Press Release

2019 Q1 traffic: solid traffic growth at the airports of the VINCI Airports' network

Belgrade, April 15, 2019.

Solid traffic growth at the airports managed by VINCI Airports: strong growth in French airports (+9.6%), in particular at Lyon-Saint Exupéry (+9.7%), Nantes Atlantique (+14.1%), Rennes Bretagne (+18.6%) and Toulon Hyères (+21%) and solid upward trend in Portugal, boosted by tourism (+12.3% in Faro +9.5% in Porto). The airports recently acquired also achieved a very good performance.

 

In the first quarter of 2019, traffic across platforms operated by VINCI Airports increased 6.4% (1)  compared to the first quarter of 2018, with a total of 47.6 million passengers served in the network airports. 

 

 

In France, traffic at the 12 airports under VINCI Airports management soared 9.6% in Q1 to 4.6 million passengers. At Lyon-Saint Exupéry, France’s second busiest regional airport, traffic rose 9.7%, outperforming average traffic growth in French airports. Among the highlights fueling growth were the opening of a new route to Tel Aviv by easyJet, Aeroflot’s doubling of frequencies on its Moscow route, and the strong performance of domestic traffic by both low-cost and legacy carriers. Nantes Atlantique (+14.1%), Rennes Bretagne (+18.6%) and Toulon Hyères (+21.0%) furthermore all recorded double-digit traffic growth in Q1.

 

In Portugal, traffic growth was particularly sharp in Faro (+12.3%) and Porto (+9.5%), reflecting the country’s continuous popularity amongst foreign tourists. At the Lisbon hub, traffic grew by 4.2%, despite the high base for comparison and the current capacity constraints. To be able to accommodate traffic evolution until the concession expires in 2063, VINCI Airports signed with the Portuguese government on 8 January 2019, an agreement to finance the expansion of Lisbon’s airport capacity, both by the extension of the existing Lisbon airport and the opening of a new civil airport in Montijo, 25 kilometres away from the city centre.

 

In JapanKansai International Airport, which recently received multiple awards at the Skytrax 2019 World Airport Awards² highlighting its operational excellence and service quality, achieved a solid performance, with a 5.7% growth of its passenger traffic to reach almost 8 million passengers during the first quarter, a gain of 0.5 million passengers compared to Q1 2018. Osaka-Itami Airport, with traffic up 2.5% in the first quarter, was ranked first among the world's most punctual large airports in 2018, according to the annual report published by OAG.

 

In Cambodia, high growth trends continue in Phnom Penh airport (+15.8%), driven in particular by the opening in January of a new route operated by Air China, linking the capital city to Beijing. Sihanoukville airport also saw its traffic more than double compared to the same period in 2018 (+132%).

 

In the Dominican Republic, the recovery in traffic is significant, with a 9.3% in the capital Santo Domingo, thanks to capacity increases implemented by American carriers.

 

Finally, most of the airports that joined the VINCI Airports network in 2018 performed very well. In the United KingdomBelfast Airport saw its traffic increase by 11.9%, thanks to the dynamic British domestic market. In Costa Rica, the number of passengers through Liberia's airport increased by 10.2%. In Serbia, traffic in Belgrade grew by 3.7%.

 

In thousands of passengers

Q1 2019

Change  Q1 2019/2018

Cumul 12 months 

y.o.y

Change 12 months

y.o.y

VINCI Airports

47,586

+6.4%

198,116

+5.8%

Portugal (ANA)

11,014

+6.2%

55,970

+5.8%

Japan (Kansai Airports)

12,579

+4.4%

48,861

+2.5%

Chile (Nuevo Pudahuel)

6,940

+9.7%

23,914

+7.6%

France

4,625

+9.6%

20,322

+9.2%

Cambodia (Cambodia Airports)

3,223

+8.3%

10,802

+14.9%

United States

2,295

+2.1%

9,576

+6.1%

Brazil

2,223

+4.4%

8,112

+4.2%

United-Kingdom (Belfast)

1,343

+11.9%

6,429

+10.5%

Serbia

1,035

+3.7%

5,678

+5.3%

Dominican Republic (Aerodom)

1,461

+5.5%

5,095

+0.3%

Sweden

399

-1.4%

2,189

+0.8%

Costa Rica 

449

+10.2%

1,167

+6,5%

 

¹ Data at 100% estimated at 11 April 2019. 2019 and 2018 data include full-year airport traffic. This total does not take into account traffic at London-Gatwick airport, which is expected to join the VINCI Airports network in the coming months.

² Kansai International Airport was named winner in two categories: “Best Low-Cost Airline Terminal” and “Best Baggage Delivery”. It ranked 9th in the World's Cleanest Airports, 6th in the World's Best Airport Staff Service, 9th in the World's Best Airport for Passenger Security Screening ranking, 10th in the World's Best Airport Immigration and 10th in the World's Best Website and Digital Services.

 

 

Belgrade airport welcomes Air France’s inaugural flight between Paris and Belgrade

Belgrade, April 3, 2019.

A few weeks after celebrating the start of a new stage in the development of Belgrade airport (Republic of Serbia), through the beginning of VINCI Airports’ 25-year concession, another major milestone in Belgrade airport’s development occurred on April 1 with the return of Air France to Belgrade.

After 6 years of pause, Air France re-connects Belgrade and Paris with daily flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, allowing passengers to reach virtually any other major city in the world.

 

“Today’s celebration is another illustration of VINCI Airports’ strong partnership with Air France, one of our main airline partners throughout the world, with flight operations in our airports in France, Portugal, Chile, Japan… and now Serbia.”, VINCI Concessions’ CEO & VINCI Airports’ President Nicolas Notebaert said.

 

Belgrade will also be connected twice a week to Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport, another airport of the VINCI Airports’ network, from June 15, by Wizz Air.

 

Air France at the Никола Тесла airport

 

 

VINCI Airports celebrates the start of its operations in Serbia

Belgrade, 13 February 2019

On February 13, 2019, VINCI Airports celebrated the start of its operations in Serbia and the beginning of its 25-years concession of Nikola Tesla Airport, in the presence of Ana Brnabić, Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, and Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and President of VINCI Airports, along with representatives of the diplomatic corps and the business community.

 

Entitled “Illuminating Your World” in reference to both Nikola Tesla’s legacy and VINCI Airports’ slogan “Opening Your World”, the event featured speeches, animations and videos celebrating VINCI Airports and Serbia’s joint commitment to making the airport a modern reflection of the future Serbia, in order to support the country’s development as it connects to the rest of the world.

 

In his speech, Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and President of VINCI Airports, said: “We strongly believe in the potential of this airport. That is why, over the next 25 years, we hope to act, under the public authorities leadership as a reference partner to Serbias national economy, to consolidate the position of Nikola Tesla as the leading airport in the Balkans region.”

 

To achieve this ambition, he notably announced an investment plan of more than €730 million over the course of the concession to upgrade and modernize the airport and an objective to bring the 5 million passengers currently welcomed every year to 15 million by the end of the concession.

 

 “We will develop the traffic, but we will do it smartly and sustainably” he added, noting that VINCI Airports’ commitment to sustainability will allow making Nikola Tesla Airport an exemplary company in terms of social responsibility, “through the reinforcement and empowerment of safety and security standards, and by making the airport a reference in Europe for environmental performance.”

 

Symbolically handing over the keys of the Airport, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić stated that this project was of strategic importance for further development of Serbia. “This is the first concession in the history of our country, and VINCI Airports is a partner who will improve our airport’s operations with their know-how, experience, references and resources,” Brnabić stressed.

 

In her address, the Prime Minister added “3.4 million passengers transited through Nikola Tesla Airport in 2012, and owing to the partnership with Etihad and Air Serbia, the Airport served as many as 5.6 million passengers at the end of 2018. This growth is the result of great effort, changes and faith in our country’s potential and VINCI Airports is the strong partner for further, faster and more sustainable growth of the airport.”

 

She concluded “With this partnership, we were opening new doors for Serbia, through a project symbolizing a modern and an innovative Serbia, connected to the world.”

 

 

2018 Q4 traffic and annual performance in the VINCI Airports network

VINCI Airports’ network handled close to 48 million passengers in Q4 2018 (7.2% more than in Q4 2017 on a like-for-like network base) and a total of 240 million passengers in FY 2018 (195.2 million passengers before integrating London Gatwick*).

Europe

Traffic at the 10 assets operated by VINCI Airports in Portugal rose 6.2% to 12.4 million passengers in Q4 2018. These airports had cleared the 50 million passenger milestone in 2017, and solid 6.8% growth pushed the total past the 55 million passenger mark in 2018.
Traffic at the Lisbon hub grew by 8.9% year on year to an all-time-high 29 million notwithstanding space limitations. This was the biggest leap in the VINCI Airports network in 2018. To be able to accommodate traffic growth until the concession expires in 2062, VINCI Airports and the Portuguese government signed on 8 January 2019, an agreement to finance the expansion of Lisbon’s airport capacity, both by the extension of the existing Lisbon airport and the opening of a new civil airport in Montijo, 25 kilometres away from the city center.
The airport in Porto posted the highest year-on-year traffic growth rate in the country (10.7% to 11.9 million passengers).

In France, traffic at the 12 airports under VINCI Airports management soared 10.4% to 4.6 million passengers in Q4. Over the full year, these airports catered to 19.9 million passengers, i.e. 9.4% more than in 2017.
Traffic at Lyon-Saint Exupéry and Lyon-Bron airports rose 7.4% in 2018, pushing the total past the 11 million passenger mark. The more than 25 new lines, including flights between Lyon and Tel Aviv, Corfu, Catania and Malaga, explain the bulk of this trend.
Traffic at Nantes Atlantique Airport increased by 12.9% in 2018 compared to 2017, reaching the 6 million passenger mark, as a result of the opening of 14 new lines. Rennes Bretagne airport posted record-level 18.3% growth in 2018, mirroring a sharp rise in domestic traffic (in particular the easyJet line to Lyon).
Traffic in Toulon–Hyères soared 13.1% as Air France started providing services to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

In the United Kingdom, Belfast International Airport (which joined VINCI Airports’ network in September 2018) posted a 13.6% traffic leap in Q4, confirming the British market’s dynamism. This airport handled almost 6.3 million passengers from January to December 2018, i.e. 7.5% more than in 2017.

Stockholm Skavsta Airport in Sweden, which also joined the network in September 2018, posted 2.1% growth in Q4 and 3.9% over the full year.

In Serbia, traffic in Q4 2018 grew by 2.0% to 1.2 million passengers at Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport, which VINCI Airports took over at the end of December 2018. Over the full year, traffic at the airport rose by 5.4% to 5.6 million passengers. This solid performance mirrors the capital city’s vitality.

Americas

In the United States, traffic at the five airports that VINCI Airports has been operating under concession or management contracts since September 2018 reached 2.4 million passengers in Q4 2018 (up 5.6% compared to Q4 2017). Over 9.5 million passengers travelled through these five airports from January to December 2018 (8.7% more than in 2017).

Traffic at Santiago-Arturo Merino Benítez Airport in Chile grew by 8.5% to 6.3 million passengers in Q4 2018, and by 8.8% to 23.3 million passengers over 2018, fuelled by domestic travel and new intercontinental lines including Emirates services to Dubai.

In Brazil, traffic at the airport in Salvador increased by 7.5% in Q4. VINCI Airports has been operating this airport since January 2018, and it catered to 8 million passengers over the past 12 months, posting 4.6% year-on-year growth. The year’s highlights here included new symbolic lines such as Miami (LATAM Airlines), Santiago de Chile (Gol) and Panama City (Copa).

Traffic at VINCI Airports’ six bases in the Dominican Republic was stable (up 0.3%) at 1.2 million passengers in Q4 2018. In spite of a difficult start to the year marked by the bankruptcy of three airlines, these airports only declined by 2.0% in 2018. VINCI Airports’ marketing campaigns targeting airlines have attracted 20 new lines, which are expected to spur fresh growth starting in 2019.

Daniel Oduber Quiros Airport in the city of Liberia, Costa Rica, which joined the VINCI Airports network very recently, posted 8.4% growth in Q4 and 3.4% growth in FY 2018.

Asia

The three airports in the Kansai region in Japan handled 12.6 million passengers in Q4 2018, i.e. 5.4% more than in a Q4 2017, even though Kansai International Airport was closed for about 10 days in September, in the wake of Typhoon Jebi. Total traffic at these three airports amounted to 48.3 million passengers in 2018 (3.7% more than in 2017).

Traffic at VINCI Airports’ three bases in Cambodia remained on the strong upward trend it has been on since last January. A total of 2.9 million passengers travelled through these airports from October to December 2018 (17.1% more than in Q4 2017), pushing the full-year figure past the 10 million passenger mark for the first time ever, to 10.6 million (up 20.1% year on year). These figures in particular reflect an upsurge in demand from China and Thailand, and the fact that eight new lines were opened.
Growth was especially brisk in Phnom Penh (up 27.9%), which cleared the 5 million passenger milestone to reach 5.4 million.
Traffic at Sihanoukville International Airport, which serves Cambodia’s leading seaside resort, leapt 92.6% in 2018, mirroring the region’s soaring popularity among national and other Asian tourists.

 

 

VINCI Airports completes financing for Belgrade airport concession and takes over operations

21 Dec 2018 Last update at: 24 Dec 2018

VINCI Airports has satisfied all the conditions precedent in the contract and is officially taking over the concession at Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade

On 22 March, VINCI Airports signed a 25-year concession contract covering the airport’s financing, operation, maintenance, extension and upgrade, and stating the conditions precedent to its entree into force it has since satisfied.

 

To complete this transaction, VINCI Airports has raised loans amounting to a total of €420 million and maturing over a maximum of 17 years from 4 multilateral institutions – IFC (a member of the World Bank Group), EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), Agence Française de Développement (via its subsidiary Proparco) and DEG (KfW Group) – and from 6 merchant banks (UniCredit, Intesa, Erste, Société Générale, Kommunalkredit and CIC).

 

The loans will complement the equity that VINCI Airports is investing in the operation and cover the €501 million upfront concession fee paid to the granting authority as well as the airport extension and upgrade works provided in the contract.

 

These financing arrangements constitute a milestone in Belgrade airport’s development, and one of the largest financial transactions ever carried out in Serbia.

 

When it officially takes over operations this 22 December, VINCI Airports will be in a position to leverage the expertise it has built as a world-class operator to grow Serbia’s main airport into a major hub for south-eastern Europe (it catered to 5.3 million passengers in 2017) and to drive its development.

 

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VINCI Airports signs the contract of Concession for Belgrade Airport

Nicolas Notebaert, President of VINCI Airports, and Serbia's Prime Minister, Ana Brnabić, have signed the 25-year concession agreement for Belgrade Nikola Tesla airport on March 22nd, 2018.

VINCI Airports has signed a 25-year concession agreement for the financing, development through construction and reconstruction, maintenance and management of infrastructure of Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. With around 5.3 million passengers welcomed in 2017, Belgrade Nikola Tesla in the capital of the Republic of Serbia is the country’s main airport, serving as the hub of Serbian flag carrier Air Serbia, which accounts for more than 50% of the airport’s passenger traffic.

 

From the signing of the Concession Agreement, starts a 6 months period during which VINCI Airports has to meet the Conditions Precedent detailed in the Concession Agreement, such as the signing and entry into force of the financing agreements. Once the Conditions Precedent met, the Concession will start.

 

Nicolas Notebaert, President of VINCI Airports, said: "We believe in the high potential of Belgrade as a leisure and business destination and we want to help the airport realise this potential." As concessionaire, VINCI Airports will aim at improving airport operating conditions to enable Air Serbia to offer new long-haul routes as part of its hub strategy. VINCI Airports will build on its partnerships with over 200 airlines to further increase the airport’s traffic and connectivity, in line with Serbia’s strong economic growth potential.

 

This success marks a new stage in VINCI Airports’ expansion outside France. Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport will serve as the company's “hub” in Southeast Europe, a geographical area in which VINCI Airports has not operated until now.

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