Tours Airport is located approximately 6km, or 3.2 miles from the city centre of Tours, and is a small French airport serving just over 120,000 passengers per annum. It has the official IATA code of TUF, and is also known as the Tours Val de Loire Airport, due to it’s location in the Loire Valley. The airport has ground transport options for it’s arriving passengers, and the Tours Airport arrival hall has a variety of facilities and is of an adequate size for the number of passengers which pass through it on a yearly basis.
Passengers arriving at Tours Airport will be landing on flights either by Ryanair or Flybe, as these are the two main airline companies of the airport. There may also be charter flights to the airport, at certain times of the year. These flights are usually part of a tour package, and available for booking from a travel agent. Ryanair is a low-cost airline carrier, often referred to as a ‘no-frills’ service, and arrives at Tours Airport from destinations such as London and Portugal. Flights are available to and from Tours Airport from the London-Stansted Airport and from Porto in Portugal. Several other flights are also offered by Ryanair, during the busier tourist season, from Dublin, Marseille and Manchester. Flybe has flights from Southampton in the United Kingdom.
Arrivals are simple at Tours Airport. Passengers will disembark from the airline carrier and walk the short distance to the terminal arrival hall to collect their luggage items. There is just a single passenger terminal at this airport, with areas for departures and arrivals, and of approximately 1,500 square metres in size. Although only a small airport, it has facilities adequate for the needs of it’s passengers, including a few shops and a restaurant, cash machines, a bureau de change, baby changing areas, an airport lounge and information counters. Details regarding tourism in the area are also available. In the city of Tours, the Tours Cathedral is quite a popular sight, and other points of interest include the municipal botanical garden and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours. The surrounding region is famous for it’s numerous castles, and it’s wines of high quality.
The terminal is also accessible to persons with reduced mobility challenges, as there are elevators, pavement ramps, adapted phone boxes, suitable toilet facilities and reserved car parking spaces. Passengers who require additional assistance upon their arrival, with collection of baggage, should make the appropriate arrangements with their airline company in advance of their departure.
In the unfortunate incident that the airline company has misplaced your baggage, or any luggage items are damaged, services are available for assistance. The issue should be immediately reported to the appropriate airline authorities so that procedures can be taken to recover the missing items. They will require the baggage receipt that you received when you checked in your luggage items at the airport of departure. Damaged items may be compensated for by the airline company.
Arriving passengers will find car hire companies available at the airport, and by rented car is perhaps one of the best ways to explore this intriguing region of France. The Tours Airport car rental companies are not in the arrivals hall, but at the long-stay car park a short distance from the terminal. The rented cars are also parking in this area. The companies available include Hertz, Avis, National, Alamo, Auto Europa and Europcar, and they are all internationally recognised companies capable of providing vehicles of a high quality and competitive rental rates. They also hire additional items of equipment, for example, child seats, satellite navigation systems and hand controls for disabled drivers.
It is easy to travel from Tours Airport to any area in a motor vehicle, as the road network of France is very good. Just a ten minute drive from the airport are exits onto the A10 and A28 motorways. The airport’s road is the D910. The A10 is the road to follow to Blois as well as to Orleans and Paris. The A28 heads in a north-westerly direction towards Château-du-Loir and the larger city of Le Mans, which is approximately 70km from the airport. The A85 passes along the southern perimeters of Tours, and heads west towards Angers (96km from the airport) and east to Vierzon. To the south the A10 provides access to Châtellerault and Poitiers, located about a hundred kilometres from the airport. Areas nearer to the city of Tours include Amboise, Vendôme, Château-Renault, Saumur and Loches.
Buses are available for passengers arriving at Tours Airport, and there is also a taxi rank with taxis able to transport passengers to any nearby location. The local bus line serving the airport departs approximately twenty minutes after each Ryanair flight arrival, and travels to the Tours Train Station in the city centre. The journey is just twenty minutes in duration. From Tours Train Station, trains to a number of locations are available, and there are also further bus connections from the Tours Bus Station and a shuttle bus that travels to the Saint Pierre des Corps Train Station, about three kilometres from the Tours Station. From this station, high speed TGV services to Paris are available. There is no direct rail connection at the airport, therefore this bus is quite useful for arriving passengers. Taxis go to all nearby areas, but the city centre of Tours will cost between 12.00 and 20.00 Euro.
Live Tours Airport arrival flights can be found online, and information regarding airport services is available from the airport information desk, at the telephone number of +33 (0)2 47493700.
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