April 06, 2016: During the first quarter of 2016, the passenger growth has far exceeded the expectations of lux-Airport and is probably amongst the highest growth rates ever recorded at the airport. In January, passenger numbers rose 16.5 percent compared to the same month in 2015, in February this growth rose further to 21.3 percent and in March the growth rate reached a record of 27.5 percent.
The total number of passengers passing through the airport in the first quarter reached almost 580,000 (+22.2 percent). In March alone this was almost 230,000 passengers, the first time ever that the 200,000 passenger barrier was passed as early as March. Luxair remains the largest airline, and recorded a significant growth of 10.1 percent in March. The fastest growth in March however came from Lufthansa with 419 percent thanks to their 8 daily flights equally split between Munich and Frankfurt (vs 2 daily flights last year to Munich only), followed by Easyjet at 63.9 percent thanks especially to their new Porto route. Also KLM and British Airways recorded impressive growth at 19.7 percent and 17.6 percent respectively.
In March too, Hop! and LOT Polish Airlines completed their first full month of operation to Lyon and Warsaw, respectively launched on February 22and March 1. At the end of March, Luxair opened a new connection to Prague (4 weekly flights) and Luxair Tours started Almeria in Spain (1 to 2 weekly flights). The next inaugurations will take place in May with Aegean Airlines launching flights to Athens and Luxair Tours to Zadar in Croatia.
March was especially busy because of the closing of Metz-Nancy Lorraine Airport. Air Algérie, JetairFly and Hop! added approximately 9,000 passengers to the March total. The runway works at Metz-Nancy Lorraine Airport will be completed on 6 April and these airlines will resume their operations gradually at the French airport. The closing of Brussels Airport since the terrorist attacks on March 22 also added a number of passengers: several passengers with flights booked at Brussels Airport are now rebooked on the same airline departing or arriving at Luxembourg Airport. This leads to a number of airlines increasing the aircraft size and on most airlines this results in fuller flights.
lux-Airport is the management company of the international airport of Luxembourg. It handled 737,625 tonnes of freight in 2015 (up by 4.2 percent from 2014), a performance which represents the best total since 2008 and a third consecutive year of growth, making Luxembourg Airport the fifth freight platform in Europe (exclusive of express freight).