Editorial from Jean Rottner, Mayor of Mulhouse, President of the FNAU: The EuroAirport, a French-Swiss success storyMarch 2015
The world’s only binational airport, located in the French-German-Swiss region, the Basel-Mulhouse EuroAirport is an example in terms of cross-border cooperation.
Boosting the attractiveness and the prosperity of our territories, it represents a great success with trickle-down effects in southern Alsace in particular.
- 6,500 jobs on the site, 67% of which are occupied by French residents.
- 6,5 million passengers in 2014, an increase of 4 million in ten years.
- Freight traffic of 94,300 tons, with the target of winning 50% of the air freight of the trinational region by 2020.
- One of the world’s leading skills centres dedicated to aircraft maintenance and outfitting.
- Services to more than 90 airports by 600 flights per week.
An atypical status!
The EuroAirport is a binational public establishment in its operation and its status, although it is located entirely on French territory, while the industrial developments are in the Swiss sector.
The recent calling into question of the exceptional tax status of the airport mobilised Alsace’s elected representatives. A favourable outcome is taking shape, confirming the joint goal of the two countries to guarantee the legal security and maintain the attractiveness of this essential infrastructure for the whole of the trinational region. It is worth wagering that the meeting planned in April between French president François Hollande and Didier Burkhalter, head of the Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs, will finalise the terms of an agreement.”