Leipzig/Halle and Dresden Airports finish Q1 in 2016 with a month of growth

Leipzig, (PresseBox) - The two commercial airports operated by Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, Leipzig/Halle and Dresden International, both ended the first quarter in 2016 with a month of growth. The number of passengers passing through the two airports totalled 269,955 in March – an increase of 1.6 percent over the figure for the same month in the previous year. The number of passengers during the complete first quarter of this year was 686,173, roughly the same as in 2015. The increase in freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle continued for the twelfth year in succession and is significantly higher than the general trend elsewhere in Germany. The airport set a new absolute record in March, handling 91,258 tonnes of cargo.

Quarterly balance sheet at Leipzig/Halle

369,025 passengers passed through Leipzig/Halle Airport between January and March (a fall of 3 percent). Following declines in the first two months, which were particularly due to the development of tourist flights to Turkey and Egypt, an upwards trend started last month: the number of passengers arriving at and departing from the airport rose by 1.7 percent to a figure of 148,458 in March. The rise was particularly due to increases in passenger numbers on flights to and from Spain.

Further positive effects can be expected from the strong holiday traffic market to warm-water destinations, which starts in spring. The new sunshine destinations of Thessaloniki and Pula also open up additional travel opportunities – particularly in the light of the difficult geopolitical situation in parts of the Mediterranean area and North Africa. 

Further significant growth in freight volumes

Freight volumes developed in a positive manner once again: Leipzig/Halle handled 248,417 tonnes of cargo during the first quarter of the year, which represents a growth rate of 6.3 percent compared with the same period in the previous year. The volume in March alone increased by 8.8 percent to a figure of 91,258 tonnes. This enabled the airport to set a new absolute record in its corporate history. This means that cargo volumes are on the rise for the twelfth year in succession and the figures are significantly higher than the general trend elsewhere in Germany. 

Quarterly balance sheet in Dresden

317,148 passengers passed through Dresden Airport during the period (an increase of 3.7 percent), a figure that was significantly higher than during the same period in 2015. Growth of 1.4 percent was recorded in March, with passenger numbers reaching 121,497. Dresden Airport had already managed to register growth in January (an increase of 1.6 percent) and February (a rise of 8.7 percent). This growth was particularly due to the flights operating to Zurich, Madeira, Lanzarote and Ras Al Khaimah. The new services to Amsterdam, Málaga and Paphos, which are available from May onwards, hold out the promise of further positive growth. 

Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG

Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding is the umbrella brand of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, a company operated by the public sector. Three subsidiaries belong to the Group - Leipzig/Halle Airport, Dresden International Airport and PortGround.

Leipzig/Halle Airport handled more than 2.32 million passengers and approx. 988,240 tonnes of air freight in 2015. This makes it the second largest cargo airport in Germany. The airport is linked to the A 9 and A 14 motorways and has a railway station that forms part of the central terminal. This makes it very easy for passengers from Central Germany to reach the airport.

Approx. 1.73 million passengers passed through Dresden International Airport in 2015.

Its link to the A 4 motorway and its local railway station ensure that people living in Saxony, south Brandenburg, the north of the Czech Republic and Lower Silesia can travel to and from the airport with ease.

PortGround provides ground handling, freight and other extensive services at Leipzig/Halle and Dresden Airports round the clock.

The two airports, which both belong to Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, registered 95,258 aircraft movements, 4.05 million passengers and 988,423 tonnes of freight in 2015. The Group directly employed 1,092 people. Overall, 10,647 people were working at various companies and public authorities based at the Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG airports in 2015.

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