Toulouse Blagnac Airport, also known as Aéroport de Toulouse-Blagnac, is a public airport located west northwest of Toulouse and Blagnac in France. It is a major hub for Air France and Easy Jet. It is operated by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Toulouse. The airport has two runways, both made of bituminous concrete. It can also handle around eight million passengers. It houses Air France Concorde, a fast aircraft that can carry more than 100 passengers. There are many shuttle buses that stop outside the airport every 20 minutes.
What to see & do
Toulouse might be a small city, but there are many interesting sites in here. These include the Basilique Saint Sernin, which is a famous church dating to 11th century. Aside from this place of worship, people can also visit Hôtel d'Assézat, an old mansion of unique architecture in the city.
Another old site to visit is the Le Counvent des Jacobins. It is a church built in the 13th century. It has many well-reserved paintings inside and some relics of St. Thomas Aquinas. There is also a convent in this place. The structures are made of bricks and marble. The best season to visit this place is during summer. People can relax in this place, read a book and enjoy the beauty of the place.
France is not complete without the arts. Tourists can also explore different museums in Toulouse such as the Les Augustins, Les Abattoirs, and the Georges Labit Museum. The Les Augustins is a former monastery and church but was converted into a museum. For those who want to see modern paintings and sculpture, they should try the Les Abattoirs. Apart from the paintings, they can also find a small garden in this place. Meanwhile, the Georges Labit Museum features antiques from Asia and Egypt.
Toulouse also contains the Canal du Midi or the Canal des Deux Mers. It is a 240-kilometre long canal located in the southern part of France. It is also listed as a World Heritage Site. Here, tourists can see well-preserved buildings since most structures were not affected during the war.
They can also try boat trips down the Garonne River and other canals going to the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Boat trips take about 70 minutes.
How to get around within Toulouse
In exploring Toulouse, tourists can get around via trains and buses. Trains offer cheap and comfortable price. They can also rent a bike by using credit cards. There is a charge when bikes are not returned within 30 minutes. There are also taxis but trips are usually longer unlike riding trains. From Toulouse, people can go to Paris using trains for about five to eight hours, while trains to Marseille take about four hours. Buses can also ply roads leading to Barcelona, Amsterdam, and London.
How to get there
More than 20 airlines operate at the Toulouse Blagnac Airport. It offers air traffic to and from more than 30 destinations including Athens, Dublin, Rome, Amsterdam, London, Brussels, Madrid, Lisbon, and many others. Airlines that offer service to passengers include Aegean Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, EasyJet, Lufthansa, Sun Express, Turkish Airlines, and Vueling, among others.