Marseille Provence Airport
Formerly known as Marseille-Marignane Airport, Marseille Provence Airport is the fifth busiest airport in France handling over 7 million passengers annually. There are currently two runways and four halls housed in two terminal buildings. The second terminal building, dubbed MP2, was opened in 2006 to much fanfare. Primarily handling budget airlines, the opening of this section has coincided with a million person-per-year spike in passenger traffic.
Airport Passenger Services
Given the airport’s proximity to Marseille, amenities and facilities have been laid out that cater to business and family travelers from across the world. In addition to the airport’s 2 Information Desks and the 24/7 reception staff, there are also specialized Welcome Services available to guide guests to or from their flight, provide porter services, and more.
Other amenities available at the airport range from a shower facility to automated information services, First Aid Services, and Internet access. The Halls at Marseille-Provence offer a number of banking services including an onsite bank, multiple ATMs, and a currency exchange.
Meanwhile, four multilingual multimedia corners are also available in the departure lounges. These dedicated Internet and gaming facilities offer stylish workstations where visitors have broadband Internet access, office-type software, Bluetooth/USB transfer, webcam, and numerous gaming options.
Business travelers are encouraged to take advantage of the business center situated in the heart of Hall 4. Perfect for making last minute fixes to presentations or hosting valuable business associates, the business center offers air-conditioned work areas, offices, lounges, and availability with or without reservation.
On that note, two VIP lounges offer some of the most comfortable sites in the airport. The Camargue offers a warm, inviting setting for small groups, while the Panoramic can hold up to 250 people while delivering unbeatable views of the airport.
Travelers flying with children can take advantage of a number of great areas specifically designed for kids. In addition to a number of nursery spaces (with open access changing tables) in the women’s restrooms, there are three great play spaces available. A carousel, playground, and TV room can mean fun for the kids and a time to relax for their parents.
Marseille Airport Facilities
Outside of the airport’s commercial activities, major facilities include being the main base of the Civil Security’s Aerial Firefighting Division. Additionally, several cargo airlines fly from the airport, making it the second busiest cargo airport in France. The head office of Eurocopter is also located on-site.
There are many ways to access Marseille Provence including direct and connecting train and bus options. Sixty-two trains travel to and from the airport every day, serving 32 cities as far west as Montpellier and as far east as Saint Tropez, Cannes, and Nice. To the north, Valence, Avignon, and Montelimar, as well as Sisteron and Digne can also be accessed easily.
Of course, since Marseille is only 16 miles southeast of the airport, the city is the major focal point of traffic. From Marseille travelers can also easily access Algeria, Tunisia, and various other Mediterranean ports. The airport train shuttle connects platform 2 of the airport to the train station in less than five minutes.
Marseille Provence offers a number of car rental options and multi-lingual taxis that can be arranged for in advance. A number of car services available on site include a car wash, valet parking services, and a gas station, although the eight main car parks and Cheque Parking are probably more important to most visitors.
Each car park offers its own parking options from short stay to long-term parking. There are 12,000 parking spaces available in the main eight car parks and various amenities include covered parking, close proximity to the Terminal, or low-rate parking.