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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