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September 2012 was another good month for passenger numbers at Bordeaux
Airport: over 411,000 passengers passed through the airport, up 33,000 on the same month last year (+8.6%). Tallying up the scores for 2012 thus far, passenger numbers are up by 10% while the total number of flights has actually dropped by 3.2%.
Holiday charters have had a few difficult months, but bounced back in September with 26,000 passengers (up 15% on Sept. 2011). Scheduled international flights(1) continue to drive growth at Bordeaux-Mérignac, with a 15% increase on last year and a total of almost 152,000 passengers. Domestic routes(2) saw numbers rise by 8.2%, with over 233,500
passengers. On the eve of new routes being launched by Volotea this October, our budget or low-cost(3) traffic saw another spectacular increase on last year’s figures: 44%. For the first nine months of this year, the low-cost sector has been responsible for almost all of the growth enjoyed by the airport.
(1) As the second largest international ‘hub’ connected to Bordeaux (after Paris Charles-de-Gaulle), London’s Gatwick airport was a popular destination in August (up 12%), but the September total of 21,000 passengers was equal to last year’s tally. With the exception of a very small number of unsuccessful routes, international destinations once again recorded excellent results for September.
(2) Bordeaux-Paris routes saw an overall drop of 3%, but connections with international hub Charles-de-Gaulle have risen by 4%. Marseille and Nice – both destinations available from two operators, Air France for both plus Ryanair and EasyJet respectively – have seen passenger numbers rise exponentially: up 47% and 65%.
(3) Bordeaux’s range of low-cost flight options now covers a range of thirty destinations. Volotea recently announced the launch of two new destinations (Lille and Strasbourg) for October 2012, which makes a total of ten new lines launched since the company began operating from Bordeaux on April 24th of this year: Ajaccio, Bastia, Grenoble, Ibiza, Lille, Malaga, Palermo, Strasbourg, Toulon and Venice.
Corine Petton: 05 56
34 59 30 / 06 11 08 55 23 - cpettonbordeaux [dot] aeroport [dot] fr
Sophie Vergnères: 05 56 34 59 29 – svergneresbordeaux [dot] aeroport [dot] fr