Facts, figures and key data on the G20 Summit at Hamburg Airport:

Hamburg at the centre of global politics: On 7 and 8 July, 2017, the G20 summit of the major industrial nations and newly industrialising nations took place in Hamburg. Numerous heads of state and government along with more than 6,000 high-ranking delegates and over 3,000 media representatives took part in the summit. Many of them arrived via Hamburg Airport. This made the summit a challenge for Hamburg Airport, too — a challenge that was comfortably met, thanks to the dedication of all involved. An “airport within the airport” was created to organise the procedure. Special flights to and from Hamburg Airport took place for around 100 aircraft in parallel with normal scheduled operations.


  • Around 100 special aircraft (including transport and support aircraft) landed at Hamburg Airport and departed again in the course of the G20 summit.
  • 26 heads of state and heads of government, along with leaders of the EU and international organisations, used the airport for their journeys to and from the event.
  • Some members of delegations to the summit also travelled to and from the city on scheduled flights.
  • The core team, which took care of all processes relating to the G20 summit at the airport, consisted of up to 35 people.
  • Almost all of the 1,900 employees of Flughafen Hamburg GmbH, from many different departments, were in action during the summit.
  • Main arrival time of heads of state and heads of government: afternoon of 6 July, 2017
  • Main departure time of heads of state and heads of government: afternoon of 8 July, 2017
  • The smallest special aircraft was the Embraer EMB-505 from the Netherlands.
  • The largest special aircraft were the Boeing B747-400s from Korea, Japan, China and India.
  • 6 protocol desks and 2 press centres were established within the security-controlled area of the airport premises.
  • For the parallel handling of special aircraft and scheduled flight operations, the following additional equipment was deployed: 4 tugs, 25 sets of airstairs, 30 ground power units, 60 ground handling service vehicles (e.g. crew transport).
  • Red carpet to a length of 30 meters was rolled out for the heads of state and heads of government as they arrived.


Air Force One Landing at Hamburg Airport