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In spring 2008, following strategic studies, the Supervisory Board of Bordeaux Airport validated commencement of a terminal for simplified services in order to develop this segment which has been showing strong growth since 2005.
The new context created by the economic crisis, strengthening the commercial appeal of low-cost flights, and the prospect of the Paris-Bordeaux high-speed train link (2 hrs) in 2016 led the airport authorities to confirm this strategic choice in a unanimous decision by the company's shareholders* during the Supervisory Board meeting of 16 June 2009.
By the end of June the construction work for this terminal will get underway - at an overall cost limited to €5.5 million - with the target of being operational in May 2010.
With this new facility, which is the first simplified services terminal to be constructed entirely ab initio in France, Bordeaux Airport also becomes a driving force for the development of tourism and business, thereby consolidating the appeal of Bordeaux, Gironde and, more globally, Aquitaine.
*Bordeaux Airport is managed and operated by the company Aéroport de Bordeaux Mérignac (SA ADBM) with its share capital divided between the State (60%), Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry (25%) and the local authorities (15%): Aquitaine Regional Council, Bordeaux Urban Community, Gironde General Council, the City of Bordeaux, and the Town of Mérignac.
This public-service concession was signed between the State and SA ADBM on 2 May 2007, for a term of thirty years.