Late October, Bordeaux airport had already reached almost 5 million passengers for 2015.
Boosted by an annual growth of 7.1%, the best growth rate in France, the airport owes its success to low-cost traffic, which saw a 24.7% increase in 2014.
International results (nearly half of the total traffic) are therefore the main reason for this growth, along with the development of links to international hubs such as Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Lisbon.
In total, Bordeaux airport along with its 32 airlines, generate revenue of 64 million euros. Its direct economic impact has been valued at 635 million euros.
New destinations launched
In addition to Bordeaux’s 76 regular and direct existing destinations, the launch of three new destinations (Alicante, Split and Faro) has recently been announced by Spanish airline Volotea. EasyJet has also announced Venice as a new destination from the city.
Moreover, Volotea, which now flies to 23 destinations from Bordeaux, most of them international, has chosen the city as one of its French bases, with 4 aircrafts and one third of its French staff stationed there.
Carlos Muños, managing director of the airline, is pleased with this development: “We are particularly proud of Volotea’s progress in Bordeaux, where we have gone from 7 destinations in 2012 to 23 in 2016.”
Faced with these changes, the low-cost Billi terminal is having to adapt with the construction of a new Arrivals building, the creation of two new gates, new departure lounges and revamped facilities.
The new departure lounge and redesigned duty-free areas will be operational from winter 2015-2016.
Green light given to the Bordeaux airport “metropolitan interest operation”
The aim of this operation is to come up with an ambitious redevelopment project for the airport, to match the strategy of one of the main business hubs in the metropolitan area, which today represents 35,000 jobs and the growth potential of which is estimated at more than 10,000 jobs by 2030.
With between 350 and 400 ha to redevelop in the heart of this business hub in years to come, and a true dynamic from the merging of the Thalès establishments as well as the recent establishment of Dassault Falcon Services, ambitions are high.
- The definition of a redevelopment strategy hinging on supporting businesses, urban development, the issue of transport, the development of transport and communications infrastructure, and the promotion of environmental heritage,
- The development of a public amenities and infrastructure program in line with urban and property development,
- The implementation of a coordinated housing and land supply policy, as well as of anticipatory land use planning,
- A restructuring of the mobility services available in an area through which approximately 230,000 cars pass every day,
- Environmental protection requirements.
Better public transport links to/from the airport
Public transport links to/from the airport are currently being improved, with a focus on the tramway, in order to cope with the increasing number of visitors to the airport and the employment area surrounding it.
The extension of tramway line A and the development of a fast bus connection between the airport and the Pessac bus station are currently under study and a consultation has been launched with the aim of selecting the future contractor.
A future property program: the “45ème Parallèle” project
Early 2016, the corner stone of a tertiary business park will be laid. This park with include a high-end hotel, a conference center, and a highly environmentally-friendly office building managed by the Thalium group, which will contribute 100 million euros.
(Sources: Objectif Aquitaine, Bordeaux airport, Bordeaux Métropole)