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Guipavas Airport

The Guipavas Airport which is also known as the Bretagne Airport, is located in Brest, France. The airport is under the control of the Brest Chamber of Commerce. The airport bears the code of BES. Guipavas Airport in France is also the first Breton airport with 45 percent of passenger traffic and also boasts of ranking 16th among the Airports of France.

The origin of Guipavas Airport, France can be traced at the time of World War I when the American navy constructed a hangar (in 1936) on a high land near Guipavas. In the year 1947, the runway was extended from 1050 meters to 1800 meters to address the technological advancements. Between 1963 and 1966 extensive infrastructural developments commenced at the Guipavas Airport. A new control tower was thus constructed. In the following decades, the Guipavas Airport underwent several up-gradations. In 1986, the present terminal was inaugurated. The runway was extended to 3100 meters to make room for jumbo jets in 1992 and in the following year, freight bays and all-weather landing system were incorporated to the new terminal to cope up to the growing air traffic in the region.

Some of the other features of Brest Airport are:

  • A 747 with 400 seats is the largest aircraft flying out of the airport
  • As many as 27 medium sized aircrafts depart every week
  • 93 domestic flights and 82 flights to short-haul destinations fly every week
The Brest Bretagne International Airport connects those of other cities that include:

  • Southampton
  • London Luton
  • Paris Orly
  • Paris CDG
  • Toulouse
  • Marseille
  • Lyon
Thus the Guipavas Airport is a prime entry to the city of Brest. The city is located in the north-western part of France and in the western tip of Brittany. Brest also boasts of being one of the important ports and naval bases.