Belfast International Airport forms part of abertis, an international group which manages mobility and telecommunications infrastructures across three business areas: toll roads, telecommunications infrastructures and airports. As a result of continuous international expansion in the company's activities the Group now operates in 15 countries on three continents.
The group is quoted on the Spanish stock exchange and forms part of the select Ibex 35 index, as well as the international indexes Dow Jones Sustainability, FTS Eurofirst 300 and Standard & Poor’s Europe 350.
Since 2003, abertis has worked on a progressive expansion process until establishing itself as an operator focused on the infrastructures management working in a setting of growing internationalisation of its activity. The achievements that have a bearing on the development of the group have been:
- In toll roads: the incorporation of the French toll roads operator sanef into the abertis Group, in 2006.
- In telecommunications: the purchase of the telecommunication networks operator retevisión in 2003; the 2007 purchase of 32% of Eutelsat, Europe’s leading satellite operator; and the purchase in 2008 of 33.4% of Hispasat.
- In airports: the take-overs of the British airport group tbi in 2005 and of Desarrollo de Concesiones Aeroportuarias (dca), a holding company with interests in 15 Latin-American airports, in 2007.
In this sector, abertis directly manages 3,743 kilometres. In Spain, it is the main operator of high-capacity roads and directly manages over 1,500 km of toll roads. In addition, abertis is involved in the management of a near 2,000 km via shares in its concessionaries in Italy, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Chile and Portugal.
abertis telecom is the leader in Spain in infrastructures and telecommunications services. After the acquisition, in 2007, of 32% of the share capital of Eutelsat, and the acquisition, in 2008, of 33.4% of Hispasat, abertis telecom also features as a key player at an international level in the field of satellite infrastructures.
abertis airports holds stakes in 30 airports in 9 countries with a global traffic in excess of 80 million passengers a year. After the acquisition of dca, abertis airports becomes one of the largest operators in the world with a notable presence in Europe and America.
Principal Financial Indicators
The abertis group made a net profit of €662Mn in 2010. Total revenues amounted to €4,106Mn, while net cash-flow was
generated to €1,616Mn. EBITDA totalled €2,4894Mn. abertis invested a total of €757Mn.