Rennes Airport is carrying out major repairs to its main runway to accommodate larger planes. - C. Allain / 20 Minutes
He did not wait for the coronavirus epidemic to close. As of March 1, Rennes Airport no longer welcomed planes. The reason ? Major repair work on the runway that the equipment managers had to carry out. Owned by Vinci and the Ille-et-Vilaine CCI, the airport was to remain closed for a month. The Covid-19 came to upset the program.
Interrupted on March 16, the repair and upgrading work on the main runway was able to resume on Wednesday April 9, said the management, which ensures that it respects "all the recommendations of the OPP BTP guide, in particular in terms of health". With a total cost of 10.5 million euros, the site should allow the Rennes airport to accommodate wide-body aircraft such as Airbus A350 or Boeing 777 and boost the freight activity.
End of construction scheduled for mid-May
Scheduled to last until the end of March, the site should be completed during the first half of May. The secondary runway remains open and capable of accommodating medical evacuations by helicopter.
It is in this particular context that the airport welcomed its new director. Appointed on March 10, Nathalie Ricard took over from Gilles Tellier, appointed to Abu Dhabi. In six years spent in Rennes, the latter will have seen traffic explode to reach more than 850,000 passengers last year. Taking advantage of the abandonment of the project in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, the Rennes platform hopes to reach 1.5 million travelers within five years. It was therefore entrusted to Nathalie Ricard, engineer from the National School of Bridges and Roads, who until now was in charge of Vinci Airports' airport investment programs.
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