Press release

2016/07/04

More passengers than ever before in first six months

Cologne Bonn Airport has closed the first six months of 2016 with a record result. For the first time in the airport’s history, more than 5 million passengers were recorded in the period from January to June. Cumulatively, the volume at the end of June, at 5.4 million passengers, was 20 percent over that of the previous year (4.5 million). That makes Cologne/Bonn the airport with the strongest growth among the major German airports with over 10 million passengers. That trend will continue in the summer holidays too: Around 1.85 million travelers are expected in Cologne/Bonn in those six weeks – a double-digit rise of 14 percent when compared to the previous year.

“The first six months have been fantastic for us. We are growing much faster than the market because we have rigorously maintained our focus on low-cost traffic and, with the new Eurowings destinations, now also have a unique product on the long-haul routes. Both together are reflected very nicely in our passenger figures,” says airport boss, Michael Garvens.

1.85 million passengers expected in summer holidays

With the beginning of the summer holidays, the year’s biggest travel wave is anticipated at Cologne Bonn Airport. Around 300 aircraft depart and arrive at Cologne/Bonn every day. Around 120,000 passengers are expected in Cologne/Bonn on the first weekend of the holidays (Friday to Sunday) – that is a good 15 percent more than at the start of the holidays in 2015. And that despite the fact that the holiday traffic is ramping up somewhat more hesitantly because of the European soccer championships, as many football fans will set off on their holidays only after the final.

With around 42,000 passengers – about 12,000 more than on average for the year - the Sunday on the first holiday weekend is initially the day with the strongest volume of visitors. That value is expected to be topped on 19 August, the weekend when holidaymakers are returning home: Around 44,000 passengers will then be departing and arriving in Cologne/Bonn – a new record for the airport. Up to now, the daily record is 41,644 passengers achieved on 13 May of this year.

With up to 33 flights a day to Palma, the top destination remains the Balearic Island of Mallorca. The most popular travel destinations behind it are Istanbul, Antalya, London, the Canaries, Vienna, Izmir, Rome, Zurich and Barcelona – as usual the classic beach and city break destinations. Among the holiday countries, Spain and its islands is the Number 1 - ahead of Turkey, Italy and Greece.

The Eurowings long-haul routes are on offer for the first time. The Lufthansa subsidiary flies 18 times a week to 8 long-haul destinations in Thailand (Bangkok, Phuket), the Caribbean (Puerto Plata, Punta Cana), Cuba (Varadero), Mexico (Cancun), Mauritius – and non-stop to Boston in the USA. Miami will be added to the route network as a further destination from 1 September.

Traveling to the airport

For a relaxed start into the holidays, passengers should plan in more time than usual for check-in and the security controls. The company Kötter, which carries out the passenger checks on behalf of the Federal Police, has announced more personnel for the holiday period. Passengers can get information on the current waiting times at the security control points in the internet under http://www.koeln-bonn-airport.de/fluege/abflug-ankunft.html. Travelers can also get more information about traveling to the airport from their airline. The Terminal Service personnel are available for questions at the airport.

Hand baggage rules

Those who pack their hand baggage carefully save time at security: Sharp objects have no place in hand baggage – one should also pack the manicure set and penknife for the picnic in their suitcase. Liquids and crèmes are allowed as long as the bottles are no bigger than 100 ml (in total no more than 1 liter). Liquids must be stowed in a transparent 1 liter plastic bag with a zip fastener. More information on the subject of hand baggage can be found on the website of the Federal Police under http://www.bundespolizei.de/Web/DE/01Sicher-auf-Reisen/01Mit-dem-Flugzeug/mit-dem-flugzeug_node.html.

Family Lane for parents with children 

A Family Lane is available in Terminal 1 for families with children. The security machines in the Family Lane are so big that child seats and buggies can easily be x-rayed. The personnel are also specifically selected and trained for dealing with small children.

Parking

There are in total around 12,600 parking spaces in three multi-story car parks available for passengers at Cologne Bonn Airport. Those who book their parking space online under www.koeln-bonn-airport.de get the best tariffs currently available. The airport advises holidaymakers to get information on the current status of the car parks ahead of time on the homepage.

Further information under www.koeln-bonn-airport.de

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