Toulouse-Blagnac International Airport: fascinating, surprising and instructive.
Explore Toulouse-Blagnac airport from a bus in a manner that was not possible until now: airside. This visit is unique in France!
Next date: Saturday February 8 at 2 p.m.
Information and conditions
Guided tours in French only..
Adult Tariff: €18
Reduced tariff: €15.50
Combined tour of Toulouse-Blagnac Airport + Aeroscopia: €26.50
Combined tour of Toulouse-Blagnac Airport + Let’s Visit Airbus: €29
Free for children under 6 years old
Group tariffs: please contact us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prior reservation is required at least 72 hours (working days) before the date of the visit.
- Visit open to groups and individuals.
For groups: tours from Monday to Saturday with prior reservation
For individuals: please contact us.
- Prior reservation is required at least 72 hours (working days) before the date of the visit by email:: email@example.com
- A copy of your identity card will be required to book / original proof of identity will be required on the day of the tour: a valid passport or identity card. Driving licences and residence permits are not accepted.
- Cameras, video cameras and pets are not allowed on the site.
- Duration: 2h.
Toulouse, the European capital city of the aviation industry, turned its eyes skywards more than a century ago. Clément Ader, Pierre-Georges Latécoère, La Ligne, better known as the Compagnie Générale Aéropostale, Emile Dewoitine, Aerospatiale, are but a few examples of the people and companies that originated in Toulouse and contributed to the rise of aviation in France. But do you know why the site in Blagnac was chosen for the present-day airport when airstrips already existed at Francazals and Montaudran? ?
Toulouse-Blagnac airport is remarkable in many ways and stands out from other airports around the world.
Since its creation, it has been used for both commercial flights as well as logistics and test flights by industrial companies. This activity makes it a unique airport: it is the place of birth of legendary aircraft such as Caravelle and Concorde, and also the ideal place to spot the Beluga, Airbus’ large transport aircraft named after the marine mammal that is used to carry wings, cockpits, fins and other aircraft parts. Two major airframers use the runways on a daily basis: AIRBUS and ATR, as well as Air France Industries for maintenance activities.
Our first stop is at the business airport terminal for security checks: did you make sure you are not carrying any sharp objects, anything containing more than 100 ml of liquid, any aerosols or water bottles…?
Just like any passenger boarding a flight, you will have to pass security check in order to go from landside to airside. And now it is time to explore the airport infrastructure! Observe the windsock and notice which runway is in use. What other flying creatures are sharing the airspace with the aircraft? And how do we ensure that the flights can leave and arrive safely? Fortunately, The Bird Risk Management Service is watching! Indeed, the airport is a place to live for all kinds of fauna and flora. Did you know that sweet nectar is produced here? Can you hear the bees buzz as they work to make delicious honey in the airport’s hives?
What an activity !!!
It is not only the bees that are busy… Look at all of the people required to manage an aircraft that has just landed. What does the marshall do? And the station manager? The engineers? The countdown to the next flight has started! The air traffic at Toulouse-Blagnac airport has risen from 6 million movements in 2007 to more than 9 million movements in 2018 but the airport has successfully adapted to this increase in activity. Admire the architecture of Hall D, inaugurated in 2010. In 2018, the airport expanded once more with a new pier and a 4 star hotel that is connected directly to the arrival and departure lounges With this new infrastructure, Toulouse-Blagnac airport will now be able to manage up to 12 million passengers per year, and the services that are provided suit the needs of travellers who, more and more, are taking international flights and appreciate the all-new commercial center that offers a wide range of shops and restaurants.
The final stop is at the foot of the control tower, and the secrets of air traffic control will be explained. Who directs the airliners during the cruise phase of their flight? And who takes control when the aircraft is taking off or landing? Finally, with an increase of air traffic of 100% every 15 years, we must understand how industrial partners and the European community work together to make air traffic more fluid and more sustainable.