Published on : Friday, January 3, 2014
2013 was a turbulent year for Hamburg Airport. There were seven days of strikes, three days of severe storms and a long hard winter at the beginning of the year. And then there was the financial development of some airlines that had to be made up for as well.
The 2012 reduction of airberlin’s route network is thus reflected in the development of passenger figures in 2013. Despite this difficult environment, a satisfactory result was achieved last year. In comparison with the previous year, Hamburg Airport recorded a slight decline of 1.4 percent in passenger figures for 2013, with a total of 13.5 million. The airport’s efficiency shows a positive balance, with the number of aircraft movements declining disproportionately by 5.9 percent to 143.802.
This means that more passengers are being carried for each aircraft movement. The number of passengers per flight has risen by 4.4 percent to 104.9.
Summarising the passenger figures, Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport, said that “alongside the difficult economic environment, our airport was also burdened by several days of strikes and by storms in October and December. Germany’s Aviation Tax also had a negative impact on air traffic over the last year, with a significant decline in domestic aircraft movements. We were able, however, to counter all of these challenges over the last year. The combination of our attractive route mix of holiday and business destinations, short walking distances, and ongoing good service has proven itself to be a sustained and reliable recipe for success.”
On average, 37.000 passengers passed through Hamburg Airport each day in 2013, with a daily average of 394 aircraft movements (197 take-offs and 197 landings).
New routes in summer timetable 2014
Germanwings is expanding its route network from Hamburg, adding Rijeka, Thessaloniki, Toulouse, Rome, Verona and Prague as well as Karlsruhe/ Baden-Baden starting with the 2014 summer timetable. Germanwings is also planning to expand its seasonal offering.
EasyJet has also continued to expand its route network from Hamburg over recent years, and this year will be opening a new European base at Hamburg Airport. From 31 March, 2014, customers can choose from six new year-round destinations being served from Hamburg: Copenhagen, Nice, Milan Malpensa, Naples, Venice and Palma. And easyJet is also adding five further destinations – Catania, Athens, Ibiza, Kalamata and Split – for the summer season. The airline is thus expanding its Hamburg network to 17 routes and up to 170 flights per week. The routes will be served with two Airbus A319 aircraft, both stationed in Hamburg. EasyJet will hire around 60 new employees in Hamburg.
Meanwhile, the Scandinavian airline norwegian is continuing the expansion of its route network between Germany and Spain, adding a destination in April 2014 with a new service to Barcelona and Madrid. Each destination will be served with four flights per
week from Hamburg Airport. Germania is expanding its network, too, stationing an
aircraft in Hamburg. New to Hamburg for 2014 is Aegean Airlines with flights to Athens
and Heraklion. Eurolot will offer a new service non-stop from Hamburg to Gdansk.
Outlook for 2014
Michael Eggenschwiler is looking forward to the successful and sustainable development of the airport with confidence. “In 2014 we want to celebrate Hamburg Airport’s 14 millionth passenger,” he commented. “We are thus aiming at four percent growth. We are building on a foundation of sustained and reliable development in customer relationships with both passengers and airlines. In 2014, we can offer passengers an even bigger selection of airlines and destinations. And the increased range of low-cost offerings is sure to be an attraction for many of our passengers.”
Source:- Hamburg Airport