The summer season was in line with forecasts, thus confirming the modernisation project in the Resources 27 strategic plan.
Summer is drawing to an end in the aviation world to make way for winter, which begins on 29 October. The summer season was in line with forecasts, thus confirming the modernisation project in the Resources 27 strategic plan. These good results testify to a network of routes built with our airline partners in line with the needs of leisure and business passengers. The winter flight programme will offer 57 destinations on direct flights: 16 new routes, including 3 being served for the first time. Meanwhile, the airport is rolling out its action plan which defines the new face of passenger services with two emblematic transformation projects: the extension of the billi terminal departure area and the construction of a building linking Halls A and B for a smooth flow and a new experience for tomorrow's passengers.
A summer 2023 schedule in line with passenger expectations
From June to September, 2.7 million passengers transited through Bordeaux Airport. This is similar to 2017, but with 20% fewer aircraft. Latest-generation aircraft with better occupancy rates are helping to reduce the environmental impact of a form of transport that is essential for the connection of our country. The excellent occupancy rate of aircraft over the summer is a strong sign that our schedule is meeting passenger expectations.
Excluding intercontinental hubs, the main summer destinations were all French with the Lyon, Marseille and Nice cross-country routes. In Europe, the podium goes to the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) and the United Kingdom. As before Covid, the main international route out of Bordeaux is to London Gatwick. Germany doubled its number of passengers and Canada increased passenger numbers by almost 50%. These two countries generate both outbound passenger traffic and inbound tourist traffic.
Three new destinations for winter 2023 - 2024
The winter season starts on 29 October with 57 destinations on direct flights to 21 countries served by 22 airlines. 16 new destinations will be offered to passengers during the season, including three for the first time:
The 16 new winter destinations: Athens, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Naples, Rome, Oran (with Volotea) Eindhoven and Dakar (with Transavia), Paphos, Rabat and Venice (avec Ryanair), Djerba and Tunis (with Nouvelair), Bucharest with Hisky, Essaouira (with easyJet)
To accompany the return of travel and provide a better welcome for passengers, the plan to improve service quality within the Resources 27 strategic plan is ambitious, with a dedicated budget of €100 million. The airport management company has set out to make a quantum leap in the passenger experience by remedying its historical shortcomings and building on its strengths.
Providing a better welcome in the departure areas of the billi terminal
Work on the billi terminal aims to improve all airport services and processes in the departure area. This 600 m2 modernisation operation mainly consists in:
Passengers, their requirements and expectations, now and tomorrow, at the heart of the new building project.
Located between terminals A and B, the future building gives Bordeaux Airport the unique opportunity to redesign the passenger journey and the hospitality they expect, while linking together the older buildings and fitting them out with the latest-generation equipment.
By 2028, this new journey will start with a single security checkpoint in the centre of Halls A and B, allowing for smooth and fast passage with the greatest possible comfort for passengers.
Passengers will then be welcomed in a vast, approximately 4,800 m² waiting and shopping area before going on to their various departure lounges. A 3,000 m² area consisting of shops, food outlets, services and entertainment will be developed. 80% of the shops will be after the security check, just before the departure lounges, where passengers will be able to take time and enjoy themselves. In addition, improving sales efficiency is a major challenge for the business model of the airport management company.
The development and programming project for the waiting and shopping area is based on three ambitions:
and three promises:
The proposed offer has been studied to suit all passenger profiles.
The P0 car park is covered in solar panels
At the end of September, the P0 car park reopened, covered in 3,000 m² of solar panels. These photovoltaic canopies protect cars and passengers from bad weather and also produce low-carbon electricity for the airport's own consumption. Yearly production will be 0.6 GWh, i.e. the equivalent of the consumption of 250 households and 4% of the platform's consumption.
Developing green energy production for the airport is a strategic priority which is continuing with the launch of a call for expressions of interest for a new photovoltaic canopy project for the 65,000 m² of the P4 car park.