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Bordeaux Airport


Bordeaux Airport (BOD)

Bordeaux Airport, often referred to as the Merignac Airport is located just seven miles from Bordeaux, France. Nestled in the heart of France's wine region, this world-famous area offers travellers rolling hills and vineyards sprinkled with cozy inns and villages. The airport itself is small, yet efficient. Most travellers prefer to fly into this location to save themselves on the hassle of larger queues at bigger French airports.

History

The airport first began in 1917 when it was a joint military/civilian airfield. As the major hub for Air France, Bordeaux saw its fair share of passengers. The airport was attached during World War II in 1943 by the United States Army Air Force 8th Air Force as well as the Royal Air force. By 1951, the airport was given to NATO as an airport for the United States Air Force. It was reconstructed to suit more modern planes until it was closed in 1958. In 1961, the airport was returned to French control and it reopened as the Bordeaux Merignac Airport.

Services and Amenities
* Financial - Banks, currency exchange offices and post offices
* Luggage - Lost luggage is handled by airlines
* Business Services - No business services at this time.
* Retail Services - Numerous souvenirs and fashion shops. One duty-free shop located in the airport as well.
* Food Services - Only a few restaurants sprinkled through the airport including a coffee bar and one sit-down establishment.
* Internet Services - Free Wi-Fi is available in all boarding zones, cafes and restaurants
* Other - Travel agencies, tour guides, and disabled access is available.

Parking

Currently the Bordeaux Airport offers express, long-term and short-term parking options for travellers entering into the airport. The express lot is located directly next to the terminals and charges in 30 minute increments. Long-term parking is charged at a weekly rate.

Those looking to travel into the city will not have a train or subway that runs directly from the airport into Bordeaux. Instead, travellers will have to take taxis or buses that run regularly to and from the airport into the city.

Surrounding Area

There are plenty of things to do in Bordeaux, though the most common is to visit the dozens of vineyards located within the city. Wine tours are available for tourists and during the nights museums, art galleries, cafes and nightclubs fill the hours. Those looking to get away from the city can escape to the Bordeaux beaches and spend a day on the coast. Peak season for the area is May to September, which means travellers may encounter longer queue times than off-peak travel times. Winter is the perfect time to visit Bordeaux since it will have significantly less tourists in the area than the spring and summer months.

Airport Contact Information
IATA Code: BOR
Location: 7.5 miles out of Bordeaux
Telephone: +33 (0)5 5634 5050
Fax: (0)5 5634 2301

Address:
Bordeaux Airport,
Cédex 40,
33700,
Mérignac,
France
Number of Terminals: 2
E-mail: info@bordeaux.aeroport.fr
Website: www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr
Time Zone: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October)

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