With the removal of many pandemic-related travel restrictions, the airlines at Munich Airport are offering significantly more connections in the upcoming summer flight schedule than we have seen for the last two years. “It is clear that demand is currently picking up and we are expecting a significant increase in passenger traffic in the summer,” explains Jost Lammers, Chief Executive Officer of Flughafen München GmbH. The summer flight schedule starts on Sunday, March 27, 2022 and ends on October 29, 2022.
Lufthansa will be stationing four additional ultra-modern, low-emission long-haul Airbus A350s in Munich over the summer period, meaning the airline will be operating a total of 26 long-haul aircraft at its Munich hub. Lufthansa has added the attractive long-haul destinations of San Diego, Rio de Janeiro, and Bangkok to its flight schedule from Munich. Lufthansa is also reintroducing two North American destinations – Toronto and Washington – and is also recommencing flights to Mumbai in India. The Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings Discover is flying to three popular long-haul destinations from Munich: Las Vegas, Punta Cana, and Cancun.
United Airlines is currently planning six daily flights to the United States, including flights to Denver for the first time. This means United will be offering one more destination from Munich this summer than it did in its pre-Covid schedule in 2019. American Airlines and Delta are once again offering daily flights to Charlotte and Atlanta. Delta has also announced a connection to Detroit from May. All airlines from the Arabian Gulf operating in Munich will be back on the network for the summer flight schedule. Emirates will fly to Dubai, Qatar Airways to Doha, Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi, Kuwait Airways to Kuwait City, Oman Air to Muscat, and Saudi Arabian Airlines to Jeddah and Riyadh. Thai Airways International is making its comeback, resuming flights from Munich to the Thai capital of Bangkok.
A significant upturn is expected in vacation traffic to European and North African destinations. Eurowings Discover, for example, will be flying to 25 popular tourist hotspots – from Antalya to the Canary Islands and Zakynthos – with up to five aircraft stationed at Munich. Lufthansa will be connecting Munich to a total of 80 vacation destinations this summer season. Condor is another airline offering attractive connections for vacationers this summer, flying to a total of 29 destinations from Munich. There are 14 Condor flights every week to Majorca alone. Three more attractive destinations in northern Europe – Billund and Bergen (Lufthansa) and Tampere (Air Baltic) – will also be connected to Bavaria’s hub.
In view of the resurgence in traffic, all handling areas in the Terminal 2 satellite building are now back in use. This passenger building was reopened for non-Schengen traffic – in particular for connections to the USA – in December 2021 after a lengthy pandemic-related hiatus. Lufthansa and Star Alliance flights operating within Schengen countries have also been handled in the satellite building since the beginning of March.