Passenger figures at Hamburg Airport rose by around 8.6 per cent to 17.62 million passengers in 2017 amid strong passenger growth, a press release said Thursday (January 5, 2018). Record passenger numbers used Hamburg Airport for their holiday or business travel and surpassed the 17 million mark for the first time. The great diversity of the route network and innovations such as the Hamburg Welcome Center, redesigned waiting areas and the flexible Self Bag Drop baggage kiosks are contributing factors.
More passengers, greater passenger loads
Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport, said: “The passenger growth of 8.6 per cent in the year 2017 was higher than average. At the start of the year, we anticipated a significantly lower growth in passenger numbers. The actual development shows just how high the demand for mobility is amongst northern Germans. And it is our task as an airport to ensure the region’s mobility into the future, for both private and business travellers. It is a positive development for our neighbours that the number of aircraft movements has remained constant, thanks to efficient air traffic operations.” The average number of passengers per flight in 2017 was 121.4 over an average of 112.5 in 2016. The average number of seats per flight has increased from 147 to 156. The load factor on flights to and from Hamburg Airport rose by 1.2 percentage points to 77.8 per cent over 2016.
Prospects for 2018
Hamburg Airport expects consolidated developments in 2018. Passenger numbers are likely to remain stable at the same high level with decreasing aircraft movements. Eggenschwiler noted: “The aviation industry remains dynamic. The airline mix may see further realignment, which will make itself felt at Hamburg Airport.”
Improved infrastructure will allow Hamburg Airport to prepare for the future demands of air traffic and growing mobility demands. Phase 5 of the refurbishment of the main apron will commence in February and marks the halfway stage of the EUR 120 million project, scheduled for completion in 2020.
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