Graph Writing # 59 - Number of travellers using three major German airports

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Table:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table below highlights data on the number of travellers using three major German airports between 2007 and 2012.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

Airport visitors, 2007-2012 (millions of travellers per year)






















Berlin Tegel








Sample Answer 1:
The table summarises the number of passengers who travelled through three German airports during 2007 and 2012. As a general trend, the Frankfurt was the busiest air-terminal with the highest number of passengers while the visitor number is the Berlin Tegel airport increased remarkably.

As can be seen, the Frankfurt airport served more than 36 million passengers in 2007 when travellers in the Dusseldorf airport was just above 27 million, almost 10 million higher than that of Berlin Tegel. Passengers in these airports in the next two years significantly grew and the Dusseldorf airport served the highest number of commuters in 2009, approximately 48 million. Passengers in the Berlin Tegel more than doubled in just two years. Meanwhile, visitors in the Dusseldorf airport declined but served more than 45 million people in 2012, highest during the whole period. On the contrary, Frankfurt airport received an increasing number of passengers each year before hitting the peak in 2012 with almost 70 million passengers. Interestingly, Berlin Tegel airport was preferred by the same number of air travellers in 2010, 2011 and 2012, which was 43.3 million, the highest growth compared to the initial passenger number in these airports.


Model Answer 2:
The table data compares the passengers of three main airports in Germany from 2007 to 2012. As is presented in the data, the highest number of commuters used the Frankfurt airport and the total number of air travellers of these airports increased over the time with some minor fluctuations.

According to the given data, in 2007 thirty-six and a half million travellers used the Frankfurt airport while this number was about 27 million for Dusseldorf and 17 million for Berlin Tegel airports. Almost 10 millions more passengers used those airports next years and further increased in 2009. In 2010 and 2011, some fluctuations could be observed. Finally, in 2012 the highest number of air travellers used the Frankfurt airport (69.3 million) while around 43-46 million travellers used the other two airports.

In summary, more people used the airports in Germany in 2012 than they did in previous years and the Frankfurt airport had the highest number of passengers compared to the other two airports.

(Approximately 155 words) 


Sample Answer 3:
The presented table compares the number of passengers in three major German airports between 2007 and 2012. The Frankfurt airport served more passengers than other airports and air travellers in these airports more than doubled in five years.

As is provided as a census of a perusal, the given illustration gives passenger numbers at Dusseldorf, Berlin Tegel and Frankfurt airports. Initially, in 2007, more than 36 million people used Frankfurt airport, while 17.3 million preferred Berlin Tegel airport. Dusseldorf airport, in this year, receipted 27.2 million travellers. The number of Dusseldorf airport passengers swelled up until 2009 and reached to 48.2 million as peak and then declined its proportion till 2011 and met 33.2 million and then this ratio plunged to 45.6 million in 2012.

In the similar fashion, Berlin Tegel's passenger increased with mild tilt until 2008 and spouted with a steep slope and received 39.9 million travellers in 2009. After that, it served to 43.3 million commuters in 2010 and tended with no fluctuation until  2012. The quota of the Frankfurt airport travellers rose monotonously from 2007 until 2012 with a gentle slope and stood at 69.3 million at last.

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Nguyen Thuong Vu
The provided table illustrates how people used three airports in Germany, namely Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Berlin Tegel, from 2007 to 2012. Overall, the majority of travellers travelled via Frankfurt airport while the number of passengers through Berlin Tegel terminal eventually flattened off.

The information shows that initially, more than 36 million travellers used Frankfurt airport, meaning 10 million more than in Dusseldorf and almost 20 million higher compared with the Berlin Tegel. The number of passengers via all three airports continually increased until the end of 2009. In this year, Dusseldorf airport had the largest number of passengers, 48.2 million while at the Berlin Tegel airport, this figure stood just under 40 million.

Travellers using Frankfurt air terminal surged to 69.3 million by the end of five years. On the other hand, the number of passengers via Dusseldorf dropped by more than 10 million in 2010, compared with the previous year, before dipping to as low as 33.2 million in 2011. However, this figure recovered dramatically to become 45.6 million a year later, which was more than 2 million than the Berlin Tegel airport, 43.3 million.

Oyon Dev
The table compares the number of passengers who used three popular German airports for travelling between 2007 and 2012. Units are measured in million passengers per year.

Overall, a growing number of passengers used Frankfurt airport over the period given, while Berlin Tegel and Dusseldorf witnessed increasing passengers during the first 3 or 4 years. Moreover, the number of passengers was higher at Frankfurt airport compared to the other two.

As can be seen from the table, 36.5 million people travelled via Frankfurt airport in 2007, while the number was 27.2 and 17.3 million for Dusseldorf and Berlin Tegel, respectively. In the following two years, Dusseldorf and Berlin Tegel, each saw an average increase of more than 20 million passengers (48.2 million for Dusseldorf and 39.9 million for Berlin Tegel), which made Dusseldorf having the highest number of passengers in 2009. However, Frankfurt's passengers increased by around 8 million (44.4 million) in 2009.

Regarding Frankfurt airport, it’s passenger number continued to soar up before reaching a peak of 69.3 million in the final year, whereas Berlin Tegel's figure rose to 43.3 million and remained unchanged throughout the rest of the period. As for Dusseldorf, it's passenger number dipped gradually from 37.1 million in 2010 to 33.2 million in 2011 before recovering to 45.6 million travellers at the end of the period.