Bordeaux Merignac Airport

Bordeaux Merignac International Airport is a major French international airport located 12 kilometers from Bordeaux. At the end of 2017, the air harbor served more than 6.2 million passengers, which ensured the airport was sixth among the largest airports in terms of passenger traffic in France.


In 1910, on the territory of the modern Bordeaux Merignac International Airport, there was a marshland, which was acquired for the construction of a small airfield here. Given the fact that aviation in this period was only beginning to develop, the project did not receive any scale.

With the onset of the First World War, the constructed airfield began to be actively used by military aviation to service aircraft, and it turned out to be so promising that the military used this airfield for many decades.

 In 1920, the runway of the airfield was only 400 meters, however, subsequently, to increase the efficiency of the air harbor, it was decided to build another runway, which allowed receiving and sending aircraft at the same time.

In the first half of the 20s of the last century, the first regular flights began to be operated from Bordeaux airport, in particular, the air harbor served such route directions as Bordeaux-Toulouse-Montpellier, as well as Paris-Bordeaux-Biarritz. Initially, the airport was used exclusively for the transport of goods and mail, however, later, the air harbor began to carry out the transportation of passengers.

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, the French Air Force began to be based at the airport, and the number of aircraft used here was very large.

In 1939, the runway of the airfield was increased to a length of 1300 meters, however, with the onset of World War II, the airfield was captured by German forces, which not only increased the length of the runway but also provided the opportunity to receive heavy aircraft.

In 1944, the military airfield was almost completely destroyed by massive bombardment by the Allies, in connection with which, after the end of hostilities, the air harbor had to be rebuilt.

In the period from the 50s to the 80s of the last century, the Bordeaux Merignac Airport did not have a large pace of development, however, with the onset of the 90s, this air harbor began to attract great attention, and therefore the volume of passenger traffic began to grow rapidly.

In 2005, the volume of served passengers amounted to more than 3 million people, in 2012, this figure increased to 4.38 million people, and by the end of 2017, the air harbor served more than 6.2 million passengers.


Bordeaux Merignac International Airport has at its disposal two runways:

  • Asphalt runway, 2415 meters long;
  • Asphalt runway with a length of 3100 meters. 

This type of runways allows the international air harbor to serve Class 2-4 civil aircraft.

Thanks to the presence of helipads, this airborne harbor can serve helicopters of all classes and types.

Due to the growing volume of passenger traffic, as well as an expanding route network, Bordeaux Merignac International Airport has a well-developed infrastructure, in particular, on the territory of the air harbor:

  • Banks, ATMs, payment terminals, currency exchange points;
  • Retail stores;
  • Souvenir shops;
  • Shopping centers;
  • Duty-free shops;
  • Cafes, restaurants and other places of public catering;
  • VIP room;
  • Room of mother and child;
  • Conference hall;
  • Pharmacy;
  • Places for packing and temporary storage of baggage;
  • Ticket offices and representative offices of airlines;
  • Car parking;
  • Public transport and taxi parking.

Basic data

  • Airport Country: France
  • Year established Airport: 1917.
  • GMT time zone (summer / winter): + 2 / + 1.
  • Latitude geographic 44.83, longitude geographic -0.72.
  • The geographical location of the airport: 10 kilometers west of the city of Bordeaux.
  • Amount of airport terminals: 1.
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