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Positive results for Hamburg Airport in 2017

Sales increase despite higher costs

Hamburg Airport presented Wednesday (March 28, 2018) positive results for 2018 with strong growth in passenger numbers. The great diversity of the route network and new features such as the Hamburg Welcome Center have improved services and passenger comfort. The airport’s infrastructure is also being improved to meet growing demands in aviation and mobility needs.

Good results

Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport, said: “2017 was a demanding and successful year and we have fared well.” Income in the business year totalled EUR 46.6 million despite higher IT, HR and maintenance costs. This compares to EUR 48.1 million in 2016. Most investments in 2017 went towards the comprehensive refurbishment of Apron 1 and new buildings for ground handling services and authorities.

Growth in passenger numbers

More and more north Germans are taking to the skies. Passenger figures at Hamburg Airport rose by around 8.6 per cent to 17.62 million passengers in 2017 – an increase of 1.4 million (8.6 per cent) over 2016. The figures surpassed the 17 million mark for the first time in the airport’s history. The number of aircraft movements came to 159,780 i.e. take-offs and landings in 2017 and was lower than in 2000 when some 10 million passengers used the airport. Flight movements in 2017 dropped 0.5 per cent over 2016.

Summer schedule and prospects for 2018

Eight brand new destinations have been added to Hamburg Airport’s summer 2018 schedule, effective from March 25 including flights to Ljubljana, Jersey and Bilbao, Samos, Kayseri, Zakinthos, Trieste and Bergen. More frequent flights to eight existing destinations such as Munich, Zurich, Oslo and Edinburgh are on offer as more airlines are operating flights. Eggenschwiler noted: “We have planned (consciously) conservatively for 2018 as airlines are still consolidating. We expect passenger numbers to remain steady at a continued high level and a tendency towards fewer flight movements.” More refurbishments are being planned in 2018.

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