Munich Airport's dynamic growth continued in
2017 with new traffic records in several categories.
traffic increased by an impressive 2.3 million to a new all-time
high of 44.6 million, a 5.5% gain over 2016.
The airport also saw a strong surge in take-offs and
landings, with an increase of more than 10,000 to approximately
405,000 – a gain of 2.6%.
Without the reduction in services
by Air Berlin in the summer period, followed by that airline's
bankruptcy, the increase would have been even bigger.
record is reported by the airfreight segment, which achieved a
total turnover of around 379,000 tons in 2017 – a 7% gain
over the previous year.
"These are outstanding traffic
figures, especially when we consider the turbulence the aviation
industry is currently experiencing. The massive increases once
again underscore our airport's importance as one of the leading
air transportation hubs in Europe," said Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the
President and CEO of Munich Airport.
As in previous years,
passenger growth in Munich benefited in particular from
above-average gains in international traffic.
The strongest growth
was seen in the intercontinental segment, where traffic increased
by 7% to 7.3 million passengers. Demand was strong
especially for connections from Munich to destinations in the USA.
Continental services remained the largest traffic segment with a
total of 27.4 million passengers – 6.5% more than in 2016.
Within Europe, the strongest growth was seen on routes to and from
Greece and Spain.
On domestic routes within Germany, traffic
increased by more than 2% to over 9.8 million passengers.
The%age of seats occupied was up again in 2017, increasing
to a new record level of 76.5%.
Munich also expanded
its global route network yet again. With 266 destinations – nine
more than in the previous year – passengers at Bavaria's
international hub had more routes to choose from than ever before.
The number of airlines offering scheduled services in Munich
increased by two to 102.
Munich Airport currently offers
connections to more than 250 destinations all over the world.