The new summer timetable comes into effect at Hamburg Airport on 27 March, 2016. It is valid until 29 October, 2016. Around 60 airlines fly to 120 destinations. On average, they carry 38,500 passengers per day to and from Hamburg in the summer – around 270,000 passengers every week. Once again, for the summer of 2016, the airlines are focussing on destinations for sunny holidays, city trips, and business travel. There are eleven completely new routes from Hamburg. On another seven routes, passengers will now have the choice of additional airlines.
Michael Eggenschwiler, Chief Executive Officer at Hamburg Airport, is delighted by the growing variety in Hamburg’s route network, commenting, “Together with the airlines, we are once again able to offer a wide-ranging route portfolio for this summer season. The summer timetable includes flights to attractive destinations that are being served for the first time from Hamburg, as well as increased frequencies to popular destination regions. Whether for a beach holiday, a city trip, or business travel, passengers flying from Hamburg Airport have a wide choice of airlines to quickly and comfortably take them to the destination of their choice.”
New destinations and airlines in Hamburg Airport’s route network
Right on time for the European Cup football championships in France, the French airline ASL Airlines France is opening three new routes between Hamburg and major French cities, brand new destinations in Hamburg Airport’s route network. Services to the major French cities Marseille and Lyon will commence on 2 May, 2016, with flights to Bordeaux to follow from 5 May. There will be two flights per week to each of the three cities. As strong commercial centres, Marseille, Lyon, and Bordeaux are attractive destinations for business travellers. But they are also ideal starting points for holidaymakers too, offering easy access to the Côte d’Azur (Marseille), the winegrowing regions of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region (Lyon), and the western coast of France (Bordeaux).
The Romanian capital, Bucharest, has also entered Hamburg Airport’s route network for the first time with the new summer timetable, being served by two airlines. Blue Air is launching a new twice-weekly service between Hamburg and Bucharest on 29 March, 2016. And from 1 May, 2016, Tarom will join them with four flights per week to Bucharest. Starting on 17 April, 2016, another new airline is coming to Hamburg Airport: the Hungarian carrier Wizz Air, with direct flights to three eastern European cities that are brand new in the Hamburg Airport route network. There will be two flights per week each to the Macedonian capital, Skopje, and the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, along with four flights per week to the city of Gdansk on Poland’s Baltic coast. A new service to Belgrade further deepens Hamburg’s portfolio of eastern European destinations. Starting on 15 June, 2016, Air Serbia will offer four flights per week from Hamburg to the Serbian capital.
Eurowings is adding another sunny destination to its Hamburg network from 7 May, 2016, with weekly flights to Cagliari, capital of Sardinia, the second-largest island in the Mediterranean. After a long break, Bodrum in Turkey is making its return to Hamburg Airport’s route network with the summer timetable. Germania is launching a new weekly service to link Hamburg with the city on Turkey’s Aegean coast from 7 May, 2016. And SunExpress is also offering weekly flights to the beach resort of Bodrum from 6 May, 2016. Germania is expanding its commitment to Hamburg with a new route to Alanya in the summer timetable, flying to the new, nearby airport of Gazipaşa. The city on the Turquoise Coast is the perfect starting point for a beach holiday. Twice weekly flights commence on 3 June, 2016.
New services to existing destinations
easyJet is expanding its services to existing destinations from Hamburg. Starting on 27 March, 2016, the airline will offer four flights per week to Zürich, increasing its capacity to the popular Swiss city. And easyJet is also adding two new summer sun destinations for the summer timetable. The city of Pula is located in Istria County on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, and will be served by the British carrier with two flights per week starting on 29 June, 2016. Famed for its stunning beaches and crystal-clear water, Olbia, on the Italian island of Sardinia, will also have two easyJet flights per week from Hamburg starting on 30 June, 2016.
Eurowings, too, is adding more European destinations, with twice-weekly flights to Pisa, the Italian city with the world-famous leaning tower, starting on 27 March, 2016. The Lufthansa subsidiary is also adding another holiday destination to its Hamburg network, with three flights per week to the popular holiday and party island of Ibiza commencing on 27 March, 2016. The service is ideal for holidaymakers.
Irish carrier Ryanair is also expanding its Hamburg route network for the 2016 summer timetable with an additional Spanish destination. From 17 March, 2016, the airline will offer five flights per week to Palma de Mallorca, where cultural variety, warm temperatures, and long beaches await. SunExpress, meanwhile, is opening a new service to the Bulgarian port city of Varna on the Black Sea, with weekly flights beginning on 29 June, 2016.
Increased frequencies on popular routes
Several airlines are increasing their frequencies on successful routes for the 2016 summer timetable. The number of easyJet flights to the festival city of Salzburg, for example, will be increased as of 27 March, 2016, with up to seven flights per week, depending on the season. With this increase, easyJet is compensating for some of the capacity lost by airberlin’s withdrawal from the Hamburg-Salzburg route. SWISS is further expanding its capacity on the Zürich route. There will be three additional services on offer from Hamburg as of 2 May. This brings the total number of SWISS services to Zürich per week to 28.
LOT is also increasing frequencies for the 2016 summer timetable, with up to three flights per day between Hamburg and the Polish capital, Warsaw. Germania is increasing the number of flights to the island of Rhodes and to the Lebanese city of Beirut, with two flights per week each instead of one. And for the first time, the airline is also flying to the island of Madeira, famous for its flowers, not only in the winter but also in the summer. Austrian Airlines is increasing its frequency of services to the national capital, Vienna, attractive for both business travel and city trips, to three flights per week. Until now, the airline has flown the route twice weekly.
VLM and British Airways taking over routes
Due to insolvency, Intersky cancelled its route to Friedrichshafen at the end of 2015. The Belgian carrier VLM began serving the route on 15 February, 2016. Friedrichshafen’s ideal location on Lake Constance and the economic strength of the region make the city an attractive destination for both holidaymakers and business travellers.
On 8 May, 2016, British Airways is taking over operations on the route from Hamburg Airport to London City Airport and expanding to three daily flights – morning, midday, and evening – on weekdays with one flight each on Saturday and Sunday. The service was previously operated by the airline’s Danish franchise partner, Sun-Air. The deployment of a Saab 2000 aircraft on the route means that the number of seats available to the convenient inner London airport will more than double.
Outlook for the 2016/2017 winter timetable
The winter timetable will see even more choice for passengers. Ryanair is establishing a new base at Hamburg Airport on 1 November, 2016, with two aircraft to be based in the city and seven new routes to Brussels Zaventem, Dublin, Gran Canaria, London Stansted, Manchester, Milan Bergamo, and Sofia, along with a winter service to Palma de Mallorca. With the opening of its eighth German base, Ryanair is doubling its Hamburg operations for the 2016/2017 winter timetable. The airline will carry around 650,000 passengers to and from Hamburg each year.
Starting with the 2016/2017 winter timetable, Icelandair will be extending its flights to the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, into the winter season for the first time, with up to three flights per week. There will then only be a short break in services between January and March.
Slot coordination at Hamburg Airport
From the start of the 2016 summer timetable period, Hamburg Airport will be a Level 3 slot-coordinated airport. This means that Airport Coordination Germany (“Flughafenkoordinator Deutschland” or “FHKD”) is taking over responsibility for organising the time windows for take-offs and landings (“slots”) – as is already the case for the airports in Berlin (Tegel and Schoenefeld), Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart. The reason for this change is the comprehensive renewal of the main apron, which began in March this year. During the ten consecutive construction phases, up to six aircraft ground handling positions will be unavailable. Level-3 coordination makes it possible for the available positions and capacity at Hamburg Airport to be optimally allocated to the required take-offs and landings. This allows Hamburg Airport to offer airlines and passengers even more reliability and punctuality