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VINCI Airports signs agreement to finance Lisbon’s airport capacity expansion

Aeroportos de Portugal, 100% subsidiary of VINCI Airports, signed an agreement with the Portuguese government for the extension of the airport capacity in the Lisbon Region.

The event took place on the Montijo military Air Base, in the presence of the Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Pedro Marques and the Chairman and CEO of VINCI, Xavier Huillard.

This agreement, which seals the consensus reached between the parties on the main technical, operational and financial assumptions of the project as well as the evolution of the future economic regulation, marks a major milestone for the expansion of Lisbon’s airport capacity. Its terms will be included in the addendum to the concession agreement, which should be signed in 2019, once the environmental authorisations have been obtained.

As part of the agreement signed today, ANA shall invest €1.15 billion by 2028, including €650 million for the first phase of the extension of the existing Lisbon airport, and €500 million for the opening of a new civil airport in Montijo. In addition, €156 million will be invested to compensate the Air Force and to contribute to access works in Humberto Delgado and Montijo.

As initially set out by the Portuguese government, this large project will be entirely financed by the private sector, while ensuring that the competitiveness of the Lisbon hub will be maintained through a moderate evolution in airport charges.

This project contemplates a new dual system of airport infrastructures to serve the region of Lisbon enhancing the hub function of Humberto Delgado Airport through additional contact positions and reduced connecting times, and a point-to-point flexible, cost-effective and sustainable airport in Montijo, located near the city center (25 km) and offering a new generation terminal. Both airports will provide a modern and improved passenger experience.

With a target capacity of 48 ATM per hour in Humberto Delgado and 24 ATM per hour in Montijo, this dual airport system will be able to absorb the expected growth of traffic until the end of the concession, which remains unchanged in 2062.

At the signature ceremony, Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and President of VINCI Airports said: “This project and this investment we are announcing today mark a new confirmation of the two main commitments we took 6 years ago, when we first applied for the privatisation of ANA: to contribute to the development of the Portuguese economy by increasing traffic and to invest in infrastructure to support future growth. Traffic in Lisbon has already increased by almost 100% in the last 6 years and here we are again announcing new investments after the €200 million we have already invested in the different Portuguese airports”.