As of the end of June, Bordeaux Airport has served 2,081,000 passengers since the beginning of the year. 421,000 travellers through the airport in June alone, an increase of 8.5% on the figures for June 2011. With the summer holiday season fast approaching, scheduled flights – including low-cost routes and the range of new destinations launched in recent months – have helped boost this impressive growth. With 19,297 passengers arriving or departing, June 29th set a new record as the airport’s busiest ever day.
We continued to observe a steady increase in the number of passengers taking scheduled international flights in June: up 11.9% on last year, with low-cost carriers increasing their numbers by 33% compared to the same month last year. The Bordeaux-Lisbon route operated by TAP, and by Easyjet since the end of April, saw traffic double in June! And don’t forget, the month ended with a string of new route announcements: Ibiza, Palma and Palermo with Volotea, and Palma de Majorca with Vueling. Generally speaking, destinations in southern Europe have seen superb growth and our North African routes, with the exception of Casablanca, have recovered from the effects of last year’s Arab Spring. Long-haul routes to Montreal and La Réunion carried almost 7000 passengers in June, while over 95,000 passed between Bordeaux and major international hubs (Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, Amsterdam, London Gatwick, Madrid).
Internal traffic was also up by almost 8% in June, with the Paris Orly shuttle up 1.2% and Charles-de-Gaulle up 3.3%, carrying nearly 143,000 passengers. Marseille and Nice saw big rises, thanks to the arrival of Ryanair for the former and EasyJet for the latter: already available with Air France, the arrival of a second option saw passenger numbers for these southern hotspots go through the roof:+79% for Marseille, +68% for Nice.
Corsica is also well served by scheduled flights from Bordeaux (Ajaccio and Figari with Air France), with low-cost options (Ajaccio and Bastia with Volotea) and holiday charters (Ajaccio with Ollandini) attracting 4,600 passengers.
Tumultuous political developments and elections in numerous Arabic countries, as well as the tense
economic situation in Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Portugal, has seen holiday charter flights lose some
passengers to scheduled services: chartered passenger numbers were down 4% in June, although some companies performed well with attractive new destinations added for this season: Antalya (Turkey) and Fuerteventura (Spain), launched in April by Marmara and Fram respectively, attracted nearly 3300 holiday-makers in June.
Corine Petton : 05 56 34 59 30 - cpettonbordeaux [dot] aeroport [dot] fr
Sophie Vergnères : 05 56 34 59 29 - svergneresbordeaux [dot] aeroport [dot] fr