Aviation is of “above-average” importance for Hamburg’s economic clout as the third largest civil aviation location in the world, according a new study by the VDI/VDE Institute for Innovation and Technology (iit) and the Hamburg Aviation cluster. The survey provides extensive figures on employment, value creation and innovative aviation activities across the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. Apart from “anchoring companies” like Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, Hamburg Airport, research institutions, start-ups and universities help drive the industry ahead.
Lufthansa Technik servicing every fifth aircraft worldwide
Around 41,200 employees in 300 companies and institutions are involved in aviation in Hamburg. The per capita added value of EUR 126,000 is significantly higher than the overall economic performance in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, which comes to EUR 74,955 per capita and evidences the “industry’s above-average productivity”. Hamburg as a centre of aviation generates turnover of around EUR 5.18 billion per annum generated by Airbus and Lufthansa Technik, SMEs as well as temporary employment agencies and engineering offices. That corresponds to an increase of 33.4 per cent since 2012 alone. Hamburg is also a leading world competence centre in aircraft cabins. The Hamburg-based Airbus delivers every “sixth aircraft worldwide” while “Lufthansa Technik services every fifth aircraft worldwide,” according to the survey.
Hamburg receives most aviation subsidies in Germany
A distinctive start-up ecosystem and flagship projects such as the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg or the Crystal Cabin Awards enhance Hamburg’s transparency in the international aviation industry. Hamburg also leads other German cities in terms of national subsidies under the Aviation Research Programme (LuFo). A total of EUR 575 million in funds have gone towards innovation projects in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region since the 1990s. The number of innovation cycles is “particularly high “ with German aerospace companies investing around EUR 181,000 per employee in research and development – almost 20 per cent higher than the overall average.
Innovative aviation location to be expanded
The opening of the Center of Applied Aeronautical Research in 2016 marked another milestone in Hamburg’s aviation industry. The research facility forms an interface between science, industry and Hamburg and aims is to secure and continuously expand the world’s third-largest civil aviation location. Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics, said: “This development is an incentive for us not to rest on our laurels but to work on making Hamburg one of the world’s leading and most innovative aviation locations in future as well.”