Hamburg Airport has been in operation for over 100 years. It is the oldest airport in Germany to still be located at its original location. A lot has changed since it was established in 1911. Technology has made great advances and the demands on airports have risen considerably.

As Germany’s fifth-largest commercial airport, Hamburg Airport ensures that its infrastructure always meets current expectations and is technologically up to date. This is essential in order to offer passengers a safe, secure and comfortable travel experience and good service. Hamburg Airport is therefore upgrading and modernising its terminals and the apron, step by step.

Hamburg Airport asks for your patience with regard to any inconvenience arising from the construction work.

Overview of current construction work

Comprehensive refurbishment of Apron 1

Between 2016 and 2020, Hamburg Airport is refurbishing the entire main apron during ongoing operations. This has to be done so that the concrete and asphalt surfaces, in some cases 60 years old, will be suitable for the challenges of airport operations in the future. The work is being completed in staggered phases so as to keep the impact on ongoing operations to a minimum.

Due to the construction work, sections of the apron are blocked, so that only a limited number of pier parking positions are available. Significantly more aircraft have to be parked at remote positions. This means that there are detours on the remaining space, along with increased traffic — passenger buses, baggage tugs, construction vehicles, and aircraft. Hamburg Airport was well prepared for the construction period and has more buses and personnel in place. At peak times, however, when traffic levels are high, longer waits cannot be ruled out.

Flyer: Apron construction work! Longer routes for everyone


Modernisation of check-in baggage conveyor belts in Terminal 2

Hamburg Airport is modernising the main and feed-in conveyors for checked baggage at the check-in counters in Terminal 2. The work is expected to be completed by mid-February 2018. The complete belts, including the mechanism underneath, are being replaced. This work is necessary so that the conveyor belts will continue to meet the growing demands of baggage handling in the future.

The check-in counters in the terminals will be temporarily reassigned during the construction work. Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Swiss, Germanwings and Eurowings will remain in Terminal 2, currently at the counter rows 7 and 9. Aegean, Blue Air, Brussels Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Luxair, Rhein-Neckar Air, Ryanair, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, SkyWork Airlines, TAP Portugal, Tunisair and Wizzair will temporarily relocate to Terminal 1. Before travelling, passengers should double check their departure terminal online on the airport website in the section “Flights and Flying / Departures”. Appropriate information is also available from the airlines and in reservation documentation. Travellers should also pay attention to information displays and announcements at the airport.


More space in front of the central security checkpoint

Hamburg Airport is closing the stairwell in the publicly accessible area of the Airport Plaza, as it is rarely used. The escalators and fixed stairs are being dismantled. This will provide more space in front of the central security checkpoint. After construction begins, travellers can still reach the security checkpoint via the Departure Level in Terminals 1 and 2. The period after the autumn school break was deliberately chosen to keep the impact of the construction work in the terminals and the Airport Plaza to a minimum. Construction work is expected to be completed by the end of March 2017. 

Further information

Hamburg Airport regularly updates passengers and interested parties about its modernisation work using its social media channels: