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Bordeaux Airport welcomed almost 354,600 passengers last month, an 8.3% increase on our October 2010 figures which also represents a 10% cumulative increase since the beginning of this year. With a strong network of international routes, Bordeaux-Mérignac is still enjoying the highest cumulative growth rate of any major airport in France. The increase in flight numbers is still being outstripped by the growth in passenger volumes, thanks to increased use of larger aircraft.
With growth of 15.7%, and some 123,000 passengers, October was a good month for international scheduled flights in Bordeaux-Mérignac. European destinations performed particularly well (+19.5%), particularly the major international hubs: Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, London and Amsterdam. Destinations in southern Europe saw a stunning 59% increase. In Italy, the new Ryanair service to Rome Ciampino was launched on October 30th, and carried 500 passengers in its first two days.
Flights to North Africa are still reeling from the impact of the political turmoil of this year (-26%).
Charter traffic is down by 32.1%, a loss which has been partly absorbed by the increase in scheduled flights. Over 80% of passengers on chartered flights were heading to destinations in the European countries around the Mediterranean.
Internal traffic for the month was in the order of 216,000 passengers, an 8.4% increase which includes 4.6% growth for the Paris airports (Orly +5.5%, Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle +2.8%) and an 11.8% jump for other inter-city lines. Disturbances to Paris services, resulting from a strike among Air France flight crews towards the end of the month, reduced our overall traffic by around 1%. However Air France has enjoyed great success with its Bordeaux-Marseille service, with increased capacity and attractive price deals contributing to a 23% increase in passenger numbers.