ASTA delegates might prefer Basel airport for its location

MULHOUSE, France -- Delegates attending the ASTA convention in Strasbourg in November will discover that arriving at Euro Airport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg will give them easy access to Germany, Switzerland and France.

Swissair operates daily flights (except Wednesday) there on an A-310-300 with three-class service from Newark.

The flight leaves Newark at 8:30 p.m. and arrives at Basel at 10:15 a.m., returning from Basel at 11:55 a.m. and arriving in Newark at 2:55 p.m.

The first thing that surprises some travelers is that the airport, commonly known as Basel, after the city in Switzerland, is located near the borders of three countries -- France, Switzerland and Germany. The airport is 16 miles from Mulhouse, France; six miles from Basel, Switzerland, and 46 miles from Freiburg, Germany.

Those arriving at Basel- Mulhouse with a plan to explore France can take a 30-minute bus ride from the airport to southern Alsace. In addition to being a major gateway to Alsace, the airport is a departure point for a three-hour drive to Switzerland's lakeside city of Lucerne and a two-hour drive to the Black Forest region of Germany. Strasbourg is 70 miles north of Mulhouse, and medieval Colmar is 28 miles north.

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