Memmingen Airport was able to put the turbulence of the two Corona years behind it and resume its growth course in 2022. As a result, the airport recorded a total of 1,991,654 million passengers last year, surpassing the 2019 record by 268,885 passengers and nearly 16 percent. For the current year, a clear jump above the two-million mark is expected.
While the balance sheet for 2021 was still heavily influenced by the Corona-related restrictions – 980,503 passengers were recorded – 2022 was all about relaxation. “People finally wanted to travel again,” explains Airport CEO Ralf Schmid. “There was a lot of pent-up demand. Not only in terms of tourism, but especially when visiting relatives and friends.” Compared to the pre-Corona year 2019, Memmingen Airport was able to continue old growth rates and recorded an increase of 15.6 percent with 1.99 million passengers (2019: 1.72 million). “We’re pleased to have achieved great growth,” Schmid emphasizes, “thanks to our dedicated team and strong airline partners.” In addition to the desire of many passengers to travel, the airlines also grew, continuously increasing their capacity and adding new destinations to their program. Ryanair stationed a third aircraft in Memmingen in the fall of 2022. As a result, the new destinations of Malta, Naples, Valencia, Corfu and Krakow in Poland will appear on the summer flight schedule. The travel group TUI has also recognized the potential in Memmingen and is presenting a new direct connection to Crete from June 8, which it is combining with numerous local offers to create attractive travel packages.
Over 50 destinations in 24 countries
This year, those responsible are certain that Memmingen Airport will easily exceed the two-million mark. An increase of 15 percent and a total of 2.3 million passengers are expected to fly to and from Memmingen. The two major airport partners Ryanair and Wizz Air, which are constantly increasing frequencies on numerous existing routes, are not the least responsible for this. In total, Memmingen Airport offers more than 50 destinations in 24 countries with five airlines this year.
Airport job machine
Growth also ensures that the airport job machine continues to generate new jobs. This year the 237 employees at Flughafen Memmingen GmbH and Allgate GmbH are to receive around 50 new colleagues. “We need reinforcements,” emphasizes CEO Ralf Schmid, “and are looking forward to motivated new employees who will continue the growth course with us.” The infrastructure will also be adapted in several steps by 2026 to meet strong demand and increasing regulatory requirements. Among other things, the check-in area and the upper floor in the arrivals hall will be expanded, and the upper floor in the terminal will be extended.