Dijon Bourgogne Airport (DIJ/LFSD)

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Without a major airport in its close proximity, Dijon's one hour catchment of over 1 million is largely underserved. Following a recent €12 million investment the airport hopes to develop routes based on trade from its 15,000 exporting businesses, and building on an existing 1.4 million annual visitors.

New routes and frequency possibilities and why these routes would work

  • A recent market survey also indicates a strong local demand from Dijon to other French destinations.

Wine route: Burgundy – a proliferation of famous names such as Nuits-St-Georges, Gevrey-Chambertin, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet...the airport has now re-opened for business following a €12m upgrade.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • The Burgundy region (“Bourgogne” in French) is a large, dynamic region, rich in heritage, tourist attractions and industry, located in the heart of France. Dijon Bourgogne Airport, is the gateway to Burgundy, as well as to the adjacent regions.
  • The airport was essentially closed to airline operations for several years while a large-scale capital investment programme was under way to upgrade the runway and airfield facilities. Since 2010, Dijon Bourgogne Airport is fully and enthusiastically open for business, and several new routes are already operating successfully.
  • Routes to and from Dijon unlock a large underserved catchment area. The distances to competing airports are large: 230km to each Lyon and Basel-Mulhouse, 340km to Paris CDG and 300km to Paris Orly. This, coupled with the 1.37 million potential customers within a 60-minute drive, leads to a fantastic inbound and outbound market opportunity
  • Burgundy is an attractive region for inbound tourism. It offers world-famous vineyards and wine heritage sites, along with superb gastronomy. For example, Nuits-St-Georges, Gevrey-Chambertin, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet are part of the region’s heritage, along with spectacular sights like the world-famous Hospices de Beaune. Besides the vineyards, visitors can also enjoy other aspects of Burgundy’s magnificent heritage, both natural and architectural: the beautiful Morvan Regional Park and the picturesque canal network, the region’s three World Heritage Sites or some 2000 national monuments.
  • Serving the Burgundy region through Dijon Bourgogne Airport is not only about leisure traffic: The region is home to a range of strategic industry clusters which generate inbound and outbound business traffic. However, until now, business passengers have had to travel two to three hours to any competing airport. .

Dijon is the only non-UK base of Eastern Airways, which operates to Southampton, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Nantes. Reductions of up to 75% off fees, as well as extensive per-passenger marketing support, are available to airlines opening up new routes.

Marketing and other support

  • The airport provides a highly attractive incentive package for new routes, comprising significant discounts on aeronautical charges as well as cash marketing support and assistance in local promotional activities.
  • This involves not only the airport but also the local stakeholders (the Burgundy region, the city of Dijon, and the local tourism authorities). The Burgundy region, the city of Dijon, and other local stakeholders, are committed to the success of the airport and are investing heavily in that success.

Dijon brings good luck – touching the stone owl on the façade of the Notre Dame of Dijon makes a wish come true. Besides three World Heritage sites the region boasts 600km of designated wine routes.

Catchment Area

  • 60-minute catchment: 1.37 million
  • 120-minute catchment: 3.24 million

But it's not just about wine – there are over 15,000 exporting companies spanning associated businesses in tourism, agriculture, food processing and packaging, while a long list of multi-nationals also have branches in the catchment.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • The region is home to a number of industrial clusters:
    • Agriculture and food processing
    • Steel and heavy industry (including automotive components)
    • Energy (nuclear, renewable)
    • Packaging
    • Chemicals
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Wine industry
  • International companies with operations in the Dijon catchment area include: Areva, Hamilton Sundstrand, International Paper, Kodak, Merck, Michelin, Nestlé, Philips, Renault, Rio Tinto Alcan, Saint-Gobain, Sanofi Aventis, Siemens, Snecma, Solvay, Stork, Tetra Pak, Unilever, Usinor

'Fête de la vigne'', Dijon's wine festival: watch French regional dances in the centre of Dijon while celebrating the new vintage of the famous Burgundy wines.


  • The airport is located about 6km from the centre of Dijon and close to the A31/A39 highway junction, providing easy surface access to the whole region.
  • Buses and taxis connect the airport with the city centre.
  • Train connections are available to/from the centre of Dijon

Infrastructure & Operations

  • The airport is a combined civil/military airfield; due to this it benefits from a high level of infrastructural support
  • DIJ has two principal runways, 02/20 and 17/35. The main runway (17/35) is 2400mx45m
  • Not slot coordinated
  • Opening hours: 05.30 – 21.30)
  • There is one passenger terminal with two departure gates. Planning for a new terminal is under way.
  • The airport currently offers category 6 fire cover. Category 7 is available on request.

Other relevant Infrastructure & Operations details: Transit Without Visa (TWOV) facilities

Important infrastructure developments

  • Plans are in place for a new terminal to be completed in 2014-15. In the meantime, extensions to the existing terminal are envisaged to provide additional capacity.

Vital statistics

  • Eastern Airways (UK) opened its first non-UK base in DIJ in September 2010 from where it operates four routes: Bordeaux, Toulouse, Nantes and Southampton.
  • Since the reopening of the airport, traffic has grown steadily. Over 50,000 passengers are expected in 2011, rising to some 200,000 passengers by 2014-15.