Germany’s Munich Airport has reported a fruitful H1 of 2016, with increases witnessed in most traffic segments.
The facility welcomed a record 20 million (approximately) passengers throughout the first six months of the year, marking a 2.3 per cent jump on the corresponding period last year.
Aircraft movements increased, with the number of take-offs and landings up by 2.5 per cent to over 191,000.
These notable increases only took full effect from the start of the current summer timetable period at the end of March, and thus, the year-on-year growth rates over the coming months will be even bigger.
“For the entire calendar year we therefore expect a four per cent increase in take-offs and landings,” explained CEO, Munich Airport, Michael Kerkloh.
Flights to and from Munich are mainly benefiting the international travel segment, while the number of passengers on intercontinental flights increased 4.3 per cent to 3.2 million in the first half of 2016 and the number of aircraft movements in that segment was up 4.6 per cent to over 15,000.
This reflects the success of the new long-haul destinations currently on offer in the summer timetable: Lufthansa launched new connections to Denver and Tehran; Delta Airlines now offers a non-stop service to Detroit; Saudia is flying from Munich to Riyadh; and Condor has added Windhoek in Namibia to its route map.
Meanwhile, in continental traffic the travel hub handled a total of 11.9 million passengers in the first half – a 2.5 per cent jump on the previous year.
The number of flights in this segment rose by 2.7 per cent to just under 122,000, a result of new services offered by Transavia.
The Dutch-French carrier has stationed four aircraft in Munich to operate about 100 flights a week to 19 destinations in nine European countries. Lufthansa now offers flights to Debrecen, Corfu, Odessa, Porto, Rzeszów and Santorini, while British regional carrier, bmi, is serving five destinations from Munich: Brno, Milan/Bergamo, Norrköping, Rostock and Southampton.
Domestic traffic, at 4.7 million passengers, was down slightly during H1 in comparison to 2015.