This weekend the big day will be here again: As the clocks go back an hour, the winter timetable will come into effect at Munich Airport. The new schedule, which will remain in effect from Sunday, October 28, 2018 until Saturday, March 30, 2019, offers passengers 207 destinations in Germany and abroad. Alongside 17 airports in Germany, travelers in Munich can choose from among 139 European routes and 51 intercontinental destinations all over the world.
With new single-day, monthly and quarterly records, Munich Airport continued its impressive performance through the end of Q3 2018. Passenger traffic in the first three quarters of the year was up 3.0 percent, or nearly 1 million passengers, to a new record of over 35 million.
Munich Airport set a new record for passenger traffic in the first six months of the 2018 operating year, with a total of 21.7 million passengers handled. This represents an increase of about 3 percent. The number of take-offs and landings was up slightly as compared with the first half of 2017 to around 200,000. Growth was dampened somewhat in the first half by an unusually high number of flight cancellations, largely due to thunderstorms. There were 2,600 more cancelled flights than in the first half of 2017. The total airfreight tonnage, at approximately 173,000 tonnes, was down by 3 percent on a year-over-year basis.
Munich Airport's dynamic growth continued in 2017 with new traffic records in several categories: Passenger traffic increased by an impressive 2.3 million to a new all-time high of 44.6 million. This was a 5.5 percent gain over the 2016 figure. The airport also saw a strong surge in take-offs and landings, with an increase of more than 10,000 to approximately 405,000 – a gain of 2.6 percent. Without the reduction in services by Air Berlin in the summer period, followed by that airline's bankruptcy, the increase would have been even bigger. Another record is reported by the airfreight segment, which achieved a total turnover of around 379,000 tons in 2017 – a 7 percent gain over the previous year.
Turkish Airlines (TK) and Munich Airport signed a long-term consulting service contract. As of now, Munich Airport will support the flag carrier of the Republic of Turkey and the hub carrier of the current Istanbul Atatürk Airport in preparing a smooth relocation of its operations to the Istanbul New Airport, scheduled to open on 29th of October, 2018.
The weekend ahead will bring another change, besides the annual resetting of clocks to end Daylight Saving Time: It also marks the start of Munich Airport's winter timetable. The new flight schedule will be in effect from Sunday, October 29, 2017 until Saturday, March 24, 2018.
Munich Airport is en route to yet another record-breaking performance. The third-quarter traffic figures include several new all-time highs: With approximately 4.4 million passengers, September 2017 was the busiest month in the history of Munich Airport. Moreover, the 164,000 travellers counted on Friday, September 29 represent a new all-time high for a single day. Overall passenger traffic in the first three quarters of the year was up 6 percent year-on-year – a gain of around 2 million passengers – to a new record of 34.1 million.
Over the first six months of 2017, Munich Airport posted the best half-yearly figures in its history: with the 21 million passengers handled during that period, the airport topped the 20 million mark for the first time. That number matches the full-year figure for 1999, and convincingly demonstrates the powerful growth dynamic achieved by Bavaria's international hub. In relative terms, passenger traffic was up by around 6 percent as compared with the same period in 2016. As in the previous year, the airport again saw a 4 percent increase in total take-offs and landings to approximately 200,000. The freight segment also reported a new all-time high, with a 9 percent year-on-year increase in cargo turnover to approximately 180,000 tons.
Next Sunday, March 26, Munich Airport's new summer timetable will come into effect: The airlines have scheduled a total of 250,000 flights to 238 destinations in 68 countries. In addition to 17 German airports and 171 medium-range routes, scheduled services will be available to 50 intercontinental destinations. The summer period will end on Saturday, October 28, 2017.