Passenger figures remain high, new airlines with modern aircraft, new routes and a wide range of awards for social commitment and environmental protection: Hamburg Airport looks back on a successful year 2018.
Major cities throughout Europe, sun-break destinations and skiing regions are all added to Hamburg’s route network in 2018. New destinations served direct from Hamburg include Zakynthos, Jersey, Trieste, Kayseri, Samos, Agadir and Bergen.
Investments in infrastructure keep paying for themselves. The new ground handling service operations building is officially opened in February. With state-of-the-art facilities, direct access to the apron and its own staff canteen, it guarantees short walking distances. And the plan also included even more space to support occupational health and safety. In the fitness studio, ground handling personnel can undertake an occupational health programme during their working hours. The new administrative authorities building is opened in February. The building brings all the safety and security agencies present at the airport together under one roof.
Meanwhile, the fifth of ten phases in the comprehensive apron refurbishment is completed on schedule at the end of June. This marks the completion of work on two thirds of the apron area. All the jetbridges are being renovated as part of the apron refurbishment. All the “fingers” are back in operation right on time for the summer holiday period — and fully updated.
And one of the existing double jetbridges gets a third movable “finger” to prepare the airport for handling the world’s largest airliner. Because, on 29 October, the big day comes at last and the airport celebrates the first scheduled Emirates flight with the Airbus A380. One of these giants of the skies flies between Hamburg and Dubai every day.
Best Regional Airport Europe
The Hamburg Airport Group is growing dynamically, and the commitment of all personnel reaps rewards a number of times in 2018. Already in March, Hamburg Airport wins the renowned Skytrax World Airport Award in the “Best Regional Airport Europe” category. The award is based on passenger surveys. This recognition is reinforced by another prize. In June, the airport wins the ACI “Best Airport Europe” award in the 10 to 25 million passenger category. This is the third time Hamburg Airport has won the title, following on from victories in 2012 and 2013. And there is another honour to come, for a very special project. In September, an environmental initiative to protect the communal bees that live on the airport site becomes anofficial project of the UN Decade on Biodiversity.
The “Hamburg Airport. On the move. Community Prize” was a resounding success when it was launched in 2017. In November 2018, it is again awarded to voluntary projects. The prize money is increased by 2,000 euros to a total of 12,000 euros. And there are twice as many entries as the previous year.
November also marks the start of work to renew the baggage conveyor system in Terminal 2. This project, an investment of 18.5 million euros, is being carried out during ongoing operations. The facility is 25 years old and its performance is vital. Rebuilding work is expected to be completed in 2020.
The airport’s S-Bahn metro rail link reaches a milestone in 2018, too. On 11 December, it turns ten years old. This year, 7.7 million passengers travel to the airport using the S1 railway line. Over the last decade, the figure totals 60 million passengers. The Airport Plaza, between the two terminals, celebrates its 10th birthday in December, too.
This eventful year, 2018, draws to a close with a very emotional event. The former Federal Chancellor, airport neighbour and Hamburg citizen, Helmut Schmidt, would have turned 100 in December. To honour his memory, the permanent exhibition about Schmidt in Terminal 2 is extended with a third story table, entitled “A Life in 100 stories”.