SAGPC, Société Aéroportuaire Guadeloupe Pôle Caraïbes, operator of Pointe-à-Pitre Airport
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 2,5M passengers per year (2019 figures), the airport serves connections with mainland France and Europe, the Caribbean and North America and is mainly a tourist destination in the French West Indies.
In 2014, SAGPC produced a roadmap that included a significant investment programme to increase the airport capacity to 3M passengers per year by 2025 through different infrastructure and equipment development and upgrades. The COVID-19 crisis has since forced the airport to postpone some of the capacity-related investments that were part of this programme until air traffic returns. Over the next three financial years however, the different investment projects remain substantial and include, inter alia, runway and apron refurbishment and electrical works.
To support the airport through further development and modernisation, and later, to respond to the roadmap program, SAGPC contracted Egis in 2011 to provide technical assistance with infrastructure and equipment. This collaboration was renewed in 2016, and again in 2020.
Role of Egis
Over a 10-year period our mission has ranged from technical assistance with maintaining the existing infrastructure to design and works supervision of major repairs, upgrades and capacity expansion.
- Survey of airport infrastructure
- Verifying aircraft movements and the geometric conformity of the different areas using the Aviplan software;
- Identifying the work to be undertaken for maintenance and major repairs of aeronautical infrastructure;
We also supported the airport in their management methods by developing maintenance procedures and associated airport safety impact assessments, and conducted environmental studies in the context of various operations.
- Technical assistance – We updated and maintained:
- Measurements and characteristics of the longitudinal runway profile;
- Information and geometric characteristics (wingspan, length, maximum weights, aircraft classification number (ACN)…) of the most constraining aircraft type to operate on the movement areas and apron;
- The airport’s overall plans;
- Technical specifications to enable operational measurements (pavement classification number (PCN), runway friction measurement ….);
- A maintenance programme specifying the type of work and frequency (cleaning of drainage systems, removing rubber, mowing ….);
- Planned measures to ensure the safety of aircraft and of the worksite during maintenance works and major repairs;
- Apron plan of the airport;
- Obstacle limitation analysis.
- Project management of maintenance, major repairs and construction on aeronautical infrastructure, including:
- Design studies;
- Procurement support;
- Construction management;
- Airport safety impact assessment and change management;
- Works supervision.
All of the above missions were carried out in compliance with international, European and French regulation and standards in force:
- Annex 14 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation – Volume I: Aerodrome Design and Technical Operation, July 2018 edition (8th edition);
- Aerodrome Design Manual (doc. 9157 – AN/901 – ICAO;
- Commission Regulation (EU) No 139/2014;
- European Aviation Safety Agency / ED Decision 2014/012/R relating to the adoption of AMS (Acceptable Means of Compliance) and GM (Guidance Material) with regard to European Regulation (EU) No 139/2014;
- European Aviation Safety Agency / ED Decision 2014/013/R on the adoption of Certification Specifications and Guidance Materials for aerodrome design;
- Certification Specifications (CS) and Guidance Material (GM) for Aerodrome Design CS-ADR-DSN, edition of 8 December 2017 (issue4);
- The French decree on the technical characteristics of aerodromes used by fixed-wing aircraft (TAC decree);
- The CHEA decree on the conditions for approval and operating procedures for aerodromes.
Egis also provided specific technical assistance to SAGPC on a structural refurbishment and reinforcement of runway 12/30 and the Foxtrot taxiway. Our services included assistance with project management (project planning, coordination, procurement), operational change management, technical and regulatory support during the design phase and works supervision for runway pavement, drainage, marking and lighting.
Landside, Egis assisted SAGPC with project managing the resurfacing of public roads, including the access roads to the departure and arrival terminals, the drop-off area and the car parks in the terminal and freight area.
Since 2017 Guadeloupe Airport has organised the annual Guadeloupe Airport Awards, aimed at developing and enhancing its network of partners.
In 2019 and 2020, our teams were delighted to receive an award from Alain Bièvre, Chairman of the SAGPC Management Board, for the quality, involvement and professionalism of our people involved in consulting, project management assistance, programme management and coordination of the airport’s aeronautical infrastructures, terminals, utility networks and landside infrastructure.