PESIM’s Bordeaux (LFBD) is the biggest project of PESIM to date after La Mole and Montpellier Airport. Bordeaux Merignac Airport, as the airport is called, is ranked 8th by passenger figures in France, with 7 million passengers. While the high speed train line from Paris to Bordeaux that was inaugurated in 2017 was thought to hurt the airport passenger figures, bold investment by the managing board of the airport in the early 2010’s and the opening of a low cost terminal (dubbed Billi, “Bordeaux Illico”) helped the airport sustain its growth, doubling the figures in just 8 years. Reaching its maximum capacity, the airport started heavy terminal overhaul work in 2019. The new work includes an extension of the Billi terminal, a junction of Hall A and B and the overhaul of the transportation network. While this will not bring a major revamp of the airside, this will definitely help improve the passenger experience at Bordeaux airport.
In addition to the regular airline traffic, the civilian apron also hosts a wide variety of business jet and general aviation aircraft, as well as several emergency response and firefighters helicopters.
Bordeaux Airport is also an important military platform. The south of the airport hosts the Base Aerienne 106 (Air Base 106), which hosts the “Commandement des Forces Aériennes” (Air Force Command) of the French Air Force. While there are no more fighter squadrons in Bordeaux, the Air Base hosts a permanent helicopter detachment with Fennec helicopters that are on quick reaction alert with snipers. The base also hosts a liaison squadron with TBM-700 turboprops, and various Air Force support units. It is also used in summer time as a temporary base for water bombers aircraft.