Limoges provides an important gateway to the Limousin region in France, which is popular amongst tourists for several attractions. The airport is also known as the Bellegarde Airport, with the official code of LIG, and is conveniently located just 6km from the city of Limoges, the capital of this region of the country. The airport is in the Haute-Vienne department, which is one of the three departments of the Limousin region. The other two are known as the Corrèze and the Creuse. The Limoges arrival area has various facilities for its passengers, and a number of airline carriers serve the airport.
Limoges is one of the smaller France airports, with only just over 330,000 passengers per annum. It is however international, with many flights arriving from the United Kingdom. Flybe and Ryanair, a popular low-cost airline company, have greatly helped this small airport to succeed in its operations, and are responsible for flights from Manchester and Southampton, throughout the year, as well as East Midlands, Liverpool and London-Stansted, while seasonal flights are offered to Limoges from Newcastle upon Tyne, Bristol and Leeds/Bradford. Regular domestic flights are offered by Air France (operated by Airlinair) from Lyon, and Airlinair travels throughout the year from Paris-Orly Airport. Flights from Air France operated by Brit Air and Régional also arrive from Nice and Figari, in Corsica, during the high season.
In the arrivals area of the single terminal building of Limoges Airport, passengers need to go through passport control procedures if from the United Kingdom, and can declare any items necessary at the customs office. Their luggage items will also need to be collected from the baggage reclaim area. All facilities and sections of the airport are within easy walking distance, and therefore no additional forms of transport are needed at the airport. In the public area nearby, there are car hire companies, the offices of travel agents and a tourist information desk. Other facilities at the airport include a cash dispenser, a few shops, a restaurant and bar, a baby-changing room and a meeting room for all business passengers. This room has equipment such as a television, DVD player, big screen and video projector, and can seat up to 35 people at a table, and up to 80 people without a table.
Disabled passengers are welcome at Limoges Airport, and passengers who have requested additional assistance from their airline company will be greeted upon their arrival by staff at the airport, and helped through the arrival procedures. Additional assistance should be requested at least 48 hours prior to your departing flight. All areas within the terminal building are accessible for passengers in wheelchairs, as there are elevators to the restaurant, pavement ramps and adapted toilet facilities. Disabled persons may park in the reserved parking spaces of P1 as well.
Passengers who have parked at Limoges Airport will find the automatic payment machines at the exit of the terminal. Machine 1 just inside the building only accepts credit cards, while machine 2 just outside the exit accepts cash and credit cards.
Unfortunately, there are limited transport options for arriving passengers at Limoges Airport, as there are no bus services during most times of the year. Only during the few months of summer is there a regular bus service that travels to the city. During other months, the closest connection by bus is a three mile walk from the airport, to a stop made by the No. 16 bus. There are also no direct train connections at the airport, and since buses are scarce, it is not possible to easily reach the main train station of Limoges by public bus transport. However, taxis are usually available for passengers in the taxi rank located just in front of the terminal, and are a convenient, although more expensive, way to travel. A taxi can take you to any destination of your choice, and generally operates on a metered fare, although travelling to the train station (Gare Benedictins) will now be under a set fare rate, either twenty-two or thirty Euros depending on the day and time of your journey.
Perhaps the best transport option available is a rented car from one of the car hire companies, such as Hertz, Avis, National and Europcar. A rented car is a wonderful way to explore the region, and to visit all the towns surrounding Limoges, which are each full of their own charm and delights. There are regional bus services available from Limoges, but a rented car is far more convenient.
Further details for Limoges arrivals can be obtained from various sources online, or from information desks within the airport terminal.
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