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Passagier Rekord Hamburg Airport © Hamburg Airport / Michael Penner

15 Millionth Passenger Welcomed At Hamburg Airport

Restructuring, modernisation, and new managing director: Hamburg Airports to start the new year all afresh

amburg Airport is on course for success: for the first time in its 104-year history, the airport has served more than 15 million passengers within one year. The 15-millionth passenger was Marina Chernova from Hamburg, who checked in with KLM for a flight to Amsterdam. The jubilee passenger was greeted at check-in by Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport, and Eddy de Meyer, Head of Station for KLM in Hamburg.
“We are delighted by this great result with more than 15 million passengers in 2015” said Michael Eggenschwiler. “With the stable development of traffic figures, Hamburg Airport remains a driving force for growth and a significant employer for Hamburg and the Metropolitan Region. Our environmental commitment means that, at the same time, we are investing in sustainable development.”

Fast Growth In Passenger Figures, Hardly Increased Flight Movements

Over recent decades, Hamburg Airport has recorded continuous passenger growth. In 1987, the airport recorded five million passengers in one year, whilst in 2005 the ten million passenger mark was reached in Hamburg for the first time. Just last year, Hamburg Airport celebrated a new record of 14 million passengers in one year. According to current forecasts, the passenger volume for 2015 will reach approximately 15.5 million by year’s end. For 2015, then, in comparison to 2014, Hamburg Airport will report passenger growth of around 5 percent in just one year. With around 1,540,040 passengers, October 2015 was the busiest month so far in the airport’s history.

The deployment of larger and more efficient aircraft from Hamburg Airport, combined with better load factors, allowed to keep the increase of aircraft movements at bay. The forecast total of around 158,500 aircraft movements for 2015 is lower than the level recorded in 2006 and represents an increase over the last year of onlx three per cent.

120 Million Euro Investment 2016-2020

Hamburg Airport is planning the comprehensive renewal of the main apron (Apron 1), with a total surface area of 330,000 square metres. The work is planned for the period 2016–2020. The investment of around 120 million euros is necessary because the concrete surfaces are now between 40 and 60 years old, and their usability will come to an end in the foreseeable future. The work will be conducted in ten staggered phases so as to keep the impact on flight operations to a minimum. The awarding of contracts for the first five phases has now been completed. “Aircraft will be able to taxi and manoeuvre better and more quietly on the new surface. This will result in reduced noise and exhaust emissions, an important goal along the path to sustainable airport infrastructure,” says Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport. Work on the first project phase of 59,000 square metres in the southern apron and terminal area is planned to begin in March 2016

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Alexander Laukenmann, new managing director of Hamburg Airport © Hamburg Airport / Michael Penner

New Managing Director

Last but not least, Hamburg Airport will also be managed by a new director, with Alexander Laukenmann will be joining Michael Eggenschwiler at Flughafen Hamburg GmbH in May 2016. Laukenmann will follow in the footsteps of Wolfgang Pollety, who left Hamburg Airport in spring 2015. “Through his many years of service in the Fraport Group, Alexander Laukemann possesses valuable, extensive knowledge of airport operations. We are very pleased to have won Alexander Laukemann for this position”, said August Wilhelm Henningsen, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Hamburg Airport.

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