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Transportation is one of the most significant factors that contribute to the international development of tourism. As Page (2005) said the transport provides the essential link between tourism origin and destination areas and facilitates the movement of holidaymakers, business travellers, people visiting friends and relatives. In terms of transportation, we would like to speak about Toulouse Blagnac Airport which is a gateway to the world and aims to become the main airport of southwest France, connecting the world's major financial centres. Toulouse is called the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region. According to Wells and Young(2004), by nature of the fact that the airports are among the largest public facilities in the world, they play significant roles in shaping the economic, political, and social landscape of the communities they serve. The airport is situated approx. 7km to the north west of the city centre and with its 6.5 million yearly passengers it is the sixth biggest in France. It is also the company airport of the aircraft manufacturers Airbus and ATR. The airports history can look back to the maiden flights of aircraft like the Concorde or the A380. According to their website Toulouse-Blagnac Airport's ambition is to figure as one of the most referenced regional airports accross Europe in terms of management, quality and sustainable development in order to perform well on both an economical and operational scale. In light of mounting competition between means of transport and regional airports, Toulouse Blagnac's future development plans are based on five main strategic areas: * Developing the air network- Improving point to point transport in France and Europe, Increasing the number of low-fare airlines at the airport, continuing to extend incoming and outgoing charter flights, Seizing every opportunity to introduce direct intercontinental flights and develop links to European hubs. * Creating a quality-oriented customer relationship-...
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