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Central German airports conclude first half of the year with a month of growth

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- 1,765,925 passengers in all passed through the two commercial airports operated by Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, Leipzig/Halle Airport and Dresden Airport, during the first half of 2014.
- Overall, passenger numbers remained at the same level as in the previous year.
- The two airports handled 44,430 aircraft movements, 4.1 percent more than in the first half of 2013.

June saw growth at both airports:

Leipzig/Halle Airport registered 240,778 passengers, 6 percent more than in the same month in 2013. The growth in terms of aircraft movements in June was 4.6 percent.

177,184 passengers passed through Dresden International, an increase of 3.2 percent. As a result, June 2014 is the first month of growth for a year. The number of aircraft movements rose by 0.4 percent to a figure of 2,969, compared to June 2013.

997,970 passengers passed through Leipzig/Halle Airport in the first half of the year, 4.2 percent more than in the same period in the previous year. This development was particularly due to tourist traffic and the new or extended services operated by Etihad Regional and Vueling. Freight volumes at Leipzig/Halle continued to grow slightly. Between January and June, 442,109.4 tonnes were handled, which reflects a growth rate of 0.9 percent. The number of aircraft movements rose by 5.5 percent to 30,552 during the first half of the year.

Markus Kopp, CEO at Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG says,
“Passenger numbers have continued to develop in a positive way at Leipzig/Halle thanks to significant growth in tourist traffic and new attractive destinations like Barcelona, Zurich and Amsterdam. Flights to cities like Istanbul, Paris, Vienna, Moscow and London and the domestic services to Frankfurt and Munich have become established as the foundation of the timetable. The most recent launch of flights to Geneva and other increases in the frequency of services will provide further stimuli for growth in the second half of the year. In the freight sector, Leipzig/Halle Airport has continued to consolidate its position as Germany’s second-largest cargo hub. Freight volumes are growing for the tenth year in succession and this underlines the airport’s position as one of the most important air freight handling centres in Europe.”

Passenger numbers at Dresden International Airport declined by 5.4 percent to a figure of 767,955 during the first half of the year. The number of aircraft movements (13,881 take-offs and landings) grew by 1.2 percent.

Markus Kopp: “After the difficult months, we’ve sensed a tailwind again at Dresden Airport since June. New services like the two daily flights operated by InterSky to Zurich, the daily Aeroflot flights to Moscow and the holiday flights to Djerba are having an effect on the statistics. We’re expecting fresh impetus from Germanwings’ new services to Hamburg, Etihad Regional’s flights to Amsterdam and Zurich and Germania’s to Agadir and Marsa Alam in the second half of the year.”

Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG

Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding is the umbrella brand of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, a company owned by the public sector. The Group has three subsidiaries: Leipzig/Halle Airport, Dresden International Airport and PortGround.

The Group handled 90,647 aircraft movements, about four million passengers and 887,281 tonnes of freight in 2013. The Group directly employed 1,047 people. 9,478 people were employed at various companies and public bodies operating at the Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG airport sites in 2013.

Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding has had a cooperation arrangement with the Shenzhen Airport Group since October 2010. Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding - representing Leipzig/Halle Airport - and the Shanghai Airport Authority - representing Shanghai Pudong International Airport - have had a cooperation arrangement since 2012. The agreement covers the development of new air freight routes and the expansion of existing ones, joint market development and customer acquisition and an exchange of information and personnel.

Leipzig/Halle Airport also signed cooperation agreements with Memphis International Airport and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 2013 to provide closer cooperation in the international air freight market.

Leipzig/Halle Airport also works closely with Kansai International Airport in Japan. An agreement signed by Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding and New Kansai International Airport Company Ltd in March 2014 has paved the way for a strategic partnership.

A strategic airport cooperation arrangement has also linked the Henan Province Airport Group and Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding since 2014. The aim is to jointly develop air cargo services and strengthen the airports as central hubs for the distribution of flows of goods between China and Europe.