Global airport operator SNC–Lavalin has been awarded the six–year contract to manage Angoulême-Cognac Airport in south–west France starting on January 1, 2012.
The contract – awarded by the Syndicat Mixte des Aéroports (Joint Airport Syndicate) of Charente – includes full management of the airport, including safety, security and ground support, and will be carried out by a team of 15 staff already on site.
Meanwhile, a significant business development effort will be undertaken to grow the business aviation sector and gradually open up regular flight service, SNCLavalin said.
Angoulême-Cognac Airport is situated 9.5 km north–east of the city centre in Champniers, France.
The runway can accommodate Boeing 737s, and a new restaurant and shops were added to the terminal in 2008.
Air France used to operate a service to Lyon from the gateway, but this no longer runs, and Ryanair stopped its Angoulême-Stansted service in 2010. As a result, there are currently no regular flights to and from Angoulême airport.
Jean Claude Pingat, executive vice‑president of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and president of SNC‑Lavalin in Europe, said: “This 12th airport in the SNC-Lavalin network ties in with our development strategy as the number one local airport operator in France.
“The Syndicat Mixte and SNC-Lavalin share a desire to adopt a proactive approach to development that meets the needs of businesses and allows the airport to contribute to the region’s economic and tourism potential.”
Angoulême-Cognac is the 12th airport to join the SNC-Lavalin Airports network which includes Mayotte, Saint-Martin Grand-Case, Malta, Paris‑Vatry, Tarbes-Lourdes–Pyrénées, Cherbourg, Rouen, Tours, Vannes in Brittany, Chalon‑sur-Saône in Burgundy and Toulouse-Francazal.