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June 2016, a month for records.

13/07/2016

The start of the holiday season, the 2016 UEFA Euro Football Championship and the Bordeaux Fête le Vin wine festival provided ample context for a record month in terms of passenger numbers at Bordeaux Airport: 587,600 passengers during the month, up 12.1% compared to 2015. 284,000 passengers travelled on domestic flights, a +2.3% rise in traffic for Bordeaux. Various strikes, particularly affecting domestic flights, had an adverse effect with 138 flights cancelled in total, an estimated 3% loss in traffic. On 17 June, the day before the Euro 2016 match between Belgium and Ireland in Bordeaux, the airport experienced an unprecedented peak in traffic with 24,800 passengers in one day. There was also a marked increase in international traffic which jumped +23% to over 300,000 passengers. Just before the start of the July holiday season, all indicators are positive with a +8.4% increase in cumulative traffic since the start of the year, amounting to 2.69 million passengers.

This June was memorable for the hosting of four Euro 2016 matches in Bordeaux. Teams and supporters flocked to this event from all over Europe: 225 additional chartered flights, 21,600 passengers and a 4% upturn in traffic. Scheduled traffic also benefitted from the Euro championship with sharp gains for the cities involved: Belfast (+37.9%), Madrid (+33.1%), Dublin (+27.1%) and Brussels (+25.6%).

International traffic posted an outstanding +23.3% upsurge with 303,692 passengers in June.
Spain was in the spotlight with total traffic up +35.8% compared to June 2015. Three main reasons: the Euro 2016 Croatia/Spain match in Bordeaux on 21 June and also two new services to Spanish destinations. EasyJet consolidated the daily service by Vueling to Barcelona, which took first place on the growth podium (+73.3%). Madrid was up +33.1% with the arrival of Iberia Express, adding to the number of flights already available with Iberia. Palma and Malaga echoed this momentum with traffic surging +62.7% and +38.1% respectively.
The United Kingdom enjoyed healthy growth: London (Gatwick, Stansted, Luton) +14.6%, Birmingham +49.4% and Belfast +37.9%.
“Sunny” destinations were overwhelmed, with remarkable growth figures: Dubrovnik +90.3%, Venice +71.3%, boosted by the EasyJet service in addition to Volotea, Corfu +51.3% and Athens +30.6%.
A significant increase was noted for routes to intercontinental hubs such as Brussels (+25.6%), Rome (+15.3%) and Lisbon (+14.2%).

Domestic traffic experienced record passenger volume with 283,692 passengers and +2.3% growth. Corsica contributed to this especially, with +14% traffic to the three Corsican destinations: Figari +32.5% (Hop! and Volotea), Ajaccio +17.4% (Hop! and Volotea) and Bastia +2.4% (Volotea).
Marseille and Lille posted very good results with +18% and +6.3% (easyJet and Hop!) respectively. However, strikes accounting for a loss of 8,000 passengers explained negative results for routes to Paris Orly (-3.8%) and Paris Charles-de-Gaulle (-3.6%) which cumulatively were up at the end of June by +2.1% and +1% respectively.