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Record number of new passengers at Hamburg Airport

Autumn break increasingly popular for travelling - airport's punctuality bid proves successful

Hamburg Airport reached a record 65,000 passengers on October 14, 2016 – the day with the most flights in the airport’s 105-year history. Overall, passenger numbers grew in October and especially during the autumn breaks. And the airport’s punctuality bid is yielding initial success. After intense talks with Hamburg Airport, airlines are believed to have launched the first measures to hinder frequent flight delays after 11 pm, according to the monthly report published Wednesday (November 16).

5 per cent more passengers despite strike

Hamburg Airport achieved the strongest growth in passenger numbers with around 1.6 million in October 2016 bringing growth to 3.3 per cent over 2015. Autumn breaks are increasingly popular among people in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, the airport said. In the last two weeks of October, Hamburg Airport had around 5 per cent more passengers despite the Eurowings strike that led to 101 flight cancellations on October 17, 2016.

Better use of airplanes

At the same time, the number of flights in October dropped 0.8 per cent over the previous year. Janet Niemeyer, Press Officer at Hamburg Airport, said: “The autumn holiday is becoming an increasingly popular travel period among north Germans. At the same time, vacationers face many business travellers which is not as pronounced during the summer holiday. So, the day with the most passengers is often in October – this is the third consecutive year.”

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