Nantes Atlantique: 10% growth already in 2012; Volotea adds the most routes

Nantes Atlantique Airport recently welcomed its three-millionth passenger this year, a feat first achieved in 2010.

October 2012: Nantes Atlantique Airport welcomes its three-millionth passenger for the year - two months earlier than when the feat was first achieved in 2010.

Volotea’s arrival at Nantes Atlantique Airport in June 2012 helped boost the airport’s route network significantly and, together with a range of other airlines starting services, the airport can now boast more than 20 new routes since January 2012.

Increased seasonality in 2012

The western French airport first passed the 3 million passenger mark in 2010 (following a 14.1% annual increase), only to see its traffic grow again, by more than 7.3%, in the following year. Traffic data for the first nine months of 2012 shows that another 9.8% more passengers passed through Nantes Atlantique, itself a slight improvement on the 7.1% growth for the same period in 2011/2010.

Nantes Airport Seasonality Monthly passengers 2010 - 2012*

Source: Nantes Atlantique Airport *2012: January – September.

Better availability of flights, especially to some popular holiday destinations in the Mediterranean, seems to have had a big impact on the airport’s seasonality pattern for the year. Traditionally, May would be the peak season in Nantes; however, in 2012 August turned out to be the airport’s busiest month.

Air France loses (some) ground

Unsurprisingly, Air France, whose 15 routes constitute almost 70% of the airport’s frequencies and some 57% of the overall capacity, tops the list of largest airline customers in Nantes, although notably, the airline has lost some 9% of its capacity share at the airport when compared to the year before, mainly because of the growth of others.

Top Airlines Nantes Atlantique Weekly one-way seat capacity and frequencies (Number of destination served)

Source: Innovata w/c 3 December 2012.

easyJet, which has launched flights to Basel, Geneva and Toulouse since December 2011, has more than doubled the capacity it offers. Another low-cost carrier, Ryanair, has in turn reduced its offering by 10% by cutting frequencies to Dublin. Two non-European airlines operate to Nantes Atlantique, Royal Air Maroc and Tunisair. The Moroccan carrier has recently withdrawn its service to Agadir reducing the capacity in offers by almost 36%. However, it continues to fly to both Casablanca and Marrakech. Tunisair flies to the French airport four weekly from Tunis and twice-weekly from the Mediterranean island of Djerba.

More new routes from Volotea and in 2013

New route launches for 2013 have already been announced by Air France (Figari), France (Ajaccio) and Volotea (Palermo and Florence), and – judging by the current’s year result – more are to be expected. Evidently, before the year’s end, four more routes are yet to be launched (two each from France and Volotea).

Launch date Airline Destination WF* A/c
25-Mar-12 Vueling Malaga (AGP) 3 A320
25-Mar-12 Vueling Rome Fiumicino (FCO) 3 A320
27-Mar-12 Vueling Venice (VCE) 3 A320
30-Mar-12 easyJet Nice (NCE) 5 A319
05-Apr-12 France Rome Fiumicino (FCO) 2 B738
05-Apr-12 France Lisbon (LIS) 2 B738
07-Apr-12 Air France Ajaccio (AJA) 1 CRJ1000
01-Jun-12 Volotea Ajaccio (AJA) 3 B717
02-Jun-12 Volotea Bastia (BIA) 2 B717
02-Jun-12 Volotea Palma de Mallorca (PMI) 2 B717
03-Jun-12 Volotea Prague (PRG) 2 B717
03-Jun-12 Volotea Toulon (TLN) 2 B717
15-Jun-12 Volotea Ibiza (IBZ) 2 B717
18-Jun-12 Volotea Biarritz (BIQ) 2 B717
01-Aug-12 Volotea Menorca (MAH) 2 B717
01-Aug-12 Volotea Valencia (VLC) 2 B717
03-Aug-12 Volotea Olbia (OLB) 2 B717
03-Aug-12 Volotea Perpignan (PGF) 2 B717
10-Sep-12 Volotea Montpellier (MPL) 3 B717
10-Sep-12 Volotea Munich (MUC) 3 B717
11-Sep-12 Volotea Metz/Nancy 3 B717
11-Sep-12 Volotea Milan Bergamo (BGY) 3 B717
11-Sep-12 Volotea Strasbourg (SXB) 3 B717
01-Oct-12 Volotea Lille (LIL) 4 B717
28-Oct-12 Flybe Southampton (SOU) 7 Q400
28-Oct-12 Volotea Venice (VCE) 2 B717
08-Dec-12 Volotea Grenoble (GNB) 2 B717
20-Dec-12 France Venice 2 B737
21-Dec-12 France Berlin Tegel (TXL) 2 B737
22-Dec-12 Volotea Tenerife Sur (TFS) 1 B717
30-Mar-13 Air France Figari (FSC) 2 CRJ1000
15-Apr-13 France Ajaccio (AJA) 2 B738
26-Apr-13 Volotea Palermo (PMO) 2 B717
02-Jun-13 Volotea Florence (FLR) 2 B717
Source: New Route Database. *WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.


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