Following the opening of the new Bordeaux-Frankfurt route last spring, Lufthansa Group continues its development strategy in Bordeaux to meet increasingdemand. From summer 2018, Lufthansa will strengthen its presence in Bordeaux with 17 new flights within Lufthansa and SWISS airlines’ flight schedules:Bordeaux-Frankfurt and Bordeaux-Zurich. Bordeaux will thus benefit from hundreds of additional connections thanks to new links with two major European hubs.

5 new Lufthansa flights on the Bordeaux-Frankfurt route

As of next summer, Lufthansa will offer passengers travelling between Bordeaux and Frankfurt five additional flights per week, meaning there are now a total of 7 flights scheduled on this route. As a result, passengers can now depart from Bordeaux daily and get to Frankfurt within two hours on a flight which leaves at 18:45 (arriving in Frankfurt at 20:35). The return flight will take place on the same scheduled days, departing from Frankfurt at 16:20 (arriving in Bordeaux at 18:05). The Lufthansa-operated flights use an Airbus A319 aircraft. The cost of the Bordeaux-Frankfurt flight starts at €119 including VAT for a roundtrip.

SWISS opens a new Bordeaux-Zurich route with 12 flights

The Lufthansa Group are also setting up a new Bordeaux-Zurich route operated by Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). From 26 March 2018, SWISS will offer 12weekly flights, enabling the residents of Bordeaux to reach Zurich in 1 hour 40 minutes. Departures from Bordeaux are scheduled from Monday to Saturday at 9:45 (arriving in Zurich at 11:25), or from Monday to Friday and Sundayat 19:40 (arriving in Zurich at 21:20). Flights departing from Zurich are scheduled from Monday to Saturday departing at 7:25 (arriving in Bordeaux at 9:05), or from Monday to Friday and Sunday at 17:20 (arriving in Bordeaux at 19:00). The cost of the Bordeaux-Zurich flight starts at €99 including VAT for a roundtrip.

The main hub for SWISS airlines, Zurich is the at the heart of Swiss economic activity and benefits from a prime location in the centre of Europe. As well as being a leading European financial centre and home to a number of innovative businesses, Zurich is also a popular tourist destination.

Bordeaux is the most attractive major city in south-west of France, promoted by Lonely Planet as the number one city to be visited in 2017. Capital city of the largest French region, La Nouvelle Aquitaine, ranked 3rd with a €158 billion GDP, reflecting an economic dynamic and a privileged welfare in link with rich, diversified sectors and ambitious development plans. Whilst being renowned for its historical wine and agriculture richness, Bordeaux are also at the forefront of new technologies and fast growing sectors such as molecular and medical sciences, space research and aeronautics.

Lufthansa Group strengthens its regional network in France

With 17 new flights to add to its summer 2018 flight schedule, Lufthansa Group continues with its aim to establish a closerrelationship with its customers throughout France. The Group intends to significantly increase its presence, predominantlywithin the regions that are home to the country’s 13 main airports where two thirds of French flights operate from.

‘‘Reinforcing Lufthansa Group’s presence on the Atlantic coast is one of our key aims in France as we can see a real potential for development in the area. The launch of the Bordeaux-Frankfurt route last spring was a real success. Bordeaux will soon be connected to Zurich as well as Frankfurt and thus it will have access to a larger part of our international network. The new connection to Zurich will not only enable Switzerland to gain direct access to a very attractive French region and vice versa, but it will also strengthen our intercontinental network alongside its current connection to Frankfurt.’’ states Michael Gloor, Lufthansa Group’s Senior Sales Director for France and Benelux.

Following the announcement of this development, Pascal Personne, President of Bordeaux Airport’s Board of Directors described the strategy as being very beneficial for theeconomy of the South West region: ‘‘The strengthening of the Frankfurt and Zurich services with multiple flights is a real godsend for Bordeaux and its region, especially at a time when the city is becoming increasingly attractive to touristsnot only from Asia and North America, but also from everywhere in Europe. Of course, more German and Swiss travellers will be able to come to Bordeaux, but these two intercontinental ‘hubs’ will enable us to also improve the mobility of the region’s businesses which often export a great deal to these intercontinental markets.’’