GRENOBLE - FIRST PRIVATIZATION

Privatized in January 2004, Grenoble Airport in France is experiencing success, which is said to be the impetus behind the French aviation authorities' decision to extend privatization to the rest of the airports in the system. Grenoble serves a niche market, targeted to the ski-charter business and winter vacationers drawn to nearby ski slopes. Originally built for the 1968 Winter Olympics, it was managed by local governmental authorities until recently. Most of its business is during the region's four winter months. As many as 140,000 skiers pass through each winter on their way to locations like Chambery and the Hautes-Alpes. The airport is now managed by a privately owned joint venture, SEAG, set up specifically for the task, the first time a contract of this size was awarded on behalf of a French regional airport. SEAG is a 50/50 joint venture of Vinci Airports and Keolis. Vinci has interests in some 45 airports, either as an investor or a manager, handling more than 65 million passengers. Keolis is a private European company that specializes in multi-modal public transit. A key factor in Grenoble's success was SEAG's decision to invest in a marketing department, which promoted the airport to charter companies on the basis of its convenient location as the gateway to the French Alps and nearby attractions. It also has a brand-new terminal and ample parking.

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    • Page range: pp 16, 18
  • Corporate Authors:

    Key Publishing, Limited

    P.O. Box 100
    Stamford,   United Kingdom  PE9 1XQ
  • Authors:
    • Michaud, P
  • Publication Date: 2005-5

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  • English

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 2 p.
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  • Accession Number: 01001732
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 7 2005 12:00AM