France: Marseille and Beauvais achieve significant growth; Strasbourg struggles

In 2007 the Top 10 French airports (for the sake of this analysis Basle-Mulhouse is considered a Swiss airport) had mixed fortunes during the year.

CHT 2007 Top 10 airports
Source: Airport reports

Marseille had a strong first half of the year in terms of growth, while Paris Beauvais performed especially well during the last four months of the year. Strasbourg was already struggling before the introduction of the TGV Est line wiped out half of the traffic on its biggest route to Paris. The perceivable dips in October and December correspond to periods of industrial unrest in France which impacted passengers’ ability to get to and from airports.

CHT 2007 Annual
Source: Airport reports

The airports of ADP achieved moderate overall growth of 4.7% for the year with CDG (5.4%) outperforming Orly (3.2%). Lyon, which saw growth of 8.4% in 2007 (partly thanks to the launch of easyJet services to Rome, Madrid, Berlin and Barcelona), will hope to benefit further in 2008 as the airport becomes a full-blown base for the airline from April with the introduction of domestic services to Bordeaux and Toulouse and international services to Lisbon, Porto and Venice as well as Casablanca and Marrakech in Morocco.


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