The year 2011 at EuroAirport
A record year for passenger traffic
With 5.05 million passengers at the end of 2011, EuroAirport registered a record growth of 22% in comparison with the previous year (4.1 million), hitting the highest passenger figure since its creation in 1946. The number of movements (take-offs and landings) totalled 87,568 compared to 77,156 in 2010, increasing moderately by 14%. This record result reflects the use of bigger aircraft and an increase in the number of passengers transported per flight.
In contrast with passenger traffic, freight activities dropped in 2011 registering a total volume of around 104,000 tonnes (-4% down on 2010). This shortfall can be explained by two factors – a drop in the transport of goods due to the generally difficult world economic situation and closure of the main runway to large aircraft during the renovation works carried out between 3 May and 9 July 2011.
At the end of 2011, express freight activities increased by 6%.
In 2011, EuroAirport customers could benefit from 13 new destinations: Bejaia, Berlin Tegel, Dresden, Edinburg, Enfidha, Copenhagen, Malaga, Marsa Alam, Nador, Tel Aviv and Venice.
The increased flight frequencies on a number of routes underline the importance of the airport and its connections for tourism and the economic development of the region.
The following important developments in 2011 deserve special mention:
- Successful completion of the renovation work on the main runway
- Re-opening of Hall 2 and the “Salon des Aviateurs” marking the end of the first two phases of the renovation work on the old airport terminal building
- Opening of a new tax-free shop in the Swiss sector of the Arrivals area improving passenger services
- Continuation of the freight project in Zone 4 and start of land clearing work
- Specific advances with the rail link project
- Construction work on a third hangar by AMAC Aerospace in the Zone 6bis
In 2012, EuroAirport welcomes the following new destinations to its existing flight offering:
Marseille (with Air France), Faro, Fuerteventura, Ibiza, Tenerife and Toulouse (with easyJet), Amsterdam (with KLM) and Usedom (with OLT).
Additional news includes an improved holiday flight offering to popular sunny destinations like Agadir Boa Visa (Cape Verde), Larnaca, Pristina, Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) and Sal (Cape Verde).
For 2012 EuroAirport expects moderate passenger growth of 3%, reaching 5.2 million passengers and growth of about 8% in the freight business.
For more information: EuroAirport Press Release