Airports in the Alps for Pilots and Travellers

This is a visual guide to airports in the alps for your flight sim or holiday. Each airport is shown with its name, ICAO code and the surrounding environment. The sailplane/gliding community may find this especially useful to gauge the potential of unfamiliar locations.

Alps Airport Locations

Airports in the Alps
Click the map for a larger scale version

This map gives you a decent selection of alpine airports to choose from although its not intended to locate them all. You’ll be able to plan a route from your armchair a lot more easily. I can see why serious flight simmers/pilots want to memorise and use the ICAO codes, but let’s face it, this is a lot easier.

Here is a link to a global ICAO Airport locator

Alps Airport Photos

Alps Airports Video

  • 00:10 Alpe D’Huez – LFHU
  • 00:15 Alpnach – LSMA (near Buochs & Kagiswil)
  • 00:20 Ambri – Piotta – LSPM
  • 00:25 Annecy-Meythet – LFLP
  • 00:30 Annemasse – LFLI
  • 00:35 Aosta Valley – LIMW
  • 00:40 Bad Ragaz – LSZE
  • 00:45 Belluno – LIDB
  • 00:50 Bern Belp – LSZB
  • 00:55 Bex – LSGB
  • 01:00 Bolzano – LIPB
  • 01:05 Buochs – LSZC (near Alpnach & Kagiswil)
  • 01:10 Challes Les Eaux – LFLE
  • 01:15 Chambery – LFLB
  • 01:20 Chateau-Arnoux – LFMX
  • 01:25 Courchevel – LFLJ
  • 01:30 Fribourg – Ecuvillens – LSGE
  • 01:35 Gap Tallard – LFNA
  • 01:40 Geneva – LSGG
  • 01:45 Grenoble – LFLG
  • 01:50 Gruyere – LSGT
  • 01:55 Hohenems Dornbirn – LOIH
  • 02:00 Innsbruck Kranebitten – LOWI
  • 02:05 Interlaken – LSMI
  • 02:10 Kagiswil – LSPG (near Alpnach & Buochs)
  • 02:15 Kufstein-Langkampfen – LOIK
  • 02:20 Lausanne – LSGL
  • 02:25 Letalisce Bovec – LJBO
  • 02:30 Lienz-Nikolsdorf – LOKL
  • 02:35 Locarno – LSZL
  • 02:40 Lugano – LSZA
  • 02:45 Matarello (G Caproni) – LIDT
  • 02:50 Mauterndorf – LOSM
  • 02:55 Meiringen – LSMM
  • 03:00 Meribel – LFKX
  • 03:05 Montmeilleur – LFKK
  • 03:10 Notsch im Gailtal – LOKN
  • 03:15 Raron – LSTA
  • 03:20 Reichenbach – LSGR
  • 03:25 Reutte-Hoffen – LOIR
  • 03:30 Saanen – Gstaad – LSGK
  • 03:35 Salzburg – LOWS
  • 03:40 Samedan – LSZS
  • 03:45 Schanis – LSZX
  • 03:50 Sion – LSGS
  • 03:55 St Crepin – LFNC
  • 04:00 St Johann – LOIJ
  • 04:05 St Pons – LFMR
  • 04:10 St Stephan – LSTS
  • 04:15 Thun – LSZW
  • 04:20 Unterwossen – ED05
  • 04:25 Zell am See – LOWZ

Some Thoughts on VR

I recently bought into virtual reality (VR), having been encouraged by what I could see on YouTube. Setting up a decent VR experience can be costly so its good idea to decide what you want from it before you get involved. For me, it was seeing what VR could do for flight sims in combination with a reduced Black Friday price that made the difference. I figured that experiencing flight in VR was a repeatable one with each flight bringing the cost-per-trip ratio down a bit more.

Fortunately, I guessed correctly and I’ve spent many hours gliding around the Alps In VR already. The Alps scenery looks very realistic In flight as long as you don’t get too close. In a glider you have to get close to the ridges to gain height from rising air. At this range the Alps has unrealistic flattened faces covered with a blurred satellite image. Despite this, the sense of scale and distance remains unshakeable.

Flying through the digital Alps is compelling and beautiful. I literally feel like I’ve been on a mini-holiday after each flight.

Cost Considerations

Buying the VR headset is one thing, but getting good use of it is another. These are the additional things that I added to create a basic flight experience.

  • VR Headset with controllers and a tether to a capable PC
  • Recharger and rechargeable batteries for the controllers
  • A Hotas flight controller
  • A decent VR flight sim
    • MS Flight Sim 2020 will get VR in due course
    • War Thunder is free and has optional upgrades
    • X Plane is a capable flight sim
    • There are a handful of good alternatives
  • An better graphics card

Gliding in the Alps

Made with X Plane

The White Cliffs of Dover

Made with War Thunder

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