Béziers Cap d'Agde Airport

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Béziers Cap d'Agde Airport
Aéroport Béziers Cap d'Agde
Aéroport Béziers Cap d'Agde 2300.JPG
IATA: BZRICAO: LFMU
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator CCI Béziers Saint-Pons
Serves Béziers
Location Vias, Hérault, France
Elevation AMSL 56 ft / 17 m
Coordinates 43°19′24″N 003°21′12″E / 43.32333°N 3.35333°E / 43.32333; 3.35333Coordinates: 43°19′24″N 003°21′12″E / 43.32333°N 3.35333°E / 43.32333; 3.35333
Website www.beziers.aeroport.fr
Maps
Location of Languedoc-Roussillon region in France
Location of Languedoc-Roussillon region in France
LFMU is located in Languedoc-Roussillon
LFMU
LFMU
Location of airport in Languedoc-Roussillon region
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,000 6,562 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 243,980
Passenger Change 13-14 Increase7.0%
Source: French AIP,[1] UAF[2]

Béziers Cap d'Agde Airport[3] (French: Aéroport Béziers Cap d'Agde[4]) (IATA: BZRICAO: LFMU) is an airport serving the town of Béziers and the nearby Languedoc coastal resorts such as Cap d'Agde. The airport is located 11.5 km[1] (6.2 NM) east-southeast of Béziers, near Vias in the Hérault department. It was previously known as Béziers-Vias Airport. The airport handles commercial national flights as well as private, non-regular air traffic.

History[edit]

Because of its comparatively short runway measuring 1,820 m × 30 m (5,971 ft × 98 ft), the airport was unable to benefit from the growth of low-cost flights that had fuelled expansion at other airports in the region (Carcassonne, Perpignan, Montpellier and Nîmes). For some years there were plans to extend the runway and this work was finally carried out between November 2006 and February 2007. The new runway is now capable of handling the Boeing 737-sized jets favoured by low cost carriers.

After a runway expansion completed in 2007, daily direct flights to Paris Orly and seasonal services to Bastia were augmented by Ryanair flights to and from Bristol International Airport, which commenced March 2008. On 24 March 2008, it was announced that during the summer months Ryanair flights would also operate to and from London Stansted with a possibility of being extended should they prove successful.[5] Further flights from Béziers to London Luton Airport were announced in June 2008 and these commenced twice a week from October 2008.

On 1st May 2014, Flybe decided to close their Southampton link, causing major disruption in the area, and a probable closure from Montpellier Airport. It was then suggested that Flybe restart it, but no response yet.

Facilities[edit]

The airport resides at an elevation of 56 feet (17 m) above mean sea level. It has one paved runway designated 09/27 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,000 by 45 metres (6,562 ft × 148 ft)[1] The runway is equipped with ILS.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
CityJet Seasonal: Bastia[6]
Ryanair Beauvais, London-Luton, Weeze
Seasonal: Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, Moss/Rygge (ends 29 September 2016), Stockholm-Skavsta

References[edit]

  • CCI Béziers: Direct, newsletter No. 7, Oct 2006, ISSN 1777-053X
  • La Ville de Béziers: Le journal de Béziers, No. 170, p9, November 2006

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