60 | Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH 02Development in the Past Fiscal Year A General economic position and development of the aviation industry Economic growth in Germany slowed significantly in comparison with the previous year. Whereas real gross domestic product in 2011 rose by 3%, growth in 2012 was determined to be less than 1%. In the final quarter of 2012, economic performance declined slightly. The primary cause for the dampening of overall economic development in Germany was to be found in the international environment. The lack of confidence that the debt crisis in the euro zone would be solved, the uncertainties related to the fiscal policies of the USA and the decrease in demand for German export goods all impacted the willingness to make investments in Germany. However, the German economy demonstrated even in 2012 that it is still healthy and competitive in comparison with other euro-zone countries. According to the monthly statistics from December 2012 issued by the Federation of German Airports (ADV), the aviation industry in Germany recorded only a slight growth in the number of passengers over 2012 as a whole (1.1% more than in 2011; in comparison, the number of transported passengers rose by 5% between 2010 and 2011). In all of 2012, 200 million boarding and disembarking passengers were registered at German airports (previous year 198 million passengers). The decline in the growth rate for passenger traffic determined in 2011 continued. Airports with a high share of low-cost carriers struggled especially with a substantial decline in the number of passengers. Growth in passenger figures came at the larger airports while the many small and midsize airports suffered declines in 2012 as well. The German commercial airport operators are clearly feeling the effects of the euro crisis, the problematic market situation of the airlines and the burden of national charges (e.g. aviation tax). Passenger volume in 2012 resulted above all from travel within Europe, which grew by 2.0% to almost 118 million passengers over the course of the year. In contrast, domestic German air traffic noted a decline of 3.6% (-1.7 million passengers). An increase of 4.9% to about 36 million passengers was noted in international air traffic.
The trend of recent months can also be determined in the sector of air cargo and airmail. During fiscal year 2012, cargo turnover at German airports fell by 2.2% to 4.3 million tonnes. B Commercial development in 2012 B.1 Aviation Management/Traffic development In 2012, for the first time ever, the number of passengers at the airports of the capital region at Tegel and Schönefeld exceeded the mark of 25 million, improving on the record of 24 million passengers from 2011. A total of 25,261,477 passengers were counted, representing an increase of 5.1% over the figures for 2011. This figure means that air traffic in the Berlin-Brandenburg region enjoyed more successful development than the average of the international commercial airports in Germany (about +1.1% in comparison with 2011) for the tenth year in succession. The figures reinforce the region’s third-place position among Germany’s air traffic sites. In 2012, a total of 178 destinations in 49 countries were shown on the schedules. Details of the transport figures Growth of travel in 2012 was impacted by an extensive expansion of Lufthansa Group at the Berlin site; up to six additional aircraft were stationed here to serve popular business and leisure-time destinations. Air Berlin also posted growth, primarily by increasing the frequency of flights to previous destinations as well as the addition of the new long-haul routes to Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles. Moreover, the number of transit passengers rose at a higher than average rate thanks to new cooperation agreements with partner airlines from the travel alliance Oneworld, the strategic partner Etihad Airways and Air France-KLM. The most heavily travelled route in Germany was the flight to Munich (1,918,449 passengers; +0.3%) while the greatest number of passengers flying to European destinations went to London (1,338,762 passengers, -1.8%). The route to the Catalan capital Barcelona from Berlin was the largest European growth market of the Our Figures | 61
Annual Report 2012 SXF, TXL & BER
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