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Carpiquet is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Caen – Carpiquet Airport is located in Carpiquet.

Carpiquet
The church in Carpiquet
The church in Carpiquet
Location of Carpiquet
Carpiquet is located in France
Carpiquet
Carpiquet
Carpiquet is located in Normandy
Carpiquet
Carpiquet
Coordinates: 49°11′11″N 0°26′36″W / 49.1864°N 0.4433°W / 49.1864; -0.4433Coordinates: 49°11′11″N 0°26′36″W / 49.1864°N 0.4433°W / 49.1864; -0.4433
CountryFrance
RegionNormandy
DepartmentCalvados
ArrondissementCaen
CantonCaen-2
IntercommunalityCU Caen la Mer
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Pascal Sérard
Area
1
5.88 km2 (2.27 sq mi)
Population
(2008)2
2,248
 • Density380/km2 (990/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
14137 /14650
Elevation45–74 m (148–243 ft)
(avg. 64 m or 210 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

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GeographyEdit

Carpiquet is on the western side of the Caen metropolitan area. The town is divided into four distinct areas:

HistoryEdit

 
Unidentified Canadian Infantry in a Bombed Out Church in Carpiquet, near Caen, July 12, 1944. Photo: Ken Bell

The Carpiquet Airport was one of the objectives of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division during the Normandy Campaign. The village was fought over between June and July 1944 in several battles, notably during the Battle for Caen. It and the airport were finally taken in early July during Operation Windsor.

PopulationEdit

YearPop.±%
19621,129—    
19681,315+16.5%
19751,207−8.2%
19821,650+36.7%
19901,519−7.9%
19991,861+22.5%
20082,248+20.8%

AttractionsEdit

  • Parc Festyland, an amusement park in Carpiquet. The park lies next to the Caen ring road and receives 110,000 visitors per year.

EconomyEdit

Chalair Aviation, an airline, has its head office on the grounds of Caen – Carpiquet Airport in Carpiquet.[1]

International relationsEdit

Twin towns – Sister citiesEdit

Carpiquet is twinned with:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Access Archived 2010-12-21 at the Wayback Machine.." (image). Chalair Aviation. Retrieved on 12 February 2011. "Chalair Aviation Headquarters Aéroport de Caen-Carpiquet 14650 Carpiquet France."
  2. ^ "North Baddesley Twinning Association". Hampshire County Council. Retrieved 2013-07-25.