Carpiquet

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Carpiquet
FranceNormandieCarpiquetEglise.jpg
Carpiquet is located in France
Carpiquet
Carpiquet
Coordinates: 49°11′11″N 0°26′36″W / 49.1864°N 0.4433°W / 49.1864; -0.4433Coordinates: 49°11′11″N 0°26′36″W / 49.1864°N 0.4433°W / 49.1864; -0.4433
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Caen-2
Intercommunality Caen la Mer
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Pascal Sérard
Area
 • Land1 5.88 km2 (2.27 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 2,248
 • Population2 density 380/km2 (990/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14137 / 14650
Elevation 45–74 m (148–243 ft)
(avg. 64 m or 210 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Carpiquet is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France. Caen – Carpiquet Airport is located in Carpiquet.

Geography[edit]

Carpiquet is on the western side of the Caen metropolitan area. The town is divided into four distinct areas:

History[edit]

Unidentified Canadian Infantry in a Bombed Out Church in Carpiquet, near Caen, July 12, 1944. Photo: Ken Bell

The Carpiquet Airport was one of the objectives of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division during the Normandy Campaign. The village was fought over between June and July 1944 in several battles, notably during the Battle for Caen. It and the airport were finally taken in early July during Operation Windsor.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,129 —    
1968 1,315 +16.5%
1975 1,207 −8.2%
1982 1,650 +36.7%
1990 1,519 −7.9%
1999 1,861 +22.5%
2008 2,248 +20.8%

Attractions[edit]

  • Parc Festyland, an amusement park in Carpiquet. The park lies next to the Caen ring road and receives 110,000 visitors per year.

Economy[edit]

Chalair Aviation, an airline, has its head office on the grounds of Caen – Carpiquet Airport in Carpiquet.[1]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Carpiquet is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Access." (image). Chalair Aviation. Retrieved on 12 February 2011. "Chalair Aviation Headquarters Aéroport de Caen-Carpiquet 14650 Carpiquet France."
  2. ^ "North Baddesley Twinning Association". Hampshire County Council. Retrieved 2013-07-25.