Good news for Châteauroux airport, whose history is closely linked to that of Dassault Aviation. It will undergo a facelift, with a new control tower and a hangar to match its ambitions.
A budget of around 16 million euros will be allocated to the facility in Châteauroux! In order to expand Châteauroux-Centre airport (formerly known as Marcel-Dassault), the government has decided to invest in a new control tower and a hangar able to accommodate an aircraft the size of an Airbus A380. The facility should be completed for June 2020 and will therefore enable the airport, which employs less than a hundred people, to expand.
Châteauroux airport opened in 1936, on the initiative of Marcel Bloch (Dassault), who set up an aircraft construction factory there to produce Bloch MB.152 fighter jets. After the Second World War, in 1951, the infrastructure served as a base for the United States and welcomed up to 8,000 American soldiers. In 1974 the infrastructure opened up to commercial aviation expansion. In 2017, the airport welcomed more than 8,000 passengers.