Latest Munich Airport statistics highlight pent-up demand for air travel

(Jan 13, 2022)
Passenger numbers at Munich Airport (MUC) in 2021 increased by 1.4 million to a total of 12.5 million.

While just 2.2 million passengers were counted at Munich Airport in the first six months, the second half of the year saw traffic of 10.3 million travellers.

For the month of October 2021 alone, the month with the highest traffic, the airport recorded the same number of passengers as the entire first half.

Munich Airport (MUC)

Jost Lammers, CEO of Munich Airport, said: “As soon as the pandemic situation allows, people want to travel again. We also see this continued demand as an encouraging sign for the new year. Although the next few weeks are still difficult given the anticipated impact of the Omicron variant, we see excellent prospects for a further considerable increase in flights and passenger demand in the summer flight schedule.

An indication of how quickly air traffic can recover after travel restrictions are lifted can also be seen by comparing December results for 2020 and 2021.

While only 245,000 passengers were counted in Munich in December 2020, this figure was already more than six times higher than 1.5 million passengers a year later.

In total, approximately 153,000 take-offs and landings took place in 2021. This represents an increase of 6,000 aircraft movements of more than 4% compared to the previous year.

Airfreight increased considerably compared to 2020, in particular due to a significant increase in “cargo-only” traffic. The overall volume of air cargo handled was 22,000 metric tons higher than the previous year. This corresponds to an increase in freight volume of just under 15% for a total of 167,000 metric tons.


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