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Record Q1 for Munich Airport

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Between the start of January and the end of March 2012, Munich Airport recorded about 8.5 million passengers, the highest first-quarter total in its history, and a growth rate of more than 5%, well above the overall German trend.

 The strong growth in passenger traffic, also helped to further improve the average aircraft load factor which exceeded 70% for the first time ever, in the first quarter of a calendar year.

The number of take-offs and landings at approximately 95,000, was 2% lower than in the first quarter of 2011. In global cargo traffic, the turnover of flown airfreight at Munich Airport amounted to some 69,000 tons in the first three months of this year a slight decrease compared with the corresponding 2011 figure.

The growth in passenger traffic at the Bavarian hub was generated mainly on international routes. Long-haul traffic posted a 5% gain in the first quarter, and flights to and from continental destinations actually experienced a 7% increase. The domestic traffic segment recorded growth of just under 2%.

Asian routes were particularly popular among intercontinental travelers. Overall passenger figures for these flights were up by 9%. The Near East is still booming, nearly 300,000 passengers traveled between Munich and destinations in that region an increase of 22%. On transatlantic routes, demand was particularly strong for flights to Brazil, which experienced a massive 67% rise in total passengers.

Continuing to drive growth in the continental traffic segment are the Eastern European routes, where the passenger total increased by 16% to over 1 million. One quarter of this traffic was accounted for by destinations within the Russian Federation, which also posted the largest passenger increase in absolute terms in this region.

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