Ageing infrastructure, heavier aircraft, and a growing tourism market.
Since it started operations in the 1950s, Guadeloupe airport has been growing and expanding to accommodate more traffic and heavier aircraft, like the A380. Between 2014 and 2019, the airport experienced a 23% increase in traffic.
With almost 2.5 million passengers per year (2019 figures), the airport serves connections in mainland France and Europe, the Caribbean and North America and is mainly a tourist destination.
In 2014, our client SAGPC produced a roadmap that included a significant investment programme to increase airport capacity to 3 million passengers per year by 2025 through a range of infrastructure and equipment upgrades. The COVID-19 crisis forced the airport to postpone some of the capacity-related investments, however ongoing investment projects remain substantial and include, inter alia, runway and apron refurbishment and electrical works.
SAGPC contracted Egis in 2011, initially to provide technical assistance with infrastructure and equipment, but later extended the scope of support to include the roadmap program. The collaboration was renewed in 2016, and again in 2020.
Over the past three years (2020-2022), Egis has played a major role in the largest investment project at Pointe à Pitre airport in recent years, namely the restructuring of runway 12-30 which is expected to continue for the next two years.