Getting to Perpignan Airport
Perpignan Airport is officially named as the Perpignan-Rivesaltes Airport, and serves the city of Perpignan in southern France. The airport can also be referred to as the Llabanère Airport, and has the official airport code of PGF. A number of significant airline companies serve the airport, flying to a variety of local and international destinations, and approximately 400,000 passengers pass through the airport on a yearly basis. However, 2010 saw only around 363,000 passengers. Driving to the airport is quite easy, as Perpignan directions are simply to follow, and there are several large roads providing access to the airport area. Motorists can easily travel from the city, or from areas further from Perpignan.
Perpignan is the capital city of the Pyrénées-Orientales department of France, and is just a few kilometres from the Mediterranean sea. To the south of the city, about 40km, is the border of Spain, and the Spanish cities of Figueres and Girona. Barcelona is further south, about 165km from Perpignan. Closer to the city are the areas of Thuir, Céret, Elne, Argelès-sur-Mer, Canet-en-Roussillon and La Barcarès, and further north is the larger city of Narbonne. The cities of Beziers, Montpellier, Nimes and Avignon lie to the north-east of Perpignan, while Carcassonne, Toulouse and Montauban lie to the north-west of the city. Further north of the areas mentioned are the cities of Valence, Clermont-Ferrand and Brive-la-Gaillarde. Perpignan is also in the vicinity of the Pyrénées National Park and the ski resorts of the Pyrénées mountains. The airport of Perpignan is found approximately 5km, or 3 miles northwest of the city, and is particularly nearby to the commune of Rivesaltes, Peyrestortes, Saint-Estève and Bompas. The following directions can be used in order to simplify the drive to the airport.
Directions from the city of Perpignan
The main cities of France are linked by large Autoroutes, and the Autoroute in the vicinity of Perpignan Airport is the A9, running north to Narbonne and south towards cities in Spain. It serves as one of the main access roads of the airport, leading onto the D5G, or the Av. Maurice Bellonte, which is the road that runs directly to the terminal building. From the western parts of the city, motorists can easily access the A9, and head north towards the airport, taking Exit 41. From the centre of the city, the D900 may be more convenient. This road runs parallel to the A9 and is linked to the D117, which in turn provides access to the airport road. The D900 is also referred to as the Pénétrante Nord. The drive to the airport from the city will be approximately fifteen to twenty minutes, depending on traffic conditions, and the location of your starting point. On average, the airport is about five to ten minutes from Junction 41 of the A9.
Directions from the south of Perpignan
The airport is commonly used by the residents of Argelès-sur-Mer, Elne and other areas south, and these areas are also frequently visited by the passengers of the airport. From Argelès-sur-Mer, Saint-André, Elne and Saint-Cyprien along the coast, theD914 leads directly into the city of Perpignan, however, it is better to follow the roads which lead to the A9, and then travel to the airport, rather than driving through the whole city of Perpignan. The D618 provides access to the Autoroute from Argelès-sur-Mer, and the D612 is the route to follow from Elne and its surrounding areas. From Canet-en-Roussillon the D617 heads west towards Perpignan. Take the D88 north and then the D117, and follow the airport directions which are signposted on every major route.
Directions from the north
From areas north the only route to follow is the A9 south. Motorists coming from Narbonne will pass the areas of Port-la-Nouvelle, La Palme, Leucate, Fitou and Salses-le-Château along the way to the airport. The main road leading from Toulouse to Narbonne is the A61.
Passengers/visitors travelling to Perpignan Airport in private vehicles will find an adequate car park available, with over 700 spaces. Always leave sufficient time for finding the airport, battling any unexpected traffic conditions and for parking your vehicle. Anyone who does not wish to drive their own car to the airport can travel by bus or taxi. Local bus routes are available for departing passengers from the train station of the city, known as the Gare de Perpignan, and taxis are available from all nearby areas. There is no train station at the airport.
Perpignan’s Airport is not very large, but has the capacity for up to 700,000 passengers per annum. There is a single terminal building, organised with the arrival area on one end of the concourse and departures on the other. There are one or two airport shops, a newsagent and bookstore, a restaurant/bar and cash machines. A meeting room can be hired by professional travellers, and there are all types of information desks for the assistance of passengers. Disabled travellers are welcome at Perpignan, as the terminal is fully accessible to wheelchair users, and assistance can be provided by airline and airport staff. There are also eight parking spaces reserved for disabled persons.
Directions in further details are available online, at https://maps.google.com. Passengers may also contact the airport at the following telephone number: +33 4 68 52 60 70.