1.23 million pax makes October strongest month since Covid-19

With 1,235,000 arriving and departing passengers, Hamburg Airport recorded its highest passenger volume to date in October since the start of the pandemic. On 7 October 2022, almost 50,000 passengers arrived or departed on a single day, the highest number since 2019. In the first week of October, around 294,000 passengers used the airport - more passengers than in the busiest summer holiday week. Despite the encouraging performance, passenger numbers are still well below those of 2019 - currently at around 75 per cent compared to before the pandemic.

"After passenger numbers had remained stable at a high level in the summer, demand rose again in the autumn. Both within and outside the holidays, many northern Germans were drawn to the sun. This clearly shows that there is a great need to catch up after the Corona break. Northern Germans finally want to use their holidays for a trip again and treat themselves to a break from everyday life. Even those who have family and friends abroad now want to see their loved ones in person again," says Katja Bromm, Head of Communications at Hamburg Airport.

Daily and weekly records fall during the autumn holidays

The first week of October saw the start of the autumn holidays in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, and Hamburg Airport recorded 712,000 passengers during these school-free weeks, including the weekend before the holidays. The first weekend of travel was so popular that the airport was able to post two records since the beginning of the pandemic: the busiest day on 7 October with almost 50,000 passengers and the busiest week. With 294,000 passengers, demand in the first full week of October was even higher than during the summer holidays. By comparison, around 280,000 travellers used Hamburg Airport in the strongest week in July.

Warm regions particularly popular in October

Since the beginning of autumn, many northern Germans have been drawn to warm regions. After Majorca in first place among the most popular holiday destinations, two Turkish cities follow: Antalya and Istanbul. Dubai with temperatures above 30 degrees and Heraklion (Greece) were also in vogue. In addition to the classic holiday destinations, northern Germans also travelled to distant destinations around the world in October, including such unusual destinations as Thiruvananthapuram (India), Papeete (South Seas near Bora Bora) or Kangerlussuaq (Greenland).

Baggage machines: Every 4th suitcase processed via self-check in

About two thirds of all passengers can already use the 30 baggage machines in Terminals 1 and 2. This service has been well received: Every fourth suitcase is now checked in by the passengers themselves. In the coming year, this figure is expected to rise to one in three suitcases. Since the first baggage machines went into operation in November 2017, the airport has steadily expanded its infrastructure. A total of eleven airlines already offer this service to their passengers. The latest partner is the holiday airline Condor.

via Hamburg Airport