Our ambition

Our ambition

VINCI Airports aims to develop in France and internationally through focusing on large and ambitious hub airports.

“We are committed to encouraging public authorities and potential partners to enter into new long-term partnerships,” explains Nicolas Notebaert, Chief Executive Officer of VINCI Concessions and Chairman of VINCI Airports.

A series of essential priorities forms the foundation of VINCI Airports’ international expansion:

Human values

“Behind every one of our airports there is a team of highly professional people, and we believe totally in their potential.” VINCI Airports is proud of its commitment to recruiting the teams already in post when it takes over the management of an airport. These same airport teams are the people responsible for project implementation. “Our people are extremely important to us. We look after the wellbeing of our employees and provide them with diverse training opportunities to keep them at the cutting edge of innovation.”


“VINCI Airports is committed to changing the negative perception some people have of airports. As a concession operator, we have an overview of the airport not just as a technical facility, but as a provider of services and a living space,” adds Nicolas Notebaert. Innovative airport design and construction is the secret to ensuring that airport structures can evolve and are adapted to the needs of the countries and specific situation. “Without tolerating any compromise in terms of safety and security, we have the ability to be fast, creative, flexible and innovative in the way we deliver sustainable solutions for public airport projects.”

The VINCI group’s strengths

As a VINCI group company, VINCI Airports can draw on the strengths of a powerful corporate Group with a proven track record.  This backing enables VINCI Airports to offer its customers an integrated business model for airport design, construction, delegated management and operation. “The investment capacity and responsible image of VINCI give us the ability to continue growing, and help us to create financial and qualitative value for our customers, passengers and partners.”


With its hands-on approach, professionalism, and commitment to responsible management of airport expenditure, VINCI Airports delivers in its role as a top-class manager. “If we are to achieve our ambitions for growth and respond even more effectively to the needs of local authorities, VINCI Airports must act as a responsible manager at all times. It is that ability that will enable the company to be simultaneously efficient, effective and competitive,” says Nicolas Notebaert.



Key dates in the history of VINCI Airports


VINCI Airports signs one of the first airport management concessions for expansion into an emerging country: Cambodia. Through its subsidiary company Cambodia Airports, VINCI Airports signs a contract to operate and manage Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports until 2040. A third international airport, Sihanoukville, is included in December 2011.


France introduces delegated public service management of airports. VINCI Airports wins its first contract for Grenoble airport, and its second in 2004, for Chambéry airport. Clermont-Ferrand and Quimper airports follow in 2007 and 2009.


VINCI Airports signs its first partnership contract with a Chamber of Commerce to operate the airports at Rennes and Dinard.


Nantes becomes the largest airport management contract in France to be offered by competitive tender. VINCI Airports wins the 55-year contract.


VINCI Airports acquires the 50-year concession to manage and operate 10 airports in Portugal.


The consortium Nuevo Pudahuel, formed by VINCI Airports (40%), Aéroports de Paris (45%) and the Italian construction group Astaldi (15%) is operating the international airport of Santiago, Chile, under a 20-year concession. The contract also provides an ambitious construction programme to double the infrastructure capacity.


The consortium comprising VINCI Airports (40%), the Japanese group ORIX (40%) and other Japanese partners (20%) signed a 44-year concession contract to take over the management of the international airports of Kansai and Osaka.

VINCI Airports also finalizes the acquisition of the company Aerodom, concession holder until 2030 of 6 of the 9 Dominican Republic airports, including those in the capital Santo Domingo and at Puerto Plata.

The consortium consisting of VINCI Airports, the Caisse des Dépôts and Crédit Agricole Assurance has acquired 60% of the capital of Aéroports de Lyon (ADL), a company that has a concession agreement valid until 31 December 2047 for the airports of Lyon Saint-Exupery, the second largest regional French airport, and of Lyon Bron.