Approximately 35 million passengers – a gain of
6% over the previous year – used Munich Airport during 2010.
this new record, Munich continued to hold the number seven spot
among Europe's top airports in terms of total passengers.
booming traffic figures also boosted the business performance of
FMG, the airport operating company. After depreciation and taxes,
preliminary results show a record profit for the company of 125
New records are also reported for the cargo
segment, where the 275,000 tons of freight turnover represent an
impressive 27% gain over 2009, which tops all previous
increases both in percentage and absolute terms.
"After the global
financial and economic crisis, we have begun posting substantial
traffic increases much sooner than expected," said airport CEO,
The number of aircraft movements, at 390,000, was 1.7% below the previous year's figure. "This small decrease can be
attributed entirely to the volcanic ash cloud
and the other detrimental effects during the past year," explained
The volcanic eruption in Iceland, which led to the
shutdown of airspace for days, the heavy snowfall at the beginning
and end of the year, and the pilot strike in February wreaked
havoc on the flight timetable. In 2010 a total of about 15,000
flights had to be cancelled. Without these special effects, the
number of take-offs and landings would actually have shown a 1% increase over the previous year's total, and the passenger
total would have actually jumped by 9%.
passenger demand was met in particular by Lufthansa and its
partner airlines through the use of larger aircraft. The average
maximum take-off weight of the planes operating in Munich
increased from 68 to approximately 73 tons. During the same
period, the aircraft load factor rose to a new all-time record of
With the elimination of smaller aircraft on
European routes now nearly complete, the airlines are again
relying more on the deployment of larger aircraft to cope with the
continuing growth in passenger traffic. The first monthly results
for this year confirm this trend: in January there was a 14% rise in the number of take-offs and landings and a 20% increase in total passengers as compared with the same
month a year earlier.
The long-haul traffic segment at Munich
Airport showed particularly strong gains: the 5.3 million
passengers on intercontinental routes represented a nearly 16% jump over the previous year's total. Nearly 20 million
passengers took advantage of the wide range of European
destinations offered from Munich – a 6% increase from 2009.
Traffic on flights within Germany, at 9.3 million passengers, was
up slightly by just under 1%.
The booming traffic
figures and the substantially higher sales in the non-aviation
segment – for instance the airport's shops and restaurants – are
reflected in the financial results for 2010: Preliminary figures
show a new record of 850 million euros in total revenues – an 8% increase over the previous year.
Taking into account the
subsidiaries, the group actually achieved total sales of 1.1
billion euros. The annual profit of 125 million euros will be utilised in full to repay the "old interest" on the shareholder
loans, and will thus benefit the FMG shareholders, namely the
state of Bavaria, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the city of Munich. Consequently, FMG has now paid back
all unpaid interest on the shareholder loans.
the successful restructuring in 2010 of FMG's ground handling
activities, calling it a decisive fresh beginning in the group's
business policy. The heavy losses in ground services resulting
from the opening of the market to private handling companies in this business segment have had a serious negative impact on the
group in recent years. Now, with the ground handling business outsourced since the beginning of January to a 100%
subsidiary with a competitive wage structure, these services again
have a perspective for a successful future. "With the newly formed
subsidiary AeroGround, we have set the stage for this business
segment to regain its status as an asset of the FMG Group after a
long period as a loss-making activity" said Kerkloh.
the pleasing traffic trend, Kerkloh is optimistic about the
prospects for the 2011 financial year. "We are expecting
significant gains in passenger and cargo figures, and in the
number of take-offs and landings."
To meet the requirements for
continued traffic growth in the long term, FMG plans to push
forward with its strategic expansion projects. This year it plans
to start construction of a satellite facility for Terminal 2,
which will offer additional handling capacity for 11 million
passengers per year.
With the airport increasingly struggling to
cope with traffic at peak periods, Kerkloh sees it as an urgent
priority to move forward quickly with the construction of a third
runway. "Munich Airport will have perspectives for long-term,
sustainable growth only with the planned expansion of the runway
system," he said.
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