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Summer 2012 at Bordeaux Airport


Scheduled flights have helped boost traffic this summer:

870,814 passengers passed through the airport, up 12.6% on 2011.

For the year so far, the total number of flights is down 2.4%.

While July’s passenger figures (+11.6% on 2011) seemed to announce a promising summer season for Bordeaux Airport, the numbers for August confirmed the trend with an impressive increase of 16.2% on last year’s results.

Two slight disappointments were the relatively weak performance of chartered holiday services in July, and a handful of destinations which have seen their numbers drop off slightly. But despite the absence of an Air France hub, which accounts for much of the growth seen at certain other regional airports, Bordeaux-Mérignac has enjoyed an excellent summer: 870,814 passengers,
almost 98,000 more than for summer 2011 (+12.6%), with scheduled flights growing by 15.3% (nearly 18% in August). This growth benefited both domestic lines
(1) and international routes(2), with numbers up 16.2% and 14.2% respectively compared to last summer (both up 17% in

With new destinations added(3) and expanded services(4) to existing destinations announced
before the start of the season, the arrival of new carrier Volotea in the spring and a more general expansion of our network of destinations, passenger numbers have been very healthy. 329,700 passengers took low cost flights from Bordeaux, up 44% on last summer (up 50% in August): budget airlines accounted for 75% of total growth this summer, with 75,850 passengers travelling on new scheduled services.

Over the first eight months of 2012, Bordeaux Airport has seen passenger numbers rise by 10% compared to last year. Meanwhile, the use of larger aircraft has allowed us to reduce the total number of flights by 2.4%.

(1)232,855 for the Bordeaux-Paris links (‘Shuttle’ service to Orly, Charles-de-Gaulle), with considerable growth on routes operated by two companies: Marseille (Air France and Ryanair) and Nice (Air France and EasyJet).

(2)Significant growth on European routes: Amsterdam (Air France / KLM), Basel Mulhouse (EasyJet), Brussels Sud Charleroi (Ryanair);
Southern Europe: Rome (Air France and Ryanair), Lisbon (TAP and EasyJet), Barcelona (Air France and Vueling); UK & Eire: Bristol (EasyJet), Dublin (Aer Lingus); North Africa: Marrakesh (Royal Air Maroc and Jet4you), Algiers (Air Algérie and Aigle Azur), Tunis (Tunisair).

(3)Algiers (Aigle Azur), Figari (Air France), Lisbon and Nice (Easyjet), Marseille (Ryanair), Ajaccio, Bastia, Toulon, Ibiza, Malaga, Palermo and Venice (Volotea), Palma de Majorca (Vueling).

(4)1 new scheduled flight, making 2 flights per week to St-Denis de La Réunion (Air Austral), 7 additional flights for a total of 23 per week to Amsterdam (Air France / KLM), 2 new flights for a total of 4 per week to Tunis (Tunisair).