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Hamburg Airport beats 1.2 million passenger mark in November

More passengers despite strike and flight cancellations

Passenger figures at Hamburg Airport rose again in November despite 274 flight cancellations triggered by a strike, according to the monthly report published Thursday (December 15). Last month, the airport had over 1.2 million passengers – an increase of 4.2 per cent over November 2015 and was the highest-ever monthly record, the airport said.

Longer strike than last year

Growth was weaker owing to a one-day strike by Eurowings cabin crews on November 22, 2016 and a five-day strike by Lufthansa pilots towards the end of the month leading to a loss of 35,000 passengers. However, a six-day strike in November 2015 by Lufthansa flight attendants led to a similar loss. In November 2016, the strike caused 274 flight cancellations out of 12,373 aircraft movements and was 3.5 per cent higher than in November 2015, but 2.4 per cent below the average from 2006-2015.

Young people demand more flights

Some 15 flights at Hamburg Airport had to adhere to the 11 pm late arrival regulation and more than halved the number of delays over November 2015. Janet Niemeyer, press officer at Hamburg Airport, said : “The additional passenger numbers show again that people in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region have a strong wish for mobility. And they use aircraft for business trips, holidays and to visit friends and relatives all over Europe. Our survey of Hamburg and the surrounding regions has shown that 40 year-olds want more connections from Hamburg Airport. Most older people believe our diverse offers are more than sufficient.”

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