Bordeaux connected more than ever to the rest of the world
Last year as the airline ASL Airline France announced the deployment of three new routes from Bordeaux to Toulon, Strasbourg and Oran. These devices were finally introduced in the summer of 2018.
Formerly Europe Airpost, ASL Airline France is a French airline subsidiary of the Irish group ASL Arline. The airline has been flying passenger flights for major French and European tours for almost 20 years. The company’s business model in France is mainly based on passenger and cargo transport (more profitable than passenger transport). ASL has also diversified its offer by offering higher value-added flights dedicated to corporate seminars or sports teams. Indeed, this segment little exploited by the companies in Europe leaves room for manoeuvre for the group.
The internationalisation of Bordeaux
ASL Airline France is based in Paris at Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport (the second largest European connecting platform with nearly 70 million passengers registered in 2017). According to statistics from the DGAC (General Directorate of Civil Aviation), the airport had 37,958 aircraft movements last month and is therefore in first place in Europe ahead of London Airport).
Theopening of these lines from Bordeaux Mérignac airport is no coincidence, just during the spring and summer 2018 period no less than 19 new lines have been created. Indeed in recent years many companies have set up shop from Bordeaux: Volotea, which has been operating for almost 6 years, operates more than thirty destinations, Easyjet (which opened 9 new destinations this summer) has offered in 2018 no less than 2.4 million seats from Bordeaux. There are also Air France with several weekly flights to Dusseldorf and many others (Lufthansa, Air Transat, Aer Lingus, Wizz Air, Air Baltic…).
These new offers are not without consequences, Bordeaux is increasingly internationalized, finally three quarters of flights departing from Mérignac correspond to destinations outside the national territory. This is also reflected in the figures for January 2019, while Paris Charles de Gaulle airport sees its traffic decrease, Bordeaux is the only airport on French territory with an increase in traffic (-0.83%) for a total of 4,501 aircraft movements over the month, an average of 145 aircraft per day.
Bordeaux the interconnected network
This internationalisation goes hand in hand with the public transport network of the Bordeaux metropolis, which already allows good service from its bus and tram lines in particular. Bordeaux Métropole has no less than 78 bus stops, 2 catamarans serving 4 stops themselves connected to the tram which will soon reach almost 120 stations. It is already easy to cross the city from one end to the other, however this should improve further since other projects concerning the displacement within the metropolis are planned.
The opening of the D tram line (fourth line of the network) which is expected to open in 2025 and serve nearly 89,000 inhabitants. This 10-kilometre line will cover the municipalities of Bordeaux, Le Bouscat, Bruges and Eysines.
The other major point is the extension of the A line from the tram to the airport. It will see its work begin next June. Indeed, the airport is already accessible via shuttles and buses. By 2021, it will be possible to access it thanks to the Bordeaux Tram and its A line. The latter will be extended to also serve the Bordeaux tarmac, thus facilitating access to it, and vice versa for those who land in the South-West.
A connected, fast, modern metropolis
In the long run, the interconnection of the city’s network will be more and more complete. It will be easier and faster to get around.
By linking this efficient network to the proliferation of new offerings from the capital of Girona and to rail innovations such as the LGV Bordeaux – Paris or the potential project of the Bordeaux-London line. Bordeaux will thus be more and more connected to Europe and the rest of the world. Passengers, whether private or professional, can use these routes without the need to stop in Paris, for example. This translates into a saving of time and money that can only encourage even more existing tourism and opportunities for businesses to develop within the city itself.
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