Munich: Passenger numbers plummeted

Munich Airport (Photo: Michael Fritz).
Munich Airport (Photo: Michael Fritz).

Munich: Passenger numbers plummeted

Munich Airport (Photo: Michael Fritz).
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The corona pandemic has left deep scars at Munich Airport: The number of passengers dropped by 2020 percent in the first nine months of 72,6 to 10.040.373 passengers. The management expects 12 million travelers by the end of the year.

The number of take-offs and landings fell by almost 200.000 in the same period: So far, around 123.000 flight movements have been counted in the current year of operation - a decrease of 61 percent. The volume of air freight flown was around 116.000 tonnes, roughly halving the previous year's figure.

A look at the number of passengers over the past six months shows how drastically the travel restrictions had an impact on the development of traffic at Munich Airport: In April and May, when air traffic in Munich almost came to a standstill, a total of only 60.000 passengers were at the airport counted - less than one percent of the previous year's volume. With the gradual relaxation of travel restrictions within the European Union, traffic picked up noticeably in the following months and reached almost 20 percent of the previous year's level during the Bavarian summer holidays. In August 2020, around 880.000 passengers used the Bavarian air traffic hub. However, this upward trend was halted again in September due to the designation of more and more risk areas and the associated restrictions. As a result, the number of passengers fell to 730.000 in September and was only 16 percent of the previous year's figure.

According to the experts, a trend reversal is not to be expected in the coming months. On the basis of the data available so far, the number of passengers for 2020 as a whole is likely to be around twelve million. Against the background of the worsening situation in travel, Jost Lammers, Chairman of the Management Board of Flughafen München GmbH, sees an urgent need for political action: “Internationally different framework conditions for quarantine and entry regulations result in ever less mobility. The entire aviation industry therefore urgently needs a uniform and transparent international set of rules for safe travel. Confidence in air transport must be strengthened again. "

The traffic figures for the first nine months:

20202019change
Passenger volume   
Commercial traffic10.040.37336.593.196- 72,6%
Flight movements   
Total122.792317.231- 61,3%
Cargo handling (in t) Cargo 120.616 259.362          53,5 % OFF
Air freight flown116.157246.057- 52,8%

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