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> 2017 Overview

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• Most successful year marked by a continual dynamic growth

2017 numbers

In December, Bordeaux Airport reached the symbolic 6 million passengers milestone. In a highly competitive environment, the airport handled an extra half million passengers after 8 years of constant growth (+87% between 2009 and 2017). At the year end, traffic was up by 7.7%, largely thanks to international flights which reached a total of 3 million passengers. Actually, removing from the equation the Bordeaux-Paris links which faced renewed agressive competition from the SNCF and its high speed rail link, growth for Bordeaux Airport reached 12% (558,000 new passengers), its best ever performance since the Airport Management Company was created.

Passenger traffic in 2017:

passenger traffic 2017


> International traffic

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• A leading expansion of the market and a tremendous increase of long haul demand

The network is increasingly international, with the opening of 17 new routes and the venue of 5 new carriers (Blue Air, Lufthansa, Air Corsica, Aigle Azur and Wizz Air). At the height of the season, the airport offered 87 scheduled links and a total of 104 routes operated by 31 airlines. Thanks to overall drastic aircraft capacity increase, one noted a 1.9% movement increase, maintaining a high on time performance reliability.


17 new international routes in 2017:

Reinforcement of BOD international network with additional rotations or stronger seat offer, as well as opening of new routes, are strong contributing factors to Bordeaux Airport’s sustained growth.

International traffic rose by 17% with 3,102,000 passengers transported.

European passenger traffic progressed by 16.5% thanks to new destinations (Bergamo, Bucharest, Budapest, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Hamburg), increased rotations on certain routes (Barcelona, Lisbon, London Stansted and Southampton) and the arrival of new operators on existing routes (Air Corsica, Hop! and Volotea to Ajaccio, Bastia and Madrid).

The British Isles (693,000 passengers) and the Iberian Peninsula (666,200 passengers) attracted the most travellers with a total of 202,000 additional passengers compared to previous year.

In annual growth terms, Spain (429,000 passengers) came out on top in 2017 with +26% and 3 of its cities finishing in 1st, 2nd & 3rd places.
-    Madrid (Volotea, Iberia and Iberia Express): +51%
-    Tenerife (Volotea): +40.9%
-    Barcelona (easyJet and Vueling): +36.5%

Italy (331,600 passengers) also did very well with +13.7% additional traffic.

Germany, with 3 new destinations in 2017 (Frankfurt, Hamburg and Düsseldorf), made strong progress in the Bordeaux network.

Greece saw Athens, Corfu, Heraklion and Santorini grow by 19%.

London remained the biggest international destination in terms of traffic, with over 500 passengers daily between Bordeaux and the three London airports of Gatwick, Luton and Stansted.

With access to 12 major intercontinental hubs, Bordeaux Airport is easily connected to the rest of the world. Almost all of them registered substantial growth too, such as Madrid +51%, Lisbon +24% or +19.6% for Brussels. Besides, residents of the Nouvelle Aquitaine enjoyed renewed access to Lufthansa’s major Frankfurt hub and its connections to numerous international destinations.

Air Transat long-haul route to Montreal also did extremely well with 16.3% growth. 


2017 growth for main countries:


> Low Fare traffic

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• A high-potential market

Low fare traffic represents around 50% of total passenger traffic with 20% growth in 2017 and 502,500 extra passengers. Low fare air traffic has increased by 84% since 2009.

EasyJet ended the year on 11.5% growth, representing 1,767,000 passengers and 28% total market share. In light of these excellent results, easyJet announced the creation of its new Bordeaux base, to be launched in March 2018. This strong local presence will facilitate the launching of new routes and necessary adjustment of operating hours to passenger needs, notably with an earlier Bordeaux-London Gatwick flight allowing much needed daily return trips.

Volotea confirmed its presence on Bordeaux’s tarmac with the opening of three new routes, recording one of the year’s best growth performances (+26% and 481,000 passengers). The airline carried 126,200 more passengers than in the previous year.

Ryanair results also increased by 26% year on.

Other low fare airlines nicely progressing too include:
- Flybe +42.6% (SOU/BHX)
- Aer Lingus +16.5% (DUB)

Finally, Wizz Air, the biggest low-cost airline company in Central and Eastern Europe, arrived in Bordeaux with the launch of its Budapest route in September and will pursue its development as of next spring with a two weekly flight to Warsaw, Poland. 


Low fare growth since 2009:

low fare growth since 2009

> Promising 2018

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• A global outlook in 2018

promising 2018


EasyJet, which already has a strong presence, has announced it is to establish in March 2018, its 3rd French regional base in Bordeaux. With 3 Airbus A320s to be positioned permanently and 110 direct jobs created locally, easyJet will offer 2.2 million seats in 2018, representing an increase of 21%. The creation of this base will also allow easyJet to launch 7 routes (including 4 first-time destinations) : Bastia, Catania, Heraklion, Luxembourg, Tel Aviv, London Southend and Faro. With 29 destinations, easyJet reasserts itself as leader in terms of flight offers to/from Bordeaux Airport.

Following launch of the new Bordeaux-Frankfurt route last spring, and in response to strong demand, Lufthansa Group is pursuing its development strategy in Bordeaux. In summer 2018, the group will increase its activity with 17 new rotations to be operated by Lufthansa and SWISS; Bordeaux-Frankfurt (5 rotations per week) and Bordeaux-Zurich (12 rotations per week). With these new links to two major European hubs, the inhabitants of Nouvelle Aquitaine will benefit from hundreds of additional flight connections.

Taking advantage of high demands identified over transatlantic, from May 2018, Aer Lingus will propose direct connections, via Dublin, to the United States, with flights to 11 North American destinations: New York, Chicago, Toronto, Hartford, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami. The airline proposes American immigration formalities for passengers in transit at Dublin, stressing a significant advantage as it will save an average of 2 hours on the overall journey.

Canadian scheduled airline, Air Transat, reinforces its Bordeaux-Montreal link this summer, with 3 direct flights every week instead of 2 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). This extra flight will provide onward flights to the cities of Quebec, Toronto and Vancouver.


14 new routes announced for 2018:

14 new routes in 2018


• An airport prepared for the future 


In response to the increase in traffic, both low-cost and international, taking into account the arrival of new airline companies and the strong development of those already present, an ambitious 6-year plan was approved by BOD board of directors which will correspond to €130 million investment over the period. The plan aims to improve infrastructure, both at the airport itself (aircraft parking, new international boarding pier in Hall A , billi terminal extension) and in its surrounding area (refurbishment or extention of car parks areas including car hire company's areas, and construction of a junction hall between the main terminals A & B).


Renovation of car parks and access roads - 2018
To include :
-New car park entrances, dynamic space-finding visual systems, covered pedestrian areas and renovated pavements
-Creation of additional 700 extra spaces
-Improved airport entry and exit roads with the creation of a drop-off area and general restructuring to accomodate the tram

Launch of the 45ème Parallèle, a huge development programme - Phase 1, end 2019
The "45ème Parallèle", at the entrance to the airport zone was taken over in 2017 by the company Nexity. The project aims to develop a prestigious hotel and conference centre with offices and related facilities (inter-company restaurant and car park). Work is expected to start at the end of winter 2018.

45eme parallèle

In light of its international network’s constant growth, Bordeaux Airport will create new departure halls to facilitate cross-border check-in in Hall A. The total surface area will be approximately 2,000 m². This international dedicated pier will serve new aircraft parking zones, whilst increasing runway productivity.

billi terminal traffic is expected to double by 2020. With the creation of the easyJet base in 2018 and the expected development of other low-cost airlines, the terminal needs to adapt in order to optimise facilitation to the benefit of both airlines and passengers.

Summer 2018
The refurbishment and extension of security checkpoints will begin, aiming of reducing passenger-handling time by 50%.

Summer 2019
In 2019, a second work phase will see installment of autonomous luggage-handling posts. This automated system will again speed up the terminal’s productivity and improve passenger flow.

Summer 2021
The whole building will be improved and expanded to allow simultaneous handling of 9 planes (180 passenger aircraft types) with the aim to offer maximum turnaround time of 30 minutes. This will include the creation of new departure lounges and new aircraft parking zones.


The junction building set between Halls A and B, planned to improve the passenger experience, offering a single security checkpoint area and new trade outlets in an enlarged dedicated area, is expected to be delivered in 2023.

The airport zone is the biggest business area in Nouvelle Aquitaine. With the increase in air traffic and the prospect of 50,000 jobs to be created by 2030 thanks to the "Bordeaux Aéroparc OIM" (Operation of Metropolitan Interest), Bordeaux Métropole has committed to a multimodal action plan. Access to the airport zone will be made easier with improved public transport services and a new road layout.

Arrival of the Tram - 2021
The extention of existing line A will reach the airport and come into service in 2021. The road system in front of the airport building will be reorganised to allow easy access just outside the terminals.

Arrival of the BRT Shuttle (Bus Rapid Transit) - 2019
The shuttle service will improve accessibility to train links via Pessac-Alouette station and facilitate access to South Gironde and the Arcachon Bay.