Throughout the month of January Bordeaux Airport welcomed 285,000 passengers, which is 0.8% less than in January 2012. The poor weather conditions on 20th and 21st January generated a loss of over 1 percentage point and had a particular impact on the Bordeaux-Paris service, especially Orly, the number one flight in terms of passenger traffic. Even though the regular international flights took just 90,250 passengers compared to 194,700 for domestic traffic, they are still stimulating growth with an increase of more than 8.3%. In terms of low-cost flights, traffic is still soaring with a rise of 28.3%.
Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports saw an overall decrease of 8.2%, bringing down the national traffic percentage by 2.7% in January. It should be noted that this second negative month for the Shuttle which has lost 10,000 passengers compared to January 2012 (-12.9%) is a decrease which is directly correlated to the fall in Air France passengers (-10.9%). Lille (+73.2%), Nice (+50.7%) and Strasbourg (+42.7%) have seen the highest growth rates, each with several airline companies(1) serving their airports.
International traffic has increased by +8.3% compared to 2012, with the international hubs of London Gatwick and Amsterdam increasing respectively by +2.2% and +12.1%. With 13,500 passengers, North Africa gave a fine performance (+15.6%), particularly Marrakech (+57.8%), strengthened this winter by Air Méditerranée flights.
Geneva and Basel reach +48.6% and +31.4%. Flights to Spain have been affected by the economic situation over the past few months: Barcelona (-19.9%) and Madrid (-58.2%) which suffered from the stop in easyJet flights, leaving Iberia as the only airline operator(2).
Low-cost flights have shown a double-digit increase with the arrival of Volotea last Spring. The 2,700 passengers on new flights during the winter season - Dublin (Aer Lingus) and Venice (Volotea) - had a positive impact on this trend.
In January, HOP!, a new airline company in the Air France group - Regional, Brit’Air, Airlinair - confirmed the stability from Bordeaux with 9 destinations for the Summer season 2013, including Bordeaux-Lyon, which until now was operated by Air France.
(1) Lille: Air France, Volotea, easyJet – Nice: Air France, easyJet – Strasbourg: Air France, Volotea
(2) The decrease in passengers to Madrid reached -57%.