Bordeaux Airport launches major construction projects

posted on 1st April 2019 by Justin Burns
Bordeaux Airport launches major construction projects

As part of the 2019-2023 investment programme Bordeaux Airport is launching major new projects that will enhance its traffic growth and airlines developments but also will boost its positive economic impact in the whole South-West of France in the coming years.

From 6.8 million passengers in 2018, Bordeaux Airport expects to welcome 10 million passenger traffic by 2023, while 10,000 jobs are likely to be created within the Bordeaux-Aéroparc Operation of Metropolitan Interest, a 3 km economic space around the platform.

Prospects of its fast-growing air transport network have led the airport company to launch a €140 million investment plan for the period. The major projects in the plan will be shaping the new face of the airport: capacity, comfort, accessibility and even better integration within its surroundings.

The airport investment program involves the construction of several major infrastructure projects, including three dedicated to handling passengers: the new “Satellite 3″ international jetty in Hall A, the second extension and reconfiguration of the “billi” low-cost terminal which should be operational at Summer 2021 and then, with the objective of Summer 2023, a large junction terminal between Halls A and B.

2019 marks the launch of several of the airport’s new construction projects. As part of this project running through to 2021 when the entirely-redesigned low-cost terminal will be opened, work will be starting right away on “billi” in spring 2019 with an interim project to extend and automate a brand new luggage handling process: self-check-in associated with self-back drop system conveying and screening.

The construction of the new “Satellite 3″ international jetty will be launched in April 2019 with the target completion date set for summer 2020. Built with the general objective of increasing the capacity and efficiency of international passenger flows through Hall A with border checks, the new building should allow simultaneous transfer of passengers from its four departure lounges with an annual capacity up to 3 million passengers.

In preparation for its construction, a new controlled-access zone and expending security checks for departures in Hall A is currently underway. From summer 2019, it will increase passenger processing capacity by 40% from its current level.

During this period, there will also be work on the renovation and extension of tarmac surfaces facing the future jetty to allow up to five simultaneous aircraft to be handled in this area and bringing the total number of aircraft stands to 35.

Outside the investment scope of the airport company, the programme for the future “45th Parallel”, a 60,000 m2 high standard office building and hotel park, managed by the building company Nexity, has just seen construction start on its first phase, with work on site preparation, roads and networks.

As work proceeds on the first phase of the expansion of the “P4” long-term car park (up to 3000 cars), as part of the development of the whole car park facilities, Bordeaux Airport will deliver in Q1 2019, in front of the terminals, an entirely-renovated P1/P2 car parks offering a much higher standard of services.

This includes dynamic display of available parking spaces, automatic opening for season-ticket holders with reading car plates system for online bookings on entry and exit, and sheltered pedestrian walkways with totally redesigned signposting. These services come a few months after the introduction of free charging stations for electric vehicles.

Finally, while work to clear the route for new Bordeaux Airport public transport access began in 2018, the projects under the airport’s accessibility improvement plan are entering a more active phase: with the objective of launching a new up-to-date Technobus in 2019 and the Bordeaux Metropolitan tram in 2022, works to reroute utility networks and modify road lanes in front of the terminals will be taking place in H2 2019.

These developments will be implemented by Bordeaux Airport, in collaboration with the Bordeaux Metropolis Project Team.