Positive Annual Figures at Central German Airports
Traffic developments at Leipzig/Halle and Dresden Airports were positive – there was a significant increase in passenger numbers at Dresden International Airport – Leipzig/Halle Airport once again had double digit growth rates for freight volumes
4,191,710 passengers passed through the two commercial airports operating under the umbrella of the Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding, Leipzig/Halle Airport and Dresden International, during 2010. This represents an increase of 1.5 percent compared to the figures for the previous year. The number of aircraft movements grew by 2.7 percent to 97,481 take-offs and landings.
Leipzig/Halle Airport, which was able to occupy a ranking far above the average for this sector in 2009, recorded a fall in passenger numbers by 2.6 percent to 2,348,597 in 2010. This development was due to the effects of the volcanic eruption in Iceland, the strikes in the air transport sector, the arrival of severe winter weather across Germany and Europe and reductions in transit traffic. But the flights available have been expanded and optimised. Central Connect Airlines has been providing attractive direct flights to the European capitals of Brussels and Prague since mid-November. And Austrian Airlines now flies non-stop to Vienna from Leipzig/Halle.
Leipzig/Halle Airport once again set a new record for freight volumes – this figure grew by 26.5 percent. Overall, 663,024 tonnes of air freight were handled (the figure was 524,083 tonnes in 2009 and 442,406 tonnes in 2008). As a result, Leipzig/Halle Airport was able to establish itself as the second largest freight hub in Germany and also reinforce its position as one of the most significant air cargo handling sites in Europe. In terms of the number of aircraft movements, there was an increase of 3.5 percent at the airport to 62,247 take-offs and landings during 2010.
1,843,113 passengers passed through Dresden International Airport last year, an increase of 7.2 percent. This is partly due to the ongoing expansion of the flights that are available. easyJet, for example, started operating direct flights to EuroAirport Basel/Mulhouse/Freiberg at the beginning of December. Aeroflot is operating three weekly flights to the Russian city of Moscow for the first time during the winter period and Lufthansa flies to the British hub at London Heathrow every day. Flights to the Mediterranean have also been increased, particularly to Majorca, Greece, Croatia and Turkey. The airport registered 35,234 aircraft movements, an increase of 1.3 percent over the figures for the previous year.
Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding is the parent brand of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, a company operated by the public sector. The Group has three subsidiaries: Leipzig/Halle Airport, Dresden International Airport and PortGround.
The Group handled 97,481 aircraft movements, 4.19 million passengers and 663,402 tonnes of freight during 2010. The Group directly employs 978 members of staff and has 38 trainees. 7,396 people work at various companies and public authorities based at the Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG business sites.
Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding has had a cooperation arrangement with the Shenhzen Airport Group since October 2010. The agreement focuses on concerted cooperation in the fields of market development and customer acquisition and involves a regular exchange of information and personnel.