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Record year for Hamburg Airport

Number of flight passengers soars to over 15 million. Moderate growth expected in 2016. Several innovations for business travellers also

Last year was a record in terms of the number of passengers departing from Hamburg. In 2015, a total of 15.6 million passengers flew from Hamburg Airport. That means 850,000 or 5.8 per cent more passengers than in 2014. On average, around 42,800 passengers used Hamburg Airport daily. “As more and more passengers per flight are being carried, growth in the annual number of aircraft movements is clearly lower than the number of passengers,” said Michael Eggenschwiler, Chief Executive Officer of Hamburg Airport. In 2016, Hamburg Airport is expecting slightly lower growth.

76 per cent of machine capacity used

In 2015, the number of flight movements grew only 2.9 per cent over 2014. And November saw a drop of 4 per cent while flight movements grew by only 1 per cent in December. Last year, the number of passengers per flight came to an average of 109.7 passengers over 106.6 in 2014. The capacity utilization of aircraft at Hamburg Aircraft increased to 76 per cent.

Expansion of route network

Hamburg Airport’s route network is to add new connections this year. Eurowings will launch new flights to Ibiza and Jerez de la Frontera in Spain and to Pisa in Italy while easyJet will take over Air Berlin’s connection to Salzburg, Austria. Other new connections will be operated to Zurich and to Pula in Croatia and Olbia on the island of Sardinia. Ryanair will run a new connection to Palma de Mallorca while the Romanian airline, Blue Air, will launch a new flight between Hamburg and Bucharest. The Germania airline is also expanding its flights offered from Hamburg and will launch new routes to Bodrum and Gazipasa in Turkey. SunExpress will also operate a new flight to Bodrum. On February 15, Belgium’s VLM airline will restart the connection, cancelled in late 2015, to Friedrichshafen on the shores of Lake Constance.

Technically equipped business zones

This year, flight passengers can expect newly-decorated pier areas accentuated by aspects of Hamburg. Apart from several extra current and USB connections, modern and comfy seating areas will cater to passengers’ needs. And the technical aspects of business zones are set to become even more sophisticated.

Independent baggage check-in

Additionally, plans are afoot to gradually optimize the WLAN infrastructure at Hamburg Airport this year. Then from early 2017, passengers can avail of entirely free, swift broadband access under the name Hamburg Airport WiFi. New automats are being planned for check-in this year to allow passengers travelling with participating airlines to print out their boarding passes and to check-in baggage themselves as part of the same procedure.

Prospects for 2016

Slower growth is likely in 2016, said Mr. Eggenschweiler, adding, the number of passengers is expected to grow from 1 to 2 per cent in the coming year. “We are expecting steady demand and thus a consolidation of the strong growth that we have managed to make in the last years. Hamburg Airport remains an important pace setter for the economy in north Germany and an important employer for Hamburg and the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. At the same time, we are also investing in sustainable development with our environmental commitment.”

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