An analysis of year-to-date traffic performance at Germany’s major airports shows that of the top eight cities, six are showing growth, while Hannover and Stuttgart have shown traffic decreases in the first of half of 2007.
Munich is the only airport to maintain double-digit growth in the first half of 2007, with Düsseldorf and Berlin (all three airports combined – Tegel, Schönefeld and Tempelhof) also achieving above average growth rates. Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart, which have both benefited in recent years as bases for LCCs, are now experiencing more mature growth rates.
Among the smaller airports, there has been above average growth at Frankfurt Hahn (+16.6%), Bremen (+15.1%) and Leipzig/Halle (+14.4%). The first two of these can be attributed to Ryanair’s influence, while Leipzig’s growth is explained by a 23% increase in domestic traffic, attributable to a number of new routes from German LCCs, primarily TUIfly (formerly hlx) creating competition on routes to Munich, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart.
Overall airport traffic has grown by 5% in the first half of 2007.