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In May Bordeaux Airport showed the strongest traffic growth rate of the top 5 French regional airports* with +9.7%, or close to 38,000 more passengers than in May 2012. On the
eve of the summer high season, regular flights, stimulated by the leap in offers departing from Bordeaux, and particularly low-cost flights, were the drivers of growth. Against this backdrop of strong activity, aircraft movements remained stable.
Regular national traffic grew by +12.3%, dominated by the Paris lines (136,600 passengers, with the Orly shuttle by +2.8% and +7.8% for the flight to Charles-de-Gaulle). Worthy of note were the excellent scores registered by flights to Lille (HOP!, Volotea, easyJet) with exceptional growth of +138%, Strasbourg (HOP!, Volotea) with +88.4% and Nice (HOP!, easyJet) with +28.2%. The flights to Bastia and Ajaccio in Corsica are a new feature of 2013, and carried more than 8,000 passengers.
Traffic to and from regular international destinations were once again at the forefront of this growth with significant progress (+8.7 %) over the month of May 2013. Traffic from the British Isles saw an upturn from 2012 with +13% in May 2013. The arrival of the Bordeaux-Birmingham link at the end of May brought the number of British airports flying to Bordeaux up to 7 for the summer.
Italy also showed strong progress: +15.1%. The seasonal line to Palermo got off to a good start with a 2-month head start on 2012 and there were healthy growth rates for Venice (+37.2%) and Milan (+12.2%).
More generally growth from Europe reached +8.9% thanks to the early resumption of certain seasonal flights (Ibiza, Palermo, Venice) and an increase in passenger numbers for the summer season (Switzerland).
In May 2013 more than 90,000 passengers flew to the international hubs of Amsterdam (+30.8%),
London Gatwick (+5.9%) and Paris Charles de Gaulle (+2.8%). Low-cost flights continued to drive
growth with +28.2%, consolidated by the set-up of the Volotea base.
From 30 June to 2 July Bordeaux will be hosting French Connect, the trade congress for French-speaking and European airports and airlines.
This major air traffic event will attract 400 participants from 10 or so countries. Away from the discussions and congress work, the airport will be showing participants the city of Bordeaux and the emblematic sites of the region.
*Nice – Lyon – Marseille – Toulouse - Bordeaux
Sophie VERGNERES 05 56 34 59 29 / 06 21 61 43 55 svergneresbordeaux [dot] aeroport [dot] fr