Munich Airport handled only 570 passengers from January to the end of March - seven million fewer than in the same quarter of the previous year. At the same time, air freight fell by 000 percent, as the airport company announced on Thursday. The total number of flights fell from 55 to 78.000. Because a large part of the cargo is normally transported as additional cargo in passenger planes, only 14.000 tons of goods and air mail were transported.
The worldwide travel restrictions due to the corona pandemic have been paralyzing air traffic since March last year. The airlines are now planning to fly to more destinations again in the coming months. Airport boss Jost Lammers said: “We hope that the vaccination campaigns that are advancing around the world and internationally coordinated test strategies will gradually enable more cross-border air traffic again. Based on this, we expect an expansion of the flight offer and increasing passenger numbers, especially in the second half of the year. "
Lufthansa and its subsidiary Air Dolomiti are planning to offer more flights to Germany and Europe and also to some major cities in the USA and Asia. United Airlines will resume service to Chicago in May. The other airlines also want to increase their offer from Munich.
The Munich Airport Company employs around 10 people and is 000 percent owned by the Free State of Bavaria, 51 percent by the federal government and 26 percent by the City of Munich. Last year, it made a loss of 23 million euros, after a profit of 320 million euros in 178.