21 February 2011

Airports Continue to Be Job Generators for Central Germany

Jobs growth once again at Leipzig/Halle and Dresden Airports – More than 8,000 people work at the Central German airport sites

Leipzig/Halle und Dresden, the two airport sites belonging to the Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding, were once again able to register strong growth in the numbers of people employed there in 2010. 8,063 people worked at the airport companies and the firms, administrative offices and public authorities based at the sites, an increase of 9 percent over the figures for the previous year. The companies belonging to the Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding directly employed 1,018 people.
The total number of people in employment at the two business locations has grown by an average figure of 9.7 percent per annum since 2000.

The 133 companies with 5,106 employees at Leipzig/Halle Airport recorded a strong increase of 14.4 percent. The companies within the Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding employed 666 people, a rise of 6.2 percent over the 2009 figures.

2,957 people were employed at the Dresden International Airport site at the end of the year. This represents a slight increase of 0.8 percent over the previous year and the Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding companies registered a slight rise of 0.3 percent to 352 people. The number of companies at the business site rose by 1.5 percent to a figure of 133.

“We are delighted by these figures. This repetition of significant growth sets an example for the region and shows that our business locations provide excellent conditions to attract companies and offer them work. The logistics sector in particular is continuing to drive this growth process forwards in a dynamic way and the whole of Central Germany is benefiting from this,” said Markus Kopp, CEO of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG.

“Our consistent infrastructure policy pursued during the last few years is paying off: Saxony is increasingly becoming an important hub for international exchange and trade – the two airports of Leipzig/Halle and Dresden prove this. I am confident that this positive development will continue,” said Stanislaw Tillich, State Premier of the Free State of Saxony.

“Economic developments do not stop at state borders and flows of goods are more international than ever. Saxony-Anhalt as a logistics base benefits from the growth at the Central German airports and the good prospects for further networking the transport sector. It is clear that cross-state cooperation has been worthwhile,” stresses Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Böhmer, State Premier of the State of Saxony-Anhalt.

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 97,418 aircraft movements, 4.2 million passengers and 663,402 tonnes of freight during 2010. The Group directly employs 1018 members of staff and has 34 trainees. 8,063 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.