Customer

Government of Côte d’Ivoire

Context

Abidjan Airport terminal and gate

With 2.3 million passengers in 2019 and 5,000 tons of cargo, Abidjan Felix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport in Cote d’Ivoire is one of the busiest in West Africa. It serves the second largest city in the region with more than 20 daily scheduled flights and more than 40 destinations available to passengers (2019 figures).

Like other airports around the world, Abidjan Airport is facing growing competition, challenges of traffic growth, technological changes, and environmental sustainability and protection regulations in an emerging market that has recorded tremendous growth over the past years. Indeed the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a shift in some of those priorities while others have emerged around health and safety, business continuity and resilience. After it emerges from the current crisis, the airport is looking to maintain its position as one of the main aviation hubs in West Africa.

Role of Egis

Abidjan Airport runway

Since 1996 Egis has been a shareholder and technical partner in the operation of Abidjan Airport through the local concession company AERIA. In 2010, we were re-appointed by the government of Côte d’Ivoire to run the concession for a further 20 year period, through to 2030.

We have invested more than EUR 160 million in the development of the airport, focusing on facilities and quality of service, in line with international standards.

As a technical partner and operator, we have supported airport growth through:

  • Extension and modernization of the passenger terminal from 11,000 to 23,000m²;
  • Runway extension to 3,000m;
  • Reinforcement of the airport apron, renovation of access roads and expansion of car parks;
  • A380 compliance works for aircraft parking, runway and taxiways;
  • Refurbishment of the international departure area including the business lounge and the boarding area based on a “walk-through” design;
  • Improvement of the international terminal facilities;
  • Design and master plan of an airport city project;
  • Construction of a new parallel taxiway.

We have also actively supported capacity building and training of the airport staff, providing advisory services and lending key airport personnel to AERIA on the following topics:

  • Strategy;
  • Management placements (including CEO and CFO);
  • Operations;
  • Route development and marketing.

Results

Under Egis’ management and operation and with our technical support, Abidjan Airport has experienced continuous growth, with passenger traffic doubling between 2010 and 2019 (from less than 1M pax per year to more than 2M). Key facilities and infrastructure like the runway and passenger terminal were improved to ensure sustainable development of the airport in the longer term and accommodate further growth. Abidjan is second only to Johannesburg Airport in terms of Air France A380 scheduled flights operations.

These changes have been instigated as a priority to meet international standards and best practices in safety and security. Sustainability has also been a key focus, with measures undertaken to reduce the airport carbon’s footprint.

  • Abidjan Airport is certified to the ISO 9001 international standard for its performance management system and has a safety management system;
  • In 2017 the airport reached Level 3+ Carbon Neutrality of the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) scheme. It was the first carbon neutral airport in Africa;
  • In 2019, the airport received the ACI Airport Service Quality Award in the category “Most Improved” passenger experience in the African continent that reviews and rates 37 key indicators from check-in to departure, such as services provided, access, safety, waiting times, courtesy, cleanliness and comfort;
  • In 2016 and 2018, the airport won the Routes Africa Marketing award, recognizing the outstanding marketing services that have supported the launch of new air routes or the development of existing services. In 2018, the airport experienced double digit growth from over 20 airlines;
  • Abidjan is a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) certified airport, which means it can operate direct flights to/from the United States, in compliance with the US airport security program requirements.

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Olga Tsipan

Olga Tsipan

Project Manager

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