Survey at airports: proportion of young passengers is increasing noticeably

Survey at airports: proportion of young passengers is increasing noticeably

The audience at the airports has become younger and more female than in previous years, the Working Group of German Airports (ADV) announced. The group of passengers under the age of 30 grew by 29 percent last year. That is around eight percentage points more than in the first survey in 2008. 48 percent of all passengers are women. This shows an increase of five percentage points. At 54 percent, more than half of the travelers are under the age of 40.

longer length of stay is trendy

The survey also shows that private travelers are by far the largest travel group. Four out of five passengers use the flight for private and tourist trips, which is around 19 percent more than in 2008. The proportion of business travelers, on the other hand, fell by 21 percent to just 20 percent.

In addition, air travel with longer stays is a trend. Business trips now last an average of 7.3 days. In 2017, the duration was 5.4 days. According to this, holidaymakers are also on the road longer with twelve days than in 2017 with 11.2 days. For other private trips such as visiting friends and family, the length of stay has increased from 12.1 days in 2017 to 12.9 days now.

Pandemic as turning point

Far fewer passengers than in previous years were to be found at the airports who had visited Germany. Until the virus crisis, the proportion of these so-called incoming passengers grew constantly. “The pandemic represents a turning point,” emphasized the ADV. Because the proportion of these passengers on a flight fell by eleven percentage points compared to 2017 to only 23 percent of the total volume.

From 2004 to 2017, however, this incoming volume rose steadily to 34 percent. “Guests from Europe and from intercontinental countries are an important basis for the German tourism industry.”

Lufthansa convinces after the Corona crisis

The Corona crisis had massively slowed down German aviation. It is recovering much more slowly than in other countries. In particular, low-cost airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet or Wizz Air are no longer growing as quickly in Germany or are even withdrawing, citing excessive costs and fees as the reason for this.

However, Lufthansa reported excellent quarterly results a few days ago. Adjusted operating profit almost tripled to EUR 1.1 billion in the second quarter thanks to high demand for expensive tickets. The airline expects 2023 to be one of the best years in its history.


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