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Coat of arms of Notre-Dame-des-Landes
Coat of arms
Notre-Dame-des-Landes is located in France
Coordinates: 47°22′54″N 1°42′32″W / 47.3817°N 1.7089°W / 47.3817; -1.7089Coordinates: 47°22′54″N 1°42′32″W / 47.3817°N 1.7089°W / 47.3817; -1.7089
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Loire-Atlantique
Arrondissement Châteaubriant
Canton Blain
Intercommunality Erdre et Gesvres
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Paul Naud
Area1 37.4 km2 (14.4 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,839
 • Density 49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 44111 /44130
Elevation 29–82 m (95–269 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.

Notre-Dame-des-Landes is a commune in the Loire-Atlantique department in western France.

The commune is the planned site of the new Aéroport du Grand Ouest, intended to replace Nantes Atlantique Airport. The €580 million project was approved in February 2008, with construction expected to start in 2012 and an opening date in 2015. But the inhabitants of the area and many people around the country are fighting against the project for ecological and human reasons (for instance, Notre-Dame-Des-Landes is located in an environmentally important area for its wildlife and underground water, and the airport is said to be "useless" by experts because "Nantes Atlantique" works very well[1]).[2] There is currently no specific date to start the construction despite all approvals being there.[3]

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