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Rostock Airport increases its passenger figures by 12%

Rostock-Laage, 15.01.2016: After three years of declining traffic development, the Rostock-Laage Airport has once again been able to record a substantial, double-digit increase in traffic for the first time in 2015. The number of passengers transported increased by 12% with 190,869 passengers. As a result, Rostock Airport has at the same time been able to uncouple from the industry trend that still shows declining passenger figures among the regional airports.

The upswing was supported by all four business segments:

  • In the business travel segment, the stable inner-German connections to Stuttgart and Cologne were also supplemented by the first-time inclusion of flights to Munich on weekdays by Deutsche Lufthansa.
  • In the incoming tourism segment that is important for this region, the Austrian market could be developed for the first time together with the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourism Association. The Austrian national carrier AUA brought over 2,000 guests from Linz to the Baltic Sea.
  • For the first time in 2015, in conjunction with the Rostock port development company (HERO), the Costa Crociere shipping line could be convinced to bring their guests to Warnemünde by aircraft. About 18,500 cruise ship passengers from Madrid, Rome, Paris and Milan took advantage of this service.
  • In the holiday flight sector, Germania, which also stationed an aircraft in Rostock starting in the winter, ultimately and significantly increased their destinations and numbers of visitors so that this segment could also increase by over 20%.

“Based on the positive development in the past year, in 2016 we will also consistently further develop our business segments. The focus will be on feeder flights for cruise tourism, which we will expand considerably. In the incoming segment we are again expecting guests from Switzerland for the first time. On the other hand, we will be able to welcome substantially more tourists from Austria due to larger aircraft and increased numbers of visitors. Germania ultimately increased the number of destinations and visitors by almost 50% in the holiday flight sector”, says Dr Rainer Schwarz, Managing Director of the Rostock-Laage Airport.

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