Le Castellet airport (AITA code: CTT • ICAO code: LFMQ) is a French airport located in the town of Le Castellet, in the department of Var. The airport is located 5 km north of Le Castellet. It adjoins the Paul Ricard racing circuit. Le Castellet airport is part of list No. 1 (aerodromes open to public air traffic) of aerodromes authorized on January 31, 2010.
In 1962, Paul Ricard created the largest private aerodrome in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region with a 1,000 m runway reserved for VFR flights. In 1970 the construction of the racing circuit gave more activity to the aerodrome and in 1972, Paul Ricard invested by extending the runway to 1,750 m and able to accommodate planes up to 50 tons. The airline Logistair, created in 1972, was based at the airport, but the few lines operated to Mende, Millau and Corsica did not allow it to acquire a healthy situation. It then moved to Montpellier airport, becoming Air Littoral2. The aerodrome has experienced intense activity with the Formula 1 Grand Prix from 1971 to 1990 and since 2018.
In May 1999, Excelis S.A. bought the site (aerodrome and circuit) and modernized the facilities in 2001 after the creation of a new terminal, a control tower, 5 new aircraft hangars and new lighting beacons. The airport reopens to air traffic after works in February 2002. In November 2001, Le Castellet Airport became a high-end international business airport and the second airport in the Var. In February 2010, the airport inaugurated an integrated photovoltaic power plant on the 5,000 m2 roof of the H5 hangar.
The airport can accommodate commercial aircraft such as Fokker 100, Embraer 135/145, BAE146, MD83, business aircraft such as Falcon 900, 2000, Phenoms, Citations, Learjet, Gulfstream, BBJ, all types of aircraft from recreation, Fighter planes type L39, Hunter, Alpha Jet and Helicopters type EC135, AS355B2, Dauphin.
The aerodrome has a single runway oriented 13/31 (12/30 from November 5, 2020) (QFU 127/307) 1,750 m long and 30 m wide, paved. The aerodrome is not approved for night VFR, but is day and night IFR approved. SSLIA Service (Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Service at aerodromes) level 1 (level 5 available on request).