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Bordeaux Airport recorded almost 350,463 passengers last month - 14,285 more than in March 2012; an increase of 4.2%. The episode of snowy weather experienced by Northern Europe in mid-March resulted in a loss of almost 1%. Scheduled international flights carried 116,800 passengers compared with 228,230 passengers on scheduled domestic flights. However, this still represented an increase of 13.3%.
Regular domestic traffic posted satisfactory results, with an increase of 1.9% despite a decline in the number of passengers travelling to Bordeaux’s most popular destination (Paris: Charles de Gaulle was down 1.3% and Orly -5.8%),
impacted by the difference in the winter holiday calendar in relation to 2012.
There were excellent passenger numbers on flights to Lille (HOP!, Volotea, easyJet) which doubled in traffic, with Strasbourg (HOP!, Volotea) seeing an increase of 77.2% and Nice (HOP!, easyJet) posting growth of 49.2%.
Regular international flight passenger numbers rose by 13.3%. The airports of Geneva (+47.6%), Basel-Mulhouse (+37.6%), Marrakech (+30.3%), London Luton (+21%) and Milan (+9.2%) recorded the highest growth rates in March. The start of the peak season on 31st March will also see the arrival of the following new regular services:
- Eindhoven (Ryanair from 6th April)
- Birmingham (Monarch from 22nd May)
- Munich (Volotea from 31st May)
- Olbia (Volotea from 1st June)
- Florence (Volotea from 2nd June)
All the major geographical zones (Europe, British Isles, North Africa) continue to return positive results.
Just days after the official inauguration of the Volotea airline base in Bordeaux, budget airline traffic rose by 33.9% (102,408 passengers), with an increase of 23.8% for easyJet.