Kassel-Calden Airport was controversial from the start, but this year every passenger who used this airport cost the taxpayer a proud 650 euros. This results from the fact that the 2020 passengers originally forecast for 650.000 are in reach even without a corona pandemic.
In the previous year, Kassel-Calden counted only 120.000 travelers and is thus miles away from the original forecasts with which the developers argued that the controversial airport should be built right next to an existing airfield. The pandemic has now played its part, so that “KSF” only had 2020 passengers between January and October 27.000. The Hessischer Rundfunk calculated that around 18 million euros have flowed to Flughafen GmbH Kassel in the course of the year so far, and that mathematically every passenger was "subsidized" with around 650 euros.
According to Hessischer Rundfunk, operations in Erfurt and Paderborn are also said to be bad business for taxpayers. The amount of the arithmetical subsidy is, however, much lower than in Kassel-Calden. According to HR, Erfurt has counted 27.000 travelers so far, which led to an arithmetical subsidy of 145 euros per passenger. In Paderborn there were 91.800 passengers who were mathematically “subsidized” with around 50 euros. It should be noted that the public subsidies are not calculated per passenger, but the amounts shown are only calculated.