By Dominic Welling
SNC–Lavalin has been awarded a 15-year concession contract to operate Dzaoudzi Pamandzi International Airport on the small French island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean.
In addition, the company has also been given the contract to build the airport’s new terminal building and upgrade the existing infrastructure.
The operating concession consists primarily of management and maintenance of the gateway, however the company will also be tasked with developing a regular service to and from Paris as well as an inter‑island service in the same region of the Indian Ocean.
The new airport terminal, scheduled to be completed by the beginning of 2013, is expected to cost €45 million, and will include a restaurant area as well as a large commercial area.
The current 1,250sqm terminal is due to be converted into office space.
Youssef Sabeh, president of SNC-Lavalin Airports, said: “The new airport will provide the local community, users and businesses with an indispensable economic development tool for this new French département in the Indian Ocean.”
Mayotte-Dzaoudzi is the tenth airport to be integrated into the SNC-Lavalin Airports network, which includes Malta, Paris‑Vatry, Tarbes-Lourdes–Pyrénées, Cherbourg, Rouen and Tours and the airfields of Toulouse-Francazal, Vannes (Brittany) and Chalon‑sur-Saône (Burgundy).
Jean Claude Pingat, executive vice‑president of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc, said: “We can offer our client the benefit of our comprehensive airport sector expertise in the development of this port of entry to France’s 101st département.”