Bremen Airport sees Ryanair expansion as traffic grows 3.1% in 2014

After a break of over five years, Ryanair resumed flights last September between Bremen and its home base of Dublin. Ryanair is the busiest airline at City Airport Bremen and has launched almost 50 routes from the airport, though only 25 of these are operating this summer. New services to Lisbon and Madrid are planned for this winter, plus a resumption of flights to Gothenburg. The Irish ULCC has its own low-cost terminal (E) at the airport.

City Airport Bremen became a Ryanair base in April 2007. Until then the Irish ULCC had never flown to the German airport. In the seven years since, the carrier has launched 49 routes of which 25 are operating this summer, and the carrier is the leading airline with almost 40% of weekly scheduled seat capacity during the peak summer months.


Source: ADV.

Passenger numbers jumped 32% in 2007 thanks to Ryanair’s 21 new services that were started before the end of the year. Since then annual passenger numbers have been between 2.4 million and 2.7 million. Domestic passenger numbers have remained relatively stable since 2000 at between 800,000 and 900,000 annual passengers, with the majority of these travelling (and possibly connecting) at Frankfurt and Munich with Lufthansa. However, the arrival of Ryanair has seen international passenger numbers double from 850,000 annual passengers to around 1.7 million. Ryanair has only briefly attempted to serve the domestic market from Bremen, operating twice-daily to Berlin Schönefeld (2010-11) and at least daily to Memmingen (2009-11).

Traffic peaks in October; demand up 3.1% in 2014

Bremen’s seasonality profile is a little unusual with a dip in August and a peak in October. The August dip can be explained by the reduction in capacity on Lufthansa’s two hub-feeding routes, which cater primarily for business traffic, though the effect of this was exaggerated by the airport’s complete closure in August 2012 for several days for runway resurfacing work. This cost the airport an estimated 39,000 passengers that month. The airport’s SVID score based on its 2013 figures is a ‘good’ 4.71. After a modest first quarter, passenger numbers in Q2 of this year have reached an all-time high, up 6.5% over 2013 Q2, helped in part by the shifted timing of Easter. For the first half of 2014 passenger demand is up 3.1%.

Chart City - Airport Bremem Seasonality

Source: ADV.

Ryanair and Lufthansa share 65% of traffic in summer

Ryanair offers by far the most weekly departing seats, accounting for almost 40% of seats (spread across 25 routes), with Lufthansa being responsible for over 25% from just two routes (to Frankfurt and Munich). Germania offers low-frequency service to a variety of mostly Mediterranean beach destinations, although its two most recent launches of year-round routes at the end of last year were to Vienna (twice-weekly) and Leipzig (also twice-weekly).

Chart - City Airport Bremem - Top 12 Airlines

Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 6 October 2014.

The remaining carriers at the airport can be segmented into flag-carriers serving their hubs (Air France, KLM, SAS, Turkish Airlines), regional carriers (AIS Airlines, bmi regional) and LCCs/leisure airlines (airberlin, germanwings, SunExpress). While the airport does not yet welcome any of the MEB3 carriers, since April 2012 Turkish Airlines has been operating from its Istanbul Atatürk base, a service which is now flown daily. SAS’s service to Copenhagen is a relatively new addition, having launched last October. Lufthansa’s in-house LCC, germanwings, operates multiple daily flights to Stuttgart.

Lufthansa’s hub connecting routes account for one-third of passengers

Analysing German government statistics shows that Bremen’s two busiest routes are Lufthansa’s hub feeding services to Frankfurt and Munich. Popular Palma de Mallorca (analysed last week by is the leading international destination and the only one served by three airlines; airberlin, Germania and Ryanair.

Chart - City Airport Bremem - Top Routes

Source: Destatis.

Ryanair’s rate of churn at the airport has been relatively high with only 25 of the 49 routes launched still operating. In the last 12 months, the airline has added Beziers (France), Corfu (Greece) and reinstated Dublin (Ireland), while dropping Oslo Torp, Reus and Rome Ciampino. This winter Ryanair will be resuming flights to Gothenburg while launching new services to Lisbon and Madrid.

Year launched Still operating (WF in Oct 14) No longer operating
2007 Alicante ALC (4), Dublin DUB (3), Girona GRO (3), London STN (14), Malaga AGP (2), Milan BGY (2), Palma de Mallorca PMI (8), Riga RIX (4), Stockholm NYO (3), Tampere TMP (3), Venice TSF (3) Alghero AHO, Bratislava BTS, Budapest BUD, Malta MLA, Murcia MJV, Oslo TRF, Paris BVA, Pisa PSA, Trapani TPS, Verona VRN
2008 Edinburgh EDI (5), Fuerteventura FUE (1), Haugesund HAU (2), Manchester MAN (3), Tenerife TFS (1) Gothenburg GSE, Marrakech RAK
2009 Faro FAO (3) Gdansk GDN, Kaunas KUN, Liverpool LPL, Memmingen FMM, Oslo RYG
2010 Porto OPO (3) Berlin SXF, Zadar ZAD
2011 Gran Canaria LPA (1), Tallinn TLL (2), Vilnius VNO (2) Ibiza IBZ, Rhodes RHO
2012 Lodz LCJ
2013 Chania CHQ (2), Thessaloniki SKG (2) Reus REU, Rome CIA
2014 Beziers BZR (2), Corfu CFU (1)
Source:’s New Route Database, Innovata / Diio Mi.

AIS Airlines set to launch Luxembourg and Nuremberg in September

Proving that low-cost airlines are not the only source of passenger growth, Dutch-based regional carrier AIS Airlines is planning on launching two new routes in September, to Luxembourg and Nuremberg. The airline already operates 19-seat Jetstream 32s to Zurich (since April), as well as Münster/Osnabrück and Sylt (both since early July). Another regional airline serving Bremen is bmi regional, which since March 2013 has linked Bremen with Toulouse in France, a key business route serving primarily Airbus employees. After nearby Hamburg, Bremen is the second biggest German city with regard to manufacturing for Airbus aircraft.


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