In the first three months of the year, the central German airports recorded further growth in demand, especially for tourist flights. Significantly more passengers were counted at Dresden and Leipzig/Halle airports than in the previous year. Flights to Spain, Egypt and Turkey were particularly in demand.
In the first quarter of the year, passenger numbers at central German airports continued to recover from the consequences of the pandemic. In total, Leipzig/Halle and Dresden airports counted 415.793 passengers; 96,5 percent more than in the same period in 2022. The number of flight movements increased by 4,8 percent to a total of 22.695 take-offs and landings.
At Dresden Airport, the number of passengers increased from January to March 2023 to 146.228. This corresponds to an increase of around 100 percent compared to the same period last year. The number of aircraft movements rose by around 18 percent to 3.898 in the first three months.
At Leipzig/Halle Airport, the number of passengers rose by more than 95 percent to 269.565 in the first quarter. The number of aircraft movements from January to March grew by 2,4 percent year-on-year to 18.797 take-offs and landings.
In relation to the pre-pandemic situation, the Central German airports reached around 2023 percent of the passenger volume of 57 as of March 2019. This development reflects the continued limited offer and the nationwide development, which is below the European average.