Passenger numbers were up 7.3% this October, with a total of 380,340 passengers boosted in no small part by the strong figures seen on domestic flights: up 8.3%.
Cumulative growth for the year currently stands at 9.6%, with internal flights up 7.3% on last year and international routes expanding by 13%. So far 3,763,715 passengers have passed through Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport in 2012. The rise of passenger numbers has had no knock-on effect on the actual number of flights arriving and departing, with those numbers still 2.3% lower than in 2011.
Domestic lines continue to perform strongly, with substantial growth in services to Nice (+63.3%), Strasbourg (+60.7%) and Lille (+34.8%), all destinations connected to Bordeaux by two operators.
October was the last month before the transition to winter schedules, but this month also saw
the launch of new regular services to Lille and Strasbourg operated by Volotea, both of which have seen remarkable growth.
Although the number of passengers travelling on chartered flights has been steadily decreasing for months now (down 17.6% this October, and down 7.4% in total since the start of the year), the month-on-month growth of 5.6% seen on international traffic has been propelled by a number of star destinations: Rome (+84.2%), Algiers (70.7%), Basel Mulhouse (+33.6%), Marrakesh (+ 30.7%), Brussels Charleroi (+20.4%) and the long-haul route to Montréal which has seen passenger numbers rise by 127%.
Budget airlines continue to enjoy astounding success in Bordeaux, now accounting for 30% of the market
and with passenger numbers up 41% this October. Ryanair, Easyjet and others have seen double digit growth throughout the year, and our range of low-cost options has been greatly expanded by the arrival of Volotea, who recently announced the launch of three new lines: Munich, Florence and Olbia.
For the Winter 2012-2013 season (which began on 28th October), we are proud to announce a range of new destinations: Ajaccio (Volotea), Algiers (Aigle Azur), Dublin (Aer Lingus), Grenoble (Volotea), Lille (Volotea), Nice (easyJet), Strasbourg (Volotea) and Venise (Volotea). Meanwhile services to Saint Denis de la Réunion (Air Austral), Madrid (easyJet) and Marseille (ryanair) will no longer be available.
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