Information for local residents
If you live in the vicinity of Bordeaux Airport, this section will provide you with precise information about the soundproofing scheme and its allocation criteria, the mapping used for the Noise Exposure Forecast and Nuisance Noise Map, the airport’s main flight paths, and the various roles and remits of the Environment Consultation Commission (CCE) and the Consultation Commission for Assistance for Local Residents (CCAR).
Subject to conditions, financial assistance may be granted to residents living near Bordeaux Airport who wish to soundproof their homes. The scheme is open to residents living in Mérignac, Le Haillan, Eysines and Saint-Jean-d’Illac.
The soundproofing grants are wholly financed by the aircraft noise pollution duties paid by the airlines that fly to Bordeaux Airport. These taxes are redistributed to the airport operator by French public authorities.
Financial assistance for soundproofing cannot be granted retroactively. With this in mind, once the airport has accepted your application, please ensure you complete every stage in the established process.
The Noise Exposure Forecast (NEF) is an urban planning map that represents short-, mid-, and long-term air traffic forecasts. The aim of the NEF is to help authorities adapt urban planning in areas around airports to avoid exposing increased numbers of people to aircraft noise in the coming years. It sets out four noise zones (A to D) within which the construction or consolidation of new homes is restricted or prohibited by law. When permission is secured to build new homes in these areas, soundproofing regulations must be adhered to. These homes are not eligible for soundproofing grants.
The Nuisance Noise Map (NNM) is a map with three zones (I, II and III) in which there are “very high”, “high” and “moderate” levels of nuisance noise respectively. Subject to conditions, residents who live within these three zones around Bordeaux Airport may be eligible for home soundproofing grants. The grant is adjusted depending on the zone and the local resident’s financial circumstances.
Please be aware that maps are only visible at a scale of more than 1:25,000.
The Environment Consultation Commission (CCE, for Commission Consultative de l’Environnement) is the benchmark entity fielding queries about how the way Bordeaux Airport is designed or operated might impact the environment.
It meets at least once a year and is chaired by the local Prefect or his or her representative. The 18 members have been categorised into three “colleges”, with:
The Consultation Commission for Assistance for Local Residents (CCAR, for Commission Consultative d'Aide aux Riverains) focuses solely on home soundproofing grants for people living in the vicinity of Bordeaux Airport.
Bordeaux Airport consults the commission whenever it is deciding on soundproofing grant allocations. Meetings are scheduled in relation to current events and ongoing applications.
Bordeaux Airport has two intersecting runways. They face north-east/south-west (runway 05/23) and south-east/north-west (runway 11/29). Flight paths in and out of the airport depend on various parameters, such as the runway used, the direction of incoming or outgoing flights, air traffic procedures, weather conditions and aircraft types.
If you would like to view the flight paths that go over your local area, use the contact form to make an appointment with the Regional Relations and Environment department – don’t forget to include your phone number so that the Airport can get in touch with you.The French Civil Aviation Authority (or Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile) has also created Entract, an online tool for viewing flight paths. The flight paths are given for a typical day, so are for information purposes only. Click here to view the runways in use and arrivals and departures.