Weeze tops European airport growth table for 2008; Ryanair now has six based aircraft

Image: Michael O’Leary at Weeze Airport
And there he is.

Last year Weeze Airport in Germany (close to the Dutch border) handled 1.52 million passengers which represented growth of 80% on the previous year. According to anna.aero, that made it Europe’s fastest-growing airport, among those handling at least 100,000 passengers. According to the airport for the first time in its brief five year commercial history more of its passengers were Dutch than German. The source of this rapid growth has been Ryanair which selected Weeze as a base in 2007 and this winter added two further aircraft to bring to six the number of 737-800s now based at the airport.

Map: Weeze Airport Destinations
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At the beginning of 2007 Ryanair served Weeze from six of its bases (Barcelona Girona, Glasgow Prestwick, London Stansted, Rome Ciampino, Shannon and Stockholm Skavsta). The number of destinations currently served is over 30, the most recent of which is a new daily service to London Gatwick to complement the airline’s two existing daily services to London Stansted. Three further destinations (Bologna, Cagliari and Stockholm Vasteras) will be added at the end of March and seasonal Italian routes to Alghero and Trapani will return during the summer as will Valencia which was axed at the end of October. However, Fuerteventura flights will not be returning as Ryanair has withdrawn all services to that airport.

In November, the first full month of operation of many of Ryanair’s new routes at the airport, the most popular routes from the airport were:

Destination Passengers (Nov 08) Load Factor
London STN 21,971 63%
Barcelona GRO 9,368 83%
Berlin SXF 9,176 52%
Milan BGY 7,559 67%
Stockholm NYO 7,086 65%
Manchester 6,031 55%
Source: Derived from Destatis data

Other routes that appear to have achieved load factors of greater than 80% in November include Alicante, Faro, Fuerteventura, Malaga, Marrakech, Rome Ciampino, Seville and Tenerife.

Image: Hamburg Airlines plane
Will charter carrier Hamburg Airlines base an aircraft at Weeze this summer? These guys would know.

Hamburg Airlines to base an aircraft in 2009?

Other airlines with a presence at Weeze include German charter carrier Hamburg Airlines which this summer expects to base an aircraft at the airport. The only other scheduled services operated at the airport in 2008 were by Corendon Airlines to Antalya and by Welcome Air which operated a weekly flight to Innsbruck.


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