Vinci Airports completes $178m Salvador Bahia Airport expansion project

WCN Editorial Team 12 Dec 2019 SOUTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Vinci Airports has completed the €160m ($178m) expansion project at the Salvador Bahia Airport, which is expected to increase the airport’s capacity from 10 million to 15 million passengers per year.

The works, which commenced in January 2018, included terminal extension and construction of a new jetty with six boarding gates. The project also included refurbishment of the runways, construction of additional airline ticket counters and rearrangement of check-in counters for improved operational performance.

Furthermore, a new baggage handling system, an expanded shopping area and new services such as free broadband Wi-Fi, were also introduced to improve the passenger experience.

According to Vinci Airports, the environment was a central focus for the project. Vinci had designed and implemented initiatives such as construction of a wastewater treatment plant to re-use water on site, a waste sorting centre and a solar farm.

Vinci carried out the work in synergy with Vinci Energies and claims to have completed it in 18 months. Throughout the project, works were phased to accommodate optimum management of passenger flows and aircraft movements, to maintain airport activity.

Vinci Concessions CEO and Vinci Airports president Nicolas Notebaert said: “These modernisation works have expanded the airport's potential and made the airport into an efficient and friendly gateway to the Bahia region.

“The particularly ambitious environmental aspects of this project are a benchmark in sustainable infrastructure transition. We commend the exemplary engagement of the airport teams and are delighted to celebrate this major milestone with them.”

The handover ceremony was attended by Brazil Minister of Infrastructure Tarcísio Freitas, Brazilian civil aviation authority Agencia Nacional de Aviação Civil director-president José Ricardo Botelho, Bahia Governor Rui Costa, Salvador Mayor Antônio Carlos Magalhães Neto Nicolas Notebaert.

In October this year, the company had launched works to upgrade the runways and runway lighting system at the Toulon Hyères airport in France. The upgrade works include the renovation of the runways and taxiways, refurbishment of the airport's runway lighting system and work to bring the airport into compliance with the French water law.

The work is expected to cost €27.5m, is considered to the largest since the airport’s construction in 1967.

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Image: Salvador Bahia Airport in Brazil. Photo: Courtesy of Vinci.

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