Press: Munich Airport sees clear upward trend in first half of year

Airport already exceeds annual figure for 2021 with around 13 million passengers

July 7, 2022

  • Passenger numbers increase more than fivefold year-on-year
  • Seat load factor reaches record of 84% in June
  • Air freight volume twice as high as in same period of 2021

The dynamic upward trend at Munich Airport is reflected in the traffic figures for the first half of 2022: With around 13 million passengers, the entire annual volume for 2021 has already been exceeded in the first six months. Passenger numbers increased more than fivefold compared to the first six months of the previous year.

The steep upward trend can be seen when comparing the two quarters: After only around four million passengers in the first quarter of 2022, more than twice as many passengers were handled in the second quarter at around nine million. In June, Munich Airport already reached three-quarters of its volume from the same month of the record year 2019 again. The seat load factor in Munich in June was at a record level of 84%.

Airlines responded to the high demand for flights by significantly expanding their flight capacity from Munich: Whereas only around 40,000 aircraft movements were registered in the first half of 2021, there were over 129,000 take-offs and landings in the first six months of this year – more than three times as many. In addition, considerably more destinations are now available to passengers in Munich again: Whereas last year around 100 destinations worldwide could be reached from Munich, this summer there will be up to 200 destinations.

Freight business at the airport also benefited from the increasing air traffic in Munich, with the total freight volume doubling year-on-year to around 127,000 metric tons.

The signs are pointing to further growth for the Munich aviation hub, particularly with regard to long-haul flights. For example, the Taiwanese airline EVA Air has announced that it will start flying from Munich to Taipei four times a week from the beginning of November. Lufthansa will use the world’s biggest commercial aircraft – the Airbus A380 – from Munich again next year.

The traffic figures for the first half of the year:

Passenger volume

Commercial traffic12.953.0002.216.915+ 484 %
Aircraft movements

Overall129.30040.535+ 219 %
Cargo handled (in metric tons)

Air cargo carried126.75064.618+ 96 %


Press Department

Flughafen München GmbH

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