Munich’s Improving Stats

Munich Airport’s third quarter traffic figures showed a decline of only 3.6%, as compared with the 9% drop in total passengers seen in the first six months of 2009.  The airport says the main factor behind this noticeable recovery is the strong demand for personal travel, which largely offset the decrease in the business travel sector.  During the first nine months of 2009 approximately 25 million travelers used Munich Airport.
The number of take-offs and landings at Munich Airport was also down approximately 9% in the same period a year earlier to about 300,000 flights.  The steeper decline in aircraft movements as compared with total passengers reflects the fact that the airlines have responded to the crisis by pooling their flights and reducing their total supply of seats.  The use of larger aircraft and an improved load factor in August and September also resulted in a significant increase in the average number of passengers per flight.
A surge in demand can be seen especially in some long-haul segments such as passenger traffic on the routes to the high-growth markets in Asia was up by more than 5% during the first nine months of the year.