As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on the occasion of the International Tourism Exchange 2010 (ITB) starting on 7 March 2012 in Berlin, the number of air passengers departing to foreign destinations from German airports in 2011 (75.2 million passengers) increased by 5.9% from 2010 representing an increase of 4.2 million travellers.
Growth in 2011 was particularly strong for the number of passengers with European destinations. The largest absolute increases were recorded for Turkey (+583,000), Spain (+510,000) and Italy (+330,000).
In 2011, about 1.0 million passengers travelled to Egypt, which is this year’s partner country of the ITB. That was 29.1% less than a year earlier. However, the decreases slowed down in the course of 2011. Following a dramatic drop by 42.1% in the first quarter of 2011, caused by the political unrest in January and February, the rates of change on the relevant quarter of the previous year were –22.1% in the second, –17.3% in the third, and –13.1% in the fourth quarter of 2011.
The Mediterranean islands (6.5 million travellers) being the most important destinations for air tourism from Germany saw a growth of 4.3%, thus exceeding for the first time the former peak level of 2007 by 20,000 passengers.
Apart from the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands (2.7 million) are the most important destination for air tourism from Germany; an all-time record growth of 16.3% generated an increase of 376,000 travellers compared to 2010. On other continents a more moderate increase (+2.8%) was shown by the Caribbean Islands – one of the most demanded target regions for air tourism from Germany in other continents – with 0.4 million travellers, a value still 45.4% below the peak level of 2000.