At Munich Airport the indicators are again
pointing to growth. The total passenger volume in the first half
of 2010 reached 15.8 million, a gain of approximately 3% over the
previous year's level.
This growth rate places Munich well above the
nation-wide trend. Germany's other airports reported an average
increase of just 1.5%.
The rise in passenger traffic in Munich is even
more remarkable against the backdrop of the long, hard winter, a
strike by airline pilots and the effects of the volcanic eruption
in Iceland. These special factors resulted in a total of about
9,000 flight cancellations, which is equivalent to a decrease of
some 800,000 in total passengers. Without these cancelled flights,
the growth in passenger volume would have been more than twice as
The significant increase in demand, which was
already evident in the final quarter of last year, continued
through the first six months of 2010, culminating in the best June
result in the airport's history, with a 12% improvement on the
same month a year earlier.
"The negative trend is clearly at an end, and
Munich Airport is again posting dynamic gains," said Dr Michael
Kerkloh, the CEO of FMG, the airport operating company.
In June the airport also finally experienced a
return to growth in flight operations. For the first half of the
year as a whole, the total number of flights still showed a
negative trend, with an overall decline of 6%, mainly as a result
of the airlines using larger aircraft. The planes operated on
Munich routes had an average of eight seats more than in the
previous year, and also showed improved capacity utilisation. The
average load factor increased from 69 to 71%.
The freight segment also benefitted enormously
from the resurgent economy. Never before has Munich Airport
handled this much cargo in half a year: The new record is now
126,900 tons of flown airfreight, a massive 27% increase over the
first half of 2009. The increased import and export tonnage at
Munich Airport is mainly attributable to co-loaded freight on
long-haul flights. The long-haul offerings of airlines in Munich
is steadily increasing, with 258 intercontinental flights
departing from the Bavarian capital every week for 44 destinations
around the world.
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