In 2012, 38.4 million passengers chose Munich
Airport as the arrival or departure point for their journey – a
new all-time high.
The total represents an increase of 600,000 – or
almost 2% – over the previous year's figure.
The latest annual
statistics show that airlines are becoming increasingly
efficient in using the range of services offered at the Bavarian
hub through the deployment of larger aircraft as well as improved
During the past year, the average load
factor increased by nearly one percentage point to 74.5%.
This was the highest utilization level since Munich Airport opened
Against the backdrop of the current economic slump in
Europe and heavy turbulence in the aviation sector, Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the CEO of FMG, the Munich Airport operating company,
said he is
very pleased with the traffic figures. "Despite the difficult
conditions, our airport yet again saw an increase in passenger
demand. Once again, Munich exceeded the Germany-wide average for
traffic growth," he said.
In scheduled and charter traffic a total of
400,000 take-offs and landings took place in 2012: a decrease of
2.9% from the previous year. Almost all of the services
cancelled by airlines were in off-peak periods. At peak times,
Munich Airport still has no available slots for additional
take-offs or landings.
"Due to the ongoing capacity crunch in our
runway system, we can neither offer additional connections at
high-demand periods nor allow new airlines to set up operations
here. That means that the demand from airlines and their
passengers can now no longer be met," explained the FMG CEO.
Amid the Europe-wide economic and financial crisis, Munich Airport
saw a decrease in airfreight activity in 2012 as compared with the
previous year. Total airfreight turnover amounted to more than
272,000 tons. Combined with airmail, the volume of flown
airfreight topped 290,000 tons – a 4% decline versus 2011.
The increase in passenger figures in Munich in 2012 mainly
resulted from the above-average gains in the European traffic segment. Services between Munich and continental destinations were
used by nearly 23 million passengers. This represents a
year-on-year gain of over 3%. With some 5.7 million
passengers, the intercontinental segment showed a 1%
increase last year. By contrast, traffic within Germany was down
by nearly 2% to 9.6 million passengers.
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