06/07/2012

Complete re-opening of Airport Halls 2 and 3 - The new "cross-border passageway" provides more light and improved passenger accessibility

Friday, 6 July 2012, during a ceremony in the presence of the media, companies from the airport site and companies responsible for the refurbishment project, Jean-Pierre Lavielle, President of the EuroAirport Board of Directors, Christoph Brutschin, Vice-President, Jürg Rämi, Director, Vincent Devauchelle, Deputy Director and the project management group E2I/MALLET/SERAT symbolically re-opened the cross-border passageway between Hall 2 on the French side and Hall 3 on the Swiss side.

This inaugural ceremony marks the completion of the refurbishment programme of the old part of the airport building. Begun in December 2010, the programme has cost a total of five million euros.

The refurbishment work aimed at transforming the departure halls (Halls 2 and 3) in the older part of the airport building into more welcoming, lighter and more pleasant reception areas for passengers. Spread over 18 months, the project work consisted of five key renovation phases:
Hall 2 (departure, on the French side), the meeting room “Salon des Aviateurs”, Hall 3 (departure, on the Swiss side, achieved in two phases) and the “Street”, the cross-border passageway linking Halls 2 and 3.

The new architectural concept reflects the decision to open up the spaces in the older airport building. Thus, the partitions between Halls 1 and 2 and between Halls 3 and 4 have been removed to enlarge the space, and a new lighting system has been installed to provide more light. This refurbishment programme ends today with the opening of the new cross-border passageway or “Street” linking the four adjoining airport halls.

The new cross-border “Street” symbolises the policy of opening borders launched in 2009 by the application of the Schengen agreement fin the Swiss part of the airport. The passageway between the French and Swiss zones is now more open and spacious. It benefits from a well-illuminated ambience achieved by the installation of a more clear and transparent glass partition and luminous ceilings in white and blue providing a sky for the “Street”. In addition, this main crossing point permits the improved positioning of the Tour Operators, the bars, the bureau de change and the police and customs control points.

At the end of June 2012, EuroAirport was used by 2.4 million passengers corresponding to an increase of 8% compared to 2011. The number of movements (take-offs and landings) rose by 3% in comparison to the same period in 2011.  EuroAirport expects passenger traffic to reach 5.3 million by the end of 2012.