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The Findel track (finally) begins its first facelift

Six years after the announcement of the implementation of an unprecedented project in the history of the airport, the bulk of the work will begin “next week”, LuxAirport said Wednesday. An operation of 150 million euros which must take place at night and spread over two years.

Jean-Michel HENNEBERT

Jean-Michel HENNEBERT

Six years after the announcement of the implementation of an unprecedented project in the history of the airport, the bulk of the work will begin “next week”, LuxAirport said Wednesday. An operation of 150 million euros which must take place at night and spread over two years.

Initially planned for “the end of 2017”, then postponed “to spring 2019”, the complete renovation of the Findel track will indeed take place this year. A first in the history of the airport inaugurated in 1946 which took six years to materialize, François Bausch (Déi Gréng) having announced the measure in 2015 following the discovery of a hole in the tarmac which had forced to a total disruption of traffic.


All the work will be financed by Lux-Airport.

A budget of 150 million euros will be released for this work to strengthen the site, which saw four million passengers take off and land last year. But beyond that, the Minister of Mobility recalls that a vast redevelopment awaits the airport.


If the preparatory work for the site has already started, the most critical phase will begin “next week”, confirms Wednesday Lux-Airport, the managing company of the airport, which specifies that the site will be carried out “during the next two years ”. Because the site provides for an in-depth modification of the infrastructure which has been able to accommodate up to 75,000 take-offs and landings per year, namely the installation of a new drainage system, the installation of side corridors and the standards of the entire signaling system.

An operation entrusted to a consortium comprising Colas, Felix Giorgetti, Karp-Kneip and JDC Airport for an overall budget of 150 million euros. This is almost double the estimates put forward in 2015 which mentioned a range of between 80 and 100 million euros. But an envelope revised downwards compared to the figures put forward a time by the Minister of Mobility who expected an invoice of up to 200 million euros.



An infrastructure vital to the economy, Luxembourg airport will see, by 2025, not only the renovation of its runway, but also the creation of a new control tower or new buildings linked to the “Airport City” project. “. Not to mention measures to combat noise or reduce CO2 emissions.


It should be noted that under European rules, the financing of the works will be provided mainly by Lux-Airport, which should spend 112 million. A substantial charge for the company, which is 100% state-owned, which will be offset by the introduction of a landing tax, which does not exist in Luxembourg unlike its direct neighbors. A surplus to be borne by the airlines which should pass it on to the price of the ticket from or to Findel.

In fact, the site should not disrupt air traffic too much, especially passenger traffic in the convalescent phase, and will therefore take place between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Some 300 workers, engineers and other specialists are to take part in this work, which should also enable Findel to achieve its CO2 reduction targets. In this case, the stated ambition to make the airport neutral in greenhouse gas emissions. While passenger traffic should not be affected, the same will not apply to freight, Cargolux providing night flights and which will therefore have to land in part in Liège or Frankfurt-Hahn.


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