Airport cracks the 12-million mark
Cologne Bonn Airport is once again able to set new traffic records in 2017. For the first time, the Airport cracked the 12-million mark. Around 12.4 million passengers took off from or landed at Cologne Bonn Airport last year – a new annual record. This is an increase of 500,000 travellers, or four percent, compared to the previous year. Air cargo also showed a positive development in 2017: 840,000 tonnes, which is a plus of seven percent – another record for the third biggest cargo airport in Germany. (2016: 786,000 tonnes of air cargo).
“The development of our passenger and cargo figures is proof of how well Cologne Bonn Airport is positioned. The latest records will motivate all our employees to continue this success story in 2018“, says Managing Director Athanasios Titonis.
2017 was the fourth year in a row that saw growth in the two important business segments – passenger traffic and cargo. The main growth driver in passenger traffic was Eurowings. The Lufthansa subsidiary included new destinations, such as Cape Town and Windhoek in the South of Africa, in its long- haul route network. On its domestic routes to Munich, Berlin and Hamburg, Eurowings also offered more connections. Despite the insolvency of Air Berlin, which ceased operations in October, the bottom line for the Airport was a plus of three percent in passenger figures in the fourth quarter of 2017 as well.
The air cargo industry is being spurred on by the positive global economic development. In particular, the increase in international e-commerce is boosting the economy in important well-established markets (Asia, Europe, North America). The express cargo companies based in Cologne/Bonn, such as UPS, FedEx and DHL, benefit from this trend.