Dortmund Airport had to record a 2020 percent drop in passengers in 55. The airport handled a total of 1.220.624 passengers. The number of flight movements decreased by 48 percent. Most of the travelers flew to Katowice, Bucharest and Sofia.
“A very difficult year for the entire industry is coming to an end. The corona pandemic presented us with unprecedented challenges and required a high degree of flexibility. The topics ranged from the creation of hygiene concepts, the introduction of short-time working and the establishment of test centers to the almost complete cessation of air traffic, to the establishment of a Wizz Air Base and the restart of air traffic. Even though we finished 2020 better in percentage terms than the average for all German airports, we missed our actual goal of building on the record year 2019 by a long way, ”summarizes airport managing director Ludger van Bebber.
Van Bebber is cautiously optimistic for the year 2021: “The good cooperation with our system partners even during the crisis, the flexibility and commitment of the entire workforce, the support of our parent company DSW21 and, last but not least, the commitment of our largest customer Wizz Air to the Dortmund location let us look to the future with confidence. We assume that there will be a substantial recovery in air traffic in the course of 2021. An exact passenger forecast during the corona pandemic is almost impossible - the year 2020 showed us this impressively. It is important for us to take a clear step in the right direction in 2021 so that we can build on 2022 again in 2019. With a recovery in air traffic for the summer flight schedule 2021 and a positive development in the vaccination process, our goal is to be able to welcome more than 2 million passengers at the airport in 2021. "