08/01/2015

2014: A record year for EuroAirport, with 6.5 million passengers. Growth in freight activities. Further investment in improvements to service quality

11 Percent growth in passenger traffic


By the end of 2014, the number of passengers using EuroAirport came to over 6.5 million. This was almost 11 percent more than the previous year's figure of 5.9 million. The increase is well above the European average (+5.6 percent; source: ACI Europe).

The number of flight movements (take-offs and landings) increased slightly by 2 percent. In 2014, around 89,000 flight movements were recorded, compared with 87,000 in 2013.
 
The following factors are responsible for the new record result:

- use of larger aircraft
- more passengers per flight movement
- a wide range of flights for business trips, short trips and holiday traffic
- a good mix of high-performance airlines in various segments, along with the presence of three
  alliances (SkyTeam, Star Alliance and oneworld)
- a wide range of different types of airline offering attractive fares (Air Arabia Maroc, easyJet,
  Pegasus Airlines, Ryanair and Wizz Air) plus a number of niche airlines
- 11 new destinations for scheduled flights (Bastia, Brindisi, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Dublin,
   Lanzarote, London Luton, London Stansted, Montpellier, Mykonos and Reykjavik) plus an
   increased number of charter flights to Pristina
- increased frequencies on some routes


New cargo terminal lends fresh impetus to freight operations


With volumes rising to 98,175 tons, 2014 saw a 5 percent growth in freight activities compared to 2013. This can be ascribed partly to the three new freighter service flights operated weekly since September 2014 by ABC, Emirates SkyCargo and LAN CARGO.

The three new flights complement the weekly freight service already operated by Korean Air. This development clearly confirms that it was right to invest in the temperature-controlled infrastructure of the new Cargo Terminal, which was inaugurated on 25 November 2014 and will go into service on 26 January 2015.

The new Cargo Terminal provides an end-to-end cool chain, thus meeting the present requirements of the pharmaceutical industry and of regional logistics companies. The increase in freight volumes towards the end of the year reflects the market's good acceptance of the new, state-of-the-art Cargo Terminal, which is currently acknowledged as a "pharma terminal" at international level.

At year-end 2014, express freight grew by 7 percent.


Enhancement of service quality, key events in 2014


In 2014, EuroAirport invested a total of around 38 million euro in improving the quality of its infrastructure and services.

Some key developments and events in the past year's quality offensive:

-    completion of the new Cargo Terminal with 15–25°C temperature control (investment of
20 million euro in 2014; total investment: 40 million)
-     entry into operation of the enlarged parking area on the northern apron
(+24 000 m2),   representing an investment of 4 million euro
-     renovation and reopening of the EuroAirport staff restaurant (2 million euro)
-     continued implementation of the new catering concept with the entry into service of five further sales points: PAUL and WECKMANN in the public area (departure level, French and Swiss side in February), monop’daily and Bert’s in the boarding area (in May and June respectively, SAM Bar on the fifth floor of the airport building (in June) for a total of one million Euro
-    various refurbishments on the taxiway and in the airport building (2.2 million euro)
-     commissioning of the "Fast Track" service enabling passengers to pass rapidly through the   security checks


The chief activities in the area of noise abatement comprised a multi-stage relocation of the mobile noise measuring station (from Tannenkirch to Reinach, from Reinach to Bartenheim-la-Chaussée and, in November, from Bartenheim-la-Chaussée to Hégenheim) and the commissioning of a study to model noise footprints based on actual flightpaths. The study will be supported by a working group made up of members of local community associations, the French aviation authority (DGAC) and the airport authority.

An important highlight was the successful organization of the OECD Conference in Basel which was held for the first time on 4 and 5 December 2014. For this event, EuroAirport received 15 state aircraft.

In 2014, the timetable for the planned rail link to EuroAirport unfortunately suffered a setback. Although the agreement on the funding of preliminary studies was finalized in 2013, the contribution from the French government (approximately 15 percent of the total) was not released as planned in 2014. Nevertheless, 2014 did see progress in a large number of issues crucial to the realization of the project, in particular the integration of the future EuroAirport rail station into the Regio S-Bahn network and the completion of a study concerning the "city-side" aspects of the project.

EuroAirport's management is pleased that the "Accord de Méthode" which clarifies the labour law situation for Swiss companies in the airport's Swiss customs zone and which was signed by France and Switzerland in March 2012, entered into force on 1 January 2014. This agreement means that Swiss companies based at the airport now enjoy greater legal certainty in the area of labour law.


OUTLOOK FOR 2015

Moderate growth forecast of 3 percent for passenger traffic
EuroAirport forecasts passenger growth of around 3 percent to 6.7 million in 2015.

The range of scheduled services features the following innovations for 2015: Wizz Air is launching Nis, a new destination in Serbia; as of the summer, Vueling Airlines will fly seven times weekly to its hub in Barcelona; and there will be additional services on the KLM route to Amsterdam (4x weekly) and on the Turkish Airlines route to Istanbul (2x daily). On the other hand, Swiss is ceasing to operate from EuroAirport as of May 2015.


Growth in freight activities


In the freight sector, the airport's management is expecting cargo volumes to grow by
19 percent to 117,000 tons in total. The opening of the new 21,000 m2 Cargo Terminal in January 2015 will account for the bulk of this total. In addition to the existing four full freight flights per week, management expects that other cargo airlines will want to make use of the new temperature-controlled and pharmaceutics-compatible facilities.

By 2020, the new Cargo Terminal should be handling about 50 percent of the region's entire air freight. The current figure is just under 20 percent. Thus the number of freighter flights is expected to rise from four a week today to ten to twelve flights a week.

   

Further investments in service quality and new projects

In 2015 EuroAirport will pursue its quality offensive and drive forward some major projects, including:

-    extension of the existing bagging-sorting facility to double capacity (investment of 12 million euro; commissioning: autumn 2016)
-     reopening of the restaurant on the 5th floor of the airport building (in 2nd quarter of 2015)
-     start of construction work on the five-floor, 2500-space car park (total investment of
28  million euro)
-     refurbishment of the old cargo building for express freight (investment of 3 million euro)
-     deployment of nine new snow-clearing vehicles (investment of 4.7 million euro) allowing      EuroAirport to clear the runway within 30 minutes
-     four new airport firefighting vehicles (2.4 million euro)
-     installation of a new parking guidance system with parking space reservation option
      (2.6 million euro)
-     deployment of five new gas-powered airport buses, including a new city bus (investment    of around 2.3 million euro)
-     new sanitary facilities by the baggage reclaim area at Arrivals level (0.6 million euro)

In addition to the above, EuroAirport's management is pleased that a fourth hangar is to be built in Zone 6 bis by AMAC Aerospace Switzerland for aircraft refurbishment and maintenance.

As far as clarification of the tax situation at EuroAirport is concerned, the meeting between the French and Swiss Presidents in Paris at the end of October 2014 has provided the basis for renewed dialogue. Since then, various working groups have been demonstrating their "esprit binational" in seeking pragmatic and creative solutions.

With regard to the EuroAirport rail link project, initiating the preliminary studies is an absolute priority.

SUMMARY – TRAFFIC STATISTICS AT YEAR-END 2014

Passenger traffic: Of the total of 6,523,874 passengers in 2014, 96 percent (6,293,061) travelled on scheduled flights (+11 percent more than in 2013). The number of passengers using charter flights increased by 13 percent.Freight traffic: The freight business grew by 5 percent to a total of 98,175 tons in 2014. Full freighter business grew by 6 percent to reach 5,892 tons while feeder services saw a 3 percent increase to 55,765 tons. The volume of express freight came to 36,517 tons (+ 7 percent).

Flight movements: The total number of flight movements (take-offs and landings) increased slightly (by 2 percent) to 89,474.

Of these flight movements, 71,169 (80 percent) were commercial.

EuroAirport offers direct scheduled or charter flights to over 100 destinations. More than 25 airlines operate to and from the airport. Thanks to the strong presence of airlines affiliated to the Star Alliance, oneworld or SkyTeam alliances, EuroAirport offers several intercontinental flights daily via the major European hubs of Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Munich, Paris and Vienna.

In the freight sector, EuroAirport is served by the four biggest express freight providers: DHL, FedEx, TNT and UPS.
In terms of full freighter business, four key airlines now meet the needs of regional exporters located near the airport: ABC Airlines to Moscow, Emirates SkyCargo to Dubai, Korean Air to Seoul and LAN CARGO to Sao Paolo (Guarulhos), Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.

The industrial activities conducted by three companies based at the airport – Air Service Basel, AMAC Aerospace and Jet Aviation – form a highly specialized centre of expertise in the areas of private aircraft refurbishment and maintenance. These companies employ a total of over 1,800 people.