|Um himmels willen! (Roughly “for skies’ sake!”) Why are there no London services to lovely Leipzig? (Yes Ryanair, we know you fly from Stansted to “Leipzig-Altenburg” airport.) Thanks to Uwe Schossig for this shot of Leipzig’s new central terminal and new Runway North.|
After anna.aero’s recent analysis of scheduled services to major European cities from UK regional airports, this week a similar analysis is done for German regional airports. With its dual-hub strategy, Lufthansa ensures that there are many destinations served from both Frankfurt and Munich, but what about at other German airports?
Using schedule data for last August (typically the peak demand month at many European airports), the number of weekly departures to a range of major European cities was determined. In addition to the six other cities with airports serving more than five million annual passengers (Schönefeld and Tegel were combined into a single figure for Berlin), three other airports (Bremen, Dresden and Leipzig) were included in the analysis.
|Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 3 August 2009|
|Air Force One at Dresden in June 2009. Indeed, if you want to get to most of the rest of Europe from Dresden, think of using your own personal transport; the lack of services from Dresden and Leipzig to major European cities is quite startling.|
Dresden and Leipzig underserved for international routes
Paris, Vienna and Zurich are served from eight of the nine cities examined. Dresden lacks a Paris service, Bremen has no link to Vienna and Leipzig has no flights to Zurich. The lack of Brussels flights from Cologne/Bonn and Düsseldorf can be explained by their close geographic proximity (less than 200 kilometres apart), although Amsterdam is not much further away and is served by all the major regional airports. However, KLM’s Amsterdam hub is much bigger than that of Brussels Airlines in Brussels.
One curious omission is the lack of scheduled services between Manchester and either of the two Berlin airports, especially considering that Manchester is linked to six other German airports in the analysis. airberlin briefly operated between Berlin Tegel and Manchester in 2004/05, while Jet2.com tried Berlin Schönefeld to Manchester during the summer of 2007. However, it should be noted that easyJet has been operating daily flights from Berlin Schönefeld to nearby Liverpool since April 2004.
The lack of services from Dresden and Leipzig to major European cities is quite startling. Only Vienna, among major European cities, is served from both airports while there are no flights to London from either airport. British Airways axed its Gatwick to Dresden service at the end of October 2008. However, Ryanair has operated a service from London Stansted to Leipzig-Altenburg airport since May 2003, but this airport is 53 kilometres from downtown Leipzig according to the airport’s own website.