A new employment record has been set in central German airports.

The growth of employment levels has continued at Leipzig/Halle and Dresden airports.

10,647 People were employed at 242 local firms, service providers, public authorities and the Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG companies operating at the two sites. This represents an increase of 5.3% compared to the previous year. The freight handling and aircraft construction sectors registered above-average growth. The Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG companies themselves provided work for 1,092 people, an increase of 1.3 percent over the previous year.

The number of people employed at Leipzig/Halle Airport increased by 7.4% to 7,403 and the growth at Dresden International Airport was 0.6% to a figure of 3,244.

“This encouraging development in terms of employment continued in 2015 too. This illustrates once again the potential that airports provide as job engines in the long term,” said Johannes Jähn, the board spokesman at Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG. Summarising the situation, he added: “Our airports are closely linked to the economy and tourism in the region. Both sites also offer ideal conditions for attracting more companies thanks to their modern infrastructure and their links to international airport hubs.”