Punctuality of flights at German airports improved significantly

Punctuality of flights arriving and departing from airports in Germany has improved “significantly” at the beginning of the summer holidays in Germany compared to last year, the association of German airports (ADV) announced on Tuesday.

“It is pleasing to note that at all locations, whether large or small, whether hub or decentralized airport, we are seeing a significant reduction in flight cancellations and improved punctuality,” said Ralph Beisel, managing director of German airport association ADV.

However, the German airport association ADV did not provide specific numbers for the improvement in punctuality and the decreased number of flight cancellations but referred to “structured feedback from airports on punctuality development”.

The improved punctuality would have been due to, amongst other things, an increase in staff at the airports, larger areas for security checks as well as an “intensified cooperation” in the organization of border controls with Germany’s federal police, according to ADV.

Despite the “encouraging” start of the summer holidays in Germany, ADV director Beisel warned that “the efforts of airports and system partners must continue”.

It would become apparent in the coming days and weeks of the busy summer season how “stable and viable the processes” are when terminals and aprons of German airports as well as the German airspace will be “permanently exposed to maximum loads”.

While summer holidays have already started in most German federal states, Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg will begin their holidays at the end of July. During the about six weeks long summer vacations, many Germans are travelling abroad via planes.

The most popular travel destination for Germans in 2018 was Spain, followed by Great Britain and Turkey, according to the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis).

During the holiday season last year which was frequently dubbed as “chaos summer”, numerous flights from German airports had been delayed or cancelled due to security lapses at airports, pilot strikes and staff shortages.

“A summer chaos like 2018 must not be allowed to happen again,” warned Beisel and stressed, that German airports “do everything within their power to ensure stable flight operations”.