Le Mans Arnage Airport
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Le Mans Arnage Airport Information
If you're planning a trip to Le Mans, chances are you'll be traveling in June to watch the famous 24-hour sports-car race, which started back in 1923. If you're not set on seeing the race, however, you may be traveling to Le Mans for the beautiful gardens, the historical aspects, for business reasons, or as a way to reach neighboring towns. Whatever your reason, however, one certainty exists: the Le Mans Arnage Airport is not an airport for commercial flights.
In spite of a few travel websites giving erroneous information, you will not be able to book a flight into this city — unless you rent a private jet. So, unless you're a pilot or are part of a group chartering a plane to Le Mans, you won't be using this airport.
But let's say you are a pilot or you are in fact flying in with a chartered tour. You might like to know that this airport is considered regional and has paved and lighted runways. It services both Le Mans and Pays-de-la-Loire.
Interestingly, there was once a Le Mans Airfield, and WWII history buffs may be very familiar with this site. However, the airfield and the current airport are two different entities. The airfield has long since closed, on November 30, 1944, and now blends in with the local fields.
Here are the closet international/domestic airports to Le Mans, along with the distance: Tours Val de Loire (74 km), Caen – Carpiquet (139 km), Rennes – Saint-Jacques (144 km), Deauville – Saint-Gatien (152 km), and Poitiers – Biard (157 km).
Once you reach Le Mans, your best bet for getting around the city — unless you're relying entirely on traveling with a tour — is to plan in advance to rent a car or to use the rail system. And the rail system is how most people reach the city of Le Mans, instead of chartering flights. Another option is to fly into Paris, for example, and drive the two hours it takes to reach Le Mans, while stopping along the way at specific sites, such as the cathedral at Chartres.
Speaking of cathedrals, Le Mans boasts Saint-Julien Cathedral, a Medieval masterpiece that was started in the 11th century and finished 500 years later. It's one of France's largest cathedrals, and has exquisite stained-glass, with one 12th-century pane considered the oldest piece of stained glass in use in the world.
Behind the cathedral, you'll find the Old City or "Cite Plantagenet," where late Medieval and early Renaissance buildings still stand. Nearby, you'll want to visit the Musee de la Reine Berengere, a museum that presents local history. From there, wander over to the perimeter of the city and see the Gallo-Roman Walls, which date back to the 3rd century.
So, you see, besides the obvious June extravaganza with the Le Mans race, you'll find plenty to do and see in this French city all year long, either for exploring Le Mans in depth or adding this town to your itinerary.
Airport Code : LME
Airport name : Arnage
Runway Length : 4626 ft.
Runway Elevation : 194 ft.
City : Le Mans
Country : France
Country Abbrev. : FR
World Area Code : 427
GMT Offset : -1.0
Longitude : 1° 15' 0" E
Latitude : 48° 0' 0" N