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The transport sector plays a central role in a modern economy. Mobility of goods (raw materials, semi-manufactured and finished products) and people (e.g. apprentices, employees, travellers, consumers) is required in the first place for the division of labour to function and for value added to be created in all economic sectors. Statistical information on transport provides an important basis for entrepreneurial decisions and transport policies.

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This photo shows a passenger and a plane (© Bergringfoto -

Air transport 2012: fewer passengers on domestic flights

In 2012 a total of 23.5 million passengers took the plane to travel from one place in Germany to another. They accounted for 23% of all air transport passengers, ten years earlier it had been 29%.

While international air traffic rose 65% in the past ten years, flights between the 27 largest German airports was up by only 19%. The most important airport for air transport in Germany is Munich, followed by Berlin-Tegel and Frankfurt.


Additional Information

Key figures

Transport and Traffic 2012
Road network
(roads of other than
local transport, km)
Railway lines
(Length of lines operated, km)
Length of waterways (km)7,731
Stock of passenger cars in 1,000
(status: 01.01.2013)
New registrations of
passenger cars in 1,000


Number of two-wheeled vehicle users killed in accidents down 8.3% in 2013

Maritime transport down 0.4% in 2013

More bus and rail passengers than ever in 2013

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