28 April 2009

Traffic Developments in the 1st Quarter of 2009: Decline in Passenger Numbers at the Central German Airports / Growth in Freight Volumes at Leipzig/Halle

Passenger numbers fall at Leipzig/Halle and Dresden Airports – More take-offs and landings as a result of the increase in freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport

Passenger numbers declined overall by 6.6 percent to 787,105 at the two Central German Airports Group in the first quarter of 2009 in line with wider economic developments. 445,352 passengers passed through Leipzig/Halle Airport, a fall of 5.1 percent in comparison with the figures one year earlier, while passenger numbers at Dresden International Airport tumbled by 8.4 percent to 341,753.

The German Airports Association (ADV) recorded an overall decline of 9.3 percent in passenger numbers in Germany in the first quarter of 2009. As a result, the two Central German airports were able to consolidate their position in comparison with the rest of the sector because of the relatively moderate changes in passenger numbers; and this is not least reflected by the flights offered to passengers in the current summer season, which remain stable from quality and quantity points of view.

The Central German airports registered 20,668 take-offs and landings during the first quarter of this year, which represents an increase in traffic of 7.7 percent over the same period twelve months earlier. While this figure fell by 4.5 percent to 7,233 flights at Dresden Airport, Leipzig/Halle Airport recorded growth of 15.7 percent with 13,435 take-offs and landings. This is particularly due to cargo flights operated by DHL and Lufthansa Cargo, now that the DHL hub has become fully operational. The amount of freight handled at Leipzig/Halle Airport rose to 113,356 tonnes, an increase of 72 percent over the figures for the first quarter last year.

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 Airport, PortGround and EasternAirCargo.

The group handled 96,892 aircraft movements, 4.32 million passengers and 442,750 tonnes of freight in 2008. The Group directly employs 970 members of staff and trainees. More than 7,000 people are employed at the Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG business sites in various companies and public authorities.