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Francis Vigouroux
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Extending airport facilities is a crucial economic driver in the emerging countries. VINCI Construction combines the expertise of its various entities to position itself in this dynamic growth market.

For the past two years, VINCI Construction has been bringing its airport installation expertise to bear in Southeast Asia, where domestic passenger traffic, driven by an expanding middle class, is increasing 20% per year.
In 2012, VINCI Construction’s subsidiary VINCI Construction Grands Projets won the contract to expand the Cambodian airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (serving Angkor), which VINCI Airports has operated as concessions since 1995. The €62 million project, carried out in a consortium with Malaysia’s Muhibbah Engineering company and set for completion in 2016, will double the capacity of the terminals.
In Central Asia, VINCI Construction Grands Projets and VINCI Airports are working in a design-build consortium on the construction of the new passenger terminal at Dushanbe International Airport in Tajikistan. The 11,000 sq. metre terminal will be able to serve 1.5 million passengers per year.

VINCI Construction subsidiaries specialising in ground reinforcement and improvement are also very active in the airport market segment in Asia. Menard Asia, a subsidiary of Soletanche Freyssinet, completed ground improvement work on the 40-hectare apron of the second phase of the Jakarta Terminal 3 project in Indonesia. In India, RECo India, a subsidiary of Terre Armée (Soletanche Freyssinet) has won a large number of contracts for structures and access ramps at the country’s largest airports over the past five years. In March 2014 its teams completed an abutment for a pedestrian walkway at the international airport in Mumbai. Previously the company had carried out a variety of projects at airports in New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati and Bangalore.

Africa needs to expand its airports to support its economic growth. In Zanzibar, Tanzania, Sogea-Satom refurbished the runway at the international airport in 2009 and is currently completing the rehabilitation and extension of existing taxiways and aprons. Sogea-Satom subsidiary SGE-C Congo continues construction of the Sibiti airport 300 kilometres west of Brazzaville. The contract covers construction of a 2,050 metre runway that can be used by Boeing 737 aircraft, a taxiway, an apron, a car park and an access road. The new project follows construction of the runway and access road at the Djambala airport in 2013, the airports at Impfondo in 2005, Owando in 2007 and Ewo in 2011 and the Kinkala heliport in 2012.

With its top-notch know-how, integrated expertise, local roots and world reputation, VINCI Construction has what it takes to take advantage of growth opportunities in the airport market.

A few figures :

World air traffic set to double in 20 years.

23 airports managed by the VINCI Group : 10 in France, 10 in Portugal and 3 in Cambodia.