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In comparison with European traffic which is on the decrease as announced by the Association of European Airports, Bordeaux Airport traffic continues to increase (+7.8%) with a total of 321,246 passengers in November. It rose by 9.4% in 2012 with 4,057,961 passengers. The figures confirm the rise (+11.3%) of international scheduled flights and the sharp increase in low-cost flights (+36.7%). Aircraft movements decreased once again, by 4.1% in November.
Domestic flights boosted this growth further with +6.3%. Results are very variable however, with transversal flights showing an 18% increase and flights to Paris decreasing by 0.3%: Paris Orly has decreased by
3.6% whilst the Charles De Gaulle "hub" has increased activity by 5.5%. Progress is impressive for flights going to multiple destinations: Nice (86.2%), Strasbourg
(+84.3%) and also Lille (+36.7%) with easyJet, complementing the existing Air France and Volotea offering since the beginning of December.
There has been great international success for several months (+12.9% since the beginning of January) and low-cost flights are the main driver (+38.8% cumulatively). Conversely, charter business is continuing to decline, with 14.8%. In November the European zone increased by +13.7%. The traffic to and from North African countries reached +9.6% thanks to a supplementary offer: Algiers with Aigle Azur this summer and Air Méditerranée
to Marrakech this winter.
As for services, in November Bordeaux Airport launched a booking service for parking spaces at www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr. Addressing passengers' organisational needs, online booking enables people to choose their parking space according to the duration of their holiday and the proximity of the terminal.
Starting in December, flights to Lille will be running with three different airline companies: Air France, Volotea, and easyJet. Flights to Grenoble, which were initially supposed to run all winter with Volotea, will now only be running until 5th January 2013.