French airport operator Vinci has started upgrade work on the runways and runway lighting system at Toulon Hyères Airport in France.

A joint venture (JV) of TP Spada (Eurovia) and Degreane (VINCI Energies) will carry out the upgrade work.

The project includes renovation of the runways, taxiways and runway lighting system, as well as upgrades to make the airport comply with French water laws.

The upgrades are expected to entail a total investment of €27.5m, which includes €6.9m of public funding. This is the largest investment since the airport was constructed in 1967.

VINCI Airports president Nicolas Notebaert said: “The launch of this works programme reflects our commitment to the naval airbase and the DGAC to expand the Toulon Hyères airport and make it the gateway to the Var and thus boost the department’s prestige, in close and positive consultation with our local economic and tourist industry partners.”

Toulon Hyères is one of France’s three combined civil and military airports. VINCI Airports has been operating the airport since 2015 under a 25-year concession contract awarded by the French Government.

In the last four years, VINCI Airports has launched services to three domestic destinations (Lille, Nantes and Strasbourg) and three overseas (Antwerp, Geneva and Southampton).

Last month, VINCI placed final bids to acquire a 50.1% stake in Australia’s Hobart International Airport (HIA) in Tasmania.

In July, VINCI Airports announced that the majority of work under the first phase of the project to modernise Salvador International Airport in Bahia, Brazil, has been concluded.

The company recently launched its detailed plan for the modernisation of Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport in Serbia.