September 25, 2022

Little by little, site visitors is approaching the outcomes of 2019, the reporting yr earlier than the pandemic. By the tip of the yr, it ought to method 1.8 million passengers.

“General, we now have solely excellent news.” Emmanuel Bremer, Chairman of the Administration Board of the airport firm Montpellier Méditerranée, is smiling once more this autumn. The outcomes of the season are greater than encouraging. “On the finish of August, we had 92% of the site visitors recorded in 2019 over the identical interval,” he explains. It is a approach of claiming that the airport is heading in the right direction to rebuild its ambitions, clearly weighed down by the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic within the spring of 2020.

“It’s simpler to catch as much as 2019 when we now have the identical site visitors construction as we do, with fewer worldwide long-haul flights,” analyzes the airport’s platform chief. And so the very construction of the sentence permits him to search out colours in a reasonably brief time period. “Many analysts imagine {that a} return to the scenario of 2019 won’t occur earlier than 2025 and even 2026.” In Montpellier the tempo appears quicker.

“We would be loopy if we boasted stupidly”

This summer season, not less than 36 locations had been loaded at Montpellier-Mediterrane Airport. In July and August alone, greater than 400,000 passengers used it. In July, the expansion was nearly 30%: greater than 197 thousand towards nearly 152 thousand a yr earlier. The identical enhance in attendance in August: simply over 212,000 versus over 168,000 a yr earlier. Because the starting of the yr, 1.2 million passengers have flown from Montpellier. A yr earlier, throughout the identical interval, there have been … rather less than 600,000.

Ambition nonetheless intact

In a couple of days, the airport administration will current its shareholders with a brand new growth plan referred to as “Ambition 2026”. The intention is to pave the way in which for growth not solely by opening traces, but in addition by integrating all non-passenger income streams. That is very true for the freight zone, which might be introduced in early October, indicating the operators that might be established there. Even when the mission of the second firm after Transavia just isn’t utterly excluded, however is much less related, Emmanuel Bremer and his crew nonetheless have this aim: 2.5 million passengers.

“We would be loopy if we stupidly boasted about these numbers, misses, watch out, Emmanuel Bremer. Only a typology of our site visitors, primarily medium-haul flights to Europe and the Mediterranean, mixed with the partial opening of the Transavia base, within the resurgence of firms like Volotea or easyJet, and preserving firms like Air Arabia up and working helps to get again to pre-pandemic occasions extra rapidly.”

Higher occupancy

The place the airport is progressing is within the attendance itself. Whereas the variety of plane flights has decreased by 15% because the starting of the yr, which implies, particularly, the discount of noise air pollution, the extent of their motion is rising. “In July and August we averaged 145 passengers per flight,” develops Pascal Bigot, who’s liable for the event of the traces. “Flight occupancy has elevated considerably: the common ranged from 82% to 85.” %. represents a rise of 12-20% over 2021.”

Admittedly, it is not good but. The enterprise clientele has but to return to pre-pandemic ranges. This was largely facilitated by the Air France group’s choice to cancel the shuttle to Orly. Entrepreneurs within the area lament the standard of the supply, the typically impractical schedule, they mentioned. “Every little thing we misplaced in Paris was made up for,” says Emmanuel Bremer.

The airport administration, which deplores the “million Héraults that may nonetheless fly to Marseille”, is left to proceed the momentum began 7 years in the past and which Covid has slowed down. At all times with this dream: to achieve 2.5 million passengers within the brief time period.

At the very least 24 locations in this system this fall

On this planet of air journey, the summer season season ends on the finish of October. Then a brand new season begins, referred to as “low”, which then concentrates on a much less bold program and journeys much less provocative than in summer season. This yr, ranging from October 30 subsequent yr, Montpellier-Mediterrane Airport will supply 24 locations. This summer season there have been 36 of them. Normally, these are winter continuations of summer season traces. This is applicable to Brest, Caen, Lille, Nantes, Paris-Orly, Paris-Roissy, Rennes and Strasbourg for home flights. In different circumstances, it will likely be a rise within the variety of weekly providers. Thus, there might be 4 flights every week to Algiers and Oran, and a pair of flights to Rome. The Seville vacation spot will even be retained this winter, as will Athens, Luxembourg, Casablanca, Fez, Marrakesh, Nador, Lisbon, London-Gatwick, Basel-Mulhouse, Tunis and Amsterdam. The one actual new factor might be Madrid. The road existed for some time, offered by Iberia. This didn’t final lengthy. This time the baton is taken over by Transavia with 2 flights every week, on Thursdays and Sundays.

With out the presence of Transavia’s base at Montpellier Airport, the supply would in all probability not be as intensive. “For 7 years we now have been making an attempt to catch up at airports like Marseille or Toulouse,” feedback Emmanuel Bremer. Do not forget that earlier than breaking French, European and worldwide skies, Transavia introduced its goal about fifty traces from Montpellier. True, the technique of Air France, of which Transavia is a subsidiary, has been revised. However Montpellier is all the time conscious of the ever-growing provide. And if discussions across the arrival of a second primarily based firm turn into main, then the circumstances for such a aim might be strengthened.

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