Hamburg Airport has welcomed a record-breaking 16 millionth passenger – a first in the 105-year history of the airport, the airport said Monday (January 2). Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport and Alexandra Stopfer, Manager of easyJet at the airport, welcomed the guest, Julia Erkes-Barialai, on December 27 at check-in.
Growing transport needs
A delighted Eggenschwiler noted a 3.3 per cent growth in passenger numbers in 2016, adding: “This positive result has only been achieved through partnership and trustworthy collaboration with airlines. The passenger numbers reflect the growing transport requirements in Hamburg and throughout north Germany. The steady development of traffic means Hamburg Airport remains a catalyst of growth and an important employer in Hamburg and the metropolitan region.”
11,000 flights to and from Hamburg
Hamburg Airport has been in partnership with easyJet for eleven years. The airline’s first flight from Hamburg Airport departed for Basel on August 11, 2015. easyJet opened a base at the airport in spring 2014 and initially had just two aircraft stationed there and added a third in November 2014. By late 2016, easyJet had carried around 6,650,000 passengers on around 50,150 flights to and from Hamburg. In 2016 alone, the airline transported 1.5 million passengers on 11,000 flights to and from Hamburg putting easyJet fourth in terms of passenger numbers at the airport.
Passenger numbers constantly growing
Hamburg Airport first broke the 14 million passenger mark in 2014 and welcomed the 15 millionth passenger in 2015. In 2016, around 16.12 million passengers travelled via Hamburg Airport leading to 3.3 per growth in passenger numbers over 2015. On October 14, 2016, Hamburg Airport had around 65,000 passengers – the highest ever in the airport’s existence. The predicted 160,500 flight movements in 2016 were lower than the 2008 levels. The use of larger, more modern and efficient aircraft at the airport has led to a decoupling of passenger figures and flights.
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