Airport presentation

Les Eplatures airport, in the state of Neuchâtel, is just in the middle of the Jura mountain range.

World known center of excellence in the micro technologies and watch making industry, this high lying region offers a preserved natural environment , with a mediterranean touch, thanks to the vicinity of the lake of Neuchâtel.

Hightech, environment and cultural life combine with harmony in creating a high quality of life. Learn more about the city: www.chaux-de-fonds.ch

Les Eplatures is the highest IFR international airport in Europe, and is the only permanently operated airport in the french-swiss Jura mountains.

It is the perfect link to hundreds of general aviation airports in Europe for private and business aviation.

It is also your choice for a sports and instruction facility if you practice aviation by yourself.

Team

Raphaël Boichat – Director

Luciano Di Giusto – Technical employee

Sandrine Beaumann – Administration and Finance Manager

Dustin Leuenberger – Head of Ground Services and Rescue Firefighting

Jacky Barben – Head of Aviation Safety

Emanuele Tocalli – Air Traffic Controller in training (missing on the photo)

Photo gallery

Airport
History

1912

First aviation display.

1919

Aeronautical week in autumn with military airshow (20000 spectators).
Foundation of the cooperative company NHORA for the development of aviation in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

1927

Official opening of the first airport building.

1929

Foundation of Aero-Club des Montagnes Neuchateloises for the development of sport aviation and pilot training.

1930

The airport gets customs clearance for international traffic.

1937

Official opening of the first hangar.

1946 – 56

Increase of air traffic (tourism and sport flights).

1955 – 56

A concrete runway is built (740 m X 30 m).
Obtaining of the concession of the airport.

1957

An air traffic office and a restaurant are built.

1960

A new hangar is built for maintenance used by Transair and a radio station appears.

1963

Hangar 3 is built.

1971

Renewal of the concession of airport until 2001.

1972

The runway is extended to 845 m.

1986

The runway is rebuilt, runway lights are set.
APAPI are installed on both runway beginnings to give the visual slope.
Parking areas are extended.
A control tower is erected.

1989 – 90

The first set of navaids for instrument approaches is installed.

1996 – 98

The runway is again extended to 1100 m.
Taxiway is built.
The fourth hangar is built.
parking areas for airplanes are extended.

2000

The runway is grooved to improve operation during rainfall
The electronic glide path transmitter is installed.

2001

Renewal of the concession of airport until 2031.

2002

The runway profil is modified and the runway is extended to 1165 m.

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