Saint-Omer has a grass and a hard runway. Arriving mid-week the airfield was deserted but there was plenty of room for parking. The airfield was a major base for the RFC during the First World War. The Ibis Hotel in the centre of town is slightly more expensive than the Ibis Budget (former ETAP) but had the advantage of a good restaurant although there are plenty of restaurants in the town centre and around the main square.
On landing at Saint-Omer avoid over flying the prison and the area set aside for training trotting horses.
Saint-Omer hosts an annual fly in, usually in September, nominally for Jodel types but well attended by many other types. They lay on a pretty good event, with an evening meal in the large and historic hangar. A very useful feature is that French Customs are available for both in and out, thereby obviating the need to call in at Calais or Le Touquet first. Well worth attending this one and is one of the WFAeC's regular overseas destinations.
Hotels: Ibis Budget and Ibis are both suitable in terms of distance from the main square etc. The town is about a 20-25 minute walk from the airfield, or a short 10 minute taxi ride.
Restauant La Cygne - short walk from the Ibis - is strongly recommended (2016 RG)
Taxi telephone numbers:
0033 3 21 88 24 62 0033 6 07 30 76 10 0033 6 07 77 84 53 0033 3 21 98 10 95
0033 6 09 55 21 24 0033 3 21 95 62 71 0033 3 21 12 88 19 0033 6 82 93 67 72