The 6 million threshold reached at the very end of last year has already been exceeded, with 6,300,000 passengers travelling through the airport since January. This momentum is driven by the low-cost sector which posted record 28.3% growth. With 230,000 monthly passengers, low-cost flights represented more than half of all traffic. This trend was confirmed for international traffic, with 22.2% growth and 216,000 passengers. Domestic flights continued on an upwards trend, with 234,000 people transported, representing traffic growth of 2.9%.
[Bordeaux hosted the Vinitech trade fair from 20 to 22 November. With more than 50,000 wine sector professionals attending over the 3 days, this international event confirmed the strong worldwide influence of the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine.]
Low-cost flights broke previous growth records, progressing by 28.3% with 230,000 passengers representing more than half of total traffic. Bordeaux Airport’s three leading airlines all achieved exceptionally good results: +50% for Volotea, +27.8% for easyJet, and +27.7% for Ryanair. These are, of course, the airlines that added 6 new flights to Bordeaux Airport’s 2018 winter timetable, namely: Essaouira with easyJet, Fez with Ryanair, Lanzarote with Volotea, Marrakesh with Ryanair, Manchester with easyJet and Valencia with Ryanair.
International traffic registered 22.2% growth, with 216,000 passengers. This month’s top three destinations in terms of traffic increases were Marrakesh (+47%), Basel (+45%) and Venice (+41.5%).
- Germany (Berlin, Dusseldorf, Munich and especially Frankfurt) won the month’s first prize for traffic growth, with 61%.
- Destinations in Switzerland and Central Europe also performed well: Zurich & Geneva (+21%), Basel (+45%), Prague (+39.4%, and Bucharest (+21.2%).
- The Iberian Peninsula accounted for 48,000 travellers, with growth of 13%. City destinations were very popular: Madrid (+18.7%), Barcelona (+12.2%), and Porto (+6.6%). easyJet flights to Faro joined the winter schedule with more than 2,300 travellers for the month of November.
- The British Isles progressed by 21%, that’s 38,000 passengers, with excellent growth for Dublin (+32%), Bristol (+17%) and London Gatwick (+10%). The new Manchester route operated by easyJet since the beginning of the month shows promise, with 2,400 travellers registered.
- Italy continued its upward trend with 19,500 passengers and growth of 12%, boosted mainly by Venice (+41.5%), followed by Naples (+14.4%) and Milan (+9.5%).
- North African destinations confirmed their increasing popularity, particularly Marrakesh (+47%), Tunis (+37.9%) and Agadir (+23%).
Most of the international hubs also registered growth: Dublin (+32.1%), Barcelona (+12.2%), Madrid (+18.7%), and Geneva (+21.2%). The appeal of Zurich continued to strengthen, with 6,700 passengers transported in November. While London’s popularity continued to grow, the other traditional hubs - Paris Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam, Casablanca and Brussels - all registered a slight downward trend with their main operator.
Domestic traffic posted 2.9% growth, with 234,000 passengers. The transverse routes achieved excellent results: Marseille (+27.6%), Nice (+14.7%), Lille (+13.5%) and Strasbourg (+12.3%), while Paris traffic (Orly and Roissy) fell by 8.9%.