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[TRAFIC] Looking back at Summer 2014 at Bordeaux Airport

05/09/2014

The airport keeps on growing, with international traffic up 28.1% for the three months of the peak tourist season.

In 2014 the internationalisation of air traffic at Bordeaux Airport continues apace, with a very positive reaction from our passengers. Since the launch of the summer holiday season in March, international traffic has been up on last year’s figures by over 20% every month. In August this growth hit +22%, more than making up for the slight drop in domestic passenger numbers (-1.1%). With fifteen new destinations introduced this summer, overall traffic was up by +11.6% for the three peak months – June (+15.4%), July (+9.2%) and August (+11%) – with 1.5 million passengers passing through the airport. An excellent summer season for Bordeaux, where the exceptional rate of growth stands in marked contrast with the situation observed in the majority of France’s large regional airports (Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice), with growth averaging between 0 and 2%.

734,268 passengers travelled on international flights to and from Bordeaux Airport in the three peak summer months, an increase of almost 150,000 on summer 2013 (+28.1%). This increase has been driven by the addition of new seasonal lines, as well as the strong performance of regular flights. The many new services launched for the summer season by easyJet (Brussels and Belfast) and Volotea (Valencia, Naples) had a major impact on passenger numbers: 686,000 took scheduled low-cost flights, an increase of 29.2% for the summer as a whole (+26.1% in August) which saw low-cost services account for the lion’s share of overall growth.

The arrival of new airlines this spring (Turkish Airlines/Istanbul, Aegean Airlines/Heraklion, Helvetic Airways/Zurich), expanded services to certain destinations (Amsterdam/KLM, Madrid/Iberia, Geneva/easyJet) and the arrival of new competitors (easyJet/Amsterdam, Ryanair/London Stansted, Etihad/Geneva, easyJet/Marrakesh, Volotea/Palma) have all contributed to the airport’s strong performance. The 100,000 new passengers directly attracted by these new lines accounted for 65% of total growth.

The international reputation of Bordeaux and the surrounding region as a premier tourist destination has played a major role in this success.

Among domestic services, Corsica (Hop!, Volotea) +35%, Marseille +11.9% (Air France, Ryanair for the summer season) and the Air France shuttle service to Orly (+3.6%) have been the most dynamic performers, with domestic flights up 2.7% over the summer as a whole and down by 1.1% in August.

For the year 2014 so far, passenger numbers have grown by 8.5% to reach a total of 3,350,600. Domestic traffic is up +1.3%, with international figures up by 19.1%.

 

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