Munich Airport - Articles and news items
Issue 1 2013 / 18 February 2013 /
Munich Airport experienced a very successful year in 2012. Despite the turbulent European economy, the airport was able to report a two per cent increase in total passenger numbers – 38.4 million passengers passed through Munich Airport over the year, an increase of 600,000 and an all-time high for the airport. This has helped cement it as an efficient and attractive international air transportation hub.
Airlines have continued with the trend of absorbing the rising global passenger demand by using larger aircraft on their routes and decreasing the number of flights offered. With the economic slump set to continue in 2013, it is likely that Munich Airport will not see any significant rise in traffic over the coming year, but the airport nevertheless has excellent long-term growth and development prospects.
For Munich Airport, 2012 was also a big anniversary year. Since its official opening on 17 May 1992, the airport has seen a 100 per cent increase in the number of flights handled annually, and passenger numbers have more than tripled. During that 20-year period, the number of travellers arriving or departing from Munich Airport has already topped the 500 million mark. (more…)
Airport news / 23 November 2012 /
Dr. Michael Kerkloh, who has served as the president and CEO of Munich Airport for 10 years, will now assume the additional role of president of the German Airports Association (ADV). At their annual conference in Bremen, the CEOs and managing directors of Germany’s airports unanimously elected Kerkloh, 59, as the new president of the body representing their interests. Kerkloh, who assumed the role of vice president of the ADV two years ago, will assume the role of president effective January 1, 2013 as the successor of Christoph Blume, the CEO of Düsseldorf Airport, whose two-year term is set to expire.
Airport news / 6 November 2012 /
For decades, Munich Airport has been customer of the company Kahlbacher, the specialist for outstanding solutions in snow clearing from Kitzbühel/Tyrol. The snow clearing technology from Tyrol reliably relieves Munich Airport from snow and helps to keep the airport operable during the winter. (more…)
Airport news / 9 October 2012 /
On October 10th and 11th, Munich Airport will be the site of the Airport IT&T Conference 2012. At the event, airport CEOs, IT managers and other experts from the aviation industry can learn about airport-specific computer technologies and highly specialized software.
Airport news / 8 October 2012 /
From January through the end of September 2012, Munich Airport handled more passengers than ever before in the first three quarters of a calendar year. The approximately 29.2 million arriving and departing passengers represented an increase of more than 2 percent as compared with the same period a year earlier. At the same time, the average aircraft load factor rose to a new record of 75 percent, which represents a year-on-year improvement of 1.3 percentage points. That means that, on average, three quarters of all seats in planes arriving in or departing from Munich are booked. The 302,000 aircraft movements counted during the first three quarters of this year was 2.7 percent lower than the figure for the first nine months of 2011.
Issue 5 2012 / 2 October 2012 /
The process of winter operations remains an important part of an airport’s armoury. Since 2010, when arctic conditions covered the majority of Europe and North America’s airports in a blanket of ice and snow, many have come underpressure to clear runways, taxiways and aprons as swiftly as possible to maintain normal flight movements.
Planning and preparation are two of the key factors involved with successful winter operations, as well as a strong execution of clearing procedures. Munich, the sixth busiest airport in Europe, relies heavily on keeping planes airborne, so implementing a sound winter operations plan is essential.
Mark Glover from International Airport Review spoke to Alfons Breiteneicher, Head of Surface and Winter Services at Munich Airport, about the types of equipment the airport uses, the environmental affect, and the importance of keeping the airport open, no matter what the weather. (more…)
Airport news / 17 September 2012 /
With the new 190-page “Perspectives 2011″, Munich Airport has now published its second integrated report, providing information on the business activities of FMG, the airport operating company, as well as its sustainability-related goals and activities.
Airport news / 24 April 2012 /
Munich Airport has been named Central Europe’s Best Airport in the World Airport Awards by the London-based aviation consultancy Skytrax. In the global rankings for 2012, Munich took the sixth spot behind Seoul, Singapore, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Beijing. The 2012 edition of the survey set a new record with 12 million respondents.
Airport news / 23 April 2012 /
Exactly 12 years and nine days after the groundbreaking ceremony for Munich Airport’s Terminal 2, the expansion project for that facility officially began today. With 200 invited guests in attendance, the first sod was turned over to mark the start of construction of the new satellite terminal. The new terminal building represents a major step forward by Mu-nich Airport (FMG) and Lufthansa to ensure that Terminal 2 can stay on track with the out-standing development achieved since it opened in 2003.
Issue 2 2012 / 29 March 2012 /
Handling the traffic of an Olympic Games is a challenge for airports. Not only the volume but also the nature and the special needs of Olympic passengers pose problems for airports and call for special operational procedures to be set up. Having had experience of overseeing the baggage of teams and visitors during the 2004 Olympic Games at Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos Airport and the 2010 Commonwealth Games at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport, I am aware of the challenges that London’s airports will have to deal with.
The biggest problem with the Olympic Games are the unbelievable peaks just before the Games are officially declared open and after the closing ceremony. While the inbound traffic is stretched out over the weeks before the games open, it is as though everybody waits for the closing ceremony to finish and then want to fly out immediately afterwards. This stretches the airport’s facilities and systems to their limits, especially considering the higher number of bagsper- passenger ratio during the Olympics. But it is also a chance for airports to prove their ability for pre-planning and handling such events smoothly.
The airport is not the centre of the Games but it is usually the first and last point for Olympic visitors. For Heathrow Airport especially, where passengers still associate it with the baggage fiasco that occurred at the opening of T5, it will now be the unique opportunity to prove to the world how efficient the airport terminal has become. (more…)
Airport news / 11 October 2011 /
From January through the end of September 2011, more travelers used Munich Airport than ever before in the first three quarters of a calendar year. The approximately 28.6 million arriving and departing passengers represented a 10 percent increase as compared with the same period a year earlier. Moreover, the last day of this traffic period – September 30, 2011 – produced yet another all-time high of just under 140,000 passengers, some 10,000 more than the record set last year. The number of aircraft movements increased by more than 6 percent in the first three quarters to 310,730.
Airport news / 19 September 2011 /
The Supervisory Board of FMG, the Munich Airport operating company, has warmly welcomed the ruling in the planning permission process in favor of Munich Airport’s third runway, including the conditions for the protection of the airport’s neighbors and the surrounding region.
Airport news / 31 August 2011 /
Crisplant – part of BEUMER Group and a leading global supplier of automated baggage handling systems – has been awarded a contract to supply an extension to the CrisBag® baggage-handling system installed in Terminal 2 at Munich Airport. (more…)
Airport news / 26 July 2011 /
FMG, the Munich Airport operating company, has welcomed today’s positive planning approval decision by the District Government of Upper Bavaria for the construction of a third runway at the airport. With this decision, the approval authority, after intensive analysis of all aspects of this expansion project, has concurred with the need for a third runway as presented by FMG as well as the submitted planning documents.
Issue 3 2011 / 10 June 2011 /
At Munich Airport a total workforce of 30,000 employees with more than 500 companies ensure that more than 390,000 take-offs and landings with 35 million passengers can be handled every year.
A decisive factor in the quality of the passenger experience and comfort at Europe’s seventh largest airport is the smooth functioning interplay of the airport operating company, air traffic control, airlines, authorities and service providers. From the passengers’ point of view, the results of this team effort are more than respectable. In the world’s largest passenger survey, in which Skytrax collected responses from more than 11 million passengers, Munich has just been voted Europe’s best airport for the sixth time. A major factor behind these results is the continuously optimised teamwork manifested within many innovative projects. (more…)