Six months after signing a public service concession agreement with France’s Haute-Savoie, Vinci Airports has taken over operations at Annecy Mont-Blanc Airport.

Vinci Airports will support business aviation and leisure travel through a €10m investment plan co-funded with Haute-Savoie, enabling Annecy Mont-Blanc to renovate its runway, improve the quality of service for passengers and crews through the redevelopment of the business terminal, and step up its environmental transition. Annecy Mont-Blanc airport is taking various measures to reduce its CO2 emissions with the aim of reaching net zero emissions by 2030 at the latest. Among these are the thermal renovation of the airport terminal, development of a photovoltaic plant, replacement of all lighting with LED bulbs, a shift to electric runway vehicles, installation of electric vehicle charging stations and support for light electric aircraft.

Annecy Mont-Blanc airport will also now harness Vinci Airports’ expertise in business aviation, for example through the establishment of the “Vinci Airports Executive Handling” label, which guarantees high-quality service. The airport will also benefit from the complementary nature of the other destinations managed by the Group in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region: Lyon-Saint Exupéry, Lyon Bron, Chambéry Savoie Mont Blanc, Grenoble Alpes Isère and Clermont Ferrand Auvergne.

The airport will be managed by Aurélien Donche, while the airport management company Société d’Exploitation de l’Aéroport d’Annecy Mont-Blanc is headed by Sabine Granger. 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 partners and the regions in which it operates.”

Vinci Airports will manage and operate Annecy Mont-Blanc for 15 years, bringing its network of French airports to 12.