Nantes Atlantique Airport

Nantes Atlantique Airport
Aéroport Nantes Atlantique
Airport type Public
Operator Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Nantes (CCI de Nantes)
Serves Nantes, France
Location Bouguenais, France
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 90 ft / 27 m
Coordinates 47°09′25″N 001°36′28″W / 47.15694°N 1.60778°W / 47.15694; -1.60778

Location of Pays de la Loire region in France

Location of airport in Pays de la Loire region

Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,900 9,514 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 4,394,996 Increase
Aircraft Movements 68,215 Decrease
Source: French AIP[1]

Nantes Atlantique Airport (IATA: NTE, ICAO: LFRS) (French: Aéroport Nantes Atlantique, formerly known as Aéroport Château Bougon) is an international airport serving Nantes, France. It is located 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) southwest of the city, in Bouguenais.[2]

The airport is operated by the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Nantes. It is currently the largest airport in the west of France, with a maximum capacity of three million passengers a year.[3] In 2013, the airport handled 3,930,849 passengers, an increase of 8.2% compared to 2012.[4]


Nantes airport owes its origins to a military airfield, conceived in 1928 on part of the current site. In 1936/7 the Société Nationale de Constructions Aéronautiques de l'Ouest opened an aircraft factory adjacent to the airfield, initially building MB.210 bombers, followed by M.S.406 fighters and LeO 45 bombers. In 1939 the first paved runway was constructed, with a length of 900 m (2,953 ft).[5]

During World War II the airfield was briefly used as a British Royal Air Force base before being captured by German forces. Under occupation the aircraft factory was closed, and the airfield was used by the Luftwaffe as a base to bomb targets in England. As a consequence the airfield was hit by a damaging air raid on July 4, 1943, which also destroyed the adjoining aircraft factory.[5]

After the war the airfield was again put into service by the French Air Force. The aircraft factory was rebuilt, and has since built sections of the Vautour fighter and the Caravelle airliner, before becoming part of Airbus. In 1951 the first commercial operations started, with a new terminal built between 1954 and 1960 and runway extensions to cater for larger aircraft.[5]

Nantes Atlantique is currently the largest airport in the west of France; however it can only handle three million passengers a year and cannot be expanded because it is too close to the city. It is therefore currently planned that it will be replaced by a new Aéroport du Grand Ouest, situated 30 km (19 mi) to the north-west of Nantes in the 'commune' of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. The €580 million project was approved in February 2008, with construction expected to start in 2014 and an opening date in 2017.[6]


The airport has a single 'L' shaped passenger terminal, which is divided into four numbered halls. Halls 1 to 3 form the long side of the 'L' and are zones within the same two story building, with baggage claim and check-in facilities on the ground floor, and departure lounges on the upper level. Hall 4 occupies a later single story building at right angles to the earlier building, but connected to it by a lobby.

The airport also has a separate freight terminal, situated to the south of the passenger terminal, which includes 6,000 m2 (65,000 sq ft) of entrepôt storage. Also situated close to the passenger terminal is the Nantes factory of Airbus, which specialises in the construction of the centre wing box of the Airbus fleet of airliners and in the use of composite materials for creating structural components.[7][8]

Other facilities

Regional, a regional airline, was headquartered on the grounds of Nantes Atlantique Airport.[9] In 2013 the airline merged into HOP![10]

Airlines and destinations

Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens, Heraklion, Kalamata[11]
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Air Corsica Seasonal: Ajaccio, Bastia
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Transat Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau
British Airways London-Heathrow (begins 29 March 2017)[12]
Brussels Airlines
operated by BMI Regional
Chalair Aviation Bordeaux
CityJetLondon-City (ends 24 March 2017)[13]
Seasonal: Cork
easyJetLisbon, London-Gatwick, London-Luton (begins 15 february 2017), Lyon, Milan-Malpensa, Nice, Porto, Toulouse
Seasonal: Bristol, Liverpool
easyJet SwitzerlandBasel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Flybe Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton
HOP! Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Milan-Malpensa, Montpellier, Nice, Paris-Orly, Strasbourg, Toulouse
Seasonal: Calvi, Figari, Perpignan
Iberia Express Madrid
Iberia Regional
operated by Air Nostrum
Lufthansa Munich (begins 28 March 2017)[14]
Nouvelair Djerba, Tunis
Seasonal: Monastir
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Marrakech
Ryanair Dublin, Fes, Marseille
TAP Portugal
operated by TAP Express
Tassili Airlines Algiers[15]
Transavia France Berlin-Schönefeld (begins 9 April 2017),[16] Faro, Funchal, Lisbon, Marrakech, Porto, Venice-Marco Polo
Seasonal: Algiers, Athens, Heraklion, Malta, Seville
TUIfly Belgium Agadir, Marrakech
Tunisair Djerba, Tunis
Volotea[17] Gran Canaria, Montpellier, Strasbourg, Venice-Marco Polo, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Alicante, Bastia, Cagliari (begins 1 June 2017), Corfu, Dubrovnik, Faro, Figari, Ibiza, Málaga, Menorca (begins 6 June 2017), Munich, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Perpignan, Pisa, Prague, Santorini (begins 31 May 2017), Split, Valencia, Vienna (begins 7 April 2017)
Vueling Alicante, Barcelona, Málaga, Rome-Fiumicino
Seasonal: Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Seville, Tenerife-South (begins 17 December 2016)
XL Airways France Seasonal: Punta Cana


ASL Airlines France Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Ground transportation

Nantes Atlantique Airport is located just outside the Périphérique de Nantes, the city's peripheral ring motorway, to which it is linked by a short access road. All the major roads and motorways to and from the city of Nantes intersect the 'périphérique'. Several car parks, both in the open and under cover, are located in the terminal area, with each car park having its own tariff.[18][19]

An express shuttle bus, the 'Navette Tan Air', links the a stop outside the airport terminal to Nantes railway station and the city centre. The service forms part of Nantes's Tan public transport network, but charges a Tan Air fare, which is higher than the standard network fare, for the full journey. Alternatively the shuttle can be used to reach Neustrie, where a connection can be made to line 3 of the Tan tram system, using standard network fares.[20][21]

Taxis are available.[22]


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  2. 1 2 EAD Basic
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  5. 1 2 3 Vallero, Luigi (July–August 2009). "France's Oceanic Gateway". Airports of the World. Key Publishing Ltd. pp. 64–67.
  6. Aeroport Grand Ouest - Calendrier prévisionnel
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  8. "Airbus France - Nantes". Airbus. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  9. "Contact." Régional Compagnie Aérienne Européenne. Retrieved 2 June 2009. "REGIONAL – Aéroport Nantes Atlantique 44345 BOUGUENAIS Cedex"
  10. "Air France Launches New Low-Cost Airline 'Hop!'." Reuters. 26 March 2013. Retrieved on 26 April 2013.
  15. "Tassili Airlines Adds New French Routes from June 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  18. "Page d'accueil Parkings". CCI Nantes St-Nazaire. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  19. "Location voiture". CCI Nantes St-Nazaire. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  20. "Navettes aéroport" [Airport Shuttle] (in French). Aéroport de Nantes. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  21. "Navettes aéroport" [Airport Shuttle] (in French). Tan. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  22. "Taxis" (in French). Aéroport de Nantes. Retrieved 2014-06-23.

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