With 1,849,410 passengers welcomed, Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport easily beat its annual traffic record dating back to the year 2000. For 2018, AMM aims to maintain its activity at this historically high level while intensifying the transformation of the infrastructures and platform.
On December 6th, Montpellier Méditerranée Airport (AMM) celebrated its historic record since the year 2000. On that day, the 1,733,000-passenger mark was topped. The following three weeks largely confirmed the trend: on 31 December, combined traffic for the whole of 2017 amounted to 1 849 410 commercial passengers, breaking the record since 2000. In one year, AMM will have won over 178,000 passengers (1,671,086 pax in 2016), representing an annual growth rate of 10.67%. This performance adds to that of 2016, which had already seen 161,000 additional passengers and double-digit growth. In two years, some 340,000 travellers were gained, far more than in the previous 15 years.
As a reminder, AMM set a new monthly record in July 2017 (with a total of 205,000) and had beaten its daily record several times (9,324 passengers on Friday, July 7). While the Air France/KLM group (including its subsidiaries Hop! and Transavia) still accounts for nearly 60% of Montpellier's business, it is worth noting the significant growth of two airlines: Air Arabia and Volotea. There is little to choose between them, each flirting with the 160,000 passenger mark. easyJet, n°2 on the platform, has reached 200,000 passengers.
2017 a record year, 2018 a year of consolidation and metamorphosis
In terms of destinations, domestic flights (intra national) gained nearly 12.5%, thanks in particular to the excellent performance of the Shuttle to and from Orly (+17.4%) and the service to and from Nantes (+12.1%). European routes were up slightly (+2.2%), with excellent results for Dublin (+35%), but also continued progress for London Gatwick (+5%) despite volumes that were already very high, Amsterdam (+3.7%) and Rotterdam (+9.2%). Finally, the international market (outside Europe) gained 20% of passengers: Algiers doubled, while Nador gained 24.6%, Fez 27.1% and Marrakech 43.6%!
Emmanuel Brehmer, Chairman of the Management Board of Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport, says:
“Of course, we are delighted with these historic results, made possible by the commitment of all the employees and the support of our public shareholders. This level of traffic demonstrates the full potential of our platform and territory, and we need to look beyond that. The year 2018 will thus be the year of consolidation: we should reach the same figure, or even slightly exceed it with an almost identical range of destinations, but enriched by the opening of the Munich route. Consolidation will be accompanied by metamorphosis. By the end of the year, the airport and its platform will have a new face and we will be ready to embark on a new phase of strong growth”.
Indeed, the imminent construction of a hotel complex and office buildings, combined with major landscaping, will give the main access road a completely different look. At the same time, as announced in December, construction work on the Asics sports equipment manufacturer's distribution platform for southern Europe will begin very quickly and will boost the area dedicated to freight and logistics.
On the airport infrastructure side, the construction of a new terminal, as an extension of the existing terminals, will begin in early March for delivery in the spring of 2019. Montpellier Méditerranée Airport will then be able to handle up to 2.5 million passengers, and will even be ready to undertake a second phase of expansion to go beyond the 3 million mark. "This development is not only possible, it is necessary”, argues Emmanuel Brehmer. “In addition to the fact that hundreds of jobs will be created, Montpellier Méditerranée Airport must constantly gain in notoriety and competitiveness to attract companies. Without this, we would have been condemned to gradual elimination between the mastodons of Toulouse and especially Marseille".
Consolidation and metamorphosis…