Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS/LFBO)

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Set in the heart of South West France, Toulouse enjoys an ideal geographical location, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, and between Northern Europe and Spain. This ideal geographic location makes Toulouse and its region an all-year-round destination, close to the main touristic breath-taking sites. What’s more, thanks to buoyant economic activity and significant demographic growth, the city, whose airport is the largest at more than 4 hours away, is a perfect logistics hub.

With the new Air France and easyJet bases in 2012 the airport feels it has all the proof it needs to assert the possibilities for further major and strategic airline expansion.

Open door to Europe : Toulouse-Blagnac Airport prides itself in outstanding customer service and first-class facilities. The airport now eyes long-haul network expansion.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Toulouse-Blagnac, the major airport of South West France
    • By opening their bases in summer 2012, Air France and easyJet, the airport’s two main airlines banked on our airport for their development, proving that Toulouse-Blagnac Airport is a major and strategic airport for airline expansion.
  • Open door to Europe
    • Increasing number of passengers choosing Toulouse-Blagnac Airport illustrates the quality of airport infrastructure. It has grown at the same rate as Toulouse and its region, Midi-Pyrénées. Toulouse-Blagnac is a modern, efficient and welcoming airport which has established itself as on open door to Europe.
  • Increasing network
    • Toulouse-Blagnac Airport offers an increasingly dense network of French and European destinations and is looking to develop long-haul connections.
  • Our objective: the customer’s satisfaction
    • Quality of service and customer satisfaction are our strategic objectives; they guide our infrastructure projects and also our relations with our partners. Our teams listen to their needs, remain permanently involved and the results of our expertise speak for themselves.
  • Other deciding factors
    • Ideal geographical location
    • Wide 360 degrees catchment area of almost 10 million inhabitants
    • Continuous demographic growth in the Midi-Pyrénées region
    • Global competitiveness clusters
    • Healthy economy
    • Major tourism offering of global renown
    • Midi-Pyrénées, the leading French student region after Paris
Toulouse marketing

An army of professionals: Toulouse-Blagnac offers made-to-measure support and guidance – and up to 70% charges reductions for new route start-ups.

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The plan-to-passenger process. Our work tools for market researche includes Airport Surveys, AirportIs, OAG, etc

Marketing and other support

Incentive measures

Toulouse-Blagnac airport offers a discount on landing and passenger charges for the launch of a new direct route, for a period of 3 years (6 IATA seasons).

Reduction Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Landing charge 70% 50% 30%
Passenger charge 70% 50% 30%

The adjustment is applied to the passenger charge and the landing charge for a new route whose flight schedule is over a period of 3 consecutive months:

  • at least 2 weekly flights for EU and Schengen area destinations;
  • at least 1 weekly flight to other destinations.

If a carrier launches a regular flight on a route that has been in service for less than three years and which benefits from this rate adjustment, the carrier receives the same level of reduction as the existing operator, to the extent that the flight schedule meets the conditions required for application of this measure. In the event of seasonal stoppage, the sliding scale process will continue when the route resumes operation, as if it had never stopped. The period of interruption is included in the discount period.

Existing routes

€4 per additional departure passenger beyond the objective of airport’s traffic growth, deduction made about traffic considered by the incentive measure for opening of new route.


The modulation is applied on passenger charge for scheduled airlines of which the quarterly traffic is at least 3 000 passengers. The charter flights and the traffic concerned by the modulation for new route are excluded by this measure.

The modulation is calculated by civil quarter: traffic passengers of the quarter of the year N compared to the traffic passengers of the quarter of year N-1.

The objective of traffic growth rate of the airport is the one fixed to the annual budget; if however the budgetary evolution of the traffic is negative, the objective 2014 is fixed to 1%. The reference traffic is the number of local departure passengers.

In the case of fusion- acquisition of airlines, the traffic growth is calculated on the sum of airlines’ traffics.

Made-to-measure support

The teams at Toulouse-Blagnac airport provide daily assistance for the process of setting up in Toulouse and can also give marketing support.



A team of specialists provides you with the surveys you need (market analysis, O&D traffic analysis, passenger typology, etc.). They guide you in setting yourself up on the platform and facilitate useful contacts for the development of your route (regional authorities, tour operators, enterprises, etc.).


A marketing team provides made-to-measure support: commercial promotions (presence at trade shows, organization of workshops, travel agency canvassing…), media publicity campaigns (posters, radio, local press…) and non-media campaigns (street marketing…), press relations (organization of conferences and press trips…), appearance in airport material (brochures, magazine, website…)

Our work tools for market researches

BSP, MIDT, airport surveys, ADI, etc.

Growing: Toulouse is attractive – job creation and global competitiveness is driving demographic growth – population is predicted to rise over 20% by 2030.

Catchment Area

A catchment area with a 360° radius

  • Within 60 minutes: 2.5 million inhabitants
  • Within 90 minutes: 5.2 million inhabitants
  • Within 300 km radius around TLS: 10 million inhabitants
  • Toulouse Urban Population: : 455 000  inhabitants (source : 2011 INSEE)


  • An ever increasing population

With a 21.8% rise in demographic growth predicted between now and 2030, Toulouse and its surrounding region will reach more than 3.3 million people and enjoy an outstanding economy for many years to come.

  • A dynamic population

Midi-Pyrénées, 1st appealing region in France in terms of demographic growth

30 000 new inhabitants per year in the region, of which 14 600 the Toulouse urban area alone

Over the last 4 years, the rhythm of growth is 4 times higher than the national.

Midi-Pyrénées is a very attractive region for young people: 25% of the population is under 20 and Toulouse is the 3rd student city in France.

The region also counts 115 000 foreign residents.

Source: Midi-Pyrénées Expansion. 2010 figures.

Midi-Pyrénées: 25% of the population is under 20; Toulouse itself is the 3rd largest student city in France.


  • A healthy economy despite the crisis
    • Toulouse’s GDP:  € 30 billion
    • Midi-Pyrénées’ GDP:  €79.855 billion in 2012 (+1,8% vs 2011)
    • Midi-Pyrénées’ GDP growth between 2002 and 2012: +20,6%
    • Midi-Pyrenees’ GDP per capita:  €27,198 in 2012 (+1% vs 2011)
    • Midi-Pyrenees’ GDP per capita growth between 2002 and 2012: +33,3% (2013 figures : INSEE)
  • The leading French region in terms of trade surplus in 2013: €15 billion
    • Exports: €44.087 billion (+10,3% vs 2012)
    • Imports: €26.659  (+5,9% vs 2012).
    • 83% of exports of Midi-Pyrénées and 72% of Midi-Pyrénées importations are products of the aerospace industry (source: 2013 French government)

3rd most important region in France for exports (€44,46 billion, +17% vs 2011), accounting for 10,3% of French exportations
7th region in France for imports (€29,35 billion, +18,1% vs 2011), accounting for 6% of French importations
83% of exports of Midi-Pyrénées and 72,7% of Midi-Pyrénées importations are products of the aerospace industry (source: French government)

  • Midi-Pyrénées’ four global competitiveness clusters
    • Aerospace Valley (2005)
      A global competitiveness cluster bringing together the Midi-Pyrénées and Aquitaine regions for aeronautics, space and embedded systems. 1,600 companies – 120,000 industrial jobs – 8,500 researchers – 598 R&D projects approved for a total cost of €1.6 billion.
    • Cancer-Bio-Santé (2005)
      A research centre for cancer, biotechnology and health, led and coordinated by the Cancéropole. 200 companies employing 15,000 people and working on 138 certified projects
    • Agrimip Innovation (2007)
      A development centre for agriculture and food and non-food processing industries to guarantee products of character. 205 members companies, 42 laboratories and research centers, and 55 institutions. 282 certified or registered projets. In January 2014, Agrimip Sud-Ouest innovation won the “Gold Label”. Agrimip Sud-Ouest Innovation is the first European competitiveness cluster specialized in food industry which received this award
    • Water competitiveness cluster (2010)
      Worldwide competitiveness cluster covering Midi-Pyrénées, Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regions. 60 companies – 19 R&D  projects
  • A job creating region
    • 2nd region in France for job creation
    • 4th region in France for entrepreneurship
    • 25,700 companies set up in 2012 in the Midi-Pyrénées region (+ 1,6% vs 2011)
    • 12,800 companies  set up in Haute Garonne in 2012 (+0,9% vs 2011)
    • 1,186,000 jobs in 243,000 companies (+17,000 jobs per year) on average for the past 10 years, job growth above the national average):
      • 5,1% in agriculture
      • 21,7% in industry and construction
      • 73,2% in services and retail
    • Employment rates:
      • Men: 75.3%
      • Women: 68.1%
    • Average annual salary in the region: €23,160
  • An international standing
    • 3rd region in France for international investments in 2012
    • 400 companies with foreign capital employing 60 000 people
    • Leading French region in terms of trade surplus (3rd in France for exports – 7th for imports)
    • 15 investing countries (multinational companies with capital held by several foreign shareholders: United States, Italy, Spain, etc.)
  • Midi-Pyrénées, a popular student region
    • Toulouse, 3rd student city in France: home to more than 95,000 students, 4 Universities, 4 Engineering Schools and 14 Graduate Schools (Grandes Ecoles)
    • 117,900 students in Midi-Pyrénées, including 13% international students (2011 figures)
    • With 4% of all students, Midi-Pyrénées is the leading student region after Paris.
    • The region offers a wide range of courses in four major centres: Tarbes, Albi, Rodez and Toulouse (which is by far the largest)
    • The city is home to international teaching establishments, such as the Deutsche Schule Toulouse, Lycée International Victor Hugo and the International School of Toulouse, which welcome the children of foreign residents from primary level right through to university.
    • Leading French centre for higher education in the space and aeronautical industries

Real authenticity – Midi-Pyrénées and the Toulouse area.

Tourism & Leisure

An exceptional tourist destination

Midi-Pyrénées area is well known for its quality of life with the most important number of “Plus Beaux Villages de France” (The Nicest French Villages), a lot of natural sites and an exceptional number of heritage sites (roman and medieval). With a real authenticity, Toulouse area is more than a destination but also a place where you can find gastronomy in a southern of Europe atmosphere.

Gavarnie, the Canal du Midi, Rocamadour, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Toulouse, the Millau Viaduct, … up against the Pyrenees, Midi-Pyrénées, the largest region in France, is the place to discover breathtaking sites. Emblematic, grandiose or intimate, the Great Sites of Midi-Pyrénées are the natural and cultural gateways to a territory where pleasures are shared, the beautiful pearls in an exceptional crown.

Midi-Pyrénées and Southwest France count a lot of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Out of the 33 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France, 9 are located in the South-West: Canal du Midi, Pyrénées’ Mont Perdu, the medieval city of Carcassonne, way of Saint James, the city of Albi, St-Emilion (Aquitaine), Pont du Gard (Nîmes), the prehistoric and painted caves of the Vézère Valley (Aquitaine), the city of Bordeaux (Aquitaine).

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You can for example relax in one of the 19 health and spa centres of the region, gamble in one of its casinos, or spend time in one of the 38 golfs in Midi-Pyrénées.

There are 33 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France – one third of them are in the South-West. Toulouse-Blagnac is also the closest airport to the major Pyrenean and Andorran resorts.

  • Ski in winter

Southwest France is renowned for skiing in winter (Andorran, French and Spanish ski resorts). Traditionally a paradise for all sorts of skiers, the Midi-Pyrénées, thanks to its dozens of skiing resorts and the hundreds of tracks, proposes a whole range of snow sports for the enthusiast: downhill skiing, cross country skiing, sledging, and snowboarding. Toulouse-Blagnac is the closest airport to the major Pyrenean ski resorts and to Andorran resorts.

  • A leisure-oriented region

While the region prides itself on its cultural diversity, sport — and particularly rugby — is its greatest trademark. The latter is, in fact, the leading sport in South West France and it almost amounts to an identity. In 2007, Toulouse was naturally among the cities hosting the Rugby World Cup.

  • Rugby Union
    Stade Toulousain : 17 times the French champion. 4 times European champion in 1996, 2003, 2005 and 2010. French champion and European runner up in 2008.
    8 regional clubs clubs in the French Top 14 (French 1st division) Stade Toulousain, Agen, Brive, Castres, Biarritz, Bayonne, Mont-de-Marsan, Montpellier, Dax, Perpignan.
  • Rugby League
    8 clubs out 10 in the France Elite championship in the region’s catchment area: AS Carcassonne XIII, Lezignan XIII, RC Albi XIII, Villeneuve XIII, XIII Limousin, SM Pia XIII, Saint Gaudens XIII, Union Treiziste Catalan.

    • 1 Super League club: Catalans Dragons.
    • 1 club in the Co-operative Championship: Toulouse Olympique XIII.
  • Football
    Toulouse Football Club and the Bordeaux Girondins in League 1 and Montpellier and Nîmes in League 2. Toulouse was also among the cities hosting the World Cup in 1998 and will host some of the Euro 2016 football matches in 2016
  • Ski activities
    The Pyrenees (which is just 1h30 from Toulouse) is a breeding ground for champions. They include:

    • Snowboarding: Xavier Delerue, World Boardercross Champion
    • Snowboarding: Mathieu Crépel, World Big Air and Half Pipe Champion
    • Biathlon: Martin Fourcade, five time World Champion, Twice an Olympic champion and thrice winner of the Overall World Cup.
  • Rivers activities
    • Tony Estanguet comes from Pau. He has competed since the mid-1990s in Canoe Slalom and has won 3 Gold Olympic medals (Sydney, Athens and London Olympic Games)


  • Pilgrimage in Lourdes
    • Only two-hour drive from Toulouse, Lourdes is one of the largest Catholic pilgrimage destination in the world. With over 6 million visitors per year, Lourdes is the 3rd most visited tourist site in France.
  • Toulouse, a wealth of culture
    • 76 Midi-Pyrénées museums bear the “Museum of France” mark
    • Cité de l’Espace, the space adventure park
    • Many theaters
    • Cultural events, nationally and internationally renowned
    • Over 200 festivals every summer
    • National Capitole Orchestra of Toulouse

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

The Freight Network

All destinations are accessible from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport thanks to a developed network of direct services and a lorry network when the destination does not have a direct air link with Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.

Air Cargo Terminal

  • Modern freight area capable of handling all types of goods.
  • 20,400 m² of warehouses and office buildings for the use of cargo agents, with direct access to the restricted area
  • Customs services and veterinary services are present on the platform.
  • An 8,000 m² area for handling traditional freight (with a management capacity of 50,000 gross tons).
  • 2,400 m² of office buildings are available for freight forwarders and government institutions.
  • Toulouse-Blagnac Airport provides positive and negative cold-rooms for managing goods at positive and negative temperatures. WFS installs and manages the cold-rooms.
  • 2 priority aircraft car parks, stands for the big carriers, Border checkpoint, 31 freight, forwarders, etc.

Serving aviation – significant freight demand comes from civil aeronautics: Over local 870 businesses, employing more than 61,500.

Cargo Tons:

  • Toulouse, the 1st Airport is Freight (outside Paris)
  • 61,001 tons on freight and post in 2013 (+2,6% vs 2012
  • Including 39,089 tons transported by BGA (Airbus)

Freight segmentation:

Toulouse Freight

Forwarding offering agents

Albert Frères Geodis Wilson Road Express
Balguerie Gondrand Rohlig France
Clasquin France SA Herport Saga France
Dachser Heppner Overseas Schenker S.A.
Daher International Kintetsu World Express SDV Logistique
DHL Global Forwarding Kuehne + Nagel SAS Transimex
Dimotrans Global Transport Multicourses 31 UPS SCS
DSV Air & Sea Panalpina UTI
Emergency Air Freight System Partnair and Sea Worlswide Transport Solutions
Fatton Qualitair and Sea International Ziegler
Gefco Pyretransit

Toulouse-Blagnac processed over 50,000 tons of freight in 2011. Almost 60% of all cargo at Toulouse-Blagnac comes straight from the manufacturer.


Midi Pyrenees, a natural leader

  • N°1 in Europe and N°2 in the world for aeronautical activities (Airbus, ATR, Latécoère, Liebherr, …)
  • N°1 in Europe for space industries and research: design and manufacture of space systems and their applications (CNES, Spot Image, EADS, Astrium, Thales, …)
  • N°1 in France for the design of embedded electronics systems (ACTIA Group, Continental, Rockwell Collins, …)
  • N°1 in France after the Ile-de-France area for Information Technology services (Cap Gemini, Sogeti, IBM, …)
  • N°1 in France for Research & Development
  • 3rd region in France for exports thanks to the aeronautical and space industries
  • 5th ranked economic power in France

Midi-Pyrenees, a winning region

  • 1 job out of 3 is in high-tech industries (Aeronautics, Space, Biotechnology, Semi-conductors, IT and Agri-food)
  • Leading region for research & development (outside Paris)
  • Agriculture/Agri-food industries: 2nd industrial sector in the region

Downtown journey times vary no more than 20-28 minutes. Taxi and bus for $2.25, shuttles from $7.25 and less than $40 for a taxi.


Set in the heart of South West France, Toulouse enjoys an ideal geographical location, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, and between Northern Europe and Spain. This ideal geographic location makes Toulouse and its region an all-year-round destination, close to the main touristic breath-taking sites. What’s more, thanks to buoyant economic activity and significant demographic growth, the city, whose airport is the largest at more than 4 hours away, is a perfect logistics hub.

Offering visitors more comfort, and 3,200 spaces: The new car park opened in June 2011.

Transport mode Approximate time to reach town center Estimated cost
Taxi 00:20 $36
Bus – Tisseo line 66 00:28 $2.25
Airprot shuttle 00:20 $7.24
Car rental 00:20 $130 a day
Tramway (from 2013) – Tisseo line T1 Estimated time: 00:30 $2.25

Infrastructure & Operations:

Non-coordinated airport, open 24/7 with noise nights restrictions

Number of Terminals: 1 terminal with 4 halls. Capacity: 8.5 million

Total surface area of terminal floors: 101.000 m2 in halls A, B, C and D

2 runways equipped with ILS (Instrument Landing System) cat III, HI (High Intensity), LI (Low Intensity) and PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicator) lighting systems, approach lights and strobe light.

  • Runway 1: 3,000X60m, orientation 14L-32R (289 lights)
  • Runway 2: 3,500X75m, orientation 14L-32R (688 lights)

Airfield operation category: Cat III

Number of aircraft parking stands: 60

No curfew for aircrafts of nose category above level 3, no airport/airway constraints

No level 3 flights admitted between 00h-06h local

Noise abatement procedures: See AD2 – LFB0 – ENV1/2

25 minute turnaround time currently possible.

Breathtaking scenery, 22 breathtaking new services in 2012.


  • 17 gangways
  • 11 elevators
  • 18 escalators
  • 7 luggage conveyor belts
  • 3 oversized luggage conveyor belts
  • 32 departure gates
  • 64 check-in desks + 2 oversized
  • 17 security checkpoints including 2 premium access
  • 16 immigration counters
  • 17 air bridges served stands

New technology: a fully-automated HBS system (Hold Baggage Screening) in every hall, for optimum security (Alstef-Beumer).

  • Taxiway category: mini D, maxi F
  • Nav aid: Vor ILS til cat III
  • Fire: 8 H24
  • Immigration: max 6, H24
  • Customs: all terminal cover, H24
  • Security: max 13, H24 with previous notice
  • Aerobridges in charge of Handlers: MAP handling, AviaPartner or Menzies
  • 1 lounge

Car parks

  • Arrêt minute: 58 spaces
  • P0: 307 spaces
  • P1: 2,348 spaces
  • Res@P1: 160 spaces
  • P2: 2,825 spaces
  • Résa P3 : 620 spaces
  • P3 : 200 spaces
  • P5: 300 spaces
  • P6: 3,000 spaces
  • Bike Park: 190 spaces

Airport’s certifications:

  • SGS Airport Certification
  • Health and Safety in workplace SMS QHSAS 18001
  • Environment SFE ISO 14001
  • Airport Carbon Accreditation
  • Certification of Services UAF Baseline
  • Quality ISO 9001
  • Safety Program

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

Toulouse-Blagnac achieved these last years its expansion plan with the construction of a new hall (Hall D) that has been operational since June 2010. This new hall allowed the airport to increase its passenger capacity from 6.2 to 8.5 million, but also the passenger to spend a pleasant moment while its waiting time. Indeed, they wait now in a more enjoyable departure lounge, have access to a vast new shopping area (1,650 sq.m) located after the security check area (with shops, restaurants, bars, exchange offices, duty free outlets, etc.).

What’s more, Toulouse-Blagnac Airport also built a new car park that opened in June 2011, to offer to its visitors more comfort and to spare them stress.

A new lounge for stress-free waiting time opened in 2012 on the ground floor in Hall C. The La Croix du Sud lounge offers passengers an exclusive welcome, high quality service and tailo-made comfort.

7.567 million passengers in 2013 in Toulouse-Blagnac Airport

Vital statistics

Number of passengers:

  • Toulouse-Blagnac Airport noted an increase in his traffic in 2013 (+0,1% compared to 2012) with 7,567,634 passengers.
  • Among them, scheduled traffic represented 7,271,069 passengers (+0,9%), and unscheduled traffic (charter) 235,172 passengers (-17,3%)
  • National traffic: 4,356 million passengers (+1.4%)
  • International traffic: 3,150 million passengers (-1,5%)

Part of the low cost traffic: 27.4% of low cost traffic in 2013

1st freight airport: 61 001 tons in 2013 (+2,6% vs 2012)

1st French business airport

Number of serving airlines: 50 of which 32 scheduled airlines

Top 5 scheduled airlines in 2013:

  • Air France : 3,247,080 pax
  • EasyJet : 1,784,300  pax
  • Lufthansa : 372,930  pax
  • Hop! – Regional : 296 152  pax
  • British Airways: 228,540 pax

Top 5 charter airlines in 2013:

  • Germania: 51,170 pax
  •  Air Mediterranée: 41,385 pax
  • Hermes Airlines: 21,534 pax
  • Thomsonfly: 16,189 pax
  • Onur Air: 15,063 pax

Number of serving destinations: 103 destinations, of which 59 schedules destinations

Top 5 scheduled destinations in 2013:

  • Paris-Orly : 2,379,012 pax
  • Paris-Cdg : 805,434 pax
  • Lyon : 357,029 pax
  • London-Gatwick : 263,596 pax
  • London-Heathrow : : 228,540 pax

Top 5 charter destinations in 2013:

  • Heraklion: 22,145 pax
  • Djerba: 19,229 pax
  • Palma: 12,997 pax
  • Antalya: 12,568 pax
  • Tenerife: 11,101 pax

2012 new routes:

  • Scheduled flights: 25 new flights. Athens (AFR), Berlin (AFR), Hamburg (AFR), Malaga (AFR), Malta (AFR), Naples (AFR), Prague (AFR), Sevilla (AFR), Venice (AFR), Vienna (AFR), Marrakesh (AFR), Casablanca (AFR), Istanbul (AFR), Tunis (AFR), Figari (AFR), Brussels (EZY), Porto (EZY), Basel-Mulhouse (EZY), Nice (EZY), Lille (EZY), Venice (EZY), Manchester (EXS), Constantine (DAH), Casablanca (MAC), Malaga (LGL).
  • Charter flights: 3 new flights. Kos (S12), Lanzarote (S12), Larnaca (S12)

2013 new routes:

  • Scheduled flights: 9 new flights : Bastia (EZY), Bastia (VOE), Ajaccio (VOE), Birmingham (BMR), Punta Cana (XLF), Djerba (LBT), Marrakesh (EZY), Monastir (LBT), Milan (TJT)
  • Charter flights: 3 new flights: Split (GMI), Tel Aviv (BIE), Bastia (XLF)

2014 new routes:

  • Scheduled flights: 2 new flights: Geneva (DWT), Hamburg (GWI), Bermingham (BEE)
  • Charter flights: 1 new flight: Izmir (Marmara, Nouvelles Frontières, Tui France)