Hamburg Airport and the G20 summit

Questions and Answers

Hamburg will be at the focus of international politics this summer. On 7 and 8 July, 2017, the G20 summit of the major industrial nations and newly industrialising nations will take place here. Numerous heads of state and government along with more than 6,000 high-ranking delegates and over 3,000 media representatives are expected. Many of them will arrive via Hamburg Airport.

The following overview addresses questions that are frequently being asked at Hamburg Airport relating to preparations for the G20 summit. Many questions cannot yet be conclusively answered. As soon as further details become known, we will update the text accordingly.

 

Questions and Answers



When the G20 summit of the major industrial nations and newly industrialising nations will takes place on 7 and 8 July, Hamburg will be the focus of global politics. For the city, this is a great opportunity to show how cosmopolitan and hospitable it is. We at Hamburg Airport are looking forward to welcoming many of the participants at our airport. The size of the event presents a particular challenge for the airport and all who work here. We will create an “airport within the airport” here in Hamburg in order to organise scheduled flights and special G20 flight operations in parallel. We expect around 70 special aircraft. In view of the high-ranking heads of state and heads of government, additional security precautions will be in place for the summit. 

As is normal for state visits, the routes of these visitors with especially high protection must be secured. Responsibility for all security measures, road closures and traffic control rests with the Hamburg Police in collaboration with the Federal Police and the police of other German states. Details of the routes and possible short-term road closures that affect access to Hamburg Airport have not yet been finalised. It is recommended, however, that you plan more time than usual for the journey to the airport and that you travel using the S1 S-Bahn (metro rail) line.

The Holiday Shuttle will follow a different route from 6 to 9 July, bypassing Weg beim Jaeger, which may result in longer travel times. Furthermore, the Holiday Shuttle is not expected to stop at Lufthansa Technik during this time. Please also consult the route changes to reach the holiday car parks and follow the changed signposting to the P8 and P9 multistorey car parks.

 

Yes, journey times to the airport may, in certain circumstances, be longer. Although details of possible road closures on roads leading to the airport have not yet been finalised, we recommend planning more time than normal for the journey to the airport and, whenever possible, using public transport such as the S-Bahn metro rail network (Line S1). Responsibility for all security measures, road closures and traffic control rests with the Hamburg Police in collaboration with the Federal Police and the police of other German states.

 

 

Details have not yet been finalised. Traffic guidance is part of the Hamburg Police planning concept. Responsibility for all security measures, road closures and traffic control rests with the Hamburg Police in collaboration with the Federal Police and the police of other German states.

As the G20 summit is taking place during the peak travel period, parking capacity will be heavily utilised. It is advisable to travel to the airport using the S1 S-Bahn (metro rail) line.

 

According to current planning, the S1 S-Bahn line will still operate as scheduled to and from Hamburg Airport during the G20 summit.

In addition to the standard schedule, the departures from Hamburg Airport will be extended from 0:13 to 1:33 on 7, 8 and 9 July. The S1 S-Bahn line will then depart every 20 minutes to the main station and to Altona.

On 7, 8 and 9 July, there will also be additional early departures from Altona to Hamburg Airport at 3:11 and 3:31. The arrival at the airport will be at 3:49 and 4:09.

The Hamburg Public Transport Association (HVV) has worked out a traffic concept for the City of Hamburg during the G20 summit. You can find the concept and much further information on the public transport at the HVV’s website under www.hvv.de/en/.

 

 

Scheduled flight operations will continue during the G20 summit. During the peak arrival and departure times for state and government aircraft, however, delays to scheduled flights cannot be ruled out. The aim, however, is to keep the disruption to a minimum. Passengers are advised to regularly check the current status of their flights before travelling to the airport, and where appropriate to contact the airline.

 

Yes. Special rules, however, apply to government aircraft due to international regulations. It is important to us that these special flight operations have as little impact as possible on normal flight operations and on all passengers here at Hamburg Airport. For this reason, the Aircraft Noise Protection Compliance Officers of the responsible authority, the Department of Environment and Energy has issued a permit to extend the applicable delayed flight rule that applies until midnight for one hour between 7 and 9 July, 2017, i.e. to 1 a.m. This should ensure that even in the case of delays resulting from the G20 summit, all flights scheduled before 11 p.m. can still be processed. This exemption from the normal regulations was issued in awareness of the fact that during the G20 summit in Hamburg there is no hotel or similar accommodation available for passengers in Hamburg.

 

In view of the meeting of high-ranking heads of state and heads of government, our city will be subject to the highest security level. Responsibility for the security concept lies with the Hamburg Police, who have still to make decisions about individual measures. The security checkpoints at Hamburg Airport are of a high level and satisfy the highest standards. From 12 June to 11 July, depending on the situation, i.e. at flexible locations and times, the German Federal Police may operate border control checks at any and all German inner-Schengen borders, whether air, land or sea.

 

According to current planning, the airport’s observation decks will not be accessible for the general public from 6 to 8 July, 2017.

 

According to current planning, the Café Himmelsschreiber will not be accessible for the general public from 7 to 9 July, 2017. According to current planning, the Coffee to Fly will be open at the usual times during the G20 summit. However, the access road to the Coffee to Fly will presumably be closed by the police, thus it will be only accessible by foot.

 

The Federal Government provides a comprehensive overview of Germany’s G20 presidency and all useful information about G20 and the summit online at www.g20.org. The city portal, www.hamburg.de, also offers detailed information. 

The police will decide about individual closures of streets around the airport. It is currently not possible to give advice on particularly good locations for photography. According to current planning, the airport’s observation decks will not be accessible for the general public from 6 to 8 July, 2017. It is also not possible to access the multistorey car parks P1, P2 and P5 during the G20 summit to take photos.

 

Government aircraft are subject to special security regulations. We are therefore, unfortunately, unable to provide this information.

As always, there is a ban on photography and filming on the apron – except for accredited photographers. As soon as public spaces are open, photography and filming may be undertaken from there – subject to police restrictions and/or closures. According to current planning, the airport’s observation decks will not be accessible for the general public from 6 to 8 July, 2017. It is also not possible to access the multistorey car parks P1, P2 and P5 during the G20 summit to take photos.