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).
Financial assistance for soundproofing
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.
- The site undergoing insulation must be located within one of the zones on Bordeaux Airport’s current Nuisance Noise Map.
- Planning permission for new constructions must have been awarded before the relevant Noise Exposure Forecast was issued.
- The site may function as housing (but not a hotel), or it may be used for education, healthcare or other public functions (conditions apply).
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.
Find out more about the soundproofing scheme and its allocation criteria
Noise Exposure Forecast
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.
Nuisance Noise Map
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.
On the French Géoportail website
Please be aware that maps are only visible at a scale of more than 1:25,000.
- Type "Aéroport international de Bordeaux" into the search bar
- Click on "Les cartes en cours" (current maps) on the right-hand side of your screen
- Select Plan d’Exposition au Bruit (Noise Exposure Forecast) or Plan de Gêne Sonore (Nuisance Noise Map)
Environment Consultation Commission
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:
- 6 representatives from aeronautical professions
- 6 representatives from stakeholder local authorities
- 6 representatives from environmental protection and local residents’ organisations
Consultation Commission for Assistance for Local Residents
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.
The main flight paths
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.