New facilities continue to be commissioned at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. After the security checkpoint and the duty free area in Hall D opened last April, now comes the Hall A jetty, an extension dedicated to walk-on boarding for passengers travelling with low-cost and regional airlines.
The Hall A extension, which takes the form of a jetty, will be commissioned on October 9. It has been customised for low-cost and regional airlines and features five walk-on boarding gates that are very close to the planes, and four more that will be served by runway shuttle buses to transport passengers to aircraft parked further afield. However, it offers passengers the comfort of a “standard” terminal, without compromising on services. With the phased operation of this jetty, Toulouse-Blagnac airport continues to deploy its new infrastructure, five months after the security checkpoint and duty free area opened in Hall D.
Comfortable and spacious with work areas and free Wi-Fi, the jetty will also be appreciated for its three patios, including one with a smoking area. Inside a sleek industrial-style building, passengers will circulate in the central corridor that provides access to all of the boarding gates. The focus was on climate control and the number of seats available, so that passengers can wait for their flight in the best conditions. In terms of shops, a dual Relay/Trib’s concept will offer passengers everything they need for their flight, from newsagents to lunchboxes to small electronics (if they forgot to bring their charger), from the month of November. Vending machines will round out the offer with drinks, snacks and even sunglasses, with the Eyes Corner concept.
The jetty will provide ideal conditions for developing low-cost travel, on which ATB relies to increase the offer of routes to Europe. With this 2,500 m² infrastructure, the airport’s capacity has crossed a new milestone: it can now accommodate 12 million passengers annually (10.5 million, to date).
“This jetty, which makes it possible to accelerate the deplaning and boarding process for passengers in five aircrafts, meets the expectations of low-cost airlines, whose economic model is based on very short turnaround times between landing and take-off,” explains Philippe Crébassa, Chairman of the Board of Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. It is an additional asset to convince them to choose Toulouse, in a context of stiff competition among European airports. Passengers who choose a low-cost or regional airline will especially appreciate the comfort and convenient access to the aircraft.”