2016: a record-breaking year,
2017: a year for major projects!
With nearly 5.8 million passengers transported in 2016, Bordeaux Mérignac Airport has seen its traffic grow by 8.9% in one year and by 70% over seven years, giving it one of the highest growth rates in France.
The airport recently received Air Transport News magazine’s “2016 Award for Best Airport in the World” in the under 10 million passenger category and it benefits from the Bordeaux region’s growing appeal and image as a major tourist destination.
With the arrival of the LGV high-speed rail line in July 2017, which will make Paris just a two-hour trip from Bordeaux, the Airport is preparing and investing for the future.
An expanding international offer
With 28 regular airlines providing service to over 100 direct destinations during the high season, and the launch of 15 new routes including 10 new destinations, the offer was strengthened and expanded in 2016.
International traffic increased by 11.3%, bolstered by the success of new routes including Berlin and Hamburg, the strengthening of existing routes (Bristol, Edinburgh), and the arrival of new operators in Venice, Madrid, and Barcelona.
Multiple daily flights to three airports in London (Gatwick, Luton and Stansted) have helped make it the international city with the most service in terms of traffic.
Venice ranks first for highest growth, with a 71% increase, followed by Vienna and Barcelona.
With easy access to nine intercontinental hubs, Bordeaux Airport is a gateway to the world.
The low-cost market is a growth driver for international travel.
This traffic represents 45% of the airport’s total traffic and grew by 15.9% in 2016.
Finally, it should be noted that 225 additional charter flights were scheduled during the 2016 European Football Championship.
As of now, eight new routes are planned for 2017 including Bucharest and Hamburg.
2017: investments and launch of future business hub
The Bordeaux airport zone continued its development as the leading aeronautics cluster in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region, with numerous industrial investments including the opening of a new Thales industrial campus and the arrival of Dassault Falcon Service (DFS), a maintenance subsidiary of Dassault Aviation.
These projects are in keeping with the “Bordeaux Airport Metropolitan Interest Operation”, an ambitious redevelopment project for one of the main economic hubs in the metropolitan area.
In 2017, construction work began for the future “45th parallel” business hub with the developer Nexity and an investment of 80 million euros. The project includes 26,000 m² of offices for tertiary activities as well as the construction of a hotel complex and a convention center.
2017 will also be a decisive year for the construction of the building connecting Halls A and B and the selection of the contracting team.
This project strives to make for a more comfortable passenger experience before reaching the boarding area and will offer new shopping areas on the runway side.
Work is scheduled to begin in mid-2018 and the building should be opened in 2020.
Finally, the airport’s high growth requires improvements to be made for airport accessibility.
Several projects have been approved including:
- the extension of the Line A Tramway to the airport (service beginning in 2020)
- creation of a High-Performance Bus route for the airport (2018)
- launch of a redevelopment project for airport access roads, the outdoor entrance area, and car parks