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Hamburg Airport scores record passenger numbers and good annual result

Passenger numbers rise 5.8 per cent. Fewer take-offs and landings. Growth expected in 2016

Hamburg Airport ended the fiscal year 2015 on a positive note with EUR 46 million, the airport announced Thursday. This compares to EUR 40.2 million in 2014. Last year, turnover came to EUR 288.1 million over EUR 271.3 million in 2014. In 2015, Hamburg Airport had a record 15.61 million travellers – an increase of 5.8 per cent over 14.76 million passengers in 2014.

More growth expected in 2016

Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport, said: “The year 2015 was eventful for Hamburg Airport and a commercial success. All employees at the airport performed very well and I am proud of the team spirit and the staff’s commitment. Together, we have hit a new passenger record and achieved a good result and improved the service for our passengers with innovative ideas.” He added: “We also saw the importance of the airport for Hamburg’s economic development. That will remain so in 2016 as we are offering a constantly growing selection of airlines and thus varied price and comfort models. We expect growth of around 2 per cent in the year ahead.”

In 2015, the airport’s volume of investments came to EUR 50.7 million (-2.1 per cent). The biggest investment projects were the replacement building for the airfreight centre and measures to prepare the overhaul of Apron 1.

2015: Number of take-offs and landings grows slower than passenger numbers

Last year, more passengers flew from Hamburg than ever before: A total of 15.6 million passengers used Hamburg Airport, around 850,000 more than in 2014 – a growth rate of 5.8 percent. On average, around 42,800 travellers passed through Hamburg Airport every day in 2015. Eggenschwiler noted: “The deployment of larger, more modern, and more efficient aircraft from Hamburg Airport, combined with ever improving load factors, means that passenger numbers and aircraft movements are not directly proportional. Because the number of passengers per flight continues to rise, the number of aircraft movements per year is growing more slowly than the number of passengers.”

Routes: 11 new destinations from Hamburg Airport

The summer 2016 timetable has added 11 new destinations to the network. French airline ASL Airlines France is offering flights to Marseille and Lyon from May 2, 2016, with flights to Bordeaux to follow from May 5. Hamburg Airport is also providing more flights to Eastern Europe. Blue Air launched a new twice-weekly service between Hamburg and Bucharest on March 29, and from May 1, 2016, Tarom will join with four weekly flights to Bucharest. From April 17, 2016, the Hungarian carrier Wizz Air will offer direct flights to three Eastern European destinations that are brand new in Hamburg Airport’s route network – namely two weekly flights each to Skopje in Macedonia and the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, along with four weekly flights to Gdansk on Poland’s Baltic coast. Air Serbia will also offer four weekly flights to Belgrade from June 15, 2016.

Eurowings is launching new flights to Ibiza and Jerez de la Frontera in Spain and to Pisa in Italy. Meanwhile, easyJet is taking over the Air Berlin service to Salzburg and will open new routes to Zurich, Pula in Croatia, and Olbia in Sardinia. Ryanair is adding a new service to Palma de Mallorca. Germania is also expanding its Hamburg services, adding new routes to Bodrum and Gazipasa in Turkey, while SunExpress is adding a service to Bodrum.

Outlook for 2016: Steady demand and consolidated growth

Hamburg Airport is expecting growth of around 2 per cent in passenger numbers in the year ahead, Eggenschwiler said, adding, “We expect stable demand, which will effectively consolidate the strong growth that we have seen in recent years.”

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