Re-opening of Airport Hall 2 – end of the first two phases of refurbishment work
Thursday 28 July 2011, during a ceremony in the presence of media and companies from the airport site, Deputy Director Vincent Devauchelle and the works project management group E2I/MALLET/SERAT symbolically re-opened Hall 2 in the French sector of the Airport, which has been completely renovated in order to offer the public greater comfort.
With an area of 1300 m2, the floor of Hall 2 has been covered with grey stone tiles in harmony with the new infrastructure of the adjoining Hall 1. The partition between Halls 1 and 2 has been removed to enlarge the space, and in particular, there is new lighting.
These changes allow the future creation of a real link between all the reception and check-in functions, symbolic of the policy of opening borders initiated in 2009 with the Schengen agreement now applied to the Swiss part of the airport.
This main thoroughfare will allow better location of the Tour Operators, the Eurobar, police and customs control points, and the Bureau de Change.
The new architectural concept corresponds to the need to open up the spaces of the older Airport building. It makes them better lit and more easily accessible for passengers. Coming in from the parking areas, passengers can easily get their bearings and hence save time.
The renovation of Hall 2 is part of a refurbishment programme for the 3rd and 4th floors of the Airport building started in December 2010. Representing a total investment of five million euros, the work will extend over three years until the end of 2012, and consists of six phases. The refurbishment programme meets three objectives: bringing the building up to new safety standards, reorganising the flow of passengers, and restructuring the functional areas.
The re-opening of Hall 2 marks the end of phases 1 and 2 of the work, with phase 2 corresponding to the complete reconstruction of the interior furnishings of the “Salon des Aviateurs” on the 4th floor. Visible from the main thoroughfare and accessible from France and Switzerland, the Salon des Aviateurs will be equipped with new reflective façades in harmony with the future aesthetic lighting of the main thoroughfare. This newly enlarged, more spacious passageway between France and Switzerland will correspond better to the scale of the new airport building put into service at the beginning of the year 2000.
At the end of June 2011, EuroAirport was used by 2.3 million passengers (29% up on the same period for the previous year). At 54,698 tonnes, freight activities increased by 7%. For the second half of 2011, EuroAirport's management expects a mild drop in these exceptional growth rates, and anticipates ending 2011 with approximately 4.8 million passengers (up 17% on 2010).
EuroAirport currently serves 90 destinations with direct scheduled or holiday flights. Moreover, the strong presence of airlines who are members of Star Alliance, One World and Sky Team enables EuroAirport to offer, several times a day, intercontinental connections from the main European hubs: Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Paris, Vienna and Zurich.