Around 16.2 million passengers used Hamburg Airport for private and business trips in 2016, according to the annual statistics report published Monday (January 16). Every fifth person now takes to the skies to visit friends and family across Europe. In the first nine months of 2016, this segment grew 5 per cent over 2015. And north Germans are flying more often. More and more people undertake three to five flights per year over one to two flights in the past and the trend hit two digit figures last year (+11.4 per cent in the first to third quarter).
Growing use of aircraft capacity
The number of flight movements did not rise as fast as the number of passengers. Last year, 16,223,967 passengers (+3.9 per cent) were carried on a total of 160,904 flights (+1.4 per cent) at Hamburg Airport. Improved capacity and the use of larger aircraft kept the number of flights steady amid strong demand, the airport said. The number of passengers per flight averaged 112.5 guests in 2016 over 109.7 in 2015. Thus aircraft capacity grew 0.6 percentage points to 77.3 per cent over 2015.