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Hamburg Airport: 13.6 million passengers in 2023

Aircraft load factor reaches high level

The recovery of the aviation sector is continuing. Demand for travel by air rose once again at Hamburg Airport in 2023. Compared to 2022, the first year without coronavirus restrictions, passenger volume increased by approximately 22 percent, from 11.1 million (2022) to around 13.6 million passengers in 2023. Especially good news: the aircraft load factor of 80% was higher than the level seen before the pandemic (2019: 77.8%). To satisfy the high demand, airlines are also deploying larger aircraft on flights to and from Hamburg, with greater passenger capacity. The airport expects further growth over this year.

Passenger figures at Hamburg Airport in 2023 were defined by a significant growth in demand. Compared to the previous year, 22 percent more passengers flew to or from Hamburg. For the majority, these flights were for holidays or to visit friends and family. Private travel had a market share of just under 80 percent. Business travel was slightly above 20 percent.

The strong demand for holiday travel was not restricted to the main travel period between June and August. During the autumn, too, many northern Germans were overcome by the urge to travel, both during and outside the school breaks. As a result, the strong summer was followed by an absolute record-breaking October, with the highest figures since the coronavirus for three different indicators: as well as the record monthly passenger volume (1.45 million passengers in October 2023), the airport also set a new weekly record of 342,000 passengers and a daily record of 56,500 passengers, set on Friday 13 October 2023. Despite the positive trend, however, the airport is still around 22 percent below the 17.3 million passengers seen in 2019. 

With approximately 120,300 take-offs and landings, the total number of aircraft movements in 2023 rose by around 9.8 percent over the previous year (2022: approx. 109,600 take-offs and landings; 2019: approx. 155,200 take-offs and landings). In response to the strong demand, the airlines are also deploying larger aircraft with higher seating capacity for flights to and from Hamburg. This meant that the average number of seats per flight grew from 160 (2022) to 163, compared to 159 in 2019. On a particularly positive note, the load factor on aircraft flying to and from Hamburg continues to climb. An average of 80.1 percent of seats were occupied, some 4.6 percentage points higher than in the previous year (2022: 75.5 percent). The average number of passengers per flight in 2023 was 130, compared to an average of 121 the previous year (2022).

Based on current forecasts, Hamburg Airport anticipates 14.3 million passengers for this year, representing an increase of approx. 5 percent over 2023.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency