Before 2001

Year Event
1916 Pilots of the Great War use Poitiers hippodrome to practice. The first plane landed here : a RA14

First commercial flight to Paris from Poitiers

Creation of the Aero-club du Poitou


Project to develop Poitiers- Biard airfield. The Chamber of Commerce & Industry wish to make Poitiers an aerodrome with daily traffic to Paris – Bordeaux – Madrid assured by postal aviation.

Project of Poitiers Airport by the CCI examined by the Air Ministry.

With the material help of the CCI, presided by Gaston MORIN (1942 / 1957), Poitiers becomes a regular stop-over on regular flights for Paris & Bordeaux.

1951 The CCI has developed sites for the creation of an airfield they now have permission to operate.
1962/1965 Under the chairmanship of Gérard DEFRETIERE (1958 / 1970), construction of a runway 1 800 m x 45 m and a parking area.
1966 Inauguration of the Rotonde, terminal of Poitiers Biard
1968 The Chamber of Commerce & Industry becomes  administrator of Poitiers Airport for 50 years renewable. A partnership : financial investments from the Compagnie Consulaire, the Conseil Général de la Vienne and the Ville de Poitiers
1971 Extension of  1 800 m to 2 350 m to the main runway
1980/1981 Extension of the terminal


Arrival of low cost and terminal extension

2001 Launch of the first low cost flight to London (with Buzz, part of KLM)

Extension of the terminal.

In 2002, inauguration of the new terminal - 1 400 m² - 4 check-in counters and 2 boarding rooms


Arrival of Ryanair after the purchase of Buzz

Opening of seasonal line between Poitiers & Ajaccio

Renovation of the Rotonde : Restaurant L’orée du Ciel and administration offices.

2004 January: 1st ‘Open Day’ which becomes the Holiday Fair (Salon des Vacances) greeting 5,000 visitors per day.October: opening of the La Rochelle/Poitiers/Lyon line with the company AirLinair.
January 2007 New legal structure : Creation of the ‘Syndicat Mixte’ of Poitiers-Biard Airport reuniting the Urban Community of Poitiers, the General Council of Vienne and the Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
February 2007 Opening of a new car park with 250 places (payable).
2008 Opening of a new line between Poitiers and Birmingham with Ryanair. 3 flights a week.
2009 Opening of a new line between Poitiers and Edinburgh with Ryanair. 2 flights a week.
2010 Opening of a new line between Poitiers and Girona with Ryanair. 2 flights a week.
2012 Launch of procedures to find a new administrator following the withdrawal of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Arrival of VINCI Airports to manage Poitiers Airport.

Arrival of the company HOP (reuniting Airlinair, Regional & BritAir) operating the line between Poitiers and Lyon and Ajaccio.

Celebrating 10 years of the Poitiers Ajaccio line and the presence of Ryanair at the airport.

2014 Opening of a new line between Poitiers and Shannon (Ireland) with Ryanair. 2 flights a week.