The Montpellier Airport (Code: MPL) is an airport French located near the city of Montpellier, in the department of Hérault.
It takes its name from the Mediterranean Sea nearby and was previously named Montpellier Airport-Fréjorgues, the name of a locality of the town of Mauguio where the airport is located, approximately 7 km from the center of Montpellier.
It is the eleventh largest metropolitan airport in France with 1,422,793 million passengers in 2014.
- 1938: landing of the first aircraft to Fréjorgues.
- 1946: Opening of Terminal civil.
- 1964: the CCIM gets temporary commercial management of the airport.
- 1974: commercial operating license is granted for 30 years at the CCIM.
- 1990: attendance airport reaches one million passengers. Opening of the new terminal of 14,000 metres square. Access to the aircraft is possible with 2 pre-bridges and three footbridges.
- 1994: Fréjorgues airport becomes the Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport.
- 1998: The airport passes the 1.5 million passengers.
- 2000: 9th French airport and 1.75 million passengers, or 18% compared to 1996.
- 2001: Because of the attacks of September 11, the opening of the line TGV Mediterranean and departure of Air Liberté, attendance is down by traffic. The airport Montpellier Méditerranée recorded 1,545,000 passengers.
- 2002: lines of openings Low Cost. ISO 9001 certification.
- 2003: the airport is reporting ‘airport of national interest by decree. This government decision, taken in the context of the evolution of decentralization laws, thus enables the Montpellier platform to access a private status to public capital. To this is added the renewal of the concession allowing the Montpellier CCI to continue to develop the airport until 2008 as a manager with the signing of a new specification.
- 2004: liquidation of the company Air Littoral (closure of 14 airlines operated by the company).
- 2008: noise are challenged by affected residents. Therefore, starting from October 2008, airlines, flying clubs, the ESMA and the Directorate General for Civil Aviation agree to respect a “green path” and focus on landings and takeoffs by the sea.
- 2009: airport Montpellier Méditerranée, management Montpellier CCI, is transformed into a limited company with a Management Board and Supervisory Board with capital of 148,000 euros on 23 June 2009. The SA Montpellier Airport was born. The shareholding is allocated as follows: 60% State, 25% Montpellier CCI, 7% Department of Herault, 6.5%
Languedoc Roussillon Region 1% Community of communes of the Country of Gold, 0.5% Montpellier Agglomeration.
- 2011: In December, the magnetic declination in France has meant to correct the orientation of runways 12L / 30R , (13L / 31R before).
- 2012: Three new airlines serve the airport (Lufthansa,
Twinjet and Volotea); Opening a new line Montpellier-Marrakech with Air Arabia.
- 2014: Arrival of the national airline Belgian, Brussels Airlines and opening of the line Montpellier – Brussels, competing with the flight of the low-cost Ryanair to the airport of Charleroi Brussels South, located one hour from the city Brussels.
- 2015: The airport celebrates its 70th anniversary by opening Saturday, January 16, 2016, by showing his audience has an aerobatic demonstration, places inaccessible to the public generally (Esma, Air Total, Enac, Fire)
Access to Airport
A shuttle bus makes the connection between the airport and the city center of Montpellier at the tram station “Europe Square” (line 1 and line 4). The journey time is approximately 15 minutes. The price of the bus ticket is 1.60 euros (one way) ticket or bus and tram network is 2.60 Euros (one way).
By the motorway, take the exit no. 29 (Montpellier-East).
By train, get off at the station of Montpellier-Saint-Roch, take tram line 1 towards Odysseum, and get off at the “Europe Square” station and take the airport shuttle.
Passenger processing statistics
- Surface Terminal: 14,000 metres square
- Number of terminals: 2
- Parking area: 102,000 metres square