This passenger of the year means another important marker for Genève Aéroport, where passenger numbers continued to grow in 2014.
Marie-Claude Beaudoin Ekstrand, a passenger on flight AC 835 operated by Air Canada, was greeted by Genève Aéroport authorities on Tuesday, 23 December 2014, at around 11:00, as she was checking in her bags before taking off for Montreal, where she intended to spend the holidays with her family.
Geneva State Councillor Pierre Maudet, Vice President of the State Council and Chairman of the Administrative Board of Genève Aéroport, accompanied by CEO Robert Deillon, told the traveller that she was Genève Aéroport's fifteen millionth passenger in 2014. Living in Préverenges (VD), the young woman was travelling with her husband and two children. The whole family was picked up by the Swissport VIP service, which accompanied them in a limousine right to the door of the plane.
Passing the 15 million passengers a year mark is an important stage in the development of Genève Aéroport, which is has seen a steady growth in passenger traffic for several years. It will only be in early January 2015 that the final number of passengers and total movements (take-offs and landings) will be known, while the financial results (turnover and profit) will be released during March.
"Welcoming the 15 millionth passenger illustrates the major importance of Genève Aéroport for Geneva and the region and its vital contribution to the prosperity of our economy," said Pierre Maudet, Chairman of the Administrative Board until the end of the year, when he will hand over to Corinne Moinat, and he added: "Working for the development of this airport, in a harmonious and respectful perspective of our environment, will enable us to maintain and strengthen our regional reach and influence."
For Robert Deillon, "The symbolic crossing of the 15 million mark justifies the projects currently under way to adapt our infrastructure to the needs expressed by a diverse customer base that, like Geneva's business, tourist and diplomatic hub, is growing faster than at other airports comparable to Geneva." The Director-General noted with satisfaction that "the quantitative development is accompanied by far-reaching changes, in terms of infrastructure, services, and the involvement of the staff, that improve the quality of the services offered to Genève Aéroport's passengers."
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