Press: Munich Airport continues to recover in the first quarter of 2024

One million more passengers than in the first three months of last year

April 18, 2024

  • Around eight million passengers in the first quarter
  • Seat capacity above pre-corona level
  • Air freight volume at approximately 73,500 tons

Munich Airport remains on course for growth in the first quarter of 2024: almost eight million travelers were counted from January to March - despite the numerous strikes. Compared to the same period last year, this represents an increase of about one million passengers, or about 14%.With the current passenger volume, Munich Airport has again reached 80 percent of the record volume from the pre-crisis year 2019, and even 86 percent in international traffic.

In the first three months of this year, almost 68,300 take-offs and landings were registered, an increase of around ten percent compared to the previous year. The continued strong demand for air travel led to another record seat occupancy rate. This rose from 76% in the first quarter of 2023 to 77.6% - in comparison: in the same period in 2019, the aircraft load factor was 71.3%.

Cargo handling also continued to increase significantly: the total volume of air freight and air mail grew by almost ten percent to around 73,500 tons. Overall, the volume of cargo in Munich is now back to almost 90 percent of the pre-corona level.

The availability of additional freight capacity will continue increasing this year. New routes to Seattle, Johannesburg, and Vietnam as well as additional flight frequencies - including to Beijing and Osaka - offer industrial and logistics companies in Munich Airport’s catchment area more opportunities to load directly via Munich.

The traffic figures for the first quarter:

Passenger volume

Commercial traffic7.956.128 
6.967.506 + 14,2 %
Aircraft movements

62.108 + 9,9 %
Cargo (in metric tons)

Air freight and air mail handled73.499 
67.077 + 9,6 %


Press Department

Flughafen München GmbH

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