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Airaines is located in France
Coordinates: 49°57′57″N 1°56′39″E / 49.9658°N 1.9442°E / 49.9658; 1.9442Coordinates: 49°57′57″N 1°56′39″E / 49.9658°N 1.9442°E / 49.9658; 1.9442
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Somme
Arrondissement Amiens
Canton Molliens-Dreuil
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Sud-Ouest Amiénois
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Luc Lefebvre
Area1 24.88 km2 (9.61 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 2,116
 • Density 85/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 80013 / 80270
Elevation 15–116 m (49–381 ft)
(avg. 49 m or 161 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.

Airaines is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.


The commune is situated 30 km (19 mi) north west of Amiens,about 30 km (19 mi) south of Abbeville, at the junction of the D901 and D936 roads.

Hamlets and neighbourhoods[edit]

Dourier before 1914
  • Dourier : Originally a hamlet to the northeast of the town, now a suburb.
  • Dreuil-Hamel : Stretching out to the west, sprinkled with orchards and meadows, this commune was once separate. By decree of 26 September 1972 it was joined with Airaines in a simple merger.


Historical population of Airaines
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 1968 2239 2303 2385 2175 2099 2116
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.


  • In earlier times, the town flourished, due mainly to the importance of the castle of the dukes of Luynes.
  • During World War II, the town was subject to much destruction in June 1940. The Market hall was destroyed.
  • The years 1985-2000 saw the closure of several important economical activities, resulting in high unemployment

Places and monuments[edit]

  • Saint-Denis church
  • The Priory (Notre Dame church)
  • Dreuil-Hamel church, abandoned and in danger of collapsing
  • The towers of the dukes of Luynes
  • The memorial to Charles N'Tchoréré
  • A monument aux morts with sculptural work by Albert Dominique Roze


Charles N'Tchoréré (15 November 1896 - 1940) was a Gabonese military commander who was shot by the Germans in World War II during the battle for France.

Twin towns[edit]

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