Montpellier Mediterranee Airport (MPL/LFMT)


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Germany
Berlin (TXL-BBI), Hamburg (HAM), Cologne (CGN) and Stuttgart (STR)
The German market is:

  • A favourite region in France for German holiday makers
  • #1 in terms of 2nd homes owned by foreign citizens
  • Region #2 in France in terms of 2nd homes owned by German citizens
  • Strong economic, cultural, migration links
  • 3rd partner in terms of trade and first foreign investor in the region
  • #3 in terms of tourist arrivals & #2 in terms of overnight stays in MPL region
  • Excellent mix of Business, Leisure, VFR & Students flows
  • Opportunities for LCC & Legacy, for seasonal & year-round services (Point to Point traffic, connecting traffic to beyond destinations)
United Kingdom
Manchester (MAN) and Edinburgh (EDI)

The UK market is:

  • A favourite region in France for British holiday makers
  • UK is #2 in terms of second homes owned by foreign citizens
  • Strong economic links in all sectors
  • UK is #2 in terms of tourist arrivals and #3 in terms of overnight stays spent in the region
  • Large British community living in the region, twined cities, associations
  • Good mix of business, leisure, VFR and students flows
Switzerland
Basel-Mulhouse (BSL) and Geneva (GVA)
Swiss market is:

  • #6 in terms of tourist arrivals and #5 in terms of overnight  stays in MPL region
  • #3 in terms of second homes owned by foreign citizens
  • Region #3 in France in terms of second homes owned by Swiss citizens
Italy
Venis (VCE)
Italian market is:

  • Second partner in terms of trade
  • Fourth largest community in the region (immigration)
  • #5 in terms of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in MPL region
  • Strong economic, cultural, historic links (twined cities, migration)
  • Excellent mix of business, leisure, VFR & students flows

Wonders of the world – the “Flamingos Camague” – unique to this region of France – live in apparent harmony alongside the airport, the Pont du Gard Roman viaduct, one of five nearby World Heritage sites, and downtown Montpellier itself, scene of great theatre, sport, and modern and classical French architecture.

Port Camargue, the largest marina in Europe, and Languedoc-Roussillon – the largest vineyard in the world, precisely halfway between Provence and Catalonia.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Halfway between Provence and Catalonia
  • New markets with reducing or no competition
  • Demonstrable evidence of business and leisure flows
  • Niche destination for most European incoming markets
  • Able to meet airlines low unit cost requirement

Population:

  • MPL is the eight largest city and capital of the 9th largest region in France (>2.7 million pop)
  • 62,000 students in MPL
  • The Region is #1 for the annual rate of net migration and has the highest population growth rate in France

Health, Well being and Leisure destination:

  • 15 million tourists/year = #4 in France
  • 180km of Mediterranean beaches
  • 15 million tourists/year = #4 in France
  • 22 marinas including the largest in Europe
  • 13 spa resorts
  • 300 km of navigable rivers
  • 20 golf resorts
  • The world’s largest vineyard
  • Region is #3 in terms of second homes

Economy & Business opportunities:

  • 5 billion € in public investment for major projects by 2017
  • A high level of connectivity with highway infrastructure
  • Leading city in France in terms of public-sector research intensity
  • 5 excellence sectors supported by 7 competitiveness clusters:
    • Health: Eurobiomed competitiveness cluster, Bioméridies network
    • Agronomics : Qualimediterrane competitiveness cluster
    • ICT: Optitec competitiveness cluster, Novae and Pix LR networks, Media Cloud cluster
    • Environment : Derbi, Trimatec and Risques competitiveness clusters
    • Water : Global water competitiveness cluster
    • World HQ of CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research)
  • #5 in France in terms of International congress, #96 in the world (source ICAA)
  • >60,000 students, 15% international students, 6 engineering schools
  • MPL Business school ranked #49 by FT World TOP100 Master in Management 2012
  • #1 destination in Europe for its low cost of doing business (Source KPMG)
  • #1 destination in Europe for its work environment (European City Entrepreneurship Ranking)
Montpellier Mediterranee Airport marketing

Attractive incentive schemes are offered for new routes – existing super highways include the Millau Bridge – the worlds tallest – bigger even than the Eifel Tower.

Marketing and other support

  • Market information: statistics and market analysis on request
  • Marketing and Communication activities:
    • PR support: celebration of inaugural flights, press conference, Airport marketing: emailing travel agencies, newsletter, billboard, TV, radio, banners, check-in TV screen, press trip and fam trip, workshop, website, social network
  • Attractive incentive scheme for new route, discount on landing, passenger and lighting fee, please contact Pascal BIGOT.

Montpellier, Sète, Nimes, Perpignan, Carcassonne, Narbonne, Beziers, Arles: a cluster of cities relying on Montpellier for their connections and offering a 2.7 million catchment. The airport also serves five World Heritage sites including the magnificently-preserved Amphitheatre of Nîmes.

Catchment Area

  • MPL urban area is 0.5 million pop. Iso 0.750
  • 30 min catchment area: Over 1 million pop.
  • 60 min catchment area: Over 2.7 million pop. Iso of 1.7
  • 120 min catchment area: Over 3.3 million pop. Iso 3

The cheapest car park in the region: €20 for 7 to 15 Days stay

Catchment map legend

In red: 30 minute drive away from airport
In orange: 45 minute drive away from airport
In blue: 60 minute drive away from airport
In green: 90 minute drive away from airport

Several global multinationals and household names are located in the catchment including the European HQ and R&D centre for Sanofi Aventis while Haribo has a manufacturing plant at Uzès where it also hosts its popular Musée du Bonbon tourist attraction.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • Agricultural concentration (fruits & vegetables, cereals, …)
  • Freight opportunities with export of wine, fruit & vegetables product, pharmaceutical products, mechanical products
  • Freight opportunities with import of perishable products (fish, flowers, fruits& vegetables) from Morocco & Algeria
  • Complementary opportunities between port (Sète-35Kms) and airport (MPL)

Montpellier Mediterranee Airport - local companies

Economically powerful but intimate – it's just 10 minutes to downtown by uncongested road passing through picturesque vineyards. Montpellier is connected to the mainline TGV and a station adjacent to the airport is planned in the mid-term.

Montpellier Mediterranee Airport access map

A number of refurbishments and extensions are set to be complete by 2011 – but some things never need improvement – including the 180kms of Mediterranean beaches – an ideal location for the 2009 Montpellier Beach Masters.

Geography

  • 10 minutes away from Montpellier
  • 30/40 minutes away from Nimes and Beziers (by motorway)
  • 55 minutes away from Avignon and Narbonne (by motorway)
  • Bus shuttle to Montpellier city

Infrastructure & Operations

  • 1 main runway 2650mX35m 31R/13L
  • No curfew, no slot constraint
  • Operating hours: H24
  • 1 main terminal with human scale : short distance from car parks to boarding gates
  • Excellent weather records ILS CAT I
  • Safety & Fire services : Level 7 from 05H00lt to 23H59lt, out of this period, Level7 recovered upon 1 month notice
  • 25 minute turnaround
  • All stands : walk-on/walk-off
  • Business & Private aviation in a separate building
  • Terminal capacity > 1.8 Million pax
  • 2,400 car parks

A number of refurbishments and extensions are set to be complete by 2011 – but some things never need improvement – including the 180kms of Mediterranean beaches – an ideal location for the 2009 Montpellier Beach Masters.

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • Refurbishment of arrival hall (completed by DEC2012)
  • New luggage delivery belt (completed by DEC2012)
  • New security area (completed by MAR2013)
  • New duty free (250 m2) and bar (250 m2) (completed by MAR2013)
  • Refurbishment of boarding lounge: to be completed by JUL2013

Vital statistics

  • In 2012:
    • 1.28 million passengers in 2012 – 11th largest French airport
    • 68.4% by legacy carriers, 30.9s% by LCC, 0.6% by charter airline
    • 69% Domestic, 22.5% Europe, 8.5% International
    • 16,500 commercial movements
    • 21 scheduled destinations (year round or seasonal)
    • 58.6% of the traffic by Air France-KLM Group, 10.1% Ryanair, 9.8% easyJet, 7.8% Air Arabia
    • 13 carriers: good mix of legacy & LCC
  • 2012:
    • New route: Munich, Marrakech, Strasbourg
    • New airline: Volotea, Twinjet, Lufthansa
  • 2013:
    • New route: Lille, Ajaccio, Rome, Copenhagen
    • New airline: HOP!, Alitalia, Norwegian

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