July set the pace for summer air traffic with a record number of passengers (nearly half a million) at Bordeaux Airport, and August confirmed the upward trend with a monthly increase of 6%: 910,669 passengers over the 2 summer months, which is a 4.6% increase compared to 2012. An excellent result for Bordeaux, which has one the best growth rates among French regional airports.
Development of the lost-cost network played an important role in passenger traffic: a rise of 15.7% for lost-cost companies at Bordeaux Airport thanks to the 3 main operators, easyJet, Ryanair and Volotea, serving 10, 7 and 14 regular destinations respectively and transporting 330,000 passengers this summer (+26.5%). Most low-cost airlines produced positive results: this demonstrates once again the significant international tourist appeal of Bordeaux and its region.
Whilst holiday flights (charter flights) have slipped back with a loss of 40,000 passengers since early 2013, flights with scheduled airline companies are on the increase with good results from the Air France/KLM group to Paris (Orly +10.3%, Charles-de-gaulle +4.7%) and Amsterdam (+12.4%).
Overall, domestic flights transported 464,600 passengers this summer, an increase of 6.6%. International routes carried 446,000 passengers (+4.3%); flights to North Africa lost around 30,000 passengers (-29%) with Marrakech increasing by 3.7%.
While traffic increased by 4.8% in the first eight months of this year, the use of planes with a larger capacity has reduced the overall number of movements by 1.4%.
(1) Marseille is served by Air France with 3 flights a day
(2) Madrid is served by Iberia with 2 flights a day
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