Hamburg Airport assumes that demand will remain high in the coming weeks. At peak times there may still be longer waiting times. Therefore, the check-in counters are opened earlier and passengers are urged to arrive at the airport in good time.
"In consultation with all local partners, the measures will be continued when the summer holidays begin in Hamburg this week. The demand remains at the current level. The terminals (from 3:15 a.m.), the check-in desks and security control (from 3:30 a.m. each) will continue to open earlier. The Fastlanes in Terminals 1 and 2 are closed until further notice. Passengers are asked to be at the airport at least 2 to 2,5 hours before departure and to go to the security check immediately after checking in," said Hamburg Airport in a media release.
Forecasts for the start of the Hamburg holiday season:
- Thursday, July 7: around 37.000 passengers (around 148 take-offs / 148 landings)
- Friday, July 8: around 43.000 passengers (around 155 take-offs / 155 landings)
- Saturday, July 9: around 37.000 passengers (around 119 take-offs / 119 landings)
- Sunday, July 10: around 40.000 passengers (around 136 take-offs / 136 landings)
The airlines have once again adjusted their flight schedules and canceled some flights. At the beginning of the summer holidays in Hamburg, Hamburg Airport is now expecting up to 280.000 passengers per week - in some cases this corresponds to more than 70 percent compared to 2019. Up to 155 take-offs and 155 landings are planned from Hamburg on the busiest travel days. The airport expects up to 43.000 arriving and departing passengers on popular travel days such as Fridays. This summer, 50 airlines will fly to a total of 115 direct destinations from Hamburg. Many travelers are attracted to the classic holiday destinations such as Mallorca, Greece with the island of Crete, Turkey or the Canary Islands.
“The intensive preparations already paid off last weekend: All partners here at the site are working very concentrated, and most of the passengers are well prepared and show a lot of understanding. That's why we are currently assuming that the situation will remain as calm as it was on the first holiday weekend in the north," says Katja Bromm, Head of Communications at Hamburg Airport. “Our airport support teams will continue to be on site to assist passengers prior to check-in and security. Because at peak times waiting times are not excluded. But we also had to experience that insecure passengers had already arrived 5 hours before departure - this is much too early. Passengers can find our current recommendation on our website.”