The Environment

Striking a balance between developing the airport economically and protecting the environment and local residents’ quality of life.

Environmental approach and policy


As part of its approach to responsible development practices, Bordeaux Airport continually monitors the impact it has on the environment and encourages dialogue and cooperation with all stakeholders, be they customers or employees, partners or local residents. Managing air quality, noise pollution, waste and our consumption of resources are key objectives of our environmental policy, and form the basis of our continuous improvement plan.

Information for local residents


Here, you will find all the information you need about our soundproofing grant scheme, noise contour mapping, key flight paths from the airport and consultative bodies.

Visualize air traffic


Find information about our flight path visualization tool and the sound levels recorded by our measuring stations.

Questions / Answers

Can airlines be punished if they don’t stick to measures designed to reduce noise pollution?

French law dated 6 March 2009 defines how measures designed to cut noise pollution are applied at Bordeaux Aerodrome. The French South-West Civil Aviation Authority’s safety department is able to make a statement attesting to any failures to adhere to regulations. If this statement is supported by evidence, the airline could face financial penalties. This penalty is levied by the French Airport Noise Inspection Authority (or Autorité de Contrôle des Nuisances Aéroportuaires). For the purposes of transparency, information about any fines levied is available to the public.

What kind of aircraft come to the Airport?


The vast majority of aircraft that land at Bordeaux Airport are commercial flights carrying passengers, freight and mail. However, because ours is a multi-functional airport, other types of aircraft regularly visit. These might be light aircraft or military planes, or they might be used for industrial purposes or by health and emergency services. More rarely, you might spot large Antonov- or Ilyushin-style carriers transporting cargo as part of a humanitarian mission.

Aéronefs fréquentant l’aéroport
Why are planes noisier on certain days?

The noise an aircraft makes mainly depends on what type of plane it is and the engine it uses; whether it is taking off or landing; how far away it is; and weather conditions (such as wind force and direction, temperature, humidity levels and atmospheric pressure). How noisy a plane seems depends on the individual listener, how susceptible they are to hearing it as it goes over, and other sounds around them. As a result, in a single location planes might seem noisier to you some days than others, depending on the type of aircraft in operation, whether it’s landing or taking off, the runway being used, weather conditions and what you’re doing at that moment.

What is a “go around”?

A “go around” is the term used to describe a controlled safety manoeuvre used by pilots when they judge that the conditions are not right for landing. This procedure allows the plane to regain height, so that it can then attempt to land again. There are several reasons why a pilot might opt for a go around: 

  • The plane might be travelling too fast or too high in the air, or it might not be stable enough; 
  • The weather conditions could be poor; 
  • There might be something on the runway, such as another aircraft or an animal.
Why don’t planes always face the same way when they are taking off and landing?

Planes usually travel into the wind when they take off or land. This way, they are quicker to reach the speed they need to take off, and they have more lift. Landing into the wind helps them gradually put on the brakes and reduces the distance they then travel on the runway. This is why runways can be used both ways in a single day – it all depends on the direction and speed of the wind, both on the ground and at altitude. Air traffic control decides which runway should be used and the direction a plane needs to travel in.

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