Lufthansa promises 20% growth at 100-year-old Hamburg Airport
Hamburg Airport, which just celebrated its 100th birthday, has reported record passenger numbers for 2010; 12.96 million. Lufthansa, the airport’s largest airline, has promised a capacity increase of 20% in Hamburg for 2011 – much above its growth ambitions for Germany as a whole, which suggests another successful year for Hamburg Airport.
Notably, this offensive announcement contradicts the projected negative impact of the German eco-tax, which in particular affects domestic services with its double impact. The core of Lufthansa’s Hamburg network is domestic and an overall increase of 20% must therefore include a considerable domestic growth.
The airline has not (yet) announced any new routes to be launched from Hamburg, but an analysis of OAG data for Lufthansa’s currently reported schedule already shows a capacity growth of 13% in Hamburg for 2011. In January, May and December, the number of available seats will grow by more than 20% on last year, while November is at the other end of the spectrum at only 2% growth.
A part of the Hamburg growth will be generated by Lufthansa’s recently announced short-haul fleet refurbishment, which involves installing more, slimmer seats that increase the number of seats per aircraft, and the airline’s schedule already shows an increased average aircraft size out of Hamburg from 122 seats in 2010 to 131 in 2011.
Domestic set to grow the most in real numbers; UK runner up
|Country market||Share of 2011 capacity||Change 2011 vs 2010|
|Source: OAG Schedules iNET for full years 2010-2011|
Lufthansa is already planning to grow in all of its country markets out of Hamburg, even prior to any further announcements. Although the Icelandic market is scheduled to grow the fastest, this is from a very low level and it remains Lufthansa’s smallest country market. In by far the largest market, domestic within Germany, Lufthansa has already scheduled 10% more seats out of Hamburg in 2011. In actual seat numbers, this increase is almost six times as big as the second-largest capacity increase, the 20% growth from Hamburg to the UK.