Pilot Training

Châteauroux-Centre Airport is Europe's premier pilot training site for take-off and landing procedures, performed further to  theoretical training on flight simulators.

A large number of French and European airlines, along with the French Air Force and aircraft manufacturer Airbus, carry out more than 20,000 Touch & Go manoeuvres at Châteauroux-Centre Airport every year, and in optimum safety conditions. During weekdays and at weekends, they perform an average eight Touch & Go manoeuvres per hour.
Major French airlines and organisations which train at Châteauroux include:

  • Air France, KLM, Transavia, Corsair, the French Air Force.

Major European airlines which train at Châteauroux include:

  • British Airways, Blue Line, City Jet, GB Airways, Lufthansa, Martinair, Excel Airways, FlyBe, Virgin, Swiss, NetJet, Easy Jet, Thomas Cook Airlines and ThomsonFly.


What are the reasons for this impressive success?

Châtearoux-Centre Airport offers unparalleled technical training techniques:

  • Formation pilotesOne of the longest runways in France, with an unrestricted airspace, and which is respectful of environmental concerns,
  • Excellent climatic conditions which allow all-year through training sessions both day and night,
  • A central geographical location which allows for very short positioning times,
  • Highly competitive landing fees,
  • Personalized reception and briefings for flight crews,
  • The possibility of performing between eight and ten Touch and go manoeuvres per hour thanks to an unrestricted airspace.


Châteauroux Centre Airport is also renowned for the quality of its welcome and the services it offers to flight crews. Specific structures include:

  • Briefing rooms,
  • Rest room equipped with a kitchen, lounge, TVs and DVD players,
  • Hotels, restaurants and shops within immediate reach,
  • Car hire and free use of public town transport,
  • Leisure facilities including golf courses and tennis courts.