The history of Memmingen Airport

From Memmingerberg airbase to Bavaria’s third-largest commercial airport. Memmingen Airport can look back on a long history.


Construction of the Memmingerberg military airbase.


Several heavy bombing raids in the last two years of the war destroy the airport infrastructure.


The Americans, as the occupying power, declared the airbase site a training ground for military aircraft. The infrastructure was rebuilt in 1955.


The Bundeswehr established the “Allgäu” Fighter Bomber Wing 34.


The closure of the military airfield was decided due to the Bundeswehr’s reorganisation measures.


Allgäu Airport GmbH & Co KG was founded on 13.06.2002 to prepare for the civilian use of the NATO airfield after its closure.

On 31.07.2002, the application for a modification permit under aviation law was submitted to the Southern Bavaria Aviation Authority (Luftamt Südbayern).


Withdrawal of the air force. The airport is released for subsequent civilian use.


On 9 July 2004, the former military airbase was granted a modification permit for a civil regional airport by the Southern Bavaria Aviation Authority.

On 05.08.2004 commencement of flight operations under visual flight rules.


Start of construction work for the commencement of regular passenger flight operations.


TUIfly commenced regular passenger flight operations on 28.06.2007.

On 21.10.2007, Allgäu Airport GmbH & Co KG welcomed its 100,000th passenger.


Allgäu Airport welcomed its 500,000th passenger in September 2008.


On 29.04.2009, a Ryanair aircraft took off from Allgäu Airport for the first time.

The new Gate 4 was inaugurated on 29.05.2009.

The Hungarian airline Wizz Air commenced flight operations at Memmingen Airport on 07.08.2009.


A new arrival hall was completed. In addition, the new gates 5 and 6 on the 1st floor of the terminal were opened on 21.05.2010.


An application for planning approval under aviation law was submitted to the Southern Bavaria Aviation Authority (Luftamt Südbayern). A total of around EUR 15 million is to be invested. Specific measures include widening the runway, optimising taxiways, designating additional parking areas for aircraft, expanding the terminal and parking facilities, as well as the instrument landing system, and adjusting operating hours.


On 28.06.2012, 5 years of scheduled flights and 10 years of Allgäu Airport were celebrated. During this time, around 82,000 flight movements and 3.5 million passengers were recorded.


The 4 millionth passenger was welcomed in January. In March, Memmingen Airport receives the planning approval for the further expansion of the airport from the South Bavarian Aviation Authority.

In December 2013, the Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings began domestic flight operations between Hamburg, Berlin and Memmingen, the first scheduled flight connections of Germany’s largest aviation group in Memmingen.


Memmingen Airport welcomes its 5 millionth passenger in June.


On 14 July 2015, the Bavarian Administrative Court dismisses all lawsuits against the expansion of Memmingen Airport. Planning for the expansion can now begin. The operating hours may be extended in accordance with the planning approval procedure.

In November 2015, referendums were held in Memmingen and the district of Unterallgäu on the participation of the city and district in areas of the former airbase site. Both decisions were made in favour of the airport and the planned purchase of land.


The operating company Flughafen Memmingen GmbH takes over the operational business of Allgäu Airport GmbH & Co. KG.

In March, Ryanair announces the opening of a base in Memmingen, with a stationed aircraft for the start of the winter flight schedule in October. 10 years of Memmingen Airport were celebrated on 28.06.2017.

With a total of 1,179,875 passengers, the million mark was exceeded for the first time in 2017.


On 5 October, the ground-breaking ceremony for the airport expansion took place together with the Bavarian Prime Minister, Dr Markus Söder.

The 10 millionth passenger was welcomed on 6 December. In December, Ryanair also announced a second aircraft for the Memmingen site from the end of March 2019.

Another record was set with 1,492,553 passengers in 2018.


From 17 – 30 September, flight operations were completely suspended for the runway’s renovation. During these two weeks, a new LED lighting system was installed and the slope was widened from 30 to 45 metres. A lizard habitat was also created. All work was completed on schedule so that flight operations could be resumed on 1 October.


In May, the car hire and travel centre was opened in car park P1 directly opposite the terminal. The removal of the previous hire car area in the terminal now offers additional space for waiting passengers at check-in.


On 05 October, the new baggage hall was opened by Bavaria’s Transport Minister, Kerstin Schreyer. This includes the new arrivals hall and baggage handling. The hall with a usable area of around 2,300 square metres was built during a 19-month construction period. The extension meant that the previous arrivals area could be converted into another gate.


In 2022, Memmingen Airport set a new record in its history after the Coronavirus crisis. For the first time, 1,991,654 passengers were counted.

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