Up to 45,000 passengers expected per day / Top 5 travel tips: Well-prepared passengers save time

During the fall vacations, passenger traffic at Hamburg Airport remains at a high level. Around 40,000 to 45,000 arriving and departing passengers per day are expected by mid-October. On the busiest travel days, approximately 165 take-offs and 165 landings are planned. Since the summer months, demand has been consistently high: even in September, passenger numbers approached and even exceeded the figures for the summer vacations - and this trend is now continuing. Until the end of October, the terminals and security checkpoints will open half an hour earlier in the morning. All passengers are advised to be at the airport around 2.5 hours before departure and to prepare well for their trip with the 5 travel tips.

Hamburg Airport has seen stable passenger traffic in recent weeks, with an average of over 275,000 passengers per week. This level will be maintained during the northern German autumn vacations and even slightly exceeded at peak times. Up to 290,000 arriving and departing passengers are expected per week - equivalent to 70-75 percent of passengers from the same period in 2019 before the Corona pandemic. This fall, 50 airlines will fly to a total of 115 direct destinations from Hamburg. Many travelers are drawn to classic vacation destinations such as Spain with Majorca and the Canary Islands, Turkey and Greek destinations, he said.

Earlier opening hours, more staff in the terminals

At peak hours, especially in the early morning, there may be longer waiting times. For this reason, the terminals will open half an hour earlier at 3:15 a.m. until the end of October, and security checks will begin operating at 3:30 a.m. Fastlanes in Terminals 1 and 2 would be temporarily closed during the fall vacations to accommodate capacity for all passengers, he said. Check-in counters for the first flights of the day will be staffed starting at 3:30 a.m., he said. Airlines usually open check-in counters 2 to 3 hours before departure. Hamburg Airport has more staff on site, he said, and a team of office volunteers also supports passenger services in the terminals.

"When it gets autumnal in the north, many northern Germans traditionally head south. This is also reflected in the consistently high passenger volumes that have been recorded for weeks. Many travelers without schoolchildren have used the time outside the school vacations to soak up the sun - now it's the families' turn again. At peak times, this can lead to waiting times. Passengers should be prepared for this and arrive at the airport around 2.5 hours before departure. Since the airlines usually open the check-in counters no earlier than 2-3 hours before departure, no one needs to be there earlier. On the contrary, arriving too early might unnecessarily lengthen waiting times if, at peak times, passengers are already queuing up who are not flying until 4 or 5 hours later," says Katja Bromm, Head of Communications at Hamburg Airport. "We would also like to ask all passengers again for their assistance. If every passenger prepares well for the day of departure, the waiting time will be shorter for everyone."

The five most important tips for travelers:

1. be at the airport around 2.5 hours before departure.

It is recommended that all passengers allow significantly more time than usual and arrive at Hamburg Airport around 2.5 hours before departure. Airlines generally open check-in counters 2-3 hours prior to departure. Passengers should proceed quickly to the security check after check-in.

2. pack correctly and carry as little hand luggage as possible

To save time at the security checkpoint, passengers should take as little hand luggage as possible onto the plane. Liquids in containers up to 100 ml must be stowed in a transparent 1-liter plastic bag. Further information and checklist: Hand baggage on the plane - Hamburg Airport (hamburg-airport.de). If all passengers also prepare well for the security check with the 5 tips from the Federal Police, the waiting time will be shorter for everyone.

3. check in online in advance and drop off baggage

If you want to travel even more relaxed on the day of departure, many airlines allow you to check in online from the comfort of your own home the day before. At Eurowings, Lufthansa, Condor, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Swiss, passengers also have the option of using the evening-before check-in service from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to drop off their bags. The offer is valid for flights until 12 noon the following day. Info: Check-in - Hamburg Airport (hamburg-airport.de)

4. use automatic baggage and check-in machines

To save time, many airlines offer mobile check-in as well as check-in and baggage machines in Terminals 1 and 2. Those who do not wish to check in online can print out their boarding pass themselves at the check-in machines. Baggage can also be checked in independently at the self-bag drop machines of many airlines. Info: Check-in - Hamburg Airport (hamburg-airport.de)

5. reserve a parking space online in good time

Hamburg Airport's parking lots are said to be busier during the vacations. Passengers arriving by car should reserve a parking space online early: Parking at Hamburg Airport - Hamburg Airport (hamburg-airport.de).  Only advance reservations guarantee a parking space in the airport's lots, he said. Hamburg Airport is also easily accessible by public transportation as well as cab, car-sharing or ride-sharing services such as MOIA. The S-Bahn runs every 10 minutes and takes just 25 minutes each way from the main train station to the airport and back. In addition, many bus lines stop directly in front of the terminals.

Website provides important information

To ensure that passengers and visitors are well informed before they arrive at the airport, Hamburg Airport answers the most important questions for a relaxed start to their vacation. Those arriving by car should use the convenient online reservation for their parking space and benefit from advantages.

via: Hamburg Airport