Hamburg Airport Handled 13.7 Million Passengers in 2012

In 2012, Hamburg Airport handled 13.7 million passengers which is equal to a rise of approximately 140,000 passengers, or 1.0% more than in 2011.
Despite the slight increase in passenger volume, the number of aircraft movements decreased by 3.3% to 152,890.  The airport says this is primarily due to airlines using larger aircraft on their services.  The average seating capacity per flight rose from 137 to 141, while the maximum take-off weight per aircraft movement increased by 3.6% compared to 2011.  The average number of passengers per flight also increased by 4.4% to 104.
Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport commented: “2012 presented a difficult market situation.  The German Aviation Tax has weakened the whole industry and was an unnecessary hindrance to growth.  With commitment and foresight, however, Hamburg Airport has mastered these challenges.  We were even able to improve slightly on the already strong result from the previous year, with well over 13 million passengers.  As well as committed and friendly staff, we also offer passengers in Hamburg an attractive route network, short walking distances and a comfortable journey – from the journey to the airport through to landing at their destination.  In a difficult situation, this pays off.”
Looking forward to 2013 he added that Hamburg Airport, foresees another slight upward
trend: “2012 showed us that we need to closely monitor current economic and political developments.  Hamburg Airport is therefore expecting slight growth of around 1%.  We offer our passengers a route network with great variety and a significant level of comfort. For our staff, we are a dependable employer; for our customers, we are a reliable partner. This is not going to change.  We are accepting the challenge of further improving service for passengers.”