Cologne Bonn Airport experienced an impressive 15% growth in 2016 to a record 11.9 million passengers. It ended the year recording new highs for both passenger and cargo traffic.
“2016 was an excellent year for us,” says Michael Garvens, Chairman of the Management Board, Cologne Bonn Airport. “Cologne Bonn was the fastest-growing of all the major German airports, reaching new levels of passenger and cargo numbers. We strive to maintain these figures throughout this year.”
A significant share of the record growth can be attributed to Eurowings’ new low-cost long-haul routes. The Lufthansa group carrier currently operates 14 long-haul flights to Asia, the Caribbean, and the US from Cologne Bonn. It is already set to launch four further links in S17 – Windhoek, Las Vegas, Orlando and Seattle. With the growth of the low-cost carriers also considerably boosting the airport’s development, Ryanair’s notable expansion over the last 12 months means the airline served 21 destinations in the summer season from Cologne Bonn.
Meanwhile, the airport’s cargo volume grew by 4% to a record of over 786,000 tonnes.