The shareholders of Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (ATB) in France have laid the foundation stone for the expansion of its terminal building.

The expansion project was initiated by Casil Europe in 2015, when it purchased a stake in the company.

By next year, ATB will have new facilities adapted to address the need of the growing passenger traffic, and will also provide new services to passengers and airlines.

As a collaboration between the French Government and the Toulouse Chamber of Commerce and Industry and local authorities, in addition to other shareholders of ATB, the project will help benefit the regional economy.

ATB supervisory board chair Anne-Marie Idrac said: “This first stone embodies our commitment to build an even more efficient airport sized for international traffic.

“Developing the airport is a shared challenge for the benefit of all, because the competitiveness of the airport and the quality of the services it offers are all levers for the growth of the regional economy.

“An attractive airport contributes to the growth of local tourism by attracting foreign tour operators; it also makes it easier for local companies to develop new markets, with the opening of new routes.”

"This first stone embodies our commitment to build an even more efficient airport sized for international traffic."

Construction work has already started in the first quarter of this year and the airport expansion project will see the extension of Hall D in the north of ATB.

The newly expanded facility will feature all the security checkpoints of the French airport, and will provide access to a large retail and dining area.

As part of the project, Hall A in the south of the airport will be expanded, and the jetty will be dedicated to low-cost and regional companies who prefer walk in-walk out boarding.

The Hall C at ATB will see the development of new food court, check-in counters and oversized baggage processing system.

Image: Anne-Marie Idrac and the shareholders laid the foundation stone for expansion of the terminal building at ATB. Photo: courtesy of Aéroport Toulouse-Blagnac / Guillaume Serpault.