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History of Montpellier Mediterranean Airport

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Montpellier Mediterranée Airport is located in the town of Mauguio.


The airport is about 7 km from the centre of Montpellier, regional capital of Languedoc-Roussillon.


 

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Montpellier Airport 1965 / 2015 © AMM

KEY DATES FOR MONTPELLIER MEDITERRANEE AIRPORT



1938

  • The first aircraft lands at Fréjorgues.

1946

  • Opening of the first civil airport.

1964

  • The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Montpellier (CCIM) is granted temporary commercial management of the airport.

1974

  • Authorization is granted to the CCIM for commercial use for 30 years.

1990

  • Airport attendance reaches one million passengers.
  • A new passenger terminal is opened in 1990, which today covers over 14,000 m². Access to aircraft is now possible thanks to 2 entrance ramps and 3 gangways.

1994

  • Fréjorgues Airport becomes Montpellier Méditerranée Airport.

2001

  • The arrival of the Mediterranean TGV makes Montpellier less than 3h30 from Paris by train. This new competition impacts traffic mainly to Paris Orly. 

 

2002

  • Arrival of the first low-cost airline Ryanair with the opening of two new routes to London Stansted and Frankfurt Hahn.
  • The airport obtains ISO 9001 certification.
  • ESMA is set up within the sphere of the platform (training school for careers in aviation).

2003

  • The airport is declared "airport of national interest" by decree. This government decision, taken in the context of changes in the laws on decentralization, grants the Montpellier platform the status of a private company with public capital. In addition, the concession is renewed, allowing the CCIM to continue developing the airport until 2008 as manager, with the signing of new tender specifications.

2004

  • The Air Littoral airline, for "People of the South", with headquarters in Montpellier as its hub airport, disappears in turn.

 

2007

  • The Noise Exposure Plan (PEB), allowing for the future development of traffic without exposing the population to noise pollution is approved by the Prefect of Hérault on February 15, 2007.

2008


2009

  • The Montpellier Méditerranée Airport CCIM concession becomes a limited company with a Management Board and a Supervisory Board, with a capital of 148,000 euros, on 23 June 2009. Montpellier Méditerranée Airport SA was born. The shareholding is distributed as follows:
    • 60% State
    • 25% Territorial Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Montpellier
    • 7% General Council of Hérault
    • 6.5% Languedoc-Roussillon Region
    • 1% Agglomeration Community of Pays de l'Or
    • 0.5% Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole

2011

  • Montpellier Méditerranée Airport reaches again the milestone of 1.3 million passengers.
  • In December, the magnetic declination for France led to correcting the orientation of the runways to 12L/30R (previously 13L/31R).

2013

  • Opening of a new Departures flow (new security checkpoint, Duty Free reorganization, new departures lounge lay out).

2014

  • Montpellier Méditerranée Airport jumps over the 1 400 000 passengers mark.

2015

  • New record with 29 directs destinations from Aéroport Montpellier Méditerranée for the summer season.
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Montpellier Mediterranée Airport

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34137 MAUGUIO CEDEX - FRANCE

Tel.: +33 4 67 20 85 00


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