Munich Airport will celebrate 25 years of
operations at its new location. The airport operating company (FMG) reported
that Munich Airport is in excellent shape: Group sales were up by around 9
percent in 2016 to approximately EUR 1.4 billion, and EBITDA reached a record
level of EUR 530 million. The net profit of EUR 150 million also represents a
new all-time high. In 2016 a total of 42.3 million passengers used Munich
Airport as a starting point or destination for their journeys or to catch
connecting flights. That was an increase of 1.3 million passengers, or 3
percent, over the 2015 result, making 2016 the seventh consecutive record year
for passenger traffic. The number of take-offs and landings increased by 4
percent to over 394,000.
The strongest gains were seen in the airfreight segment,
where the total amount of cargo handled rose by more than 5 percent to 334,000
tons. The increasing passenger demand partly reflects increases in the route
network served from Munich, which gained 10 new destinations in the medium and
long-haul segments in 2016. This brought the number of destinations served by
direct flights from Munich Airport to 257 cities in 73 different countries.
With about 6.8 million passengers – an increase of 5 percent – the
intercontinental segment again posted the strongest gains.
Continental traffic, with a total of 25.8 million passengers
in 2016, remained the strongest segment at Munich Airport. This was a 4 percent
increase over 2015. The number of airlines offering scheduled services in
Munich increased by three to 100 in 2016. In the view of Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the President and CEO of Munich Airport, the
most important indicator is the decision by Lufthansa to station the first 15
aircraft to be delivered in its order for 25 Airbus A350 widebody jets in
Munich. These advanced, highly economical and very quiet planes open up
outstanding prospects for Munich Airport in the intercontinental segment.
Kerkloh believes that the Bavarian hub is very well
positioned to face the challenges of the future: "Just a few weeks before
the 25th anniversary of the airport's opening, Bavaria's gateway to the world
is in excellent shape as it embarks on the next quarter century. Provided we
can expand Munich Airport's capacity in the coming years to keep pace with
demand, this airport can definitely keep adding new chapters to its success