15-Jan-2013 11:59 AM

Munich Airport handles record 38.4 million pax in 2012, unable to meet new demand

Germany's Munich Airport reported (14-Jan-2013) a 2% year-on-year increase in passenger numbers to a new record of 38.4 million in 2012. The airport also reported its highest utlisation rate since the airport opened in 1992, with load factor increasing by 1 ppt to 74.5% as airlines deploy larger aircraft. The airport attributed the growth in passenger traffic to above-average gains in the European traffic segment. Services between Munich and continental destinations increased 3% to 23 million passengers. Munich Airport operator FMG CEO Michael Kerkloh said the airport once again "exceeded the Germany-wide average for traffic growth". Amid the Europe-wide economic and financial crisis, Munich Airport reported a 4.4% decline in airfreight and mail to 290,301 tons. Aircraft movements at the airport fell 2.9% to 398,039, with the airport unable to offer "additional connections at high-demand periods nor allow new airlines to set up operations here. That means that the demand from airlines and their passengers can now no longer be met", according to Mr Kerkloh. [more - original PR]

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