THE COLLABORATION WITH A400M FAL HAS
BEEN AN ASSET FOR US IN OUR COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF SEVILLE
The airport of Seville is one of
the infrastructures historically linked to the Andalusian aerospace industry,
with which it keeps a close relationship nowadays, especially with its main OEM
company, Airbus Military. During the interview with the director of the
airport, Eugenio Pérez Luengo, he highlights the role of the aeronautics in
Andalusia, as well as the process of transformation of this kind of facilities
in the last years. “We have passed from just channelling the air traffic to
become business centres involved in the development of local economies”,
The Airport of Seville is one of the
facilities involved in the Andalusian aerospace industry, but what is its role
within the aerospace development? How the Airport of Seville is encouraging
this growth undertaken in the last few years within our region?
Airport of Seville plays a significant role as a supporting infrastructure for
the aerospace industry. We keep a close collaboration with OEMs, putting at
their disposal not only our facilities and services, but also the execution of
works to improve and ease their activity.
that, the airport has been assisting flight tests of important types like the
A400M or the A380; we have undertaken a new running road to speed up Airbus
Military aircrafts towards our runway; and we have been very committed to
boosting the installation of aerospace suppliers and service enterprises on
the site of the airport, which entails benefits in terms of synergies and
rapidity of the productive processes or maintenance.
relation to that last fact, last year the Airport of Seville signed an
agreement of collaboration with IDEA –agency under the Regional Ministry of
Economy, Innovation Science and Employment- to help the installation of high
added value, innovative and business projects on the site of the airport. These
sites could be considered to be part of the Aerospace and Technological Park
of Andalusia Aerópolis.
willing to get installed on this site may be provided with supporting
services and financial backing by IDEA under the programme to foster innovative
enterprises, as well as the national and regional incentives for companies
installed at technological parks.
One of the advertising initiatives recently started is the
organization of an exposition about the Andalusian aerospace history. How
passengers are welcoming this exhibition? Are there any other initiatives to
strengthen the relationship between the airport and the Andalusian aerospace
enterprises and entities?
To tell you the truth, it is
being very favourably received. There are a number of passengers who stop by
before the boarding area and in the corridor towards the luggage claim to
quickly and illustratively look over the exhibition and the one hundred years
of aerospace industry and aviation in Andalusia. This has been a very smart
Hélice Cluster’s initiative, because there is still a lack of knowledge about
the importance of Andalusia in the origin, development and international expansion
of the aerospace industry.
On the other hand, the airport
is a fantastic showcase for this exhibition, notably if you take into
consideration the nearly five million annual passengers that pass by our
premises with international and national arrivals and departures.
From the airport, we are
willing to collaborate with all this kind of initiatives but also with
activities related to the productive processes as I commented before.
Airbus Military is one of the aerospace companies using San Pablo
airport facilities on a regular basis. How is the collaboration with such a
company? What did the FAL setup involve for the airport?
understanding between the two parts has been always very good. As per the A400M
FAL of Airbus being in Seville has been an asset for us since we are very much
committed to improve the quality of our services and facilities and has enabled
us to gain valuable knowledge and experience. In fact, we have demonstrated
ourselves that we are highly capable of satisfying very demanding requirements
which go further our traditional activity.
The airport has recently opened a new parking for customers. Has this
been carried out to satisfy the current demand or are you expecting an
increment of travellers within the next few years?
When managing airports, capability
of prevision, going ahead of future mid-and-long-term necessities, is one of
the key premises to avoid overbooking situations. The new five-floor parking
has been started thinking of the future traffic growth at the Airport of
Seville. Thanks to this, we have today upwards of 3,700 parking places for our
users, which should be added by 1,200 more for rental cars and twentyish for
Are you planning short-and-mid-term any improvement or creation of new
In the last few years we have
carried out works to satisfy the current demand and that future demand from now
to 2025, so we haven’t planned big projects or investments. We will keep improving
and diversifying our service portfolio and getting it segmented to serve all
the different profiles of our customers and users, providing a variety of
products at any sales point and encouraging the local economy through the development
of industrial initiatives…
What scope of flights does the airport have nowadays? Which are the
goals for the coming years? Do you think that setting new airlines must be
fostered or rather widening services of those that are already operating in
Our goal is having as many
routes and air companies as possible, but this business, just like any other,
is marked by the law of supply and demand. If there is enough demand, there
will come more air companies, and those that already are with us, will include
new destinations to their programs.
In spite of that, the airport
has been participating for the last two years in Impulso Destino Sevilla
(IDS), an initiative where there also participate the Town Council of Seville,
the Provincial Council and the Chamber of Commerce, and whose purpose is being
in permanent contact with airlines in order to show them our opportunities and
to draw their attention to operate in the city.
Currently, there have been
detected potential markets like Germany, Switzerland and Nordic countries,
without forgetting the connections with main Europeans hubs (London, Paris,
Frankfort, Amsterdam), which, on their turn, allow us to be connected with
other countries inside and outside Europe.
With regard to the airport as
infrastructure, our mission is facilitating the air companies the development
of their operating methods and having enough services and capabilities as to
house all of them. Being ready to answer the necessities of any airline
operating with us, or that wants to operate in our facilities. This summer, for
instance, a dozen of companies have been operating with flights to forty
Spanish and foreign cities. Three of these companies have been included to the
programs as novelty: Iberia Express, Volotea and Air France.
At the end of October, the program
will change to open the winter season, that will be kept until the last
weekend of March and that will be fitted according to the demand of those
is having as many routes and air companies as possible, but this business is
marked by the law of supply and demand"
What is the balance of passengers and activity in the airport of Seville during the first 10 months of 2012? What is expected for 2013?
was the best year for the history of the airport, with almost 5 million passengers.
The current economic situation has interrupted the growing trend reached
during that year, and, from the beginning of 2012, the number of passengers has
slightly decreased more than 10%. Spain is suffering more than other countries
with the crisis and it can be noticed in the domestic flights.
Regarding the previsions for
the next year, it is quite difficult to make a precise estimation in advance
and in a changing background, but we believe that there will be an increase
but, obviously, moderate.
Do you consider the airport sector as an area with future for the
aeronautical professionals looking for a first job? Which are the most demanded
From a global point of view,
the airport sector still has a great potentiality of development, due to the
important demand of air traffic in emerging countries. The Aerospace
Engineering specializing in Airports offers a great potential of development,
particularly with regard to construction of new airports, enlargement of others
already existing, consultancy or management externalization, as nowadays is
happening in many countries.
Also, there is a great opportunity
for those who have been recently graduated, since a wide range of skills is
demanded, mainly, in the areas of Airport Facilities Maintenance, and Assistance
to Navigation, Airport Operations, Operational Security and Personal Security.
From a global point of view, the airport sector
still has a great potentiality of development, due to the important demand of
air traffic in emerging countries"
Which are the main challenges for the airport sector and air transport in Spain and Andalusia regarding the coming years?
which is the segment where I work, I would like to say that we are witnesses of
a real transformation. We have passed from being just infrastructures channelling
the air traffic, to become real business centres, more and more involved in the
development of local economies.
Only in the Airport of Seville,
there are 2,400 people working and more that a hundred companies; in the last
year, all the commercial and catering supply has been transformed; we have an
agreement with IDEA, as I mentioned before; we have more and more segmented and
customized services according to the different demanding profiles.
Another main challenge is the
sustainability. In Aena Aeropuertos, we are really committed not only to the
respectful environmental management, but also to the implantation of measures
helping the control of practices in companies working at our premises.
What do you think about the excessive supply of airports that has been
created in Spain? Is it necessary a review of the airport system?
That is just the project where
the Ministry for Public Works is immersed in, through an Airport Efficiency
Plan. The plan is for the smallest facilities in the network and it wants to
adequate the services supply to the real demand.
On the other hand, for the total
group of Aena Aeropuertos, there is a strong commitment with regard to costs
control and diversification of income sources, through a wider scope of
international business and a committed development of our commercial area
reinforcing, on its turn, the search for new routes through the department of
The final goals of these initiatives
are efficiency and profitability.