Aeroport de Bordeaux Merignac & billi (BOD/LFBD)

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Bordeaux airport in 2019 saw over 7.7 million Passengers, including 4.606.014 international, registering a +13.3% traffic rise.
To date, Bordeaux serves 156 routes, 31 airlines take off from Bordeaux airport, including 13 low costs airlines.

New routes and frequency possibilities

  • Africa / Oceania West Africa (Dakar, Abidjan, Cape Verde), Réunion, Mauritius , Madagascar, North Africa (Annaba, Constantine, Ouarzazate, Rabat, Tétouan).
  • North America / Caribbean Caribbean (Fort-de-France, Punta Cana, Havana, Cancun), North America (Toronto, Quebec, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Miami, Orlando, Chicago).
  • South America Cayenne, Buenos Aires, São Paulo.
  • East Asia Bangkok, Beijing, Shangai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou.
  • South-West Asia / Middle EastAnkara, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Izmir, Antalya, Doha, Beirut
  • Europe Dresden, Dusseldorf, Munich, Hannover, Stuttgart, Salzburg, Kiev, Minsk, Sofia, Varna, Pula, Larnaca, Paphos, Billund,  Valladolid, Vigo, Helsinki, Caen, Dinard, Grenoble, Kalamata, Kos, Leeds, Newcastle, Southampton, Guernsey, Jersey, Reykjavik, Genoa, Lamezia, Turin, Verona, Rotterdam, Gdansk, Katowice, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Saint-Petersburg, Belgrade, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Goteborg, Malmo, Stockholm.


Bordeaux airport has experienced a dazzling rise in traffic over until 2019 with a CAGR of 9% (2009/2019).

The Covid crisis hit BOD too despite a very promising 2020 start (+20% in Jan20, +18% in Feb20) and the airport ended 2021 at -60% pax vs. 2019, in line with most European airports.

Compared to other French regional airports and since a decade, Bordeaux airport dynamism is undisputable.

Wine is serious business. The impact on an airport serving the world’s best-known wine region can be gauged by a single event – the 50,000 visitors who come to Bordeaux for one week each June for Vinexpo – the world’s largest wine fair.

Major reasons to serve Bordeaux airport

  • Bordeaux Airport has just become France’s first commercial airport with over a million passengers to permanently offer Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).
  • In recognition of its actions for the environment, Bordeaux Airport has been awarded Level 2 certification by the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA 2). This new accreditation acknowledges Bordeaux Airport’s actions to measure, manage and reduce its carbon footprint with the aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. The strategy to reduce greenhouse gases is centred around energy temperance measures, such as the replacement of certain equipment by less energy-consuming alternatives (LED lights, replacement of the glass facades in Hall B, etc.) with a lower impact (400 hertz at the aircraft stands, use of electric vehicles, etc.), as well as increased use of renewable energy sources (photovoltaic and geothermal) to cover most of the needs by 2030.
  • Bordeaux Airport inaugurates its 1st High Environmental Quality facility: This HQE© (High Environmental Quality) certification was awarded with a score of ‘excellent’. A long, fully transparent passageway links Hall A in Bordeaux Airport to its new international pier: 3,000m2 of new building including 2,000m2 devoted to passenger areas, where 4 lounges totalling 1,000m2 offer a vast panoramic view of the take-off runway.
  • Bordeaux Airport lies at the heart of the world’s best-known wine region. Surveys conducted by the ministry of tourism, show Bordeaux to be one of the “Top 3” tourist destinations in France.
  • Bordeaux Airport is situated at the centre of a modern transportation system, including an efficient and very affordable regional rail network. This has contributed to a boom in the number of foreign visitors choosing to purchase a second home in the area.
  • Bordeaux airport is only 10 km from the Capital City of the largest French region (cf restructuring of French Regions implemented in January 2016)  a fantastic entry point and  the gateway to the entire South-West of France. One of the world’s favourite tourism destinations
  • Bordeaux airport gives access to a large conurbation with a mobile/dynamic  local population open to new possibilities for air travel
  • With well-balanced incoming/outgoing passenger flows, Bordeaux Airport offers a wide range of services. The airport has demonstrated its ability to respond to the diverse needs of its passengers, allowing for a wide selection of airlines that includes both legacy and low cost carriers.
  • In 2019, Bordeaux airport greeted nearly 7.7 million passenger.
  • Top French airport growth over the last decade.

Routes opened 2021

Agadir Ryanair
Ajaccio easyJet
Alger Volotea
Brussels Brussels Airlines
Casablanca Air Arabia Maroc
Figari Ryanair
Fuerterventura Ryanair
Ibiza Ryanair
Lille Volotea
Madrid Ryanair
Malaga Vueling
Menorca Ryanair
Montpellier Chalair
Pointe-a-Pitra Corsair

2022 confirmed New routes:

Alghero Ryanair
Athens Volotea
Barcelona Ryanair
Birmingham Ryanair
Brindisi Ryanair
Copenhagen easyJet
Florence Volotea
Grenoble easyJet
Luxembourg Luxair
Malta Ryanair
Nice Volotea
Pisa Ryanair
Santiago de Compostela Ryanair
Tenerife Ryanair
Trapani Ryanair
Zadar Ryanair

billi is the low cost, purpose built, terminal of Bordeaux.

Who is billi?

Billi, with renewed capacity geared to welcome more operations, it offers:

  • Straightforward design that meets security requirements while also delivering the simple, “no-frills” approach sought by low-cost carriers
  • Pre-boarding gate areas, purely in line with the identified needs of low-cost carriers
  • 737/A320/A321 aircraft parking stands directly in front of the building; all boarding and disembarking is on foot, meaning fewer processes and greater costs savings
  • Rapid turnarounds for all aircraft; 25 minutes from stand to departure
  • Optimization of services, integrating low cost airline-specific base requirements
  • Handling of both Schengen and non-Schengen flights simultaneously
  • Complying with low cost airline primary targets and offers tariffs reflecting the services provided

Bordeaux airport offers facilities and services adapted for both low cost and legacy airlines:

  • Terminal A dedicated to domestic and international Flights
  • Soon will see additional m2 concourse to further facilitate passengers boarding process.
  • 15 400 m2 / 27 check in counters / 27 departure gates / Airport lounge
  • Terminal B
  • 17 000 m2 / 16 checking counters / 16 departure gates
  • Satellite 3 launched 2021
  • Additional 2000 m2 to facilitate the passengers flow
  • HQE© (High Environmental Quality) certification awarded with a score of ‘excellent’.
  • 1300 m2 renovated area
  • 2 extra aircraft stands

265km of superb beaches for families and watersports, 2,200 hours of annual sunshine.


The surrounding area / The “Grande Aquitaine”

  • Adapted facilities ; hotels and easy access to motorway/train system et connections
  • Often compared to Paris for its most diversified architecture, Bordeaux remains a typical Southern City for its atmosphere and life style.
  • It enjoys 2 200 hours of sunshine every year
  • The long summer days and the immensity of the surroundings contribute to a unique sense of freedom referred to as the “Atlantic Coast touch”.
  • Close to the Atlantic Ocean with 265 km of beaches, the Aquitaine region basks in a warm, Gulf Stream climate (average temperatures: January 10.5°, August : 25°). The region is also one of the best in Europe for surfing and various tournaments take place in the area.
  • Aquitaine is the fastest-growing tourist region in France.

After enjoying recognition from major international publications, (named “best autumnal Trim” by the telegraph, “best destination to visit” by the New York Times), Bordeaux came on top of the “Best destination” to visit in the Lonely Planet 2017 travel guide: facing cities such as Cape Town (South Africa), Los Angeles (U.S), or Seoul (South Korea) it is also the very first time a French city reached the top ranking selections of the worldwide reputed Guide.

  • Another indication of the region’s prestige and wide recognition came in 2007 with its addition to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Other local UNESCO sites further add to the sense that this area is among the richest in France in terms of the historical treasures it possesses including the medieval city of Saint Emilion, the pilgrimage routes to Saint Jacques de Compostella and the fort in Blaye.
  • The region is equally known for the famous cave paintings of the Grottes de Lascaux, the spectacular coastline of the bassin d’Arcachon, and the Pyla Dune – the highest natural sand dune in Europe.
  • The Bordeaux region boasts a wealth of beautiful lakes and is bordered by the spectacular views provided by the Pyrenees. It is blessed with numerous picturesque villages, medieval castles and a breathtaking landscape.
  • Within close reach there are 50 golf courses in and around Bordeaux.
  • Bordeaux remains the reference when it comes to wine production and culture. The opening of the “Institute of wine and culture” was an amazing success; with over 450.000 visitors every year this unique place is already ranking amongst top EU.
Bordeaux billi: economy

Institute of wine and Culture – La Cité du Vin 1,500 bottles of Bordeaux are sold globally every minute supplied by 8,000 « châteaux » within close reach

Bordeaux billi: economy

Bordeaux airport, natural access to thr “Aerospace Valley” – seam of hundreds of companies involved in air transport manufacturing and services.

An attractive economic area

Bordeaux which has been benefiting during the last decade of huge investments in equipments, new technologies, implementations of new firms,    is now “surfing”  on  strong economical growth and local dynamics;  it has acquired worldwide the image of  a kind of  ‘European California’ offering  educated manpower and top level University employees to firms with a superb lifestyle full of opportunities & open to business:

Highlights on main industrial sectors:

  • Aerospace and Electronics
    • World leader in rocket engine manufacturing
    • World leader for production of industrial pumps and valves, fittings
    • European leader in manufacturing private jets
    • European leader in avionics manufacturing
    • Home to Major national aeronautical maintenance centre and hosts for The “Aerospace Valley”
  • Wood-paper
    • First European producer of raw paper “Fluff” and paper craft
    • First European centre for thermo-structural materials
  • Food industry
    • First European producer of corn; Fresh products fruits and meat
  • Pharmaceutical and medical industry
    • Leader in advanced medical research (neurology, heart and implants)
  • New technologies information and communication
    • Optic/laser: high technology and research works
    • Referenced European “Laser Valley” set up
  • Services and capital investments:
    • Insurance: Ranks 3rd in France
    • Banking: Ranks 4th in France
  • And wine! Traditional long-lasting predominance: 123,000 hectares of vines; 10,239 wine growers/producers; 850 million bottles of Bordeaux sold every year; 1,500 sold every minute throughout the world; 8,000 “châteaux” within close reach.

Bordeaux billi: Routes: Who

Bordeaux – 2nd french city for congress hosting

  • According to ICCA ranking and criteria, Bordeaux becomes the 2nd French city for congress hosting – only next to Paris. More than 80 000 congress participants and visitors are expected.
  • Fastest river cruise growth with world operators positioning their ships year round (uniworld, Viking River Cruises, Ama Waterways)

Bordeaux –  main Cities close-by

Agen, Bayonne, Bergerac, Biarritz, Cognac, Dax, Lacanau, La Rochelle, Mont-de-Marsan, Pau… Bordeaux Airport also gives easy day trip access by car to the north of Spain (San Sebastian, Bilbao).

Marketing and other support

Bordeaux airport will be supporting you all along the way to develop your routes.

  • Passenger profiling
  • Market information: statistics, market analysis on request, route potentials
  • Marketing/commercial team support
  • Website
  • New route marketing support – based on a contractual agreement signed between Airlines and BOD (from 2 to 5 years period depending on the importance of development programs).
  • Full communication package included, inaugural flight, press conference, press release…
  • Specific conditions will apply for the setting up of an operational base in Bordeaux.

The Bordeaux catchment area includes close to 6m people. It is the 3rd most popular destination in France, with significant levels of 2nd home ownership.

Catchment Area

  • Bordeaux greater metropolitan area: 1m
  • 60 min catchment area: 1.5m
  • 90min catchment area: 2.4m
  • 120min catchment area: 4m
  • 150min catchment area: 6.4m

All cities within the entire South-West of France are easily reachable by motorway access from Bordeaux Airport (five major highways).

Easy access to regional trains (TER) and buses also allows discovering the touristic attractions and unique culture sites available.

Bordeaux - Freight

Bordeaux is the home airport for the Médecins Sans Frontières logistics platform.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Bordeaux Mérignac Airport is home to the logistics platform that provides supplies for the assignments of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on its structural programmes and emergency intervention during displaced population crises, epidemics, natural disasters and wars.

Its also provides services to other humanitarian organisations.

The airport is the starting point for several night flight integrators, including DHL, TNT, UPS and Chronopost. The BOD express mail sector has experienced two digit growth rates for the last five years.

The location, at the corner of south-west Europe, and our easy motorway network along the Atlantic coast and into to northern Spain, offers great opportunities for Cargo operations based in BOD.


  • Situation: 10km West of Bordeaux, the capital of the Aquitaine region and the sixth largest city region in France.
  • Average access time from Bordeaux: 15 minutes.
  • Departing from Terminal B, Arrivals level, the 30′ Direct Shuttle connects Bordeaux Airport to Bordeaux central train station via the city centre.

Infrastructure & Operations:

  • Two Runways (3,100 metres – ILS cat III / 2,145 metres – ILS cat I)
  • No Slot coordination.
  • Operating hours: (Please refer to specific conditions for night ops).
  • Min. connect time : 25 min
  • Three terminals :
    • Hall A : Dedicated to both domestic and international traffic, new international pier HQE© (High Environmental Quality) certification awarded with a score of ‘excellent, with additional 2000 m2 and 2 extra aircraft stands
    • Hall B : Mainly dedicated to Paris and Schengen traffic.
    • billi : Bordeaux’s new low cost terminal.


Bordeaux Airport low cost purpose built terminal opened in May 2010. To accommodate more departing gate and space a new extension is planned;  a medium term project of up to 10 aircraft parking stands with :

  • Simplified design to meet the needs of the low cost airline sector
  • Gate areas for pre-boarding,  designed purely to meet the needs for quick embarking of passengers;
  • Aircraft parking directly in front of the building; all boarding and disembarking on foot, meaning fewer processes to worry about
  • Rapid turnarounds for all aircraft; 25 minutes from on stand to departure
  • Optimisation of services, tailor made to low cost airline needs and requirements
  • Schengen and non-Schengen flights will be handled simultaneously
  • Tariff reflecting low cost airlines’ needs

Vital statistics

  • Total passengers 2021: 3.1m
    • domestic 1.6m
    • international 1.5m
  • BOD 2022 programme means:
    • 138 scheduled routes
    • 26 airlines
    • Continuous strong growth of low cost traffic

BOD Airport’s evolution:


Bordeaux airport has experienced a dazzling rise in traffic over until 2019 with a CAGR of 9% (2009/2019).

The Covid crisis hit BOD too despite a very promising 2020 start (+20% in Jan20, +18% in Feb20) and the airport ended 2021 at -60% pax vs. 2019, in line with most European airports.

BOD’s traffic resilience is higher than France average & majors French airports (except Paris)


New offer 2022

Alghero Ryanair
Athens Volotea
Barcelona Ryanair
Birmingham Ryanair
Brindisi Ryanair
Copenhagen easyJet
Florence Volotea
Grenoble easyJet
Luxembourg Luxair
Malta Ryanair
Nice Volotea
Pisa Ryanair
Santiago de Compostela Ryanair
Tenerife Ryanair
Trapani Ryanair
Zadar Ryanair


For pricing policy, please contact the billi team : 

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