Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport

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In 1908, the Bayonne Biarritz aviation committee first founded.

In 1909, Louis Blériot, the famous pioneer pilot in French aviation, visited the area to choose a site for an airfield on the Basque coast. The spot chosen by the Aviation Committee lay between the road from Bayonne to Ustaritz and the river Nive at Bassussary.

In 1954, opening of the present Airport on 11th April by the then Mayor of Biarritz, Guy Petit, who had first originated the project. Inauguration on the same day of the first Biarritz-London line with the British BEA airline.

In 1960, opening of the first Air Inter seasonal passenger connection to Paris by Caravelle aircraft.

In 1977, airport granted official International Airport status.

In 1994, opening of the new airport building with a surface area of 6000m2 (or more than 18,000 sq feet). The design is in the shape of a delta wing sloping slightly to one side, to symbolise a plane taking off.

In 1994, African Heads of State summit hosted.

In 1995, first visit by an Air France Concorde jet.

In 2000, informal European Summit hosted. The airport is today open to the whole world and continues to expand.

75% of the grounds of Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne airport are located in Anglet and 25% in Biarritz.

It was built in the 50's to serve the area covering the southern part of the Landes and entire Pyrénées Atlantiques provinces, and also a part of the Guipuzcoa province in the Spanish Basque country.

Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport is run by a special governing board (Syndicat Mixte) of members from the Muncipal Councils of Anglet, Bayonne, Biarritz and St Jean-de-Luz, the local Country Councils of the Landes and Pyrénées Atlantiques provinces and the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


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