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Drawing on an integrated model of concession holder, operator and investor, VINCI Airports has unique expertise in airport project management

The global vision of a concession holder, project manager and operator

One of the main levers VINCI Airports uses to boost growth and create value for its clients and their regions is to invest for the long term in the airports entrusted to it. Steering investment is an important lever in management of airport platforms. Through its practical vision as operator, VINCI Airports has very close knowledge of operating constraints, enabling it to establish an open-ended strategy as a function of traffic and thereby effectively manage its infrastructure.

Through its forecasting capacities and precision planning tools and methods, the company is able to anticipate, factor in and tackle future challenges to deliver projects meeting the highest requirements that improve both the services offered and airport revenues. 

Key figures

Amount of works planned by VINCI Airports in the next 5 years
Investments made to double the capacity of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports
Construction budget for Santiago airport's new terminal

“Some detailed configurations cannot be left to chance: success depends on the experienced perspective of an airport operator. ”

Director of Santiago airport

Anticipating needs to invest in the right place at the right time

Thanks to its day-to-day experience in operating a network of airports of all sizes and with very different characteristics (seasonal tourist traffic, scheduled and non-scheduled traffic, business clientele, etc.), VINCI Airports has access to a huge volume of data enabling it to anticipate accurately the short-, medium- and long-term needs of any infrastructure.

As part of the VINCI group, VINCI Airports leverages the synergies of its combined role of concession holder, operator and project manager to anticipate and optimise investments to modernise and expand infrastructure. Thanks to the use of advanced planning tools (Master Plans) and tools for managing infrastructure life cycle, such as BIM (Building Information Modelling), VINCI Airports teams can build open-ended investment scenarios. These key tools, which respond to the needs of all players, make it possible to prioritise projects and define airport size and capacity.

Controlling all aspects of the worksite

Finding the perfect balance between operational needs and economic constraints requires controlling all aspects of the worksite. VINCI Airports can activate several levers to guarantee successful construction and delivery of a project meeting the highest quality and safety standards. Our teams assume responsibility for supervision of design and works, together with managing modifications to projects, in constant technical liaison with the concession grantor. VINCI Airports can also rely on its position as leader to help optimise purchasing through negotiations with specialised equipment suppliers. The different completed and ongoing works on platforms in the VINCI Airports network make it possible to add to this differentiating know-how on a daily basis. 

​As a VINCI Group company, VINCI Airports can also call on specific resources for large construction projects, for instance, to supplement its own expertise in design and project management. This is the case, for example, with the international airport of Santiago, Chile, where VINCI Airports capitalises on all the Group's know-how in project management alongside a building consortium led by VINCI Construction Grands Projets.

A focus on specifics for better adaptation

Although airport operation standards correspond to international norms, each airport and each region is unique, with its own culture, challenges and operating characteristics. To take these specifics into account, VINCI Airports adapts the design of each of its projects and defines the level of complexity of its equipment and facilities, while respecting a given operational and financial framework.

How many runways should the airport have? What size should the terminal be? How many passenger registration desks are required? VINCI Airports works with each client to define the size of the installations. This "functional brief" process allows VINCI Airports to achieve its objective: to build infrastructure that is perfectly adapted to the particularities of each airport.

Activating all the development levers

VINCI Airports is convinced that investment in infrastructure can and must provide more than a simple automatic response to problems of space or maintenance. Every intervention is an opportunity to reconsider the value and the services offered to the airport's partners. It provides an opportunity to rethink flows and location of shops to enhance the passenger experience, while also increasing the airport's revenues. Along these lines, the terminals of the Portuguese airports of Lisbon, Porto and Madeira were renovated to improve the convenience and appeal of the facilities to travellers. At the Lisbon airport, the customer pathway was completely overhauled, offering passengers a simplified itinerary and a more relaxing experience, with services and shops sited near a central waiting area.

Over the last few years, VINCI Airports has acquired even more in-depth expertise in airport project management, thanks to projects carried out, in particular, in Cambodia, Portugal, Chile and Tajikistan.

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