Toulouse Blagnac Airport is high on the radar for aviation enthusiasts as one of the main manufacturing bases for Airbus (alongside Hamburg Finkenwerder) and ATR, who both build lots of airliners here each year.
The airport has tours to see inside the giant Airbus hangars, but what else can be seen in the area when visiting Toulouse?
Ailes Anciennes Toulouse Museum
This respectable museum is located close to Toulouse Blagnac, at a new site to the north of the airport and close to the Airbus A380 works. If you’re visiting Toulouse Airport for the first time, this museum is a must see attraction. It has a collection of civil and military aircraft, including types such as the Sud Aviation Caravelle, Concorde, Douglas DC-3, Dassault Falcon 10, various Dassault Mirage and Mystere jets, a Gloster Meteor, and one of the Super Guppy transport aircraft. There are around 70 aircraft in all.
The museum is open Wednesdays (2pm-5.30pm) and Saturdays (1.30pm-6pm), with guided tours available on Saturday mornings (9.30am and 10.30am). Museum website: www.aatlse.org
A smaller airport around 8 miles to the south of Blagnac Airport. It has a single runway and is popular with biz jet operators, and ATR who send their new aircraft in for works. Francazal is also a base for French Air Force operations.
Viewing is possible at Francozal from within the terminal building.