Vinci strengthens France network after takeover of Annecy Mont-Blanc Airport

By Luke Barras-hill |

Source: Vinci Airports.

Vinci Airports has set a target of net zero emissions by 2030 for Annecy Mont-Blanc Airport (NCY) after taking over its operations on 1 January.

The airport operator inked a public service concession agreement with the Haute-Savoie Departmental Council in July 2021 to *manage and operate NCY for 15 years.

It now means Vinci Airports boasts a network of 12 airports under full management in France, with NCY joining the likes of Lyon-Saint Exupéry, Nantes Atlantique and Rennes Bretagne Airports.

A €10 million/$11 million investment plan co-funded with the the Haute-Savoie department will, among other things, ramp up the airport’s environmental efforts in view of the 2030 goal.

Nicolas Notebaert, President and CEO of Vinci Concessions and President of Vinci Airports. Source: Vinci Airports.

THERMAL RENOVATION OF TERMINAL

This includes the thermal renovation of the airport terminal, developing a photovoltaic plant, replacing all lighting with LED bulbs, shifting to electric runway vehicles, installing electric vehicle charging stations and providing support for light electric aircraft.

Nicolas Notebaert, Chief Executive Officer of Vinci Concessions and Chairman of Vinci Airports, said: “Annecy Mont-Blanc airport specialises in both business aviation and leisure travel and plays a key role in boosting the appeal of the north Alpine region.

“With its strong environmental ambitions, as the new operator in Annecy, Vinci Airports will demonstrate its expertise in making aviation more sustainable at all types of airport, working closely with its delegators and the regions in which it operates.”

Business and aviation travel will also be supported under plans to renovate the airport’s runway and improve the quality of service for passengers and crews through terminal redevelopment.

Vinci Airports is aiming to slash its CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve net zero carbon emissions over two phases – at its France airports by 2030, and at its 45 airports worldwide by 2050.

*The airport will be managed by Aurélien Donche, while the airport management company Société d’Exploitation de l’Aéroport d’Annecy Mont-Blanc headed by Sabine Granger.

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