Flight operations commenced in 1911 on a 44-hectare site.
Today, the premises have grown to 570 hectares, incorporating the largest contiguous green space in Hamburg.
The site is surrounded by a 22-kilometer perimeter fence and an 18-kilometer perimeter road.
A comprehensive refurbishment of the 330,000-square-meter main apron (Apron 1) was undertaken from 2016 to 2020.
A total of 55 aeroplanes can now be handled at any one time.
To handle aircraft, there are 19 pier positions (15 with jetbridges and 4 walk-in-walk-out positions) as well as additional remote positions on Apron 1. A further 14 remote positions on Apron 2 are available for charter and scheduled traffic.
Hamburg Airport has two intersecting runways.
Taking off and landing is possible in four directions.
A separate terminal with comprehensive infrastructure is available for general aviation.
On average, 35 private jets, propeller aircraft, and helicopters park in the adjacent hangar.
There are around 55 take-offs and landings per day (mostly commercial: charter flights, private flights, and training flights).
|Plaza + Pier
|Number of check-in counters
|Number of shops and restaurants
|Number of travel agency counters
Hamburg Airport Group: around 1,800
Subsidiary companies: around 1,010
Flughafen Hamburg GmbH: around 790
269.4 million euros
274.8 million euros
119.6 million euros
128.9 million euros
216.7 million euros
A total of 15,000 people are employed at Hamburg Airport, 2000 of them directly with Flughafen Hamburg GmbH and its subsidiaries.
Each of the 15,000 jobs at Hamburg Airport secures a further 1.8 jobs in Hamburg.
The purchasing power of domestic and international guests drive positive local demand effects amounting to 1.3 billion euros.
Every euro of value creation at the airport also generates 2.0 euros of value creation in Hamburg – totalling at least 500 million euros per year.
*Source: Institute of International Economics (HWWI) report from 2017
The most important task of the Aviation Division is to ensure smooth airport operations, working in close collaboration with the airlines. Aviation is responsible for continuous optimation of passenger flow, airport logistics, and the strategic evolution of cargo. Furthermore, Aviation assigns aircraft positions on the apron and the check-in counters in the terminals. Responsibility for “safety and security” also brings the Airport Fire Brigade and the Security services within the scope of Aviation.
Hamburg Airport’s focus on the needs of passengers is the remit of the Passenger Management Division. From home to the plane and back — one core business division is responsible for every point of contact with the passenger and every interaction that shapes the customer experience. This includes passenger information, passenger services, guidance and orientation at the airport, terminal management, baggage logistics, hygiene, and cleaning.
The management of all rental units, management and marketing of the advertising business, and all retail and food & beverage activities are included in the remit of the Center Management (FC) Division. Responsibilities also include location marketing, guiding the joint marketing programme, awarding concessions for landside traffic, and the concept and rental of the new Air Cargo Center.
Real Estate Management is responsible for the cohesive development of the airport site and for marketing infrastructure to internal and external customers. Alongside classical real estate management – the rental of office space and property maintenance – the Real Estate Management Division is also responsible for project management and actual construction.
Various overlapping processes make up the Ground Handling Division. Ground handling services include, for example, loading and unloading aircraft, cabin cleaning, pushback, bus transfers, and passenger handling. Operative ground handling services are carried out by companies including subsidiaries GroundSTARS, CATS, STARS — operating under the umbrealla of HAM Ground Handling — and the minority holding AHS Hamburg. These companies are legally autonomous.
Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (51% stake), AviAlliance GmbH (49% stake)
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Hamburg Flughafen GmbH and State Councillor of the Hamburg Ministry of Economic Affairs and Innovation
Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Managing Director AviAlliance GmbH, Düsseldorf
Tobias von der Heide
State Secretary in the Ministry of Economics, Transport, Labor, Technology and Tourism of the State of Schleswig-Holstein
Managing Director of HGV Hamburger Gesellschaft für Vermögens- und Beteiligungsmanagment mbH
Dr. Nadine Bräuninger
Head of Department ZR Authority for Environment, Climate, Energy and Agriculture at the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Dr. Sibylle Roggencamp
Executive Director in the Department of Finance Authority of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker
Chairman of the Advisory Council Roland Berger GmbH
Dr. Johannes Conradi
Lawyer and Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Head of Member Dialog and Audits at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce
Director Asset Management AviAlliance GmbH
Employee representative, Chairman of the Joint Works Council
Flughafen Hamburg GmbH's Economic Advisory Board is a platform where we regularly seek expert advice from northern Germany's business community. Here we discuss with key economic players how we can further develop Hamburg Airport's regional economic importance in line with demand and promote and highlight the positive macroeconomic effects emanating from the airport.
Owner, Adams Unternehmensberatung
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Basler AG
Partner, Ernst & Young GmbH Auditing Company
State Councilor (ret.) Gunther Bonz
Managing Director, Eurogate GmbH & Co. KG
Dr. Christian von Bötticher
Managing Director, Peter Kölln GmbH & Co. KG
President, DEHOGA Hamburg
Chairman of the Executive Board, Drägerwerk AG
Managing Director, Horizonte Textil GmbH
Managing Director, Deutsche Shell Holding GmbH
Dr. Norman Goldberg
Chairman of the Executive Board, tesa SE
Human Resources, ECE Projektmanagement GmbH
CEO, Philips Market DACH
Dr. Hans Fabian Kruse
Managing Director, Wiechers & Helm GmbH
Managing Director, Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG
CEO, TUI Cruises GmbH
Dr. Holger Otte
Chairman of the Executive Board, BDO AG
Karl J. Pojer
CEO DSR Hospitality Holding GmbH
Chairman of the Board, Tourismusverband Hamburg e.V.
Willem van der Schalk
Managing Director, a. hartrodt Deutschland GmbH
Owner Anni Carlsson GmbH
Senior Vice President Supplier Relations, BCD Travel Germany