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2017: Record year for Toulouse Blagnac airport, which flies high with its international expansion

Wednesday, 7 February, 2018
Record year for Toulouse Blagnac airport

The Toulouse platform handled 1.1 million more passengers than in 2016, a record increase making it the number 3 regional airport. 2018 is looking just as promising, with the arrival of facilities that will offer passengers an entirely new experience.

9.2 million passengers (+14.6%) and 1.1 million more passengers than in 2016. 2017 was a record year in many ways for Toulouse-Blagnac airport, which became the fifth leading airport in France. This significant growth confirms the development strategy adopted by ATB, because it was European low-cost traffic which stimulated this upwards trend, driven by the easyJet, Ryanair and Volotea airlines. On the platform, the low-cost share grew once again in 2017, rising from 32.2% to 41% of the total traffic.

This growing use of the airport means that we had to adapt our infrastructure. We have to think bigger and offer services that an international clientele rightfully expects from an airport. This is the reason for the building work started in 2017, which will give Toulouse an airport on a par with the best international standards. A single area for security checks, incorporating the latest technologies, a more attractive range of shops and catering outlets within a vast commercial space, a boarding pier dedicated to low-cost and regional airlines, a 4-star hotel connected to the air terminal: this is what the Toulouse airport will be offering its passengers in 2018.

However, before being able take full advantage of all these new facilities, a degree of patience will be needed. 2018 will be another year of building work, which will sometimes disrupt the passenger flow.

Once available, the keenly awaited and much needed new range of services will fuel the airport’s international ambitions. Because in Toulouse, air traffic is changing. In 2000, international flights accounted for 28% of traffic, while in 2017, that figure had risen to 50%. The region’s leading airport, which is the gateway to the whole world, is also the main point of entry for the constantly rising number of foreign tourists.

New customers, new requirements and expectations, new services. In 2018, Toulouse-Blagnac airport will take another ambitious step forward in its development in South-west France.