history

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OTAN-Summit in Kehl&Strasbourg 2009 – Capacity of apron demonstrated impressively

special airport

2013
Procurement of the Airport areal and transfer of the Civil Aviation Permits through the city of Lahr. Operation of the Airport by Dr. Martin Herrenknecht withthe Lahrer Flugbetriebs GmbH & Co. KG.
2011
September: his Holyness Pope Benedikt XVI. uses Airport Lahr during his official stay in Germany
2011
April: Roll-Out of the Breitling Super Constellation
2010
December: German-French Summit in Freiburg
German Chancelor Angela Merkel and french Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy use Airport Lahr
2009
OTAN-Summit in Kehl and Strasbourg:
helicopter base at Airport Lahr, and many prime ministers use Airport Lahr
Capacity of apron demonstrated impressively
2009
charter flights from Vienna are extended and further established
2008
Marketing activities are concentrated on the Austrian market. Flights from Vienna during Easter holiday, summer holiday and Halloween period.
2007
July: passenger aircraft arrive from London, Manchester and Vienna with guests for the Europa-Park, 4 times a week during holiday season.

special airport permit

2006
June, 16: Special permit for BFAL is granted by the Regierungspräsidium Freiburg. Passenger charter flights for with destination Europa-Park, Rust, can be handled at BFAL.
2006
June, 9: FIFA Soccer World Cup in Germany. Dutch national soccer team uses Lahr airport to get to their venues.
2006
January, 19: Application for a restricted permit made to the Regierungpräsidium Freiburg. (Permit to operate charter flights destined for the Europa-Park)
2006
January, 8: first charter flight arriving from Vienna is a complete success. Guests from Austria are witnesses of the flawless cooperation between Europa-Park and BFAL.

appeal – change of investors

2005
November, 30: Babcock & Brown and Europa-Park Rust introduce their future plans to the public. BFAL functions as “incoming airport”, attracting passengers visiting the Europa-Park.
2005
Change of Investors: after the bankrupcy of PlaneStation Group plc, England, the Australian Investment Group Babcock & Brown now holds 99.7 % of BFAL shares.
2005
April, 29: An administrative appeal was made to the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig by the Government of Baden-Wuerttemberg – as the Higher Administrative of Court of Baden-Wuerttemberg excluded an appeal against their decision.
2005
February, 28: The Higher Administrative Court of Baden-Wuerttemberg decided today, that the refusal by the Regierungspräsidium Freiburg of the petition to grant a general airport licence for Lahr was illegal and is revoked. Moreover, the Court held that the Regierungspräsidium Freiburg is obilgated to reconsider again BFAL GmbH’s petition based on the Court’s opinion as laid out in the written judgement (Case No. 8S 2004/04).

privatisation – application for general airport permit

2004
BFAL supported by PlaneStation Group plc as parent company submits action against the decision of the licensing authority.
2004
Decision of the Regierungpräsidium as licensing authority not to allow BFAL to be a general civil airport.
2002
BFAL achieves the status of “Special Cargo Airport”
2002
Application for General Airport License in December.
2001
The British company Wiggins Group plc. becomes majority shareholder of the Flugplatz Lahr GmbH, Black Forest Airport Lahr GmbH is established.

Strasbourg airport traffic at Airport Lahr

2000
Strasbourg airport is closed due to renovation. Lahr Airport services 1/3 of the Strasbourg airport traffic over a period of 40 days, 25.000 passengers passing through.

civil use of airport

1997
Industrial Estate and Business Park is developed by the city of Lahr.
1996
Founding of the airfield company Flugplatz Lahr GmbH.
1995
Conversion and civil use of the military property.

canadian military

1994
Canadian troops withdraw.
1993
Plans developed for the civil use of the airbase.
1990
Political and governmental changes in Eastern Europe.
1970
Canadian 4th mechanised Brigade based at Lahr, Logistic support for the Canadian troops in Europe.

french military – NATO

1967
France leaves NATO, french troops withdraw. Replaced by Canadian Starfighter Squadrons formally based at Marville, France. Headquarters and Garnison town for the Canadian NATO troops.
1952
Base for NATO fighter aircraft
1946
1. Airforce Division, 1. CATAC (Commandement Aérien Tactique) is based at Lahr. Headquarters for the Commandement General of the French Airforce in Germany.
1945
French Military occupation of Lahr

zeppelin airfield

1928
Designated as international Zeppelin airfield. Later used as military airfield.
1913
Opening as airfield for Zeppelins.