18/01/2018

EuroAirport reports a positive result for 2017 and takes into account the challenges of developing the airport in a balanced way

Increase in passenger and freight traffic, slight growth in flight movements

7.9 million passengers passed through EuroAirport in 2017. Compared with the previous year, passenger numbers rose by just under 8 %, more or less in line with the average for all European airports. EuroAirport added five new destinations to its scheduled flight route network, welcomed the Spanish airline Iberia for the first time, and offered more flights to business destinations in reply to demand. Against a backdrop of a robust global economy, EuroAirport also recorded an increase in the freight business of just under 11 % to some 112,000 tonnes. Transported air freight (cargo and express freight) rose by as much as 17 % to around 64,000 tonnes. The positive development in both these areas reflects strong regional demand for travel and freight connections from Basel-Mulhouse Airport.

The number of commercial flight movements (take-offs and landings of scheduled and charter flights) grew at a rate of just under 3 %, significantly below the growth in passenger numbers and freight tonnage. Both the use of larger aircraft and a further rise in aircraft seat-occupancy rates contributed to this evolutation. The total number of commercial and non-commercial flight movements remained at the same level as the previous year (+0.1 %).

With a workforce of around 6,400, EuroAirport remained one of the key employers in the tri-national region. With these direct jobs and an additional 18,000 jobs generated indirectly in the region, EuroAirport created an added value of some 1.6 billion euro.

Focus on balance between traffic growth and noise emissions

The long-term positive and commercial development of EuroAirport also entails repercussions for local residents. While the overall noise burden has remained more or less stable in local residential communities in the recent past, night-time noise emissions to the south and south-west of the airport have increased between 11 p.m. and midnight due to the increase in air traffic over the last three years.

The management and Board of Directors of EuroAirport have therefore clearly committed themselves to agree targets and put forward solutions for reducing the level of noise emissions at night, particularly between 11 p.m. and midnight. In this context, EuroAirport is focusing on situation-specific solutions that will have the desired effect without obstructing the airport's development.

Management and the Board of Directors have thus addressed this question in depth last year, seeking dialogue with the airlines, freight companies, authorities, and other stakeholder groups. A number of different solution approaches are currently being further developed while taking into account the operating model of EuroAirport. In this context, flight times early in the morning and late at night are of great importance to maintain operations for the low-cost carriers based at the airport, the hub feeders of the large European network airlines and the operators of express freight services. Their aircraft have to return to their base at EuroAirport in the late evening so that they can resume operations early the following morning. Since arriving at a solution is highly complex, the initiated process will take time. EuroAirport will communicate the corresponding results once the process is concluded.

Investments in improving service quality

In 2017, EuroAirport invested a total of just around 24 million euro in on-going improvements to its infrastructure and services. Following a construction period of just over a year, the new F4 multi-storey car park on the French side of the airport was opened in March 2017. As a result, EuroAirport now offers its passengers and visitors 2,700 covered parking spaces on six levels, all within a short walk of the terminal building. Additional investment was channelled into the maintenance of taxiway Delta, the refurbishment of the express freight terminal and completion of the renovated forecourt of the main airport building.

Signing of binational state agreement

Over the course of 2017, the binational state agreement between France and Switzerland to clarify the tax situation at the EuroAirport site made decisive progress. The binational state agreement entered into force on 28 December 2017.

Other key milestones

In September 2017, the Swiss foundation “Natur & Wirtschaft” (“Nature & Business”) and the Alsatian association “Biodiversité pour tous” (“Biodiversity for All”) recognized the great diversity of animal and plant species across the airport site, as well as EuroAirport’s commitment to the protection of biodiversity, by awarding the airport two binational certificates for the first time.

In November, EuroAirport was awarded the IATA CEIV Pharma certification, having initiated the certification process back in June 2016. This global standard certifies that the locally trained and tested specialists have the necessary expertise to ensure the safe transport of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products.

The EuroAirport rail link project also made progress. This project reached a major milestone in December with the signing of a joint memorandum of understanding by the France’s Région Grand Est and the Cantons of Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft, and Solothurn. The memorandum envisages a direct rail service operating every day from around 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. once the rail link is put into service, with trains running every 10 minutes between EuroAirport and Basel, and every 15 minutes between EuroAirport and Mulhouse.




OUTLOOK FOR 2018


The forecast for EuroAirport over the coming year is based on the expectation of moderate growth, with a number of different measures planned to make the airport fit for the future. Among others, these include short-term and medium-term adjustments to capacity in order to maintain and improve service quality.

Modest growth in passenger traffic

On the basis of the timetables announced by airlines, EuroAirport is expecting moderate growth in passenger traffic of around 3 % to 8.1 million. easyJet continues to expand its presence at EuroAirport, and will base two new aircraft there from mid-2018 onwards. Five new destinations have been incorporated into the route network: Lamezia Terme and Pula with easyJet, Athens with easyJet and Aegean Airlines, a new airline to operate out of EuroAirport as well as Sibiu and Wroclaw with Wizz Air. There will also be additional services to Belgrade, Menorca and Vienna with easyJet, and to Budapest with Wizz Air. Further consolidation will take place on existing routes to Madrid (with Iberia), Munich (with Lufthansa), and London Heathrow (with British Airways). Charter flights will be resumed to the destinations of Agadir, Bodrum, Djerba and Malta, while the flight offer to Antalya, Heraklion, Hurghada, Lanzarote and Olbia will be expanded.

Increase in freight traffic

EuroAirport is anticipating an increase of around 5 % in freight traffic to a total of 117 000 tonnes.

Environment

A key focus in 2018 for the management and Board of Directors of EuroAirport will be the continuation of the dialogue with the airport’s stakeholder groups, and the elaboration of the most balanced possible solution to reduce noise emissions in the sensitive night-time hours, particularly between 11 p.m. and midnight.

In the medium term, EuroAirport will seek certification within the framework of the “Airport Carbon Accreditation” programme used to document the carbon footprint of airports.

Investments

EuroAirport envisages making investments to the tune of 38 million euro in 2018. The corresponding projects include renovation of the North and South apron areas, various renovation work involving access routes and car parks, the redesign of the kerosene storage facility, renovation of the Arrivals level, the upgrading of the fire protection system, renovation of sanitation facilities, and new signage in the passenger terminal. With respect to the long-term capacity and quality of the platform, the airport is reviewing various options in order to adapt its infrastructure according to the development of traffic and demand.
 
The EuroAirport rail link project will take on more shape in 2018. After the principles were defined in the first phase of the consultation process in 2013, a second consultation process will take place in 2018. As part of this process, all French, Swiss, and German stakeholder groups will have the opportunity to inform themselves about the planning status and put forward their own views.




SUMMARY OF 2017 TRAFFIC STATISTICS


Passenger traffic: 7 888 725 passengers used EuroAirport in 2017, corresponding to an increase of just under 8 %.

Freight traffic: The freight business developed positively in 2017, with a total volume of 112 283 tonnes (a rise of just under 11 %). The freighter business rose by around 40 % to 17 434 tonnes. Express freight developed positively, reaching 46 868 tonnes (+10 %). Trucked freight recorded a slight rise of around 3 % to 47 981 tonnes.

Flight movements (take-offs and landings): The number of flight movements in commercial passenger and freight traffic (scheduled and charter flights) rose by just under 3 %, a disproportionately low rise when compared to the number of passengers and freight tonnage transported, and corresponded to just under 80 % of all flight movements (95 610).
Total flight movements remained at the level of the previous year (+0.1 %).




About EuroAirport


EuroAirport is served by over 20 scheduled airlines and offers direct flights to over 90 destinations in more than 30 countries. 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 (London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid, Istanbul and Barcelona).

In the express freight sector, the four main providers use EuroAirport: DHL, FedEx, TNT and UPS. In the cargo business, five major airlines meet the needs of the regional export economy: Emirates SkyCargo to Dubai, Korean Air to Seoul, Qatar Airlines to Doha, Ibéria to Madrid, and Turkish Airlines to Istanbul.

The business activities of Air Service Basel, AMAC Aerospace and Jet Aviation on the airport site constitute a highly specialized centre of excellence for the refurbishment and maintenance of private aircraft. Taken together, these companies employ over 2,000 people.

EuroAirport statistics at end of December 2017