Passenger numbers have risen by around 4.5% at German airports during the second quarter of 2008, down slightly from the first quarter when growth was around 5.4% (but which had an extra day in February).
|It is clear that June growth rates are lower than in May – even Berlin Tegel’s growth fell to ‘just’ 10%. Photo: Günter Wicker “Berlin Airports”|
Among Germany’s top 10 airports, seven are reporting first half growth of between 1% and 6%. Berlin Tegel has been the star performer with growth of over 15% while Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart are marginally below last year’s figures.
A look at individual monthly growth rates highlights the extra day in February and the shift of Easter from April to March. What is also clear is that (with the exception of Cologne/Bonn) June growth rates are lower than in May. Even Berlin Tegel’s growth fell to ‘just’ 10%.
|The great Black Forest success story: Airports such as Dortmund, Bremen and Karlsruhe/Baden (route map shown, click to enlarge) have all reported passenger numbers up at least 25%.|
Looking at Germany’s top 20 airports for the first half of 2008, reveals that five airports have experienced a downturn in demand. Growth has been highest at Weeze (Ryanair’s latest German base which is around 50 kilometres from Dűsseldorf) but other airports such as Dortmund, Bremen and Karlsruhe/Baden have all reported passenger numbers up at least 25%.
Germany’s biggest airport, Frankfurt Main, has seen traffic grow by a modest 2.2% in the first half of 2008 but its low-cost ‘partner’ Frankfurt Hahn, used almost exclusively by Ryanair, saw traffic fall almost 6%.