Press: New job statistics at Munich Airport

More than 33,000 people are employed at Bavaria’s aviation hub

July 28, 2022

  • Lufthansa and FMG are the biggest employers
  • “Flying personnel” account for 27 percent of employees

Munich Airport remains one of Bavaria’s biggest workplaces: The latest employment survey published by Flughafen München GmbH (FMG) shows that a total of 33,330 people were employed by the companies and authorities at the airport as of the end of 2021.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting global restrictions on travel, the number of employees at Munich Airport has decreased only moderately. At the survey date, December 31, 2021, there were 4,760 or 13 percent fewer employees than when the survey was previously conducted in 2018. The number of companies fell by just 54, or ten percent, over the same period.

FMG performs a current inventory of jobs across the entire airport campus every three years, compiling the key data on how employment at the airport is developing. The latest survey is based on data from a total of 464 companies and authorities.

The biggest employer at the airport remains the Lufthansa Group with 11,941 employees. The FMG Group takes second place with a total of 8,852 employees at the survey date. In other words, the two companies employ more than half of those who work at the airport campus.

As previously, a breakdown of employees by work area shows that “flying personnel” accounts for the highest proportion (27.4 percent). However, the period from 2018 to 2021 saw differing development in terms of the individual areas of activity: While the figures for “flying personnel” and “security and protection” remained largely unchanged, the number of jobs in the areas of “other personnel”, “flight operations and related functions” and “administration, sale of goods and planning” declined by as much as 26 percent.

More than 31,600 people are employed in traditional employment or training relationships, i.e. in jobs that are subject to social security contributions, as civil servants, or as trainees. This meant the proportion of these high-quality jobs at the campus remained stable at 95 percent. The region surrounding the airport ultimately benefits from this job quality: Airport employees account for around 23 percent of the almost 130,000 jobs subject to social security contributions across all employers in Erding and Freising districts. In other words, almost one in every four jobs in these districts is based at the airport.

10,344 of the airport’s 33,330 employees work on a part-time basis, an increase of 3.7 percent compared with 2018. At 67 percent, airlines account for the majority of part-time employees.

At the survey date, there were 471 trainees at the airport campus across a total of 40 different training professions.

For more information or to download the latest employment survey, please visit the Munich Airport website at (in German).


Press Department

Flughafen München GmbH

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