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Merignac Airport

Bordeaux Airport
Aéroport de Bordeaux
Airport type Public / Military
Serves Bordeaux, France
Location Mérignac, France
Elevation AMSL 162 ft / 49 m
Coordinates 44°49′42″N 000°42′56″W / 44.82833°N 0.71556°W / 44.82833; -0.71556Coordinates: 44°49′42″N 000°42′56″W / 44.82833°N 0.71556°W / 44.82833; -0.71556
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,100 10,171 Asphalt
11/29 2,415 7,923 Asphalt
Source: French AIP

Bordeaux Airport (French: Aéroport de Bordeaux) (IATA: BOD, ICAO: LFBD) is an airport serving the French city of Bordeaux. It is located in the town of Mérignac, 6 miles (10 km) west of Bordeaux, within the département of Gironde. In 2009, the airport served 3,300,000 passengers, making it the 6th busiest airport in France in terms of passengers.

The airport operates on a three hall basis, within a single terminal.

It's accessible by :

  • Road : Rocade 11b
  • Public Transport :
    • Jet'Bus shuttle serving the Bordeaux Saint-Jean railway station
    • Bus line 1 serving the city center.

In the medium-term, there are plans for the tramway system to link the airport with the city centre.

In addition to almost a flight per hour to Paris and daily flights to the major French cities, the airport offers daily and weekly flights to a large number of European and international destinations.

General Charles de Gaulle took off from the airport to travel to London in 1940. The following day he made the call of June 18th (Appeal of 18 June).

During the early years of the Cold War, Bordeaux-Mérignac was a front-line NATO facility for the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE). As well as its civil use, the French Air Force designated Mérignac Air Base BA 106, and it has been used in its strategic air force.

As a consequence of the temporary closure of the Cazaux military base, the civil authorities have been forced to share the runway with the French Army since November 2005.


Bordeaux Mérignac's origins begin in 1917, when a joint civilian/military air field was established there. The facility was a major hub for Air France, flying from Bordeaux to various destinations in Europe and North Africa. Military uses by the French Air Force was as a training center and also as a bomber base.

During World War II the German Luftwaffe took control of the base and used it as a center for maritime reconnaissance. Focke-Wulf Fw-200 "Condor" and Heinkel He 177 aircraft flew from the base roaming the Atlantic Ocean looking for Allied shipping.

The United States Army Air Force 8th Air Force and the Royal Air Force attacked the base in 1943.

After the war Air France resumed commercial operations out of Mérignac and the re-established French Air Force returned to use the facility.

In 1951 Mérignac was turned over to NATO for use by the United States Air Force. Construction of a modern air base suitable for jet aircraft began on 1 August. Much evidence of the war remained with many warning signs still in German, scattered munitions around the facility; the perimeter was still mined; large quantities of practice bombs, and destroyed hangars and other buildings as a result of Allied air raids.

On 1 October 1958, Bordeaux-Mérignac Air Base was closed to reduce USAFE expenses and manpower. All ongoing activities were moved to the NATO Chateauroux-Deols Air Base in central France. The U. S. Army operated a logistics facility at Mérignac for a few years, but ended their activities in 1961 and the entire facility was returned to French control.

Terminals, airlines and destinations

Mérignac airport has one terminal, with two halls (A and B). A third - Billi - recently opened in May 2010.

View of the airport
Airlines Destinations Hall
Aer Lingus Dublin [seasonal] A
Air Algérie Algiers, Oran [seasonal] A
Air Austral St-Denis-de-la-Reunion [begins 10 February] A
Air France Lyon, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly B
Air France operated by Brit Air Nice B
Air France operated by Régional Ajaccio [seasonal], Bastia [seasonal], Barcelona, Lille, Lisbon, Malaga [seasonal], Marseilles, Nantes, Rome-Fiumicino, Strasbourg B
Air Transat Montréal-Trudeau [seasonal], Quebec City [seasonal] A
Baboo Geneva A
Bmibaby Manchester [seasonal] A
British Airways London-Gatwick A
Chalair Aviation Brest, Rennes B
Eastern Airways Dijon A
EasyJet Bristol [seasonal], Liverpool [seasonal], London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Lyon, Milan-Malpensa Billi
EasyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva Billi
Iberia operated by Air Nostrum Madrid A
Jet4you Casablanca A
KLM operated by KLM Cityhopper Amsterdam B
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo-Gardermoen [seasonal] A
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Marrakech A
Ryanair Bologna [seasonal], Brussels South-Charleroi, Edinburgh [seasonal], Porto Billi
Tunisair Tunis A

Cargo airlines

Airlines Destinations
DHL Aviation operated by Exin Vitoria

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General Info
Country France
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 44.828335
44° 49' 42.01" N
Longitude -0.715556
000° 42' 56.00" W
Elevation 162 feet
49 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 001° W (01/06)
Near City Bordeaux
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

TWR 118.3
OPNS 143.175
Opr HO
GND 121.9
(121.725 Special Instr)
ATIS 131.15
APP 121.2

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
05/23 10171 x 148 feet
3100 x 45 meters
7923 x 148 feet
2415 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME BMC BORDEAUX 084Y 113.75 At Field -
NDB NB BORDEAUX - 361 9.9 NM 200.3

Fuel Jet A1+, Jet A1 with icing inhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Oil O-156, MIL L 23699 (Synthetic Base)Turboprop/Turboshaft Engine
Other Fluids LHOX, Low and high pressure oxygen servicing

LOX, Liquid oxygen servicing

OXRB, Oxygen replacement bottles

A-GEAR Raised manually O/R fr pilot.
FUEL Avbl 0500-2200Z++ (NC-100LL, A1, A1+)
LGT PAPI Rwy 05 GS 3.4 .
NS ABTMT See AP/2 Supplementary Arpt Info.
OIL O-156
RSTD Rwy 11/29 proh to Cat C and D four eng acft with outer eng span greater than 102'. Rwy 23 std cond for use is experimentally, max tailwind 6kt. Twy S2, S3 and W3 clsd. PPR 24 hr, before 1300Z++ hol and wkend. Show apvl Nr on line 18 of FPL. PPR fone C33.

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