The airport is found in the Limousin region of France, and serves the city of Limoges, as well as numerous other nearby areas. It is a small airport with just over 330,000 passengers per annum, but is nonetheless international, and a good arrival and departure point for many tourists. Limoges departures are offered by a couple of popular airline carriers, and flights are available to a variety of destinations as well. The airport terminal is well equipped for departing passengers, and is a modern and fairly new building as well.
The airport of Limoges is situated just 6km from the city of Limoges, and in the Haute-Vienne department of the region. Brive-la-Gaillarde and Chateauroux are approximately 106km, or 66 miles from the airport, and Angoulême and Périgueux are just under a hundred kilometres away. Poitiers is a little further, about 120 km from Limoges, while the larger city of Bordeaux is around 220 km from the airport. Other areas nearby include Tulle, Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, Bellac and Saint-Junien, which is approximately 20km from the airport. Passengers on departure flights from Limoges will find the A20 motorway connects many of the larger cities to Limoges, such as Toulouse and Paris, while the N10 or A89 can be taken from Bordeaux. From the A20 motorway, motorists should use Exit 28 and follow the airport signs. The airport is no more than twenty minute drive from Limoges.
Other alternatives for reaching the airport are limited. Buses only operate in the summer, however, the No. 16 stops nearby the airport, if you able to manage an hour’s walk. There are also no direct train connections for Limoges Airport, as there is no train station on the airport grounds. Most passengers on trains will arrive at the Benedictine Station in the city, and will need to use a taxi to get to the airport. By taxi is about the only option for transport to the airport if you don’t have your own, or rented, car. Taxis from the train station now operate on a set fare rate of twenty-two Euros during daytime hours, on Saturdays and on bank holidays, and will cost thirty Euro for travel at later evening hours or on Sundays. Otherwise, all taxi fares are metered, and the cost of your journey to the airport will depend on your starting location.
Domestic Limoges departures are available from Air France, operated by Airlinair, to Lyon, which is a flight offered throughout the year, as well from Airlinair, to Paris-Orly Airport. A seasonal domestic flight can be taken to Nice, while seasonal flights are also offered to Figari, on the island of Corsica just to the south of France, and to the north of Sardinia. Flybe and Ryanair are another two very popular airline carriers at Limoges Airport, and have dramatically helped to boost traffic at this small airport since their arrival. Their flights are to UK destinations, such as Manchester, Southampton, Newcastle upon Tyne, Liverpool, East Midlands and Leeds/Bradford. Southampton may be a particularly popular destination for departing passengers in 2012, when the Olympic Games will be held in London. Although perhaps not as nearby to the site as the London airports, Southampton will be a quieter and more peaceful arrival point, and from where many bus and train transport options are available.
At Limoges Airport, there is a single terminal building and one runway, and it is an airport with adequate facilities. A new terminal was built for the airport in 2005, and services such as free WiFi connections have recently been added. Business passengers can use the airport to hold their meetings, as it has a room which can welcome 35 people around a table, and up to 80 people without tables. It is well equipped with a video projector, big screen, television and DVD player, and catering can be arranged from the airport’s restaurant, les Hélices. Facilities are available for parents with babies on departure flights, and disabled passengers have access to all areas of the terminal building. There are elevators to the restaurant and boarding lounge, pavement ramps, a meeting point in the centre of the building and reserved parking spaces.
The Air France ticket desk is open from Monday to Friday, between the hours of 09:00 and 18:30, as well as an hour before every departure flight from the airport, while the ticket sales outlets for Ryanair and Flybe are open two hours before every flight departure. Further facilities include a cash dispenser, a letter box to the left of the terminal exit, telephone boxes and luggage trolleys, found inside the terminal and to the left. A bar, tobacconist and newsagent is available, as well as car rental services and two parking areas for passengers arriving in their own vehicles. Passengers on early departure flights can also stay over at the les Alizés Hotel located just 100 metres from the terminal.
Further information for Limoges departures can be found online, or from the information desks and electronic boards within the terminal.
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