2013, an additional year of strong traffic growth at Bordeaux Airport

Posted: 6 January 2014 | Bordeaux Airport | No comments yet

With more than 4.6 million passengers in 2013, Bordeaux Airport has seen an increase of 200,000 new passengers in just one year…

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With more than 4.6 million passengers in 2013, Bordeaux Airport has seen an increase of 200,000 new passengers in just one year. The 4.4% rise in passenger traffic is the highest recorded among the largest French regional airports.A look back on a record-breaking year…

  • Record for annual traffic: 4,624,813 passengers
  • Record for national traffic: 2,794,092 passengers
  • Record for international traffic: 1,780,265 passengers
  • Record for annual low cost traffic: 1,582,445 passengers
  • Record for passenger traffic in one month: 470,062 passengers in July

In 2013 Bordeaux Airport increased the number of direct destinations:

  • Record for direct scheduled destinations in summer: 58 destinations
  • Record for scheduled low cost destinations in summer: 38 destinations

High level growth from Volotea (+137%, 183,000 passengers) and easyJet (+17.6%, 928,000 passengers), two big contributors to this success.

New scheduled flights in 2013: Birmingham (Monarch), Eindhoven (Ryanair), Florence, Munich, Olbia and Tenerife (Volotea)

National and international scheduled flights enjoyed good balanced growth with levels of +6.2% and 5.8% respectively. European traffic as a whole showed growth of + 5%. On the other hand, North Africa continued to slip back with a decline of 9.2%.

Domestic traffic

2,783,000 passengers used national scheduled flights departing from Bordeaux.

There was incontestably a positive effect of competition on the major lines:

Nice (Hop!, easyJet) by 26.7%, Strasbourg (Hop!, Volotea) by +39.3% and Lille (Hop!, Volotea, easyJet) progressed by +82%,

Flights to Paris recorded almost 1.6 million passengers. The Air France shuttle to Orly, with nearly one million passengers, gained some +63,000 passengers with a historic growth rate of +7%, the Air France intercontinental hub of CDG with 639.000 passengers recorded its 10th year of continuous growth (+1.3%)

International traffic

1,662,000 passengers flew to foreign destinations on a direct scheduled flight.

London remained the N°1 destination with a market share of 15%.

Two international hubs saw exceptional growth: Amsterdam +16.4% and Lisbon +21.6%.

Charter flights continued to decline (-30%) as they did in France as a whole, severely penalised by the political situation of various historically leisure destinations. This is also the result of present time market trend. Tour operators tend to switch their charter capacities to scheduled flights to boost holiday flight offering (Malaga, Marrakech, Palermo, Palma, Tenerife…).

Low cost traffic

1,582,000 passengers flew low cost flights. An undeniable success accounting for 35% of traffic.

All new routes opened in 2013 were low cost flights. 230,000 new passengers were attracted to low cost destinations.

easyJet and its 928,000 passengers is the leading airline in volume, Ryanair is number 2.

New in 2013

The year 2013 was marked by the arrival of Volotea’s regional base in spring and the opening of 6 new routes departing from Bordeaux as well as a new airline company.


Volotea opened a new regional base in Bordeaux on 30 March. Two Boeing-717s are now based in Bordeaux, thereby supporting the development of the hub: three new routes in summer – Munich, Florence and Olbia – and one in winter (Tenerife), as well as increases to Corsica (Ajaccio and Bastia) where traffic was multiplied by 3 in 2013.

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