Carcassonne is an international airport serving the city of Carcassonne, and towns in the Aude department of France, such as Villemoustaussou, Pennautier, Ventenac-Cabardès, Pezens, Cazilhac, Montréal, Alzonne and Caux-et-Sauzens. It is located just 3km, or 2 miles from the beautiful and charming medieval city of Carcassonne, and therefore handles many tourists each year. The Carcassonne en Pays Cathare Airport, or the Salvaza Airport, is also located in one of the most popular parts of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of the country. Passengers will find the Carcassonne arrival area to be well equipped with facilities for their needs, and that public transport is available to various locations in the nearby city.
Ryanair is the only airline company that offers flights to and from Carcassonne , and is a low-cost airline carrier. Regular flights available throughout the year are those from Brussels South-Charleroi, Dublin, Liverpool and London-Stansted, while seasonal flights arrive from Cork, East Midlands, Glasgow-Prestwick and Porto. Ryanair’s flights therefore cover destinations in five different countries (England, Portugal, Scotland, Ireland and Belgium). The introduction of budget airline carriers, such as Ryanair, in the early 2000’s have ensured the growth of many smaller airports in European countries, including Carcassonne in France. Since 2006, this airport has had over 400,000 passengers per annum, and the most recent figures have shown over 450,000, whereas in earlier years, fewer than 200,000 passengers made use of the airport.
Passengers arriving at Carcassonne Airport will find a modern and well-organised single terminal building, which is well equipped with various amenities, and staffed by friendly and efficient individuals. Although during peak traffic times, the building can seem overcrowded, the airport is mostly considered to be very efficient, and to quickly meet the needs of its passengers. Within the arrival area, there are travel agents, a tourist information office and the car hire companies of Avis, National, Alamo, Easycar, Europcar, Hertz and Auto Europa. These internationally recognised companies are generally open to meet all arrival flights at the airport, and can offer their customers a wide range of vehicles for hire. In a private vehicle is certainly the most enjoyable way to explore this intriguing area of the Languedoc region.
Additional airport facilities include meeting rooms that can be used for business functions, conferences, training sessions or any other form of professional conduct. The airport conference centre is able to welcome up to 300 guests, and catering is available from the ‘Le Salvaza’ restaurant. Various items of equipment can be used in the rooms as well. Public payphones are available, as well as a few shops selling local products and other keepsakes, and baby-changing areas can be found in the woman’s restrooms. Within the terminal, are also ATMs and banking and currency exchange services. Carcassonne Airport welcomes disabled passengers, and the terminal is adequately equipped for the comfort of persons with reduced mobility challenges. There are lifts and ramps, suitable toilet facilities, lowered telephone booths and reserved car parking spaces. Wheelchairs are also available from the information desk, and further assistance can be arranged with Ryanair prior to your departure flight to Carcassonne Airport.
Passengers ready to leave the airport can take the public bus to the Carcassonne railway station, the city centre and various other locations in Carcassonne. The bus company is referred to as the Anglo’Bus, and their vehicles leave the airport twenty minutes after each arrival flight. Buses are available from outside the terminal building. There is also a taxi rank here, where taxis are ready and waiting for passengers. Official airport taxis offer transport to all areas within the city of Carcassonne, as well as to the nearby municipalities of the region. Arriving passengers may also arrange a private transfer for a comfortable journey to their next destination. There are no direct train services at the airport.
Tourists who have rented a car will find it easy to drive to any of the nearby towns and cities. The D119 and D6161 lead into the city of Carcassonne, and to Montréal, while the A61 Autoroute is found just south of the airport, and provides access to larger cities in the south of France, such as Castelnaudary and Toulouse to the west and Narbonne to the east. Nearby Narbonne, the A61 joins the A9, which then continues up the coast and to the cities of Beziers, Montpellier and Nimes. Each of these cities has their own variety of attractions to explore. However, for those who would simply like to stay in Carcassonne, there are many wonderful places to visit in this city. Over 2,500 years of history can be relived in Carcassonne, and its castle and historic town walls with more than fifty towers are some of its highlights.
Further details regarding the airport’s services can be found at the general information desk, and live Carcassonne arrivals are shown on various websites online.
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