Bordeaux welcomes new direct flights to the Caribbean with Corsair

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Just in time for the busy Christmas holiday period, Corsair will be offering direct flights from Bordeaux Airport in France to Pointe-à-Pitre, in Guadeloupe.

The airline is on a mission to strengthen its service to overseas destinations by developing links between regional airports in metropolitan France and its overseas territories. At the same time, Corsair is renewing its fleet entirely in an effort to improve its environmental impact.

Passengers travelling from Bordeaux and the surrounding region of western France will be able to head to the Caribbean island from 19 December to 1 May 2022. The flights will depart from both destinations once a week on Sundays.
To broaden its range of destinations from France, all Corsair long-haul flights are connected with regional and inter-islands flights operated by the French carrier’s partner Air Antilles.

“The arrival of Corsair and this new scheduled route to a French overseas department opens a range of possibilities for the region,” said Simon Dreschel, Chairman of the Management Board of Bordeaux Airport. “This link between Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Guadeloupe is a fantastic opportunity to develop exchanges between the French Caribbean and our region, which boasts one of the largest Caribbean communities in France, and to strengthen numerous cultural ties.”

Corsair’s CEO, Pascal de Izaguirre, reiterated his support for the new route saying, “our aim is to offer people living in Bordeaux and Nouvelle-Aquitaine direct access to French overseas destinations. We’re going to facilitate the growth of tourist, family and business exchanges between overseas territories and the largest region in France.”

Bordeaux Airport inaugurates new pier

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As part of Bordeaux Airport’s modernisation plan, which is focused on service quality and environmental transition, its new pier, which was unveiled on 7 October, is the first High Environmental Quality (HEQ) facility at the French hub.

The fully transparent passageway links Hall A in Bordeaux Airport to its new international pier offering 3,000 m.sq. of new building, including 2,000 m.sq. of devoted passenger areas with four lounges offering panoramic views of aircraft taking off on the runway.

The new structure was designed with high-performance systems to ensure a comfortable indoor atmosphere, while boasting a distinctive and imposing façade of special glazing. Combining protection from solar over-heating and noise reduction, it provides a significant proportion of natural light, offset at nightfall or in cloudy weather by automatic variation in the LED lighting system.

The HEQ certification of the pier guarantees environmental and energy efficiency. Its annual energy use is 11% lower than that of an airport complying with the most recent thermal regulation. Regarding water use, it enables an annual saving of 1,000 m. sq. of drinking water, i.e. the equivalent of 200,000 lavatory flushes.

High-performance, environmentally friendly interior furnishings, including paint and suspended ceilings were chosen to emit as few pollutants as possible. Wood furnishings sourced from sustainably managed forests, and the linoleum flooring is composed of 90% fully natural and recyclable materials.

The new pier is one of several projects the airport is undertaking to enhance its service quality and strengthen the management of its environmental impacts. Despite the global health crisis the airport has pursed an active strategy for its environmental management with the goal of becoming a carbon neutral airport by 2030.

Header image: Bordeaux Airport’s new passenger pier ©@SA_ADBM

Bordeaux to offer direct flights to Guadeloupe this winter

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French carrier Corsair will offer direct flights to Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe from south-west France’s Bordeaux Airport as of mid-December 2021.

The new route further consolidates Corsair’s position as a go-to airline for French destinations overseas after it announced flights from Lyon, Marseille Provence and Nantes Atlantique airports.

Flights between France’s Nouvelle Aquitaine region and the West Indies island of Guadeloupe will be served weekly every Sunday from 19 December 2021 to 1 May 2022.

“We are delighted to have the long-haul airline Corsair on Bordeaux’s runway,” said Thierry Couloumies, Chairman of the Bordeaux Airport Executive Board. “This flight to Guadeloupe provides easy access to yet another French overseas destination from Bordeaux. It provides an opportunity for a fabulous getaway in the sunshine for inhabitants of Nouvelle-Aquitaine in the depths of winter, with the simplicity of a direct flight at an attractive rate. This route is also a fantastic opportunity to develop trade between the French Caribbean and our region, which boasts one of the largest Caribbean communities in France.”

Corsair’s President and CEO, Pascal de Izaguirre, meanwhile pointed out that: “After facilitating access to the French Caribbean from Lyon and Nantes, this direct flight from Bordeaux to Point-a-Pitre consolidates yet further our growing range serving large cities in mainland France. Corsair shows yet again its determination to diversify French overseas destinations in order to offer its clients an even greater choice, contribute to developing tourism and facilitating territorial continuity for mainland residents from overseas territories.”

Bordeaux Airport welcomes return of Amsterdam link

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Bordeaux Airport in France has welcomed the return of KLM’s direct service to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

The popular route between the two cities was relaunched on 3 June following its temporary suspension for 10 weeks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The resumption of the flight will be increased to correlate with summer demand, with five weekly frequencies during three weeks, followed by a daily flight at the end of June. Then from 6 July, the service will be operated with a night stop in Bordeaux and four daily flights. A mix of Embraer 190 and B737 aircraft will be operated on the route.

The Bordeaux region in south west France has been one of the least affected coronavirus regions in the country. The KLM operation is a response to the big summer demand for flights to Bordeaux from the Netherlands. It also enables passengers travelling to and from Bordeaux and elsewhere in Europe to connect with other services at Amsterdam as a major gateway.