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Ajaccio • Napoleon Bonaparte Airport [AJA/LFKJ] France


Edited: Oct 19


Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport (French: Aéroport d’Ajaccio-Napoléon-Bonaparte, IATA: AJA, ICAO: LFKJ), formerly “Campo dell’Oro Airport”, is the main airport serving Ajaccioon the French island of Corsica. It is located in Ajaccio, a commune of the département of Southern Corsica, 5 km east of the harbour. The airport is the main base of regional airline Air Corsica, which operates services to Metropolitan France. It is named for Napoleon Bonaparte, who was born in Ajaccio.

Campo dell’Oro, before aviation, was an alluvial plain at the mouth of the Gravona. The meaning of “Field of Gold” remains obscure; some 19th century authors refer to a “rich cropland”; others, to a malaria-infested marshland. A grass flying field existed there before World War II but apparently offered no transportation services, as the first regular flights to Marseillebegan with the institution of a seaplane service in 1935 from Ajaccio Harbor.

In 1940, a Vichy Air Corps unit was kept inactive at Campo dell’Oro. The liberation of Corsica began with the landing by sea in 1943 of I Corps at Ajaccio in Operation Vésuve. A few months later Fighter Group GC2/7 of the Free French Air Force, a French unit of the Royal Air Force, were operational on the grass field at Campo dell’Oro with Spitfires. Heavy aircraft were unable to land and came to mishap in the soft surface.

In 1944 the United States Army Air Forces took over the airport and put down a hard surface of perforated metallic mats from which a squadron of P-51’s flew. They defended B-24’s flying from new airfields constructed on the east coast of Corsica. Campo dell’Oro was a challenge for the larger aircraft because of its relatively short runways and proximity to the mountains. Toward the end of the war, the runways were paved, the foundation of the modern airport.

On December 1, 1981, Inex-Adria Aviopromet Flight 1308 crashed while on approach to this airport, killing all on board.



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