Today, 17 May 2010, is the 18th anniversary of
the start of operations at the new Munich Airport.
The coming-of-age celebration is the
latest highlight in a long success story that has seen the airport
advance to take its place alongside Europe's major air
After seeing 12 million travelers in 1992,
its first operating year, the new airport handled nearly 33
million passengers in 2009 – almost three times as many. Since May
17, 1992, Munich Airport has counted approximately 416 million
passengers, 5.7 million take-offs and landings and more than 2.5
million tons of airfreight.
"Munich Airport has not only met
all of the high expectations imposed on it: it has far exceeded
them," said airport CEO Dr. Michael Kerkloh, commenting on the
anniversary. "In its 18 years of operation our airport
has developed into one of Europe's leading air transportation
hubs. In terms of passenger traffic we are number seven in Europe,
and in the opinion of the passengers we are number one." And
indeed, just a few weeks ago Skytrax, the
aviation research institute, announced that Munich Airport had yet
again been voted Europe's best airport and number four in the
world in its large-scale survey of more than 10 million airline
As one of the two central hubs for air
traffic in Germany, Munich Airport plays a key role in this
country's transport infrastructure today.
For travelers from Bavanria and for the export-driven economy of southern Germany,
the connections to 220 destinations in nearly 70 countries around
the world are an outstanding competitive advantage. With its
workforce numbering approximately 30,000, the airport is also
among southern Germany's largest employers.
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