Toulouse Blagnac Airport (TLS)
Toulouse Airport is officially named Aéroport Toulouse-Blagnac, and is only 8km to the north-west of the city. It’s code is TLS and it is considered to be an important gateway to the Midi-Pyrenees region in France. The airport lies just south of Blagnac within the Haute-Garonne area.
The airport began operation as a civil and commercial airfield in 1928. The nearby southerly factories of the St-Martin-du-Touch made frequent use of it. The airport suffered damage during World War II, but was mostly repaired and renovated by the late 1940’s. From this time onwards, it was continuously improved and expanded. In 1953, the passenger terminal was built. Two decades later the runway had been lengthened to accommodate larger aircraft, and the terminal building was improved. More recently, it’s parking areas has been expanded with a new covered parking garage and an economy parking area.
This is an international airport that offers arrivals and departures for many different airline carriers. The original terminal building is a two-storey structure handling arrivals on the ground level and departures from the upper level. It is complete with all the necessary amenities required for banking, currency exchange, business services, internet access, postal services, luggage services, shopping and dining. Some of the airlines that serve Toulouse Airport are Air France, Air Malta, British Airways, easyJet, Germanwings, Lufthansa, KLM, Iberia and Twin Jet.
TLS is the busiest airport in Languedoc (southwestern France), and in France it is ranked as the fifth busiest. Passengers that pass through the location average at around six million per year. There are two runways that can handle all types of aircraft, including the Airbus 380. Runway 14L/32R is 3,000m and runway 14R/32L is 3,500m.
Toulouse Airport is currently undergoing expansion work that will enable passenger traffic to increase to 11 million by 2012. This expansion is know as the Grand Travaux 2009 (grand works 2009). The four main projects include the construction of Hall D for domestic and international flights, improvements to the baggage handling systems in Halls B and C, refurbishment of Hall B, and a new retail area in Hall B.
The new Hall D will be approximately 40,000 square meters with 24 check-in desks, 13 departure gates and 8 security inspection points. The first phase of this development was completed earlier in 2009, and the second phase is to be completed by 2012. The new constructions began in May 2006.
Refurbishment of Hall B began in 2007. The shopping area was extended by 650 square meters and there will be a new bar, new check-in desks, new signage, as well as improved lighting and décor. There was also a new walkway added to allow more terminal based boarding for passengers.
The airport of Toulouse is operated by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Toulouse. The management take considerable efforts to control noise pollution, monitor the air quality, and employ good environmental policies. The destination has received certification for the policies of ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment), and the OHSAS for safety.
Passengers arriving at Toulouse Airport will find a mild, temperate climate with warm summers and reasonable winter temperatures. The area is known for it’s sunshine and long summer season.TLS is the official IATA code for the airport. It is also officially known as Blagnac. It is possible to enter the following GPS coordinates 43.63500, 1.36778 to aid you in your travelling.
Below is a sample of routes flight times and Airlines that fly from Blagnac.
|Paris Orly (ORY)||206||570 Km (354 Miles)|
|Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG)||56||605 Km (376 Miles)|
|Lyon (LYS)||50||374 Km (233 Miles)|
|Madrid (MAD)||41||538 Km (335 Miles)|
|Munich (MUC)||33||959 Km (596 Miles)|
|Frankfurt (FRA)||31||895 Km (556 Miles)|
|Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)||28||997 Km (619 Miles)|
|Nantes (NTE)||27||454 Km (282 Miles)|
|London Heathrow (LHR)||22||882 Km (548 Miles)|
|London Gatwick (LGW)||20||844 Km (524 Miles)|
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