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Nov 18, 2021

Le Castellet International Airport to be revamped

A major renovation project began at Le Castellet International Airport on 8 November, with demolition of the runway started earlier this week. The airfield, built in 1962 by Paul Ricard and which has since become an international airport, is set to be modernised and refurbished.

The work, undertaken by around a hundred workers from the construction company Colas over a period of two months, will include removing the top layer of asphalt, repairing and relaying the pavement base and then resurfacing with a tarmac layer. In addition to work on its infrastructure, runway marker lighting and control systems will be completely overhauled.


Although helicopter flights will be maintained whilst work is done on the runway on the FATO (final approach and take-off) area next to hangar H5, the main runway is set to reopen to other aircrafts on 8 January 2022.

 

Just like the neighbouring Circuit Paul Ricard, the airport is set to begin substantial work on areas of a sustainable development policy, starting with the renovation work undertaken this winter. The construction techniques used during this project have been carefully designed to limit its environmental impact, in keeping with the approach taken for many years by Colas and management at Le Castellet International Airport. All site materials will be reused or recycled. This solution and the use of two-way freight flows to optimise transport helps to reduce the amount of HGV traffic for deliveries. Similarly, asphalt materials will include a high proportion of recycled tarmac, enabling the use of tarmac, quarry stone and aggregates to be reduced.

 

Construction work is also set to be undertaken in the terminal building at Le Castellet to modernise the passenger hospitality area: new lighting, flooring, painting, air-conditioning, etc. The airport will provide its clients with unique services and modern facilities.