1,220,624 passengers used Dortmund Airport for their journey in 2020. This is 55% lower than the number of passengers the Airport saw in its record year in 2019. The number of flights fell by 48% in the same period. Katowice continues to be the most popular destination to fly to from Dortmund Airport. A great number of passengers are also making use of the connections to Bucharest and Sofia.
Airport CEO Ludger van Bebber summarises that, “A very tough year for the entire industry is coming to a close. The corona pandemic has created never-before-seen challenges and called for a high a degree of flexibility. Issues have ranged from creating hygiene concepts, introducing furlough schemes and establishing testing centres, to the complete shutdown of air travel, the establishment of a Wizz Air Base and restarting air travel. Whilst we may have seen better figures than the average German airport in 2020, we fell well short of our actual target of matching our record year of 2019”.
However, van Bebber is cautiously optimistic about 2021. “Thanks to the good collaboration we have with our long-term partners, including during the crisis, the flexibility and commitment of our entire team of staff, the support of our parent company DSW21 and, not least of all, the commitment of our biggest customer, Wizz Air, to the Dortmund site, we can look to the future with confidence. Our assumption is that there will be a substantial recovery in air travel during 2021. Making an exact prediction of customer numbers during the corona pandemic is impossible – 2020 made that abundantly clear. What is important for us is that we take a significant step in the right direction in 2021 so that we can recreate our 2019 performance once more in 2022. Assuming that air travel recovers in time for the Summer 2021 season and that the vaccination rollout goes well, our aim is to welcome more than 2 million passengers to the Airport in 2021.”