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Air and Environment - Montpellier Airport

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The location of Montpellier Mediterranean Airport on the coast allows it to avoid the phenomena of the accumulation of atmospheric pollutants, common in most other airports.

However, the fight against the various types of pollution (air traffic, service vehicles, energy production centre, heating, air conditioning…) remains an ongoing concern.

Air quality measurement campaigns, extrapolated across the year, were conducted in 2003, 2008 and 2013 by the Air Languedoc-Roussillon association. They evaluated the levels in ambient air of compounds emitted by aircraft and other activities related to the presence of the airport every 5 years, both outside and inside the airport.

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Air quality measurements at Montpellier Airport © AMM


  • Inside: Arrivals hall, Departure lounges, Check-in area, Gangway.
  • Outside: Traffic lanes in front of the airport, Access road to the airport area, Car park, Aircraft parking area, Main runway (southern threshold, west side).

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Air quality measurements at Montpellier Airport © AMM


  • Nitrogen dioxide (NO2): measurement of the presence of combustion from automobile and aircraft traffic. 60% of nitrogen dioxide is produced by vehicles. It affects pulmonary function and can cause infections.
  • Benzene-toluene-xylene (BTX): measurement of presence in vehicles, aircraft, industries, solvents… They provoke olfactory problems, irritation and reduced lung capacity. Benzene has mutagenic and carcinogenic effects.
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOC): enter the composition of fuels and many other common products (paint, ink, glue, stain remover, cosmetics, solvents…). VOCs are also released by the natural environment.


  • Compliance with regulatory thresholds for ambient air and inside air. 
  • Minor impact on local air quality. The very open environment favors the rapid dispersion of emitted pollutants. Around the airport, the highest concentrations, relatively speaking, were measured inside the semi-underground P2 car park. 
  • Slight decrease of NO2 and benzene around the airport thanks to the overall improvement in the Montpellier region. 
  • Good ventilation inside the buildings, but the renovation work has led to higher concentrations than in 2008 and 2013, while remaining low in relation to regulatory values.

  • 2003 study of the direct and indirect impact on air quality at Montpellier Mediterranean Airport
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  • Air quality at Montpellier Mediterranean Airport - 2013 Report - Trend since 2003
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  • Air quality at Montpellier Mediterranean Airport - 2008 Report - Trend since 2003
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