Patrick Seguin, president of the Bordeaux-Gironde CCI, and Simon Dreschel, president of the management board of Bordeaux-Mérignac airport – photo AL
Bordeaux-Mérignac airport on Thursday inaugurated satellite 3 in its hall A. Airport infrastructure in terms of quality of service, respect for the environment, and support for regional development.
Numbered from 80 to 83, the four new boarding gates in Hall A at Bordeaux-Mérignac airport entered service during the summer. It is accessed from the new satellite 3, connected to the main building by a long glass walkway. Equipped with a duty free and a catering area, it is primarily intended for transit abroad, which earned it the nickname of “international jetty”.
Designed by the firm Dufon Architects (Floirac), this new satellite claims an HQE (High Environmental Quality) label, which sanctions its energy performance (consumption 11% lower than that of equipment meeting the RT2012 standard), its sound insulation , the quality of its installations (variable-intensity LED lighting, recovery of rainwater to supply sanitary facilities), and the recovery of site waste. The whole has justified an investment of 15 million euros, decided before the crisis, as part of the five-year strategic development plan for the airport.
For Simon Dreschel, who recently became Chairman of the Management Board of Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, its inauguration sends a resolutely optimistic message about the future of airport infrastructure. ” The energy is there, we have projects, we are going to carry them out. We are resolutely optimistic because the airport’s job is to serve its territory. We are well aware that today the territory is dynamic, companies want to work, to develop, passengers want to travel, our territory is a fertile, exceptional soil, and the airport will follow this dynamic. “, He declared Thursday, also welcoming the progress of the extension work on line A of the tramway, whose service to the airport should be operational in early 2023.
3 million passengers in 2021
Regarding the activity of the airport, ” all the lights are green “, Estimates Simon Dreschel, even if the traffic of August remained 40% lower than that recorded in 2019. Over the year, the management of the airport remains on a forecast of 3 million passengers, and still estimates at three years the time needed to return to the pre-crisis level.
Covid requires, the management of the airport has returned to the investment plan of 160 million euros that it had recorded in 2019. ” The Covid has disrupted our projects, but we have made environmental investments sacred », Specifies Patrick Seguin, president of the CCI Bordeaux-Gironde which is the second shareholder of the airport behind the State and in front of the communities (cities of Bordeaux and Mérignac, Bordeaux Métropole, region New-Aquitaine).
At this stage, the airport remains cautious about the implementation of the projects that had been scheduled, such as the expansion of the Billi terminal, dedicated to low-cost companies, or the creation of the junction between terminals A and B, frozen due to the health crisis. ” These projects can come back, or evolve. Our watchword is adaptation. We manage public assets, if the demand for the territory changes, our model will change “, Comments Simon Dreschel, who on the other hand raised the stated objective of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.” The airport is ambitious in terms of its environmental program, and I think that this context, which we were able to experience, beyond penalizing us, because it was complicated, motivated us to speed things up “. Among the other subjects of reflection, the strengthening of services for business aviation, support for local businesses, and the launch of studies on the issue of night flights, as well as on the elimination of the secondary runway .