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» Grand Ouest airports
Grand Ouest airports
  • France
  • Concession grantor: Ministère de l’Ecologie, du Développement Durable, des Transports et du Logement
  • Concession company: Société Aéroports du Grand Ouest
  • Contract phase: construction


Société Aéroports du Grand Ouest, owned 85% by VINCI Concessions, signed the concession contract for the two existing airports (Nantes-Atlantique and Saint Nazaire-Montoir) and the new airport for the Nantes region on 23 December 2010.


Contract duration: 55 years


  • VINCI’s first turnkey airport as part of a greenfield project includes works worth €450 million
  • The construction works will be executed mainly by VINCI Construction France and Eurovia


Designed to replace Nantes-Atlantique airport from 2017, the new infrastructure will form part of a balanced regional development plan that will combine economic development with environmental protection:


  • First energy-positive airport in France
  • Runway/terminal configuration optimises flight and taxi-ing time
  • Fuel savings
  • Energy consumption per passenger divided by 3


The works, involving almost 4,000 people, will start in 2014 with a view to opening the airport in 2017.


2012 highlights:

  • Nantes-Atlantique airport: launch of 32 new routes; arrival of Volotea (20 destinations); strengthening of Transavia services (400,000 passengers a year) and Vueling; 3% freight growth
  • Saint Nazaire-Montoir airport: tonnage increased 20% as a result of growth in Airbus business
  • New airport: approval received on two environmental procedures (French Water Act and protected species) and local roads improvement programme; acquisition of all land necessary for execution of the project (85% by amicable agreement); 30 out of 40 farms signed by amicable agreement.


Nantes Atlantique is the biggest regional airport in France for charter flights. Passenger numbers there increased almost 12% in 2012.