours and 30 minutes. He was greeted by a huge crowd of enthusiastic people jostling their way to the edge of the runway to see him. Most recently, on March 12, 2019, two TBM 930 pilots who successfully reiterated the New York to Paris transoceanic crossing landed at Le Bourget after an 8-hour 38 minutes flight, setting a new world speed record for turboprop aircraft under 13,200 lb. (6,000 kg.).

Located 8 miles (13 km) north-east of Paris, Paris Le Bourget Airport has been exclusively devoted to Business Aviation since 1981. As Europe’s first Business Aviation airport, with some 55,000 movements last year, it is open 24/7 every day, although night-time flight restrictions are imposed for jets and aircraft over 12,500 lb (5,700 kg) between 10:15 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Air ambulance and medical emergency flights have no restrictions. Furthermore, to reduce noise pollution for local residents, takeoffs of jet aircraft, the use of thrust reversers and the use of runway 2 by planes of more than 5.7 tons are prohibited between 210:15 and 6:00.

Covering 1,366 acres (553 hectares), Le Bourget airport operates with three runways in different lengths (07/25 – 9,843 ft /3,000 m, 03/21 – 8,743 ft / 2,665 m and 09/27 – 6,053 ft / 1,845m). All airplanes with a max take-off weight exceeding 12,500 lb (5,700 kg) must be fitted with a TCAS II ch 7.1 in order to fly into European airspace in accordance with EEU regulation 1332/2011.

The airport’s strategy is built around an offering of high-end services to business travelers to accommodate a significant growth in business traffic and stimulate local economic activity. Awareness of the Paris-Le Bourget airport is enhanced by its proximity to the Paris-Le Bourget Exhibition Park, which every two years hosts the International Paris Air Show (SIAE). The airport is also a major focus of the Group’s property business and a large proportion of Paris-Le Bourget Airport’s property income is closely linked to Business Aviation. In 2024, the Grand Express Line will serve Le Bourget, simplifying passenger access.

The Paris Le Bourget airport is an important center of the aviation industry: Some 30 buildings accommodate more than 100 maintenance firms, aircraft equipment and facilities and airport services. It has eight Business Aviation terminals and a number of FBOs, among which are Advanced Air Support, Dassault Falcon Service, Jetex, Landmark Aviation, Signature Flight Support, Unijet – Abelag, Universal Aviation France. Companies providing specialist maintenance services include: Airbus Helicopters, Cessna, Daher Socata, Dassault, Embraer, Aérodesign, Aérostock, Aertec, Mauras, Satori. And we can’t forget to mention the dozen Business Aviation companies that call the airport home, the likes of which include AB Corporate Aviation, Griffon Aéro SAS, IXAIR Business Jets, Masterjet, Skyfirst, TAG, Unijet, and Ziegler Aerospace.

JET A1 AVGAS is available from Shell, Esso, Elf and Air BP. Aircraft catering is provided by Air Culinaire Worldwide Paris, Culinary Jet Concierge, Newrest Private Paris Le Bourget, Premier Catering and UpperSky Gourmet.

IATA code : LBG – OACI code: LFPB

Customs: 24hrs; Tel: +33 1 4862 5074

Immigration: 24hrs; Tel: +33 1 4862 5024

ATC: Tel: +33 1 4862 5306

Airport assistance: PrivatAir Tel:  + 33 1 49 92 75 10