Leipzig and Dresden benefited from cargo demand

Dresden Airport (Photo: Flughafen Dresden GmbH, Michael Weimer)
Dresden Airport (Photo: Flughafen Dresden GmbH, Michael Weimer)

Leipzig and Dresden benefited from cargo demand

Dresden Airport (Photo: Flughafen Dresden GmbH, Michael Weimer)
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The German airports Dresden and Leipzig were able to benefit primarily from the increased demand for freight in the previous year, because the number of passengers was well below the pre-crisis level.

With a total of 2021 passengers, the number of passengers at Dresden and Leipzig/Halle airports in 1.001.270 was 9,0 percent higher than in the previous year. A different picture emerges at the two locations. Dresden Airport, which is dominated by scheduled and business travel traffic, counted 331.384 passengers, 14,1 percent fewer than in the previous year. At Leipzig/Halle Airport, which is characterized by holiday travel, the number of passengers rose by 25,8 percent to 669.886.

Cargo handling at Leipzig/Halle Airport rose by 2021 percent in 15 from around 1,3 to almost 1,6 million tons. A new record was thus reached. Growth increased particularly significantly in the fourth quarter. In the months of October, November and December, the volume achieved new record values. In December, this was 149.123 tons, which corresponds to an increase of 5,8 percent compared to the previous year.

“The constantly growing volume of air freight not only contributes to the economic development of our group of companies. At the same time, increasing freight volumes, growth in employment and new settlements provided lasting impetus. The whole of central Germany benefits from this. We also expect freight growth for 2022," says Götz Ahmelmann, CEO of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, and adds: "Depending on the pandemic, we hope for further recovery in passenger traffic, which also includes business travel. In contrast to tourist flights to hot water destinations, demand here has so far fallen short of expectations.”

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