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An increase of 15.5% in passengers on scheduled international flights in April
Over 372,600 passengers flew from Bordeaux Airport in April 2012, an increase of over 5.9%, despite two days of air traffic controller strikes (85 flights cancelled). This confirms the growing momentum of regular international flights, with a monthly increase of 15.5%, and the ever-growing increase in low cost flights, with a rise of over 35.5%.
Whilst the increasing number of holiday flights to places like Punta Cana (+13.4%) or Djerba (+2.6%) was not enough to prevent the drop by 22% in chartered flights in April, regular flights have boosted a global increase in air traffic. Internationally, links with Lisbon and Alger, who already have flights from Bordeaux, benefited from the arrival of new operators: both EasyJet and Aigle Azur have contributed to an increase in air traffic by +66% and +41% respectively. Barcelona, with its Vueling flights (which started a year ago) and Air France links, saw its air traffic soar by +90.3% with nearly 7,000 passengers in April, and over double the amount between January and April.
The "Heineken Cup" influence: the semi-final of the European Rugby Cup which took place on 29th April in Bordeaux made the most of the Bordeaux-Dublin flight. 1,400 extra passengers were on the flight operated by Aer Lingus, not to mention the 2000 supporters who came using other flights. In April, an 8th low cost operator joined Bordeaux-Mérignac: Volotea began the Bordeaux-Venice flight on 25th April, the first of a series of 7 new flights: Ajaccio, Bastia, Toulon, Ibiza, Malaga, Palermo! Domestic traffic has increased by 8% with varying results: under the impact of the strike action in April, Paris-Orly dipped by 4% whilst the Paris Charles de Gaulle hub gained +7% of passengers. Nice, with a rise of +65%, is making the most of EasyJet's arrival at the airport. Marseille, with the start of Ryanair flights at the end of March and the impact of the Air France base in the Mediterranean city, sees an increase of nearly 75%.
In the services field, the extension works on the P4 park (used for parking for a minimum of 4 days) has been completed. On 5th May, a new car park with 1,300 spaces, including 11 spaces reserved for passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility (PRM), was opened to the
public. There are now 2, 545 spaces in P4 and 6,300 in total, in all car parks.
Corine Petton : 05 56 34 59 30 - cpettonbordeaux [dot] aeroport [dot] fr
Sophie Vergnères : 05 56 34 59 29 - svergneresbordeaux [dot] aeroport [dot] fr