Three-quarters full of aircraft at Bergerac Airport after two years of health crisis

For the managers and management of Bergerac Airport, the noise of passenger suitcase wheels has never been so sweet. Two years after the coronavirus crisis, which included 11 months of total cessation of commercial flightsThe airport which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary is starting its high season, which allows it to take off between April and October “80 to 90% of the turnover” According to director Gwenwell Ronsin-Hardy. Next summer, 34 flights are scheduled weekly at the airport.

74% occupancy rate for the month of April

13 destinations are offered from Bergerac, that is, three more than in 2020, from March 28, underscoring director Günével Roncin-Hardy, Porto, in Portugal, and Southampton and Bournemouth from 4 June Britain. For the month of April alone, the filling figures give hope with an average rate of 74 per cent. “London 82% at Stansted, 76% towards Charleroi, 82% towards Rotterdam, if I was told we would be over 60% last year, I would have hard believe it”,

Passengers returned to Bergerac Airport like four companies: Ryanair, which provides most flights, Jet2, British Airways, and Transavia. The flight ratio between winter and summer increased from 1 to 9 With potentially 2,500 passengers on Saturday. “This is a year of recovery that we hope will be good, but it will also be a year of transition as we see that the crisis is not completely over”,

Extraordinary subsidies during the health crisis

In 2020 and 2021, attendance fell sharply due to confinement and restrictions, with attendance figures around 20%: 55,000 passengers in 2020, 70,000 in 2021 while the airport typically welcomes around 285,000 passengers a year.

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To counteract the shock, communities that have an airport (43% department, Bergerac’s group community at 26%, 23% area and Périgaux’s glo community 6%) have issued extraordinary subsidies: 800,000 euros in two years Which were partially offset by savings on other expenditure budgets.

All jobs have been kept, with about 150 working at the airport, among structures, customs, air traffic control, security service providers and even car rental companies.

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