In addition to the cities listed above, the large Moroccan community living in and around the airport area supports the case for a new route there.
Other major reasons to serve this airport
- France, already the world’s most popular tourist destination, offers a region with great tourist appeal in Angoulême-Cognac airport’s catchment area. The area’s châteaux, picturesque historical towns and villages as well as stunning countryside attract visitors from all over the world. Local ‘beverage celebrities’ such as the one and only Cognac, and the aperitif Pineau, vouch for both the culinary experiences and beautiful scenery of vineyard slopes.
- Besides fine wines the area is also renown for its pioneering paper industry, textiles and Charentaise slippers which are exported worldwide. Altogether, the local department’s 2002 exports amounted €2.1 billion, far exceeding its imports of €580 million. The area also hosts several international events for niche interests, such as the Angoulême International Comics Festival and the vintage car race Circuit des Remparts.
Marketing and other support
- Launch incentives available for the opening of new routes
- The airport has a substantial marketing budget to promote new routes
Charente, the department of which Angoulême is the capital city, has a population of 350,000, but the airport’s central location in the region, at the crossing of two main national roads (RN141, N10), stretches the catchment area far beyond the regional borders.
- 1 hour’s drive from the Atlantic coast (Royan, La Rochelle etc.)
- 1 hour’s drive from Bordeaux and its vineyards
- 1 hour’s drive from the audio-visual theme park Futuroscope in Poitiers
Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors
Currently no freight operations, but potential lies in the cognac industry and the large local industries (Emerson, Schneider, DCNS)
- Angoulême-Cognac airport is located 10 minutes by road from the city of Angoulême and 30 minutes from the town of Cognac
Infrastructure & Operations:
- 1 runway, 1,860 metres (recently extended to accommodate larger aircraft)
- Not slot coordinated
- 24 hour operations, on demand
- 1 terminal
- A new integrated terminal able to handle 17m will be built by 2013.
Important infrastructure developments and/or other news
- Shortly, a helicopter simulator unique to Europe will be based at the airport. The airport-based company HUTC (Heli-Union Training Center) is experiencing great growth in terms of pilot students and worldwide projects.
- 2008 saw the airport’s first international route to Stansted with three weekly flights during the summer season. It achieved 26,000 pax (78% load factor) in its first season and the load factor is forecasted to rise to 83% for 2009.
- Largest carrier: Ryanair