Ranked 13th in Germany, Leipzig/Halle’s international network is dominated by Antalya and Palma

germanwings, along with its parent company Lufthansa, offers daily domestic flights from Leipzig/Halle to Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart. Last year, domestic routes accounted for 700,000 of the airport’s 2.4 million passengers. (Photo: Uwe Schoßig)

germanwings, along with its parent company Lufthansa, offers daily domestic flights from Leipzig/Halle to Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart. Last year, domestic routes accounted for 700,000 of the airport’s 2.4 million passengers. (Photo: Uwe Schoßig)

Handling almost 2.5 million passengers, Leipzig/Halle Airport was the 13th busiest in Germany last year. The airport first handled more than two million passengers as far back as 1995, but in the intervening years it has only passed 2.5 million passengers once, in 2007. In the first eight months of 2010, traffic is down 1%, whereas for the country as a whole, traffic is up 3.4%.

Chart - Leipzig Airport 1998-2009 Annual Passengers

Source: ADV

The domestic market is well served, with Lufthansa operating to its two main hubs at Frankfurt and Munich with multiple daily flights, as well as to its Düsseldorf hub. Its low-cost subsidiary germanwings flies twice-daily to Cologne/Bonn and daily to Stuttgart. There are no flights to Berlin as the German capital is less than 150 kilometres away and served with good rail links.

European routes dominated by Antalya and Palma

According to the airport, this summer saw the airport handle up to 259 weekly flights to 54 airports in 18 countries, operated by 27 airlines. However, analysis of the airport’s passenger numbers reveals that just two destinations, Antalya in Turkey and Palma de Mallorca in Spain, accounted for around 40% of all international passengers last year. Among the top 12 international routes last year, only two (Paris and Vienna, highlighted below in pale green) were not ‘summer-sun’ destinations.

Chart - Leipzig Top 12 International Routes 2009

Source: Destatis

Apart from Paris (served by Air France) and Vienna (served by Austrian), the only other major European city served by direct services is Brussels. In June of this year, the German regional carrier OLT began operating to the Belgian capital with three weekly flights using a Swearingen Metro. Somewhat surprisingly, there are currently no scheduled services to either the UK or Italy.

According to the airport, this summer, the leading leisure airlines were airberlin (38 weekly departures to 18 destinations), Condor (21 departures to 11 destinations) and Air Via (with seven weekly flights to Bulgaria). Other carriers operating leisure routes included Sky Airlines, Air Malta, Germania, Hamburg International (which recently ceased operations), XL Airways Germany and SunExpress.


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