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Sat, 16 January 2016

2015 a Record Year for Munich Airport; 2016 Expected to be Even Better

Munich Airport enjoyed a record year in 2015, with the total number of passengers topping the 40 million mark for the first time. Bavaria's international hub handled some 41 million passengers in 2015, an increase of 3% over the previous year.

Growth in airfreight was even more dynamic, with the cargo tonnage up by about 9% to a new record level of over 317,000 tons.

Total take-offs and landings were up by about 1% in 2015 to almost 380,000.

Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the President and CEO of Munich Airport, used these record numbers to reiterate the necessity of a third runway.

"Global mobility continues to grow and all traffic forecasts indicate substantial increases. In Munich we are already anticipating a significant rise in the number of aircraft movements with the start of the coming summer timetable period. Based on slot reservations to date, we can expect an increase of about 4% in the number of take-offs and landings in 2016. That represents 15,000 additional aircraft movements," he said.

The past year saw further efficiency gains in flight operations in Munich. For the fourth year in a row, a new record was set in 2015 for the average load factor of aircraft using the airport, with an increase of 0.7 percentage points to 76.6%. That means that more than three quarters of the seats on arriving and departing flights were occupied despite an increase of over 2%, to approximately 53.6 million, in the total number of seats offered by the airlines operating in Munich. The average take-off weight was also up by about 2 tons to 84.4 tons.

The strong gains in passenger traffic in Munich in 2015 resulted mainly from growth in international travel. As in the previous year, the intercontinental segment posted the strongest gains, with an increase of over 4% to about 6.5 million passengers. Demand was particularly strong on Asian routes, where passenger numbers rose by 7% as compared with 2014. In 2015, more than 3 million passengers flew directly from Munich to Asia (3.1 million) and North America (3 million).

Continental traffic, with a total of 28.4 million passengers in 2015, is still the largest traffic segment by far. This was a 3% gain over the 2014 figure. Domestic routes within Germany experienced a 2.5% increase to 9.6 million passengers. The traffic growth in 2015 would have been even more dynamic without the massive disruptions and cancellations of flights to and from Munich caused by labor disputes. A total of 2,500 take-offs and landings had to be cancelled during the strikes. This affected about 300,000 travellers.

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