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Declining passenger numbers during September 2014 but a sharp rise in scheduled international traffic: +32.3%


Bordeaux Airport suffered significant disruption as a result of strike action by Air France pilots. In September 2014, 418,682 passengers were transported, a decrease of 2.3% in relation to 2013. Regular domestic flights were directly affected by the strike, with a sharp fall in traffic. Figures for international traffic stood out from the rest with +32.3% and low-cost continued its upward trendwith +30.6%. Note that on the day before the strike, traffic figures were buoyant at +11.4%.

Scheduled international traffic showed particularly strong growth: +32.3%. The British Isles alone accounted for 11% of the month’s traffic, with 46,427 passengers and +29.2% growth compared to 2013. Another success since the beginning of the year, Amsterdam (KLM, easyJet), a leading destination during summer 2014, this month registered record traffic numbers: 26,700 passengers or +86.2%.
Regular services to Barcelona: +65.1% (Vueling), Venice: +56% (Volotea), Marrakesh: +50% (easyJet, Jetairfly, Royal Air Maroc), Lisbon: +32.1% (TAP, easyJet) and Geneva: +18% (easyJet, Etihad Regional) posted strong performances.

Scheduled domestic traffic was heavily affected by the strike held by Air France pilots: 194,542 passengers were transported or 22.8% less than in 2013. A total of 434 flights were cancelled, a loss amounting to 55,850 passengers or 13% on three lines: the Orly shuttle, Charles de Gaulle and Marseille. In contrast, other connections achieved good results: Ajaccio (+15.2%) with Volotea, Brest (+22.3%) with Chalair Aviation, Lyon (+5.2%) with easyJet and HOP!, Nantes (+4.9%) with HOP! and Rennes (+2.8%) with Chalair Aviation.

Low-cost continued to make its mark with growth of +30.6% and 200,150 passengers. Ryanair reported slight growth of +0.5% with 26,510 passengers. EasyJet posted strong growth of +7.2%, transporting 34,473 passengers. Note also a significant rise in Volotea traffic with 28,113 passengers carried in September, an increase of +27%. This company has also announced four new lines for summer 2015: Brest, Corfu, Dubrovnik and Prague from 17 April next year and the resumption of the Toulon service in June. In addition, a line will operate to Fuerteventura from 21 December. So a total of 21 destinations for Volotea in 2015, a positive development which will further strengthen the growth in low-cost traffic for the airport.

New lines in the summer have obviously added to the positive impact on traffic at Bordeaux Airport: among these are services to Belfast, Brussels, Heraklion, Istanbul, London Stansted, Naples, Tenerife, Valencia and Zurich.



Sophie VERGNERES  05 56 34 59 29 / 06 21 61 43 55  svergneresatbordeaux [dot] aeroport [dot] fr