By Gal FORMENTIN • •
19/09/2017 at 17h00

Director of the Paris-Vatry airport, Stphane Lafay agrees to choose the rounds of Lorraine Airport in March, in a challenging financial and social context. Gentleman of challenge, workaholic and discreet tactician, this Lyonnais with the atypical class juggling considering the fact that with two caps, two phone calls back on the rails, in between which bridges commence to be drawn.

Its place of work provides a a hundred and eighty ° view on the path. A motor purrs. A aircraft landed. One more usually takes off. Staff on the floor, fluorescent vest, is activated. Stéphane Lafay comes from Châlons in the early afternoon. His move is fast, in a hurry. Constantly. Fast look at the tarmac. For him, a further working day commences. The manager of the Paris-Vatry airport jumps into the costume of that of Lorraine Airport. Considering the fact that March, the weeks alternate like that. Two days in Champagne. Two in Lorraine “A marginally challenging gymnastics” admits Stéphane Lafay who agrees to choose the reins of the 2nd in March at the ask for of Philippe Richert … offered not to depart the initial joined in 2014. A Vatry, very long entangled in economical difficulties, his do the job is not concluded. In Metz, it is only starting. “I arrived in a intricate financial and social context but I would not have acknowledged this post if the airport was not in operating purchase,” the latter particulars, I straight away noticed the achievable synergies in between the two platforms. “

Stéphane Lafay carves to the problems to be met, considering the fact that the starting of a occupation everything but linear. A graduate of a faculty of push attaché, he will work for three decades in occasions at the airport of Lyon, his town. It discovers the airport world, its backstage, its codes, “an environment practically straight away familiar” . Hired to choose treatment of the “cargo” marketing, freight, he remaining the post following six decades. “I wished to depart when no person resigned” rewind Stéphane Lafay, “I was the only a single on extra than 300 men and women. I did not want to shut myself up in ease and comfort, remain there, shrink like an old parchment. “ New start out. New cycle of six decades in a personal freight business then in an “urgent” highway transportation business in Paris

The dream of Saint-Exupéry

His CV is lengthening. Urgency, motion, dynamism sweat in between the traces. Captivated to “” the fields of exploitation, personnel administration and budgets “he landed a stopover of 600,000 men and women at Air France, ” without any working experience “. “It was not a reward. It took a person with the profile of a little SME manager to place the traces back on observe. “ His” little small business “returns to efficiency and punctuality. The journey, “usant and worthwhile” lasts nine decades.

“The aerial is a job that absorbs you” emphasizes Stéphane Lafay, “I celebrated my forty decades in Saint-Exupéry, blocked by the snow with extra than 2000 men and women in the terminal. “ A new challenge is presented: Vatry. On arrival in 2014, the airport is in default of payment. “The December wages had been not compensated. We did not give considerably to his skin. Just about every three months I was jumping hedge. I did a large amount of politics and pedagogy to say that it was possible. “ No a single believes in it, certainly.

Two decades afterwards, Vatry climbs the slope. About the past yr, turnover has greater by 100% every month. “We have just signed the biggest cargo agreement considering the fact that 2008” reveals exclusively the director, an aerial position in between Vatry and China by way of Moscow in Boeing 747. “This is the Grail. We will be able to rethink all the things. “ In Metz-Nancy, the turbulence also diminished, even with the rigor imposed by the Area, whose subsidies fell by twenty% a yr for three decades. To realize the “little stability” demanded by Philippe Richert, the new director is exploring new avenues. Freight, shuttles … “We are still beneath the potential. Supply is undersized in relation to need. We could be four hundred,000 passengers. “

Currently being just 220 km, extra complementary than rivals, both equally airports will have to also “discover to do the job alongside one another” . “In Metz and Vatry, I locate a relatives spirit and men and women incredibly hooked up to their do the job tool. Right after having tasted a single or the other of these products, it is challenging to go back. No significant airport provides so considerably ease and comfort and ease of accessibility. “

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