New record for cargo turnover, growth in passenger volume

posted on 26th November 2019 by Eddie Saunders
New record for cargo turnover, growth in passenger volume

The trend in passenger numbers in the school holiday month of October show that Leipzig/Halle is an attractive departure airport for holidaymakers from all over eastern Germany thanks to its excellent access links,” says Götz Ahmelmann, CEO of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG. He adds:

The new record for air cargo volume once again underlines that our airport is one of the most dynamically growing cargo airports in the world.

Cargo handling hits new record
In October a total of 112,587 tonnes of cargo were handled at Leipzig/Halle Airport, Europe’s fifth largest air cargo hub. This represents a year-on-year increase of 6.5 percent, marking a new absolute record month in the company’s history.

From January to October, cargo volumes at Leipzig/Halle Airport rose by 1.3 percent to 1,025,193 tonnes. Cargo handling at Leipzig/Halle Airport has been rising for 13 years in succession and is currently well above the national trend, which was down by 3.6 percent in October.

Autumn school holidays boost passenger volume
A total of 309,841 passengers used the airport in October, representing an increase in passenger volume of 3.8 percent. This is the strongest monthly result in around twelve years. It also far outstrips the national trend, which was down by 1.4 percent in October. This development was driven by the staggered autumn school holidays in the federal states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Saxony.

Passenger numbers were boosted by flights to destinations in Egypt, Italy, Croatia, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.

From January to October, passenger traffic at Leipzig/Halle Airport rose by 2.9 percent year-on-year to 2,332,107 passengers.

Aircraft movements
With 7,348 take-offs and landings in October, the number of aircraft movements at Leipzig/Halle Airport was 1.9 percent higher than last year. In the first ten months of the year, the number of flights increased by 0.2 percent to 66,661.