August 2019, a new record with +14.3% passengers
Over the 3 months of the peak season, from June to August, 2,430,000 passengers travelled from or to Bordeaux, a success driven by the Spring-Summer offer with its 37 new destinations, which are mainly international.
With 583,745 international passengers in August, it was the best month of the year with growth of 20.9%. The region’s confirmed appeal for tourists* combined with good weather conditions and a destinations network enhanced by 37 direct flights explain these great results.
Holiday destinations towards the sunny south of Europe and North Africa have been extremely popular: Porto +98.2%, Fes +89.3% Marrakech +71.7%, Malaga +67.4% and Athens +31.6%.
Flights to the international hubs also posted an increase in passengers: Lisbon +49.7%, Istanbul +43%, Madrid +33.8% and Barcelona +11,3%. International traffic to Paris-CDG was very dynamic, as were long-haul flights to Montreal with the arrival of Air Canada, since early July, and good passenger figures for Air Transat who are continuing their progression (+74.5% growth).
Destinations in northern Europe have also been popular: Bristol +36.6%, Riga +10.5% or Edinburgh +6.6%.
*The Bordeaux Tourist Office also made a very positive assessment for the summer, in line with the airport’s high growth figures. The top-ranking foreign visitors to Bordeaux are: the Spanish in front of the British and then the Germans, Americans and Canadians. Bordeaux and its region have virtually the same number of business tourists as holidaymakers. Nouvelle-Aquitaine also hosted the G7 Summit to develop the international image of south-west France and its many facets, in addition to the famous Bordeaux vineyards.
Domestic flights represented a 1.7% increase, while flights to Paris remained constant with 91,170 passengers and cross-country flights posted growth: Strasbourg +57%, Marseille +44%, Lille, +15.8%.
Low-cost airline flights posted 18.3% increase in August and 547,700 passengers. With 18 new destinations in summer 2019 and the opening of its base, Ryanair saw the most significant increase with +63.5% growth and 129,000 passengers. EasyJet also posted growth of 11.4% and remains the number one low cost operator on the platform with 271,900 passengers. Volotea and Vueling low cost companies also showed a strong dynamics from Bordeaux this summer.