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Paris, France - Châteauroux Airport in France is the new home of 11 Airbus A380 jets from British Airways. The superjumbo invasion was probably too much for the airport. One of the A380s broke the asphalt beneath it upon its arrival.

British Airways owns twelve Airbus A380s in total. One of them is currently in Manila for maintenance. The other eleven have temporarily been withdrawn from the service due to the travel restrictions during the pandemic. They are currently being parked at the Châteauroux-Center Marcel Dassault airport in France.

So far, nine British Airways superjumbos have arrived in Châteauroux. The planes are lined up with covered engines in the French province.

It's a new situation for the small airport. Passenger planes only come to Châteauroux for training, however, they do not land there. They just perform touch-and-go maneuvers. More than 20,000 touch-and-go maneuvers take place in Châteauroux every year.

But the British Airways A380 fleet may be pushing the airport's infrastructure to its limits and also beyond. On April 15 around 8:30 a.m. local time, a BA Airbus A380 with registration G-XLED Landed at the Châteauroux Airport and maneuvered towards the long-term parking lot assigned for the giant planes. But during its maneuver, the edge of the taxiway fell apart.


The airport management said the A380 had mistakenly parked on an area that was not designed to host heavyweight planes. The damage will be repaired next week. Despite the mistake, the G-XLED was finally able to take up the parking space intended for it.

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