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Munich Airport celebrates its success story

  18.05.2012    

At a gala reception attended by more than 150 guests, the operating company, partners and users of Munich Airport celebrated the upcoming 20th anniversary of the airport's first day of operations. After the historical night of the airport's move from Munich-Riem to the Erdinger Moos region, the new airport opened punctually and without a hitch on May 17, 1992. "The start of the new airport was an enormous promise to the future – and this promise has been more than fulfilled," said Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the CEO of FMG, the Munich Airport operating company, addressing the reception guests.
Kerkloh went on to explain that, in its first 20 years, Munich Airport has achieved growth far exceeding the industry average, and added that the main driving force behind its rise has been its functional transformation into an international air traffic hub.
With the rapid growth in traffic in Munich, the new airport quickly moved up in the standings of Europe's business passenger airports, rising to sixth place in 2011, its highest ranking so far. Even more impressive than the traffic statistics is Munich's popularity with passengers. Over the past eight global passenger surveys conducted by Skytrax, the respected London-based aviation consultancy, the Bavarian hub has earned the title of Europe's Best Airport six times and has twice ranked second.
Since it opened, Bavaria's gateway to the world has handled nearly 500 million passengers. To put this figure into perspective: after just 20 years of operation, the new airport has already handled about three times as many passengers as the old Munich-Riem Airport saw in its entire history from 1949 until it closed on May 16, 1992.
Annual growth in passenger traffic has averaged 6 percent during the airport's first two decades. This is significantly higher than the average increases posted by all other German airports during the same period (3.7 percent). Munich has also experienced above average gains in take-offs and landings. During the 20 years at the new location, the number of aircraft movements has passed the 6.5 million mark and increased at an average annual rate of 4 percent. The volume of airfreight handled over the first 20 operating years adds up to 3.1 million tonnes, and has shown an impressive average annual growth rate of 7.3 percent.
In line with its dynamic traffic growth, Munich Airport is constantly gaining power as a motor of the economy and “job generator”. In its inaugural year, the airport provided employment for 12,000 people. Today the 550 companies and public authorities employ a total workforce of more than 30,000. Because each new job at the airport results in another job being created in the surrounding region, the airport's impact on employment can be felt far beyond the perimeter fence.
Looking ahead to the future, airport CEO Dr. Michael Kerkloh expects the 20-year success story of Munich Airport to continue: "Thanks to our airport's successful development over the past two decades, it now has the opportunity to take a significant share in the anticipated growth in the coming years, and thus to ensure that Munich and Bavaria maintain their excellent links to the global air transportation network. With the Terminal 2 satellite facility and the planned third runway, we are putting ourselves in a position to seize this opportunity."


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