When the autumn holidays begin in the north on the weekend, the terminals at Hamburg Airport fill up: The airport expects around 450.000 arriving and departing passengers in the next two weeks.
An average of over 30.000 guests and around 115 take-offs and landings are expected each day. Especially in the early hours of the morning and on the weekends, you can expect an increased rush, so all passengers should prepare well: They should be at the airport at least two hours before departure, allow a little more time than usual for the controls and bring their travel documents including vaccination and always have test certificates to hand.
“During this autumn break, we will probably experience the highest volume of traffic since the beginning of the corona pandemic. Many northern Germans long for a holiday in the sun - the demand is correspondingly high for Mediterranean classics such as Spain, Turkey and the Greek islands, ”says Katja Bromm, Head of Communications at Hamburg Airport. However, the airport is still a long way from a return to pre-Corona times: the average traffic volume is only 50 percent of the passenger numbers in 2019.
“Nevertheless, it gets very crowded by the hour during these autumn holidays when the departures are concentrated in the sun. That is why we are counting on the passengers to bring a little more time, patience and understanding. ”The two busiest days are expected to be Friday, October 1st and Friday, October 15th, with 130 departures and 130 arrivals each.
The day before: do the check-in and corona test
The airlines Lufthansa, Eurowings, Condor, Swiss, Brussels Airlines and Austrian Airlines offer evening check-in between 18:00 p.m. and 20:00 p.m. - this makes the day of travel even more relaxed. If you need a current PCR test for your holiday destination, you can also have it carried out the day before or a few hours in advance at the airport. The fastest professional PCR tests provide results in as little as 75 minutes. Those interested can find an overview of the test centers at Hamburg Airport here Link.
On the day of departure: arrive at the airport early and plan a time buffer
Due to the high volume of travel, passengers should arrive at Hamburg Airport at least two hours before departure. On the following days, the terminals open at 3.15 a.m., check-in and central security control start at 3 a.m.: October 30st to 1th, October 4th to 7th and October 11th to 14th. All passengers should allow a little more time than usual. In addition, travelers are asked, if absolutely necessary, to take a maximum of one accompanying person into the terminal areas and, if possible, to say goodbye outside the terminals.
At the airport: have documents ready, reduce hand luggage
In order to keep the waiting times as short as possible, all passengers should always have the necessary travel documents (ID, boarding pass, vaccination pass if necessary, corona test results and entry forms from the destination country) to hand. For contactless check-in, many airlines have mobile check-in as well as check-in and baggage machines in Terminal 1 and 2. Long waiting times can also be avoided at the security checkpoint: Passengers should not take more than one piece of hand luggage with them and always have larger electronic devices and 1-liter bags with liquids close at hand.