Rodez Airport is found towards the southern areas of France, and is approximately 12km, or 7 miles north-west of Rodez city. It is also just ten kilometres from the town of Marcillac, and is often referred to as the Marcillac Airport. The IATA code of the airport is RDZ. Although just a small French airport, Rodez shows potential for an increase in passenger traffic in future years, and is well equipped for arriving and departing visitors. Rodez departures are offered by several airline companies, and the airport’s passengers have a choice of a few destinations, from where connecting flights to many other countries can be taken.
Rodez is a commune of the Aveyron department of France, in the Midi-Pyrénées region, and it’s airport is found in the commune of Salles-la-Source. Although the airport mainly serves the people of Rodez, it is an airport for all residents and visitors to several nearby departments, including Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Lot, Cantal, Hérault, Gard and Lozère. The airport has also been built in quite a privileged location, as it is within easy travelling distance from the sea and mountains. The coastal cities nearby, and along the A75, include Montpellier, Beziers and Narbonne in the south. Just east of the airport is the Cévennes National Park, nearby Millau, and Toulouse is about a two hour drive from Rodez. North of Rodez Airport is Clermont-Ferrand, and other prominent cities in the nearby vicinity include Brive-la-Gaillarde, Aurillac, Figeac, Cahors, Montauban, Agen and Bergerac. Bordeaux lies to the west of the airport, nearby to the western coastline of the country.
Although Rodez is well equipped to welcome its departing passengers, there are limited transport options to and from the airport. There are no public bus services, and no train station. However, taxis can be taken to the airport from all locations nearby, and since that Rodez is not too far away, a trip by taxi will only cost between fifteen and twenty Euros from the city centre. There is a nice train station in the city, known as the Gare de Rodez, and from here a taxi will cost approximately twenty to thirty Euro. Departing passengers mainly drive their own vehicle to the airport, as there is a large parking area available. There is a car park for short-term airport stays, and an area for longer-term stays, which is slightly less expensive. In general however, parking rates are very reasonable, and parking passes can be purchased for three months, six months or a year.
The airport is well signposted along all major routes. The signs may read ‘Aeroport de Rodez’. The airport’s main access road is the D840. Always try to arrive in good time for your departure flight, leaving sufficient time to find parking and to get your boarding pass at the check-in desks. An hour before the flight departs is usually recommended for domestic travel, and two to three hours before flight departure is recommended for international travel, or for persons who require additional assistance at the airport. Anyone travelling with animals, small children or bulky luggage items should arrive a little earlier as well. However, since Rodez handles only around 140,000 passengers per year, the single terminal building is easy to navigate, and all facilities are within a quick walking distance from one another. The car parks are also just outside of the terminal building.
The three airline companies which serve the location include Ryanair, Air France operated by Brit Air and Hex’Air. Ryanair is a very popular ‘no frills’ airline carrier, offering cheaper flights from many of the airports in Europe, and from Rodez, flies to the London-Stansted Airport in the United Kingdom. They have also recently introduced fights to Dublin. Check-in for Ryanair flights close forty minutes before the scheduled time for departure, and passengers may be required to check-in online. Ensure that you meet the maximum baggage allowances, as set by Ryanair, otherwise quite hefty excess baggage charges will be applicable. Take note, that Ryanair does not accept unaccompanied minors aboard, and does not transport animals. Further details regarding your Ryanair departure are found on the company’s airline tickets. Air France is an important airline company of Rodez Airport, with flights to the Paris-Orly Airport. Several flights are offered per week. For this airline company, departing passengers may be able to use self check-in desks in the terminal, or can simply go to the manned check-in desk. Your airline ticket will specify before which time you should check-in.
Hex’Air offers departure flights to Castres and Lyon.
Rodez welcomes disabled passengers on departure flights, and is able to provide further assistance in conjunction with the passenger’s airline company. The terminal is equipped with suitable toilet facilities, has elevators leading to upper levels and pavement ramps for easy access to the entrances/exits of the building. There are also ten reserved parking spaces located as near to the terminal as possible. Additional assistance should be requested at least forty-eight hours in advance of your departure. Further facilities include a restaurant on the first floor which overlooks the runway, a café on the ground floor, a cash machine, information desks, public phones and a conference room.
Passengers on Rodez departure flights can contact the airport for all further details required, at 33 (0)5 65 76 02 01.
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