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Bastia – Poretta Airport (French: Aéroport de Bastia Poretta, IATA: BIA, ICAO: LFKB) is an airport serving Bastia on the French mediterranean island of Corsica. It is located 17 km (11 mi) south southeast of Bastia at Lucciana,[1] both of which are communes of the Upper Corsica department.

Bastia – Poretta Airport

Aéroport de Bastia Poretta
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorCCI of Bastia and Upper Corsica
ServesBastia, Corsica, France
LocationLucciana
Elevation AMSL26 ft / 8 m
Coordinates42°33′00″N 009°29′05″E / 42.55000°N 9.48472°E / 42.55000; 9.48472Coordinates: 42°33′00″N 009°29′05″E / 42.55000°N 9.48472°E / 42.55000; 9.48472
Websitebastia.aeroport.fr
Map
LFKB is located in Corsica
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Location of the airport in Corsica
LFKB is located in France
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LFKB (France)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 2,520 8,268 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers1,400,632
Passenger Change 16-17Increase8.8%
Source: French AIP[1]

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HistoryEdit

 
Airphoto of Borgo Airfield, 15 August 1944. Note the large number of B-17s on the parking apron, probably used during the Invasion of Southern France

In 1944, during World War II, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Forces Twelfth Air Force. On 31 July 1944, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the legendary French pilot, took off from this airport and disappeared, on a reconnaissance flight over France in a Lockheed P-38 Lightning.

USAAF combat units assigned:[clarification needed]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b LFKB – BASTIA PORETTA. AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 18 July 2019.
  2. ^   This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
    • Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
    • Maurer, Maurer, ed. (1982) [1969]. Combat Squadrons of the Air Force, World War II (PDF) (reprint ed.). Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-405-12194-6. LCCN 70605402. OCLC 72556.
  3. ^ http://www.aircorsica.com/avion/billet-avion-bastia.html?language=en
  4. ^ http://www.rtbf.be/info/regions/liege/detail_une-ligne-reguliere-vers-la-corse-au-depart-de-liege-des-le-mois-d-avril?id=8103283
  5. ^ http://www.corsematin.com/article/article/la-corse-connectee-a-lannee-avec-laeroport-de-paris-roissy
  6. ^ http://mediacentre.britishairways.com/pressrelease/details/86/2018-247/10199?ref=Home
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ airline's website
  9. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/283064/iberia-further-expands-european-routes-in-s19/
  10. ^ Da Silva, Gil (7 November 2018). "Bastia - Madrid, nouvelle ligne avec Volotea (Espagne)" (in French). QuelleCompagnie.com. Retrieved 13 November 2018.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Bastia Airport at Wikimedia Commons