13/01/2016

2015: New record year for EuroAirport with 7.1 million passengers. Growth in air freight thanks to Cargo Terminal. Further investments in improving service quality.

8 % growth in passenger traffic

With 7.1 million passengers at the end of 2015, EuroAirport posted an 8% increase in passenger traffic compared with the previous year (6.5 million). This increase is well above the European average (5%, source: ACI Europe).

Compared with the trend in passenger figures the number of flight movements for commercial passenger traffic (take-offs and landings of scheduled and charter flights) showed only slight increase of 2 %. In 2015, around 94,000 flight movements were recorded (2014: approx. 89,000). This is equivalent to growth of 5 %.

The new record result for passenger traffic is due in particular to higher frequencies on certain routes, more passengers travelling per flight movement and the increasing use of larger aircraft.

In addition, four new destinations were added to the route network: Nis, Ohrid and Warsaw with Wizz Air and Bristol with easyJet. Two destinations were re-established: London City with SkyWork Airlines and Prague with easyJet. EuroAirport welcomed two new airlines in summer 2015: Vueling with flights to Barcelona and SkyWork Airlines flying to London City. The charter airlines also operated additional flights from EuroAirport to Hurghada, Lanzarote, Pristina and Tel Aviv.

Freighter business posts growth thanks to new Cargo Terminal; improved service quality with HQE and GDP certification

Compared with 2014, freight activities grew by 3 % totalling around 101,000 tonnes. Road feeder services, however, declined. As a result of the six weekly freight flights by five airlines (AirBridgeCargo to Moscow, Emirates SkyCargo to Dubai, Korean Air Cargo to Seoul, LAN Cargo to Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile, and Qatar Airways Cargo to Doha), the freight-only business posted a rise of 86 %. In 2015, express freight rose by 4 % compared with the previous year.

Put into service in January 2015, the new Cargo Terminal at EuroAirport is a state-of-the-art infrastructure geared to the regional economy's specific needs. The building, which has been almost fully occupied since it opened, meets the French HQE standard for environmentally friendly construction and has earned the rating "Excellent".

Concerted efforts have also been made to improve service quality: The new terminal is certified for good distribution practice (GDP) for medicinal products for human use and thus meets the stringent requirements of the pharmaceutical industry.

Further investments in improving service quality for passengers


In 2015, EuroAirport made targeted investments to improve service quality, thereby enhancing its attractiveness for travellers from the three country region and from abroad. The management team pushed ahead with the following projects as part of this drive:
-    Start of construction of a five-storey car park with 2,500 parking spaces (investment of 24 million euros, to be commissioned at the end of 2017)
-    Expansion of the existing baggage sorting facilities to double capacity (investment of 12 million euros, to be commissioned at the end of 2016)
-    Acquisition of nine new snow-clearing vehicles (investment of 5 million euros)
-    Arrival of four new Panther airport fire engines (investment of 2.5 million euros)
-    Deployment of five new natural gas-driven airport buses, including a new city bus (investment of 2.5 million euros)
-    New sanitary facilities in the arrivals area near the baggage delivery carousels (investment of 0.6 million euros)
-    Completion of a new catering concept with the opening of the "3LÄNDER", "Francesa" and "Courte Paille" restaurants on the fifth floor of the airport terminal in June 2015
-    Creation of 400 additional parking spaces on the Swiss side and 100 on the French side with a temporary increase in staff at the car parks, in order to deal with high passenger numbers during the summer peak period.

Major events

Following the tragic terrorist attacks of 13 November in Paris, EuroAirport immediately implemented additional security and safety measures. These included an increase in the number of security staff and adjustments to the infrastructure. Efficient cooperation with the authorities, airlines and other partners enabled these necessary measures to be implemented with minimal impact on passengers' travel comfort or waiting times at the security checks.

The EuroAirport Skyview Lounge won the award "Priority Pass Global Airport Lounge of the Year" for the second time. This is an impressive achievement as well as confirmation of the efficacy of investments made in this area and of the employees’ commitment.

Furthermore, EuroAirport welcomed the commissioning of a fourth hangar for aircraft refurbishment and maintenance by AMAC Aerospace Switzerland.

Ongoing noise protection activities


EuroAirport systematically pursued its key noise protection activities. The mobile monitoring terminal was used for four measuring campaigns in Hégenheim (November 2014 - June 2015), Bottmingen (June -September 2015), Rixheim (October - December 2015) and Efringen-Kirchen (December 2015). Following the entry into force of a French Ministry of Transport decree, EuroAirport was able to implement the announced more stringent noise protection measures during night-time hours starting with the winter timetable in October. Aid for noise protection measures and investments amounting to around 700,000 euros ensured an additional reduction in airport immissions for nearby communities.

EuroAirport rail link project
The securing of funding for the pre-project studies enables the project partners EuroAirport and SNCF Réseau (formerly RFF) to embark on the pre-project phase in the new year.


OUTLOOK 2016


Passenger growth similar to 2015

EuroAirport expects passenger traffic to grow at a similar rate in 2016 as in 2015. At least three new destinations will be added to the scheduled flights offering in 2016: easyJet will launch Pisa, and SkyWork Airlines will fly to Heringsdorf (island of Usedom) and Cologne. In addition, there will be more frequencies on core routes and airlines will be using larger aircraft.

Modest growth for freight

EuroAirport expects freight traffic to increase by 3 % to a total of 103,000 tonnes. In order to keep up with high quality demands, especially from the local pharmaceutical industry, the airport will drive forward implementation of the IATA pharmaceutical certificate (CEIV Pharma). Another important project involves renovation of the former freight terminal for the express freight operators (investment of 3 million euros).


Continued investments in service quality and new projects


EuroAirport will continue to invest in improvements to service quality and to advance key projects in 2016, such as:
-    Expansion of the existing baggage sorting facilities to double capacity
-    Continuation of the construction of the five-storey car park
-    Integration of a new car park routing system with parking space reservation options (investment of 2.6 million euros)
-     two new Park&Ride facilities (investment of 4.8 million euros)

The preliminary studies for the rail link project will be started with the objective of defining the economic, technical, legal and political conditions for successful implementation. The cumulative findings of the studies and the results of the second consultation phase will serve as the basis for the "enquête publique" (public enquiry) leading up to the «Déclaration d’utilité publique» (determination of public benefit). The public enquiry is scheduled for early 2018.

Major challenges

Prompt resolution of the tax issue and a definitive solution for the overall package are of paramount importance to the Swiss companies operating in the Swiss sector of EuroAirport.

As part of the long-term investment planning, which will take shape in the course of the year, the Board of Directors wishes to reiterate its permanent commitment to the airport's safety, economic viability and attractiveness.

In the short and medium term, the ongoing improvement of service quality for passengers and freight forwarders and improvements to environmental compatibility of EuroAirport will remain the focus of the airport's development.


SUMMARY - TRAFFIC STATISTICS AT YEAR-END 2015


Passenger traffic: In 2015, 7,061,059 passengers used EuroAirport.

Freight traffic: In 2015, freight activities increased by 3 % to a total of 101,050 tonnes. The freight-only business increased by 10,918 tonnes (86 %) while a decline of 7 % to 52,029 tonnes was recorded for road feeder servicesExpress freight posted 38,102 tonnes (an increase of 4 %).

Flight movements (take-offs and landings)
: The number of flight movements in commercial passenger traffic (scheduled and charter flights) posted only slight growth of 2 % and makes up for 67 % of total flight movements (63,190). Cargo flights went up by 13 %, representing 5 % of all flight movements. General aviation (private flights) grew by 18 %, accounting for 23 % of all flight movements.

EuroAirport offers direct scheduled and charter flights to over 100 destinations. A total of 27 airlines operate scheduled flights to and from the airport. Thanks to the strong presence of airlines that belong to the Star Alliance, oneworld or SkyTeam alliances, EuroAirport can offer several intercontinental connections per day via the main European hubs: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Munich, Paris and Vienna.

In the cargo business, EuroAirport is served by the four main providers in the express freight sector: DHL, FedEx, TNT and UPS. Five major airlines currently meet the needs of the regional export economy in terms of freight-only business: ABC Airlines to Moscow, Emirates SkyCargo to Dubai, Korean Air to Seoul, Qatar Airlines to Doha and LAN Cargo to São Paulo (Guarulhos), Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.

In the third business segment at EuroAirport, the activities of Air Service Basel, AMAC Aerospace and Jet Aviation on the airport site constitute a highly specialized centre of excellence for refurbishment and maintenance of private aircraft. These companies employ over 2,000 people.