Perpignan airport is the Southern most airport in mainland France. The airport at Perpignan really started developing once Ryanair began operating flights to Perpignan from Ireland and the UK. But in the last few years Ryanair has cut back on its schedule of flights to Perpignan and it now only operates seasonal flights from Dublin and Birmingham and some schedule routes to London Stansted and Charleroi airport in Belgium. This is a real shame because the Ryanair flights really helped open up the region and some of the local towns and the ski resorts at Font Romeu and Les Angles really benefitted from that. There was a rumour circulating that Ryanair fell out with the CEO of Perpignan airport over landing fees, but I don't know if there is any truth in that.
Flights to Perpignan airport, South France
I must admit, Perpignan is not my favourite airport to land at because its situation close to the Pyrenees and the coast means that you can often get some very strong cross-winds. Perpignan airport has recently undergone a much need refurbishment and it has expanded its schedule of flights mainly through Air France, but also with Iberia. Cheap flights to Perpignan airport can be found from the following destinations:
- Ajaccio, Corsica (Air France)
- Ibiza, Spain (Iberia)
- Madrid, Spain (Iberia)
- Paris Orly (Air France)
- London Stansted, UK (with Ryanair)
- Charleroi, Belgium (with Ryanair)
- Nantes, France (Air France)
- Birmingham, UK (with Ryanair)
- Lille, France (Air France)
2020 flights to Perpignan airport France
This is the schedule of 2020 flights to Perpignan airport in South France:
|London Stansted||Tues, Wed, Thur, Sat, Sun|
|Dublin airport||Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun|
Perpignan airport is the Southern most airport in mainland France. Although it has some regular flights to Paris and other cities in France (Nantes, Lille and Bastia), Perpignan airport is mainly a seasonal airport, with a summer schedule of flights from Birmingham and Stansted airports with Ryanair and Southampton airport with Flybe (June-August only).
Although, with the recently reported financial troubles of Flybe, there is some doubt that this route will continue to run. At nearly €590 return, it is doubtful that many passengers really regard this route as a low cost alternative to Ryanair.
During the summer months (May to mid-September), Air France and Aer Lingus run 5 flights per week from Dublin airport to Perpignan airport. The flight prices are currently quite reasonable, at around €200 each way.
Ryanair are currently advertising flights to Perpignan airport from London Stansted for just €40 return - which is an incredible price. The prices do pick up quite a lot for weekend flights, especially on a Saturday. So if you are looking to fly to Perpignan for a family holiday this summer, you might be advised to look for a villa to rent with flexible changeover dates. In fact, when you weigh up the costs, it may be worth paying slightly more for the villa (if you can arrive on a different day than Saturday), because you will then save quite a bit money on the flights.
Check the latest Ryanair flight costs and availability: FLIGHTS TO PERPIGNAN AIRPORT
Car hire rentals at Perpignan airport
There is a good range of car rental companies operating out of Perpignan airport. The car rental pick-up and drop off zone is located opposite the Terminal building, just a 60 seconds walk from collecting your bags.
Tel +353 1 844 5466
Tel : +353 1 844 5150
Tel : +353 1 605 7500
Tel : +353 1 812 0410
Tel : +353 1 812 2800
Irish Car Rentals
Tel : +353 61 206 040
Best places to stay near Perpignan
If you are flying into Perpignan airport, then you have a good choice of places to stay within 30 minutes drive. The coastline around Perpignan is really beautiful and resort towns such as Argeles sur Mer, St Cyprien and Le Bacares are all really popular with tourists. The jewell in the crown of the Cote Vermeille is the harbour town of Collioure. Collioure is a beautiful place in both summer and winter and it should definitely feature high up on your list of places to visit. There are also some inland towns which are worth searching out, including Ceret, with its Modern Art Museum; and the lovely towns of Villelongue-del-Monts and Laroque-des-Alberes, both of which are just a 15 minute drive from the coast.
Where to next . . . ?
- Read our article on the Best Perpignan beaches South France to visit this summer
- Interested in staying near Perpignan in 2020? Check out our fantastic holiday villas and apartments near Perpignan
- Read more about the Things to do & see in Perpignan during your visit to the South of France
- Read up on beautiful Collioure in Collioure tourism information.
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