Last week Toulouse-Blagnac Airport’s shareholders laid the foundation stone for the expansion of the terminal building – a project initiated by Casil Europe in 2015, when it acquired a stake in the company.
A project undertaken in collaboration with the French Government, the Toulouse Chamber of Commerce and Industry and local authorities, several construction companies have been selected for the project including Socotrap, Bourdarrios or Fauché, as well as Kardham (prime contractor) and OTCE (design office).
Work began in the first quarter of 2017. Two construction sites have been identified: in the north, an extension of Hall D will accommodate all the security checkpoints. It will provide access to a large shopping and dining area, which will give Toulouse airport an offer comparable to its European competitors. In the south, the construction for the extension of Hall A has been launched. This jetty will be dedicated to low-cost and regional companies, who prefer walk in-walk out boarding.
“This first stone embodies our commitment to build an even more efficient airport sized for international traffic”, said Anne-Marie Idrac, Chair of the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport Supervisory Board. “Developing the airport is a shared challenge for the benefit of all, because the competitiveness of the airport and the quality of the services it offers are all levers for the growth of the regional economy. An attractive airport contributes to the growth of local tourism by attracting foreign tour operators; it also makes it easier for local companies to develop new markets, with the opening of new routes”.
Huabing Wang, CEO of Casil Europe, said: “We are convinced that Toulouse-Blagnac airport has high development potential. That is why Casil Europe has become a shareholder of ATB with a project on an international scale. This ambition is shared by all the shareholders, who are also determined to enhance the attractiveness of Occitanie. Today, this objective has become concrete: the expansion work has begun, new services will be introduced in 2018, and all this will give a new dimension to the airport. Its development will benefit the local economy by promoting exchanges with the rest of the world”.
The construction deadlines for the new facilities are as follows:
- Hall A Boarding jetty: April 2018
- Hall D expansion / single security checkpoint / shopping area: May 2018
- Hall C food court / check-in counters / oversized baggage: November 2018
In addition to the two terminal building sites, Toulouse-Blagnac Airport has begun construction of a 4-star hotel directly connected to Hall A. The 148-room hotel will be marketed and operated by the NH Hotel Group and will have the best location at the airport. The hotel will have 1,000 m² of spaces dedicated to meetings, conferences and seminars, a bar, a lounge, a restaurant and a fitness centre