Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (French: Aéroport de Bordeaux-Mérignac) (IATA: BOD, ICAO: LFBD) serves the French city of Bordeaux. It is located in the town of Mérignac, 12 km (7.5 mi) west of Bordeaux, within the département of Gironde.
In 2011, the airport served 4,117,200 passengers, making it the sixth busiest airport in France in terms of passengers.
General Charles de Gaulle took off from the airport to travel to London in 1940, and the following day he broadcast the Appeal of 18 June.
During the early years of the Cold War, Bordeaux-Mérignac was a front-line NATO facility for the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE). As well as its civil use, the French Air Force designated Mérignac Air Base BA 106, and it has been used in its strategic air force.
As a consequence of the temporary closure of the Cazaux military base, the civil authorities have been forced to share the runway with the French Army since November 2005.
(Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bordeaux%E2%80%93M%C3%A9rignac_Airport)