Per capita value added of 126,000 Euros // Aviation impact of the region felt daily in over 100,000 flights around the world

For the first time, comprehensive figures are available on employment, value creation and innovation activities arising out of the aviation sector in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, thanks to a market analysis, jointly produced by the VDI/VDE Institute for Innovation and Technology (iit) and Hamburg Aviation

A total workforce of around 41,200 employees in around 300 companies and institutions contribute to Hamburg’s aviation sector. The per capital value added is thus much higher than the performance for the economy as a whole in the metropolitan region (74,599 euros per capita), demonstrating the industry’s higher than average productivity.

Aviation in Hamburg — annual turnover of 5.18 billion Euros

Companies like Airbus and Lufthansa Technik, medium-sized businesses, temporary employment agencies and engineering firms generate 5.8 billion euros in revenue per year, a huge increase of 33.4 percent since 2012. With globally leading areas of competence such as aircraft cabins, a piece of Hamburg is on board in more than 100,000 daily civilian flights all over the world. Currently, every sixth newly delivered aircraft worldwide comes from Airbus in Hamburg, and one in five aircraft worldwide is maintained by Lufthansa Technik.

As Germany’s biggest aviation location, Hamburg has a stable record of job development. The number of people employed in aviation here grew by 3.0 percent between 2012 and 2017 alone. Overall, compared to the national average, 4.4 times as many people are employed in the aviation sector here, around 27,000 of them in manufacturing firms. Four Hamburg universities are active in aeronautical research and teaching: Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg University of Technology, and the University of Hamburg.

Flagship projects such as ZAL and the Crystal Cabin Award make Hamburg visible

The metropolitan region’s economic footprint gains shape and contour from a strong start-up ecosystem and such flagship projects as the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, the Crystal Cabin Award, recognised far beyond the region, and application-oriented research projects. The latter, in particular, benefited from such milestones as the opening of the ZAL Center for Applied Aeronautical Research in 2016 and the decision of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to establish two new institutes here, each with some 100 staff.

Hamburg has the most aviation funding of any city in Germany

The frequency of innovation is especially high, too. German aerospace companies invest around €181,000 per employee in research and development — almost 20 percent more than the average for the overall economy.

The German Federal Government supports the nation’s aviation sector with an independent Aviation Research Programme (LuFo). From the programme, 575 million euros have flowed into innovation projects in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region since the 1990s. This puts Hamburg at the top of the funding table.

Commenting on the market analysis, Hamburg’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Senator Michael Westhagemann said, “The current figures for our aviation industry show the lasting success of our economic policy, characterised in recent years both by such milestones as the opening of the ZAL Center for Applied Aeronautical Research and by stable factors like the networking within the Hamburg Aviation cluster. This development spurs us on, motivating us not to be sit back and savour what we have achieved but rather to work to ensure that, as we move forward, Hamburg remains one of the leading and most innovative aviation locations on the planet.”

The complete market analysis is available for download as a booklet here: