Brive-Souillac airport opens for business
Brive-Souillac airport opens for businessFrance has a new airport, Brive-Souillac, near Cressenac in the Lot department - which will be welcomed by owners of holiday gites and self catering cottages in the Dordogne.
Its grand opening will be on 10 July, according to La Depeche and the new airport is due to replace the nearby Brive-Laroche airport. It will be called Brive-Souillac but will be marketed as ‘Brive-Vallee de la Dordogne’.
Brive-Souillac is ideally located in the heart of Dordogne and is easily accessible on a major east-west and north-south motorway axis, with close access to Limoges and Bergerac.
Brive Souillac airport has been offering three flights to Paris (Orly Sud) since 15 June. Flights to London City airport start on 25 June and will be provided by City Jet – which is owned by Air France, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In five years’ time Brive Souillac reportedly hopes to welcome some 50,000 visitors but for now it’s concentrating on flights to London and Paris.
The new airport is set to boost tourism in the area and should be a hit with people who own holiday homes in the Dordogne
and Lot region
This project began in 1988 and was the brainchild of the mayors of Brive and Souillac. It took more than 20 years and 20 building procedures for that project to become a reality.
Building work started in October 2005 and led to 691-acre excavation works, for a ground coverage of 494 acres. The construction of the airport building itself started in spring 2009. This initiative was supported by 13 financial partners - with an overall investment of £39 million.
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