Published on : Monday, December 30, 2013
Cologne Bonn Airport is ending its 2013 financial year with a fourth quarter marked by traffic growth. In total, around 9.1 million passengers took off and landed at Cologne/Bonn in 2013. That represents a moderate fall of 2 percent when compared to last year and can be attributed to the aviation tax and the ongoing cost-saving programs of the German airlines. With around 738,000 metric tons, air cargo was slightly below the expectations (- 2 percent), but is currently also increasing.
“In the first six months we had relatively sharp falls in domestic traffic, which we could not quite compensate for despite the positive trend over the year as a whole. But we have managed to reverse the trend,” said airport boss, Michael Garvens. Since September, for instance, Cologne Bonn Airport has recorded a stable increase in passenger numbers every month – in November and December each 3 percent versus 2012. “New airlines like Norwegian and a much expanded offering in the tourist segment are bringing us more passengers again,” added Garvens. That trend will continue in 2014. “For the full year we are expecting a rise in passengers.”
The tonnage in air cargo fell slightly when compared with last year to around 738,000 metric tons in total (-2 percent). “Freight is highly dependent on the economy and did not grow as strongly as expected in 2013,” explained Garvens. But this segment is also in an upswing. “The cargo business picked up noticeably in the fourth quarter. If the economic forecasts are right, we will have growth in air cargo again in 2014,” said Garvens
Source:- Cologne Bonn Airport