Up to and including the end of August 2023, Dortmund Airport had 2.041.622 passengers, around a quarter more than in the first eight months of the previous year. However, the volume is still below the value achieved in 2019.
In general, it can be seen that - with a few exceptions - almost all German airports have not yet been able to reach the passenger volume that they had in 2019. In many EU countries it has already been exceeded. Among the smaller German airports, it is very noticeable that those with a lot of low-cost traffic are doing better than those from which low-cost airlines largely stay away.
Regarding Dortmund: Although all air traffic is still at the level of the record year 2019, Dortmund Airport is in the fast lane. The airport repeatedly achieved new passenger records, which far exceeded the values from 2019. In a remarkable summer season, the airport recorded the most successful month in its history in July 2023 with 307.377 passengers. This development was confirmed in August with a comparably high passenger volume (306.960 passengers). The figures from the ADV airport association confirm this: At the federal level, the airport stands out significantly from other German airports thanks to steeper growth rates.
At the most recent meeting, the airport's supervisory board also gave the green light for the purchase of an additional electric-powered aircraft tug (pusher). Existing devices with electric drives are impressive in daily use and underpin the plan to convert the entire fleet to environmentally friendly drive systems. Furthermore, Dortmund Airport is to receive four new ground power systems. After the renovation of the first parking position, four additional positions are now to be modernized with mobile e-GPU units. The supply of ground power while aircraft are stationary is an environmentally friendly alternative to kerosene-powered auxiliary turbines.
A further resolution in the interests of sustainability was also voted for. After the successful commissioning of the first photovoltaic systems on the roofs of two aircraft hangars in May of this year, another system is to be built on the roofs of the airport administration in the future.