Quarterly Figures Show Clear Upswing at the Central German Airports

Positive traffic development figures at the Central German airports: Leipzig/Halle Airport and Dresden International both register increases in passenger volumes – and freight handling continues to grow at Leipzig/Halle Airport

827,252 passengers passed through the two commercial airports that are part of the Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding, Leipzig/Halle Airport and Dresden International, in the first quarter of 2010. Despite flight cancellations caused by the winter weather and strikes at the beginning of the year, this represents an increase of 5.4 percent compared to the same period in the previous year, which was dominated by the financial crisis.  Passenger volumes in March showed a significant increase of 11.9 percent. According to data released by the German Airports Association (ADV), these figures are likely to place the two airports above the domestic average in this sector once again. The number of aircraft movements rose by 4 percent to 21,485 take-offs and landings during the first three months. The 8,200 aircraft movements in the month of March meant an increase of 7.8 percent for the airports.


464,291 passengers passed through Leipzig/Halle Airport during the first quarter, 4.7 percent more than in the same period in the previous year. The airport handled 190,111 passengers in the month of March, an increase of 12.1 percent over the same month in 2009. This development was primarily due to an increase in demand in the tourist sector.


In addition to this, the airport was able to record further growth in what are already outstandingly positive results in terms of freight volumes. 150,107 tonnes of air freight were transhipped at Leipzig/Halle airport during the period from January to March. This represents a growth rate of 32.4 percent when compared to the same quarter in the previous year. The number of aircraft movements at Leipzig/Halle Airport also reflects a positive trend: 14,041 take-offs and landings were recorded there during the first quarter, 4.5 percent more than in the previous year. The increase in March was 9.5 percent with 5,304 aircraft movements.

362,961 passengers passed through Dresden International Airport during the first three months of the year, an increase of 6.4 percent. The month of March was particularly successful for the airport: the 147,495 passengers represent an increase of 11.6 percent in comparison with the figures for the same month in 2009. The airport is expecting this positive trend to continue as a result of the attractive flights that it is offering, including the new direct links with Milan Malpensa, London Heathrow and Split. Dresden International Airport registered 7,444 take-offs and landings during the first quarter of 2010, an increase of 2.9 percent in comparison with the same period last year. The level of growth was as high as 4.7 percent in March with 2,896 aircraft movements.   


Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding is the overall trade name used by Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, a company operated by the public sector. The group has several subsidiary companies: Leipzig/Halle Airport, Dresden International, PortGround and EasternAirCargo. 


The group handled 94,948 aircraft movements, 4.14 million passengers and 524,587 tonnes of freight in 2009. The group directly employs 978 members of staff and 38 trainees. 7,396 people are employed at the Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG business sites in various companies and public authorities.