Nearly 392,000 passengers came to Bordeaux Mérignac Airport in April 2013, an increase of 5.2% compared to April 2012.
At the beginning of this summer season, regular domestic traffic has increased by 12.5% with 243,521 passengers (+4.8% since the beginning of the year). Strasbourg, served by HOP ! and Volotea, showed an increase of 88.5%, Lille (HOP !, Volotea, easyJet) doubled its traffic with 14,000 monthly passengers, and Nice (HOP! and easyJet) rose by 16%. The service to Paris has increased by 8.7% (Orly +16.3% and Charles-de-Gaulle -1.9%).
Regular international traffic increased by 2.7% in April (a total of +6.4% for 2013) for a total of nearly 140,000 passengers, a moderate growth rate influenced in part by the later May school holidays. The main Spanish links are down: -55.3% for Madrid, due to the easyJet line being terminated in the winter, and -13.8% for Barcelona; however, Seville which is served by Ryanair saw a rise of 21.5%.
Most regular flights have experienced double-digit growth such as Venice (Volotea) +80%, Amsterdam (KLM) +30.3%, London Luton +11.5% and Geneva +13.6% (easyJet), as well as Porto (Ryanair) +20.3%.
Low cost flights are also still experiencing strong growth rates: +20% (139,082 passengers) in April. The Eindhoven flight which was opened on 2nd April by Ryanair has already transported 1,770 passengers.
The sluggish situation of European air traffic should also be mentioned. European Union airport activity has decreased by 2.1% in the first quarter of 2013 (-4.1% for the airports with less than 5 million passengers), placing Bordeaux above this European average.
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