Skiing and winter holidays are enjoying rising popularity among passengers from Hamburg, according to a press release Wednesday (December 7, 2017). Flights to the most popular skiing destinations, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Klagenfurt have carried 45 per cent more northern German passengers over the past ten years. Airlines are offering more flights and increased seating capacity to ski destinations in response to growing demand. A total of eleven European destinations with nearby ski resorts are being served with direct flights from Hamburg Airport in winter 2017/2018.
Dr. Joergen Kearsley, Head of Aviation Marketing at Hamburg Airport, said: “The development of our traffic figures over the past ten years shows that winter sport breaks are becoming increasingly popular amongst our passengers. In the current winter season, the airlines have responded to the increasing demand for a comprehensive skier’s network from Hamburg Airport. Our passengers have easy access to the most popular skiing regions in Europe.”
Ten-year trend – Austrian ski destinations more popular
Innsbruck, Salzburg and Klagenfurt are the most popular starting points for passenger from Hamburg. In winter 2016/2017 (December to March), a total of 72,000 passengers flew on over 600 flights to Innsbruck, Salzburg and Klagenfurt alone. This represents strong passenger growth of 45 per cent since winter 2006/2007. Growth on those ski routes was significantly higher than the 35 per cent overall passenger growth for the previous ten years.
Switzerland – paradise for skiers
The Swiss Alps too are also popular. From Hamburg, easyJet flies to Basel and Geneva. Snow enthusiasts have a choice of airlines to Zurich with Eurowings, easyJet and SWISS all serving the city. SkyWork Airlines also operates a flight to Bern.
Ski slopes in the Bavarian Alps are easily reached from Munich. Lufthansa flies from Hamburg to Munich and Eurowings and Ryanair fly to Milan in the winter, bringing skiers to the edge of the Italian Alps. Norway has beautiful ski slopes that are seldom crowded are easily reached from Hamburg with Eurowings, SAS or Norwegian flight to Oslo.
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