Bordeaux Airport welcomed 288,426 passengers in February 2913, up 4.6% on the figures recorded in February 2012 (even with an extra day for the Leap year). Domestic flights led the way with growth of 7.8%, while international scheduled flights saw a slight drop (2%) due to a shift in the school holiday dates. The proportion of passengers travelling with budget airlines held steady at 28%.
Domestic flights carried 198,180 passengers, a 7.9% increase on the same month last year. The Paris-Orly route was up 10.8% with 74,490 passengers, a substantial increase due largely to the adverse effect of 4 days of strikes in February 2012. The Paris-Charles de Gaulle route meanwhile, Air France’s international hub, saw a decrease of 3.6%. Lille now has three separate connections (Air France, easyJet and Volotea), and the route saw passenger numbers double to hit 10,644. Nice (+59%) and Strasbourg (+47.6%) also saw strong increases, thanks to the arrival of new airlines on these routes.(1)
Scheduled international flights saw passengers numbers fall by 2% (90,247 passengers) from February 2012. Spanish destinations are still suffering the effects of the economic crisis, with passengers travelling to Barcelona down 10.6%, Seville down 7% and Madrid down a massive 65.6%. Madrid has suffered from the loss of the easyJet service, leaving Iberia as the only carrier offering flights to the Spanish capital. Italian destinations also underperformed, with Milan and the two Roman airports all seeing a drop-off in passenger figures.
On the other hand, the new Dublin route (Aer Lingus) and expanded services to Lisbon (TAP and easyJet) have proved highly successful, with impressive growth also observed on the Basel (+42.5%) and Geneva (18.1%) routes.
Passengers travelling to North African destinations fell by 2.7%, primarily due to the steep decline of chartered services. There were nonetheless strong performances from Algiers (+69.8%) and Agadir (+31.3%).
The market share of budget airlines remained at the same level we saw last month: 28% of total traffic, some 80,740 passengers.
(1) Nice: Air France, easyJet – Strasbourg: Air France, Volotea
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