The French government (the General Department of Civil Aviation) appointed as of 1 January 2011 the consortium composed of Vinci Concessions (prime contractor), Nantes-Saint-Nazaire Chamber of Commerce and Industry (airport management) and Entreprise de Travaux Publics de l’Ouest (ETPO-CIFE) to design, finance, build, operate, and maintain the Notre-Dame-des-Landes Airport, also known as Aéroport du Grand Ouest. Construction will begin in 2014, with completion set for 2017. The government also granted the consortium a 55-year concession to operate the airports of Nantes Atlantique and Saint-Nazaire Montoir from 1 January 2011.
The current Nantes Atlantic airport is the fastest growing airport in France, and is expected to reach its capacity of 4 million passengers by 2015, two years before completion of the new Grand Ouest facility. Notre-Dames-des-Landes Airport’s annual capacity upon initial completion will be 4 million, eventually servicing 9 million by 2050. It is located 30 kilometers northwest of Nantes and 90 kilometers south of Rennes, in the north-western region of France. The airport will be directly linked to the region’s railway and roadway transportation networks with its own train station within the terminal, making it easily accessible from as far away as Brest (280km) and Lorient (150km). The airport will also have a separate terminal designated exclusively for cargo, and will be the first airport designed to have a positive energy balance. This € 550 million euro investment will be able to accommodate all types of aircraft up to the A380 and will service major European and French cities. The initial design phases have already begun under the guidance of architect Jacques Ferrier, landscape architect Bernard Lassus, and the combined engineering and equipping efforts of ADPi (design engineering), SCE (infrastructure planning), SETEC (building), and Elithis (engineering, power installations). The runways and the road/utilities infrastructure will be handled by Eurovia and Vinci. Vinci Airports will operate the Airport in partnership with the Nantes-Saint-Nazaire Chamber of Commerce. Vinci currently manages six airports in France and three internationally.