The first Tunisair flight to land at Munich Airport touched down on April 4, 1969. Today, 50 years later, Germany is still one of the airline's biggest markets and Munich Airport has become an important hub in its route network. Since Munich Airport opened in 1992, Tunisair has flown approximately 1.44 million passengers from Munich to Tunisia. With the start of the 2019 summer timetable period, the airline added a Saturday flight to the Tunisian capital. Before that, Tunisair flew from the Bavarian capital to Tunis on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with a Boeing 737. With the new service, there are now four weekly departures.
To ensure uninterrupted flight operations on the runways, taxiways and aprons, Munich Airport deploys up to 172 Winter Services employees with their special vehicles on every shift. The two runways and the taxiways are constantly cleared of ice and snow by a total of 22 airblast sweepers and six snow plows along with sprayers and grit spreading vehicles. It takes just 25 minutes to clear a runway at Munich Airport.
Munich Airport had yet another record-setting year in 2018: Total passenger traffic rose by a very robust 1.7 million to yet another all-time high of 46.3 million. This represents a year-over-year increase of around 4 percent. During the same period, the number of take-offs and landings increased by 2.2 percent to over 413,000. The airport again benefited from its attractive, worldwide route network. Passenger traffic on long-haul flights was up by an impressive 7 percent as compared with the previous year. European routes experienced an increase of around 5 percent, while the passenger total on domestic flights within Germany declined by 1 percent.
Cargogate, provider of cargo handling services and a 100% subsidiary of Munich Airport since 1974, has been awarded the designation of pharma-certified warehouse, receiving Munich’s first GDP certificate. The GDP (Good Distribution Practice of Medicinal Products for Human Use – 2013/C 343/01) is a European standard for handling medical products. Cargogate functions as a service provider for airlines that carry freight but do not maintain their own warehouse facilities at Munich Airport.
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.
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.