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4,117,200 passengers: +12.4% Strongest growth among large regional airports in France
Bordeaux Airport continues to set the standard
Marked by the first anniversary of the low-cost Billi terminal, big repair works to the main runway, the arrival of three new companies and the launch of 9 new routes, 2011 has ended with new achievements for Bordeaux Airport. The symbolic milestone of 4 million passengers was reached for the first time, driving Bordeaux-Mérignac’s progress to the forefront of French large regional airports: 12.4% growth even though air traffic movement growth was limited to 7%.
Despite the effects of the “Arab Spring” on chartered flights (-7.9%), international flights continued to grow by 15.2%. Excluding holiday flights, growth reached 19%, and, for the first time, large international “hubs” represented more than 1 million passengers. Domestic traffic, leaving two years of stagnation behind it, was rejuvenated with net growth of 9.1%.
2nd consecutive year of growth of over 10%
One year after a 10.3% leap in traffic to 3,663,700 passengers in 2010, and just a few days after welcoming the 4 millionth passenger on an Air Austral flight from Reunion Island (28th December), Bordeaux Airport now reports a second year of growth higher than 10%: +12.4% with 4,117,000 passengers in 2011… the airport “won” more than 450,000 passengers than in 2010. That means that in two years 790,000 extra passengers have been gained.
For the first time, the international hubs Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle (Air France), London-Gatwick (British Airways along with easyJet), Amsterdam (Air France KLM), Madrid (Iberia, as well as easyJet) and Lisbon (TAP), represent more than one million passengers (1,080,000).
The different types of traffic are balancing themselves out
The year 2011 was characterised by a balance in performance across the main types of traffic. National and international flights contributed equally to the 410,000 extra passengers (excluding non commercial and transit traffic), gaining 206,000 and 204,000 passengers
respectively. On all scheduled flights, the 428,000 extra passengers were evenly spread between low-cost companies (219,000 extra passengers) and traditional companies (209,000 extra passengers). The majority of lines with two competing companies have stimulated overall traffic: London-Gatwick, Madrid, Lyon, Barcelona, Brussels and Rome alone have gained nearly 172,000 passengers, benefitting all the operators on these lines.
2011, a great year…
…for extending the network
In total, three new companies- Air Austral, TAP and the low cost company Vueling- joined Bordeaux Airport in 2011. Nine new routes were launched between February and November, including a new long-haul route to the Indian Ocean, and 6 new low cost routes: REUNION ISLAND (AIR FRANCE), LISBON (TAP), PRAGUE (CZCH AIRLINES), MADRID (EASYJET), BARCELONA (VUELING), SEVILLE and ROME (RYANAIR), MARRAKESH AND AGADIR (JET4YOU).
…for traditional and low cost companies’ regular traffic
3,820,000 passengers took regular flights in 2011. European and international flights counted 220,000 more passengers than in 2010. With more than 1,925,000 passengers across its network, the legendary company Air France saw 9.3% growth and a positive net performance on the Paris line: 40,000 extra passengers for Charles de Gaulle, and 66,000 for the “Shuttle” (Orly) which experienced growth of 7%. The establishment of the Air France base at Marseille and the pricing policy put in place by the company (€51 tax included) has been of direct benefit to the line- there were 10,000 more passengers than in 2010. 980,000 passengers regularly took low cost flights which, with up to 27 countries on offer, increased by 29%. Easyjet is the airport’s second company in terms of volume- 481,000 passengers, a 31% increase. Ryanair transported 200,000 passengers, a rise of 33%. A few weeks after its first anniversary, the Billi terminal welcomed Vueling, bringing the number of low cost operators to 9 with Aer Lingus, BMI, Cimber Air, EasyJet, Flybe, Jet4you, Norwegian and Ryanair.
…for Southern Europe
Both scheduled flights and holiday flights weakened under the effect of revolutions around the southern perimeter of the Mediterranean Basin: Djerba, Monastir, Marrakech… Tunisia and Morocco, tourism’s safe bets, experienced a fall in traffic of nearly 50%. The combined effect of these geopolitical crises and the increased number of routes to Southern Europe has directly benefitted Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville), Portugal (Lisbon, Porto) and Italy (Milan, Rome), reaching more than 86%, and
the Iberian Peninsula alone accounted for 50% of the airport’s growth. Traffic to Barcelona- a double service with Air France and Vueling- has been multiplied by 2.5, with 27,000 more passengers than in 2010.
…for air freight
While total air freight (aeroplane, surface mail and post) decreased by 1,200 metric tonnes per year, 2011 was the year of air freight- 8,000 tonnes were recorded, a 19% increase compared to 2010.
…for links with “e-travellers”
The website Bordeaux.aeroport.fr which was launched in 2009 had 1,450,000 visits, of which 991,000 were unique visitors. The catalogue of destinations has been very successful, and there is great interest in individual pages dedicated to new destinations- there were 471,000 page views (+37%). Price offers, group bookings, news, exclusives and “what to do” guides from tour operators and companies continued to be viewed and the “our favourites” section received 55,000 page views (+53%).
A healthy financial structure boosts investments
In its 2011 report, the Agence des Participations de l’État, a 60% shareholder in Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, highlights the indicators of a very well managed financial structure- €32 million of equity capital against €6 million of net financial debt in 2010 (€31 million and €8 million in 2009). In 2011, €10 million was put aside for essential repair works to the main runway. With around €15 million, investments in 2012 will facilitate improvements in aircraft circulation and parking, and increasing the capacity of the car parks (P4).
BORDEAUX AIRPORT: PASSENGER TRAFFIC 2011 (EXTRACTS)