Employment at the Central German Airports Rises despite the Economic Crisis

The Central German airports set a new employment record in 2009 –7,400 people now work at Leipzig/Halle and Dresden Airports

A new employment record was set at the two airports operated by the Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding at Leipzig/Halle and Dresden in 2009.  Overall, the airport companies and other firms, businesses, agencies and public authorities based there employed 7,396 members of staff, an increase of 5.3 percent over the figures for the previous year. 978 of these people were directly employed at Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding companies.


The 143 companies at Leipzig/Halle Airport had registered an increase of 8.4 percent in employment levels to 4,462 people by the end of 2009. The Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding companies were responsible for the figure of 627, a rise of 1.6 percent in comparison with the previous year.  


2,934 people were employed at Dresden International Airport at the end of the year. This represents a slight increase of 0.8 percent over the previous year’s figures. But the growth rate in full-time jobs was actually 2.5 percent. Employment at the Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding companies fell slightly by 0.6 percent to a figure of 351 members of staff. But the number of companies based at the airport rose by 4 percent during this period to a total of 131.   


“This increase represents impressive growth, which sets an example for the region. We are using concepts that reflect market requirements in order to develop the airports at Dresden and Leipzig/Halle. The logistics base at Leipzig is one of the most dynamic centres of growth in Europe and is therefore a driving force behind economic developments here in Central Germany,” says Markus Kopp, CEO of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG.

"This is a real confirmation of our infrastructure policy. Airports are bridges at centres in the global economy. As was the case in earlier centuries, important flows of international trade goods pass through Saxony. With the increasing division of labour around the globe, other companies will set up in business here and create additional jobs,” says Stanislaw Tillich, State Premier of the Free State of Saxony. 


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.