Germany: easyJet slow to develop Dortmund as second German base

Image: Passengers boarding easyJet plane
easyJet handled almost one million passengers at Dortmund last year, slightly fewer than in 2006.

Dortmund became easyJet’s second German base in July 2004, less than three months after Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) became the first. But whereas SXF has grown from 13 routes that first summer to 31 this summer, Dortmund has grown from eight routes in 2004 to just 11 in 2008. Last year, easyJet carried almost one million passengers through the airport, slightly fewer than in 2006. Along the way the airline has dropped routes to Geneva (March 2006), Paris CDG (November 2006), Milan Malpensa (May 2007) and most recently has chosen not to re-start its seasonal route to Nice.

Logo: & Dortmund AirportHowever, new routes to Barcelona (October 2005), Edinburgh (May 2007), Malaga (April 2006) and Thessaloniki (May 2007) have been added. Based on government statistics, it is possible to estimate easyJet’s monthly load factor at Dortmund by route, except for Palma where the airline faces direct competition.

Chart: easyJet load factors at Dortmund 2007
Source: Derived from Destatis data.

In 2007, the Dortmund base achieved an estimated flown load factor of around 75%. On several routes capacity is reduced during the winter months, but even so the monthly load factors follow traditional seasonal profiles. Across the course of the year Budapest (84%), Barcelona (81%) and Krakow (80%) are the star performers, while London Luton (68%) has the lowest average loads though passenger numbers were up 27% as a result of increased frequency.

The poor performance of Milan and Nice can clearly be seen justifying their subsequent axing. The two new routes started in 2007 to Edinburgh and Thessaloniki appear to be doing enough to justify their continued operation.

Although easyJet has not significantly developed its base at Dortmund other LCCs such as Wizz Air, Germanwings and Sterling have increased their presence resulting in Dortmund’s traffic increasing 6.7% in 2007 to 2.155 million passengers.


  1. jonny says:

    And they have just gone and axed the whole base today……..

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