In recent years there has been an ‘explosion’ of airports opening in France, and of new routes becoming available to visitors (especially from the UK) being operated by the budget airlines such as ryanair and flybe.
This is good news for the visitor, since the new airports tend to open up new areas of France to visitors – think of the impact Rodez airport has had on visitors to the Aveyron region, for example. Likewise, Bergerac airport has been very successful at bringing thousands of people into the Dordogne region – although the region was pretty successful at attracting visitors even before the airport opened!
Below is a summary of the places where the airports in the south of France are found, to help you when you are planning your visit:
Atlantic Coast: Bordeaux and Biarritz both have airports, respectively to the north and south of the Atlantic Coast in the region.
Bergerac and Pau airports: inland from the coast, but still in the south-west of France. Bergerac for visitors to the Dordogne and Lot et Garonne, and Pau for the Pyrenees.
Toulouse, Carcassonne and Perpignan airports – all are well placed for the Languedoc-Roussillon region and coastline. If arriving at Toulouse airport be sure to allow a day to enjoy the city itself.
Rodez airport: perfect location for exploring the massif central, eastern Lot department, and the Aveyron (eg the villages of Belcastel and Conques).
Montpellier, Nimes and Avignon each have local airports serving the northern Languedoc, Camargue and western Provence regions.
Toulon and Nice are centrally placed on the Cote d’Azur – Nice airport especially is a very popular arrival city for summer visitors to Mediterranean France
Chambery airport is in the Alps, perfect location for those planning a skiing holiday