“ Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, BP 103, 31703 Blagnac Cedex, France. Location: The airport is located 8km (5 miles) northwest of the city / Airport code: TLS. „
We recently used Toulouse airport during a long weekend trip to the South of France. On arrival at the airport, we first found that we had to walk quite a distance to reach our luggage claim area. Not so much a problem except that we had our 6 month old daughter with us, substantial hand luggage, and our buggy which we had been able to use before boarding was obviously with all the luggage! But we survived. The luggage came through quickly...except for our buggy and car seat! Two pretty vital pieces of equipment considering we were holidaying with a baby! After the luggage carousel was completely empty, and most passengers had left, ourselves and a few other families were left waiting around, getting quite worried, unsure where our items were! Suddenly a small motorised cart, pulling a small trailer arrived with all our 'delicate' items on board. It was obviously a very thoughtful thing to do, to stop delicate items being thrown about with the rest of the bags, but we were completely in the dark as to what was going on! (Granted, we have NO idea whether this was Toulouse's idea, or the airline, but on our return journey our luggage did not have the same treatment on arrival in the UK.....)
We then made our way out to try to find our car hire. It seemed to us that Toulouse airport has recently undergone a great deal of improvement work, and although the whole building seems very sleek and new, the signage is a little unclear (and I'm not talking about French/English - simply that the car hire signs pointing in very obscure directions!). It took us quite a while of wandering (mistakingly making our way down to the under level car parks!) until we found the hire car booths. The whole airport also seemed quite empty.
The empty feeling was confirmed on our return trip. Upon arrival at the airport, the building seemed bustling and we were immediately greeted with many check in desks and a large restaurant. There being only one restaurant (and granted, my husband being a picky eater!) we decided to wait until we went through security to grab something decent for lunch.
However, we were very disappointed. With the exception of one café style place, there was no where that you could have a proper meal. The whole area behind security seemed very empty - many of the shop areas seemed either abandoned, or - considering the whole airport seemed as though it had undergone some recent work - waiting for new shops to take their place. I hope this improves as it was a great disappointment in what is turning out to be a large attractive airport.
Security at Toulouse airport is worth mentioning. After a very un-child-friendly security experience at our British airport, because of our young daughter we were stunned and very pleased to be ushered to the front. There we were allowed to go through the security process straight away rather than having to wait, and given plenty of time at the other side to put our belongings back together, return our daughter to her buggy, etc. Something that the British airports could possibly learn from.
The boarding gates were a bit chaotic. A lovely feel to the place - open, plenty of seating, but no order where actual boarding takes place. It seemed a bit of a free for all, and some simple queue lines would have helped.
Well signposted from the main Autoroutes around Toulouse, so even the less worldly France visitor (like us!) could easily find it. Overall, not a bad airport, but more facilities would be very welcome!
Toulouse Blagnac Airport is based 8km northwest of Toulouse and has direct access to the motorway which runs north-south making it rather easily accesable.
The airport is rather on the small side, with not too much in the way of shops but enough to keep you alive with chocolate and newspapers. It also seemed to have a rather distinctly empty feeling to it, as did the flight I arrived and left on between Hamburg and Toulouse.
The only thing which really stood out from other airports was the fact that anyone could access the luggage carousel,my father came to greet me at the airport and as people could just walk into the room where the luggage arrived, he had recognised my bag and had already took it. Whilst it obviously saved me the hassle, I thought this was a little bit dodgy and meant that your bag could be stolen quite easily with people just entering the room as and when they pleased!
Flights are a mixture of regular carriers (Air France, Lufthansa, Tap) and budget airlines (BMI baby, Germanwings, Atlas Blue, Jet2), most connections are internal flights within France, connections to Northern African countries (Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and even Egypt) as well as other flights to UK, Turkey and Germany. There were several connections to Romania until recently but it seems that they've now finished.
Apart from the aforementioned worry of attainable suitcases, I rather liked the airport - it's fairly modern and not very crowded.