New passenger record since the start of the pandemic

In May, more than 1 million passengers used Hamburg Airport in just one month for the first time again - a traffic level that exceeded expectations. The long-awaited upswing following lockdowns and travel restrictions took place rapidly: While March reported around 680,000 passengers, the airport was already able to count 60 percent more passengers in May than in March.

In May, around 1.1 million arriving and departing passengers used Hamburg Airport, a 68 percent increase compared to 2019. Compared to the previous year, which had been significantly more affected by travel restrictions, traffic almost quadrupled. This sharp increase in demand was particularly evident over the Ascension weekend and the May vacations in Hamburg, when up to 45,000 passengers per day used the airport. Many travelers were drawn to classic vacation destinations such as Majorca, Greece, Turkey, or the Canary Islands. From January to May 2022, Hamburg Airport counted a total of 3.5 million passengers.

"May developed into the strongest month in more than two years. In the process, demand rose sharply in the last two months. After the long travel break, we can again offer our passengers a choice of 115 different destinations. This variety also attracts many northern Germans from neighboring states," says Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO at Hamburg Airport. "This surge in demand poses major challenges for air traffic throughout Europe. The main focus here is on difficult personnel planning and recruitment. We and our partners at the site are making the best possible preparations for the coming weeks, during which we continue to expect many passengers. However, we cannot rule out the possibility of delays and irregularities. Therefore, our recommendation to all passengers is to plan significantly more time than usual and prepare well with our five travel tips."

via: Hamburg Airport