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New flight destinations as an engine for growth at Dortmund Airport

16. supervisory board meeting: Continuous passenger growth in the year’s course

Pressebild eurowings holiday
An Airbus with the Eurowings holiday design starts at Dortmund Airport © Dortmund Airport, Sascha Kamrau.

Crossing the 2 million passenger mark at the end of the year remains the declared target for Dortmund Airport. Thus the last supervisory board meeting of the current year 2017 reviewed the development of transport at the Dortmund Airport. The Ruhr area airport managed to continuously increase its number of passengers throughout the entire year. The quarterly financial statement illustrates the passenger growth that materialised: 1.8 per cent passenger plus in the first quarter, 2.7 per cent passenger plus in the second quarter, 3.3 percent passenger plus in the third quarter.

New traffic as a driver of growth

Airport Managing Director Udo Mager on the increase in number of airline passengers: “This positive traffic development is the result of intensive airline acquisition and efforts to offer new attractive destinations from Dortmund Airport. In addition to a slight increase in demand and in part increased frequency of existing connections, the growth is especially due to the new connections starting in the second half of the year.” The introduction of new attractive flight connections to Thessaloniki (Ryanair), Varna (Wizz Air), Hurghada (Corendon Airlines Europe) and Vienna (Eurowings) are starting to bear fruit. Dortmund Airport could thus successfully continue on the road to success of the first six months and increase the passenger amount further. At the end of the month of November, ultimately a passenger plus of roughly 13 per cent were recorded compared to the previous year. The traffic figures of September (plus 5.3 per cent) and October (plus 6 per cent) were significant in that development. With 1,842,135 passengers from January to November 2017, crossing that 2-million passenger mark is now within reach. This mark was last reached ten years ago.

Sustainability on the agenda

A new sustainability report now follows the first sustainability report of 2013 and the sustainability statement in 2015, which shows how the sustainability management has been evolving and supplemented by new measures at Dortmund Airport. As a Corporate Citizen (company amidst society), the Ruhr area airport feels obligated in many ways. With more than 30 flight connection destinations, it is a central component of the mobility infrastructure in North Rhine-Westphalia and simultaneously an important employer in the region. As part of a sustainable company development, Dortmund Airport always considers the impact of its actions on the environment, the society, the economy as well as its staff.

Acting and doing business sustainably with the goal to minimise the airport’s negative impact on the surroundings is a guiding dictum of the airport. In 2017, a survey was conducted for the first time with so-called stakeholders (members of the interest and stakeholder groups), in order to identify their internal and external issues and areas of activity and to better consider these in the future. The sustainability report has been provided on the airport’s website at www.dortmund-airport.de/nachhaltigkeit/ziele-und-massnahmen for review.

Recertification as a family-friendly company (FamUnDo)

Dortmund Airport has been conducting endeavours for several years in many ways to create family-friendly conditions and to promote the compatibility of family and work. With the recertification as a family-conscious company (FamUnDo) by the Wirtschaftsförderung Dortmund the airport’s entrepreneurial work to strengthen and maintain a healthy work-life balance has been attested to. The range of measures offered to airport employees which contribute to a better compatibility of private and work like, reaches from flexible work hours to supported fitness programmes up to further trainings and topic-specific workshops. Further information on the consulting programme FamUnDo which the Dortmund Airport participates in has been made available on the website at www.famundo.de.

For more information: 

Annika Neumann

annika.neumann@dortmund-airport.de

tel.: 0231 92 13-518