Hamburg Airport Statistics: Stable Traffic Figures in a Difficult Market Environment

Photo: (Hamburg Airport / Michael Penner)

Hamburg Airport (IATA: HAM) has released its end of year statistics for 2019.

Describing its passenger figures as stable at a constant high level, it added that 2019 was characterised by a difficult market environment. It noted that increasing cost pressure and a weakening economy had led to the insolvency of established airlines and tour operators. However, it stated that its route network “remains diverse and passengers want to travel as much as ever” and expects the consolidation of traffic numbers to continue during the year ahead.

Stable passenger figures despite changing environment

In 2019, 17.3 million passengers used Hamburg Airport, approx. 0.4% more than in 2018. With around 155,000 take-offs and landings, the number of aircraft movements in 2019, however, declined by 0.8% from the previous year’s figure.

“Recent years have seen noticeable changes in Hamburg Airport’s market environment,” said Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport. “Aviation is becoming more volatile and less predictable. The airlines and airports are experiencing increasing cost pressure, making airport planning less certain. But: the desire to travel is unwavering and flying has become an everyday commodity.”

The average number of passengers per flight in 2019 was 124.0, compared to an average of 123.0 in 2018. The average number of seats per flight has increased from 157 to 159. The load factor on flights to and from Hamburg Airport declined below by 0.4 percentage points to 77.9% in comparison to 2018.

“Just like 2019, the coming year is likely to be shaped by intensive realignment within the aviation market,” said Mr Eggenschwiler. “We are therefore currently planning with slight growth in passenger figures. European airlines are repositioning themselves and our operating environment will be undergoing dynamic development. “We, Hamburg Airport, want to remain an attractive employer and a reliable partner. Together, we want to continue to ensure the mobility that people want.”

Several new destinations have already been announced for the 2020 summer timetable, with flights commencing to Tallinn, Vilnius, Milan Linate, Larnaca and Preveza.