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Dortmund Airport on track for a record

Passenger numbers higher than ever

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At today’s meeting of the Supervisory Board, Dortmund Airport management reported on the current traffic numbers at Dortmund Airport. Dortmund Airport has managed to break previous passenger records for several months in a row.

Airport head Ludger van Bebber had this to say about the developments since the last meeting in June: “Dortmund Airport celebrated record numbers of passengers in June as well as in July and August 2022. The numbers were above the level for the comparable months in the record year 2019 before the corona pandemic.”

In August, for example, Dortmund welcomed around 264,400 passengers, which is over 3,000 passengers more than in the previous peak month of August 2019. Never before have so many passengers flown to and from Dortmund. This makes Dortmund Airport stand out in a nationwide comparison. At other airports in contrast the number of air traffic passengers in Germany has not yet returned to the level before the pandemic. According to the airport association ADV, German airports recorded a 39.6 percent drop in passenger numbers from January to July 2022 compared to 2019.

This year’s NRW summer holidays from June 25th to August 9th brought Dortmund Airport a new passenger record: With a total of 391,900 passengers, they were the most successful holiday seasons in the airport’s history.

“These figures are extremely pleasing and give us confidence in the future,” says Ludger van Bebber. However, he also pointed out: “Despite the high number of passengers in the summer season, there are currently uncertainties about the outlook for the coming winter. The effects of the pandemic and increased energy prices as well as inflation remain to be seen.”

What is certain, however, is the introduction of a new travel destination: From the end of September, the Hungarian airline Wizz Air will fly to Italy’s capital Rome.