Caen - Carpiquet Airport
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Caen - Carpiquet Airport

Aéroport de Caen - Carpiquet
Aéroport de caen carpiquet.JPG
Airport typePublic
OperatorCCI de Caen
ServesCaen, France
LocationCarpiquet, France
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL256 ft / 78 m
Coordinates49°10?24?N 000°27?00?W / 49.17333°N 0.45000°W / 49.17333; -0.45000Coordinates: 49°10?24?N 000°27?00?W / 49.17333°N 0.45000°W / 49.17333; -0.45000
Lower Normandy region in France
Lower Normandy region in France
LFRK is located in Lower Normandy
Location of the airport in Lower Normandy
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 1,900 6,233 Asphalt
06/24 1,180 3,871 Asphalt
Source: French AIP[1]

Caen - Carpiquet Airport (French: Aéroport de Caen - Carpiquet) (IATA: CFR, ICAO: LFRK) is an international airport located in Carpiquet, 6 km west of Caen,[1] both communes of the Calvados département in the Normandy (formerly Lower Normandy) region of France. Chalair Aviation has its head offices at the airport.[2] In 2017, Caen - Carpiquet airport handled 180,910 passengers, an increase of 30.1% over 2016. In 2018, it handled 274,011 passengers, a 51.5% increase over 2017.


The military base (1939-1967)

The idea of an airfield near Caen dated back to 1926 after a visit from a military delegation.[3] However, it was only in 1930 that the ministry of aviation approved its creation.[4] Work started in July 1937 and ended in March 1938.[5]

Air base 720 Caen-Carpiquet was inaugurated on 17 August 1939.[6] Captured by the Luftwaffe in June 1940, it served as a rear base during the Battle of Britain. While under German control the runway was extended and concreted.

In June and July 1944, during the Battle of Normandy, Anglo-Canadian and German troops engaged in long and harsh fights over control of the strategically important aerodrome. Following the war, the airfield was rebuilt and refitted for the air force.

Civil airport (since 1967)

The 16 May 1969 decree placed the aerodrome under the civil aviation general secretariat, a branch of the transport ministry.[7] In the late 1960s, Caen City Council further developed the aerodrome for civilian use under the Chamber of Commerce and Industry's management.

In May 1968, an terminal building was built, housing a public concourse, service offices, and a restaurant.

Since March 2007, the airport has been managed by the Urban community of Caen la Mer

By late 2008, a regularly scheduled Caen - Paris-Orly route was introduced with two round trips per week. This was the second scheduled route after Caen - Lyon. In 2010, the frequency of the Caen - Paris-Orly route was increased to three round trips per week, and then further increased to Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. In 2014, the low-cost company Flybe opened a route between Caen and London Southend Airport. The Caen - Paris-Orly route was also discontinued on the decision of the route operator Hop.[8]

Between July and August, the 13/31 runway was rebuilt, as well as the taxiway which was also enlarged. By 2020, the main 1900 meters long runway is expected to be extended to an eventual length of between 2250 and 2400 meters long.[9]

A regularly scheduled route Caen - Geneva is starting on 26 November 2018, a seasonal route Caen - Pau is starting in December 2018[10] and a seasonal route Caen - Palma de Mallorca is starting in April 2019.[11]

The London-Caen route was discontinued in early 2020, when the airline Flybe became defunct.


Caen airport has two concrete runways (13/31 and 05/23) and two grass runways for recreational aviation.

The 1,900-metre (2,078 yd) long main runway (13/31) is equipped with high intensity approach lighting. Runway 31 is equipped with a Category III instrument landing system.

Airlines and destinations


Year Passengers
2018 274 011
2017 180 910
2016 139 016
2015 129 096
2014 115 015
2013 105 022
2012 100 769
2011 107 898
2010 76 883
2009 89 868
2008 107 898


The airport is located west of Caen, on Carpiquet commune. Since 29 June 2015, it has been served by Twisto bus line 3.[15]


  1. ^ a b LFRK - Caen Carpiquet. AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 31 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Access Archived 2010-12-21 at the Wayback Machine." (image). Chalair Aviation. Retrieved on 12 February 2011. "Chalair Aviation Headquarters Aéroport de Caen-Carpiquet 14650 Carpiquet France."
  3. ^ "Un aérodrome à Caen ?". Ouest-Éclair (Caen Edition). 15 September 1927.
  4. ^ "L'assemblée générale de l'aéro-club de Caen et du Calvados". Ouest-Éclair (Caen Edition). 29 March 1933.
  5. ^ "Aéroport de Caen - Historique". Aéroport de Caen. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ Thibault Richard, L'aventure aéronautique en Normandie (1920 - 1940), Condé-sur-Noireau, Éditions Charles Corlet, 2006, p. 81
  7. ^ Journal officiel de la République française, 24 June 1969, p. 6452
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-12-23. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ . 9 January 2017 Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Deux nouvelles dessertes et une année-record pour l'aéroport de Caen-Carpiquet". France Bleu (in French). 2018-09-21. Retrieved .
  11. ^ volotea (2018-10-11). "VOLOTEA - Cheap flights, offers and plane tickets to Europe". Volotea. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Liu, Jim. "HOP! adds seasonal domestic routes in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ Liu, Jim. "Volotea S20 new routes as of 29NOV19". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ Liu, Jim. "Volotea outlines post-COVID 19 network expansion in S20". Routesonline. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ Cite journal requires |journal= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)

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