Toulon Hyeres celebrates completion of modernisation works

(Photo: VINCI Airports)

The construction, which began in September last year, is the largest the airport has experienced since it was built in 1967

VINCI Airports has marked the completion of modernisation works at Toulon Hyeres Airport.

The large project included the renovation of two runways and taxiways, upgrading lighting and bringing the airport into compliance with the water law. It is the largest package of upgrades undertaken since the facility was built in 1967.

According to VINCI, the works also have an environmental benefit. The new runways are made out of recycled asphalt, enabling them to meet the eco-design and recycling standards of the airport. Around 30,000 metric tonnes of asphalt was sent to recycling plants.

Despite setbacks caused by the global pandemic, construction was able to take place whilst complying with the relevant health and safety directives.

Nicolas Notebaert, chairman of VINCI, commented on the new renovations: “As France embarks on its green recovery plan, we are happy to continue investing to modernise the Toulon Hyères airport. In this way, we are responding to the mobility needs of the inhabitants and business community in the Var region and helping support the economy of France’s second tourist destination.”

VINCI has a 25-year concession contract with Toulon Hyeres Airport and has been operating there since 2015. This airfield is also once of France’s three mixed-use airports.