German air passenger numbers jump

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13 September 2004, WIESBADEN - Reflecting the ongoing recovery in international civil aviation, air passenger numbers in Germany rose by a strong 8.8 percent to 36.4 million in the first half of 2004, led by a strong recovery in Asian air travel, officials said Monday. The Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden reported that the growth was entirely the result of international air travel, amid a slight drop in domestic air passengers. It said that the number of domestic air travellers fell 1.7 percent in th

13 September 2004

WIESBADEN - Reflecting the ongoing recovery in international civil aviation, air passenger numbers in Germany rose by a strong 8.8 percent to 36.4 million in the first half of 2004, led by a strong recovery in Asian air travel, officials said Monday.

The Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden reported that the growth was entirely the result of international air travel, amid a slight drop in domestic air passengers.

It said that the number of domestic air travellers fell 1.7 percent in the first half of the year to 10.4 million. But international air passenger numbers soared 13.7 per cent to 26 million.

The recovery was particularly strong for outbound travel in the Asian region, where passenger numbers were badly hurt last year due to the SARS epidemic.

The data showed a 30.5 percent surge in air travellers to Asia from German airports, with rises in travel to China, Hong Kong and Thailand this year more than compensating for the declines registered a year earlier.

Among destinations in Asia, German air passenger numbers soared 65.8 percent to China, reaching 200,000, while those to Hong Kong jumped 56.2 per cent to 100,000 and to Japan by 25.3 percent to 200,000, the office reported. Air passengers to Thailand gained 24.8 percent and those to India by 20.8 percent.

But there were also strong double-digit rises to other regions as well: Africa (29.4 percent), the Americas (15.3 percent) and Europe (11.0 percent), the office reported.

Outbound air traffic to North Africa saw a 64.5 percent surge in air travellers, to 500,000, to Egypt, and a rise of 25.4 percent, to 300,000, to Tunisia, the office reported.

In absolute numbers, Spain remained the biggest foreign air destination from Germany in the first half of the year, with 4.3 million passengers (plus 0.9 percent), followed by Britain (2.3 million), Turkey and Italy (each 2.0 million) and the United States (1.9 million).

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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