Press: Munich Airport continues its recovery in first quarter

Airport marks significant year-on-year increase in passengers and aircraft movements

April 8, 2022

  • Over four million passengers in first three months of the year
  • More than 50,000 take-offs and landings in the first quarter
  • Air freight volume doubles compared to same period of previous year

Although Munich Airport’s traffic figures for the first quarter of 2022 were still heavily marked by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, a clear upward trend could be seen in the first three months of the new year as compared to 2021, with over four million passengers counted between January and March. This was seven times as many as in the same period of the previous year. Due to the massive restrictions on international travel, only 570,000 passengers had used Munich Airport for a flight in the first quarter of 2021. With its current passenger volume, Munich Airport has reached around 40% of the record level from the pre-crisis year 2019.

The substantial increase in passenger numbers corresponds with a significant expansion of flight capacity: Whereas in the first quarter of 2021 only a little over 14,000 aircraft movements were registered, in the first three months of this year there were more than 50,000 take-offs and landings again. There was also a significant upward trend in cargo handled, with the quarterly figure for air freight and air mail almost doubling to a total volume of over 64,000 metric tons.

With the resumption of many routes, a further upturn in aviation in Munich is on the horizon in the summer flight schedule period that has now begun. Whereas last year around 100 destinations could be reached from Munich, this summer there will be up to 200 destinations. 

The traffic figures for the first quarter*:

Passenger volume

Commercial traffic4.089.000569.281+ 618 %
Aircraft movements

Overall50.55014.013+ 261 %
Cargo (in metric tons)

Air freight and air mail handled64.10032.192+ 99 %

*Figures for 2022 are based on provisional calculations


Corinna Born

Director International Media Relations 

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