Munich Airport celebrates significant growth after ‘strong’ year

Munich Airport celebrates significant growth after 'strong' year

Munich Airport has announced a “strong” year after seeing growth in passenger numbers, aircraft movements and air freight volumes through 2023.

According to figures released this week, the airport saw the number of passengers rise by 17 per cent to 37 million – 5 million more compared to 2022.

Meanwhile, aircraft movements increased by 6 per cent with more than 300,000 take-offs and landings, and air freight volumes reached 277,000 tonnes.

Jost Lammers, CEO of Munich Airport, said: “The strong growth in passenger numbers in 2023 shows how well the aviation industry is recovering in Munich.

“This positive development is a sign of the high demand for air travel among the public and the business community alike.”

The airport added that “ongoing positive development” is “clearly reflected” in its traffic figures for 2023.

At its current passenger volume, Munich said it has reached around 80 per cent of the record level from 2019, the year prior to the pandemic.

The seat load factor reached a record level of more than 81 per cent, exceeding 80 percent for the first time since the airport opened.

Last year, the airport’s focus of passenger development was on traffic originating from or ending at Munich. This rose by 22 per cent compared to the previous year.

Further, the number of transfer passengers – which is important for hub traffic – also saw growth of 11 per cent.

The strong traffic development at Munich Airport also had a positive effect on air freight. In 2023, freight volumes rose by 7 per cent to a total of around 280,000 metric tons.