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SNC-Lavalin to transform former military airfield

SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a contract to operate and convert the former Toulouse-Francazal military airfield into a hub for business aviation.

SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a contract to operate and convert the former Toulouse-Francazal military airfield into a hub for business aviation.

The deal is expected to lead to a major upgrade and renovation of facility’s existing buildings and airfield.

The airfield is currently used by the Toulouse-based Parachute Supply Regiment (RTP), the French Aircraft and Environmental Research group, Safire, and the gendarmerie.

Youssef Sabeh, vice-president for airport operations at SNC-Lavalin in Europe, enthuses: “This new airport operations contract will boost our position as a key operator in the sector and as a major economic player among local communities.”

The contract is initially only for 12 months, renewable for a second year, but if SNC-Lavalin succeeds in its mission to build up traffic it is likely to earn a more long-term contract from the French Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC).

The deal means that SNC-Lavalin now has interests at 10 gateways across Europe that include Paris-Vatry, Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées, Cherbourg and Rouen in France and Malta International Airport.

Canada’s SNC-Lavalin is also the designated prospective concessionaire for Dzaoudzi Pamandzi International Airport in Mayotte, off of the coast of Africa.

Founded in Montréal in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is today one of the world’s leading engineering, procurement and construction groups.

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