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> Growing vitality and renewed dynamics at Bordeaux airport this summer

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With a wide range of new flights at the end of August, total air traffic was up by 12.2%. Our summer’s figures confirmed a positive trend with 10% new flights operations, compared with the previous year: 104 direct flight destinations (86 scheduled and 18 charter destinations) in addition to the 17 new connections created in 2017. 


Almost all airlines have drastically increased their seating capacity

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> A bright summer over the runways of Bordeaux

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Monthly air traffic statistics

The final month of the summer holidays has drawn to a close with a flourish: 642,000 passengers, making it an excellent tourist season. Air traffic has increased by 12.2%, with 70,000 additional passengers in August and 350,000 since the beginning of the year.
With growth of 17.2%, international air traffic once again hit an all-time high with 415,000 passengers. Spain maintains its status as people’s favorite sunny destination for August holiday-makers. There has been a significant increase in trips to Palma (up 42.2%), Barcelona (up 34.8%), and Madrid (32.5%). Germany, particularly Berlin (EasyJet), Hamburg (EasyJet), Frankfurt (Lufthansa/Air France) and Munich, experienced an impressive boom in August, with a 100% increase in air traffic over 2016. Bordeaux Airport has significantly contributed to the growth in the flow of tourists in the region through the development of its international network and connections to major hubs (i.e. Madrid up by 32%, Lisbon by 13.9%, Charles-de-Gaulle by 3% or London by 2.9%). 
Low-cost flight activity showed the most spectacular growth of the month, with an increase of 17.7% in air traffic to 367,000 passengers. The 3 major operators on the platform are EasyJet, Volotea and Ryanair, all posting excellent results with respective increases of 11.7%, 30% and 29% this month in comparison with 2016.Very positive results can be observed in the increased capacities of Norwegian Airways (up 173%) for its flights to Oslo and Stockholm, and the arrival of new airline Blue Air, flying to Bucharest, which has already registered over 85% occupancy rates.

…a radiant autumn and good prospects to come in 2018

Exciting new developments have already been confirmed for 2018, such as flights to Dusseldorf with Air France, Budapest with WizzAir, and then Brussels Airlines, Chalair and Ryanair all increasing their capacities (as Seville becomes an all-year-round service). These developments are preparing the way for an enhanced S18 program, with new flights already announced to Warsaw with WizzAir and Riga with Air Baltic.

> Bordeaux: a city at the heart of a golden region

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As well as being the capital of a region blessed with a great variety of natural spaces, Bordeaux is a prestigious historic city, a vibrant business and tourism centre, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site and a city full of life and flavor. Bordeaux has also been named “the world’s trendiest city” several times.

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A perfect combination of know-how and innovation puts the Nouvelle Aquitaine region at No.3 in the ranking of the strongest economic regions in France. 11 competitiveness clusters make the region a dynamic one which is particularly attractive to businesses.

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> Towards a Bigger Bordeaux

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Since 2009, construction projects for housing, infrastructure and new districts have been in a rapid operational phase, giving rise to the development of a third urban project: "2030: towards the Greater Bordeaux, from crescent to full moon“ (the port of Bordeaux is known locally as the “Port de la Lune” on account of its crescent shape), which should allow the Bordeaux metropolis to reach 1 million inhabitants.
See the general overview of these new urban projects.


The Arena - 2018
Designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti, this "pebble" will have a usable surface area of 17,000 m² including a 2,000 m² hall with a capacity varying from 2,500 seated to over 11,000 standing with around 20 interior layout possibilities. It will host concerts, shows, and sporting events: some 118 events and 440,000 spectators are expected each year.


The Sea and Maritime Museum - 2018
The Museum will open its doors in Spring 2018. The new space will be located in Bordeaux’s Marina, in the heart of the city, and will be entirely dedicated to the sea and the navy, whilst being a center for animation, discovery, meetings, cultural participation, fun, memory and influence.


The Aquitaine Creative Economy Center (MECA) - 2019
Located on the left side of the river in the new Bordeaux Euratlantique district, the MECA will bring together the region’s Arts Agency, the Regional Contemporary Art Fund, and ECLA (Writing, Film, Books and Audiovisual). With a usable surface area of 13,685 m², this new regional cultural center will be primarily aimed at professionals, but will also be open to the public, offering a breath-taking view over the Garonne River.

A great diversity of strategies are implemented to give a new impulse to the image of the city. Below are additional projects that will revitalize the Gironde capital in the coming years.

These projects add to the city’s major architectural highlights: the Matmut Atlantique Stadium (2016), the Chaban-Delmas bridge (2016), and the Cité du Vin (2016).