Annecy signs airport

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In mid–October 2010, in Annecy, Edgar Grospiron, Olympic champion and CEO of Annecy 2018, Christian Monteil, chairman of the Annecy 2018 Supervisory Board and president of the Haute Savoie General Council, Jean–Luc Rigaut, mayor of Annecy and co–president of Annecy 2018, Yves Guyon, chairman of the AÉroports de Lyon Board of Administrators and Philippe Bernand, CEO of AÉroports de Lyon, signed a partnership agreement, under the terms of the marketing programme, as 'supporters' of Annecy's bid to host the Winter Games in 2018.

With its position as a veritable gateway to the Alps, AÉroports de Lyon will play a major role in setup proposed by Annecy's Bid for the 2018 Olympics. With Lyon–Saint ExupÉry international airport and Lyon–Bron business airport, AÉroports de Lyon caters for 8m passengers, serve over 120 direct destinations and handles 7, 200 business aviation movements. Its sustainable development policy, which has already received several European awards, is fully in phase with Annecy 2018's focus on the environment. " Having a French international airport close to the proposed venues for the Olympic events is a key asset for our bid, with interconnections both to the motorway network and an on–site High Speed Train stations (just 2 hours away from Paris), serving the entire country, as well as neighbouring countries such as Italy, Germany and Spain, " pointed out Edgar Grospiron, Olympic champion and CEO of Annecy 2018. " AÉroports de Lyon are delighted to have this opportunity to play an active role in Annecy's bid to host the 2018 Olympic Games. Our fully intermodal airport is truly the fastest gateway to the Alps. As a major player in Rhäne–Alpes regional development, we shall spare no efforts in actively supporting Annecy 2018, and promoting the bid with our passengers. Moreover, Lyon–Saint ExupÉry airport will provide tremendous visibility for the French bid throughout our partnership by flying the Annecy 2018 colours in our terminals, " added Yves Guyon, chairman of the AÉroports de Lyon Board of Administrators. For Christian Monteil, chairman of the Annecy 2018 Supervisory Board and president of the Haute–Savoie General Council: " AÉroports de Lyon's decision to back the Annecy bid for the 2018 Games is a reflection of the immense regional support the bid is receiving from the economic sector. We are fortunate to have an airport with such an extensive outreach, just 80 minutes away from Annecy, providing the French bid with transport infrastructures whose ease of access and efficiency are second to none. " Lyon–Saint ExupÉry airport has a proud record of excellence in its quality of service, twice receiving Airports Council International's 'Best Airport Award', in 2008 and 2010. Marketing programme >3 levels of commitment:1. Official partnerBPCE Group, ArÉa, CNR, Somfy, Adidas, EDF, Française des Jeux, Orange, Tarkett. 2. Supporter: AÉroports de Lyon, ATMB, BollorÉ IntermÉdia, France TÉlÉvision. 3. Local Supporter: ERDF, Caisse des DÉpäts

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