Munich Airport reveals record results
posted | Friday, 06 Apr 2012
Munich Airport has posted yet another passenger record as between the start of January and the end of March, 2012, the airport counted approximately 8.5 million passengers – the highest first-quarter total in its history.
This was a growth rate of more than five per cent, 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 per cent 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 two per cent lower than in the first quarter of 2011.
The growth in passenger traffic at the Bavarian hub was generated mainly on international routes – long-haul traffic posted a five per cent gain in the first quarter and flights to and from continental destinations experienced a seven per cent increase. The domestic traffic segment recorded growth of just under two per cent.
Asian routes were particularly popular among intercontinental travellers with overall passenger figures for these flights were up by nine per cent. The Near East saw almost 300,000 passengers travel from Munich
– an increase of 22 per cent. On transatlantic routes, demand was particularly strong for flights to Brazil, which experienced a large 67 per cent rise in total passengers.
Continuing to drive growth in the continental traffic segment have been the Eastern European routes, where the passenger total increased by 16 per cent to over one 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.