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6May
Flughafen Memmingen Corona-Test_kleinMemmingen Airport expands testing-services

Memmingen Airport expands testing-services

Memmingen Airport is expanding its Corona test offering. In addition to the previous free PCR tests, there is now a new antigen rapid test centre as well as further paid test options for international passengers.

For all citizens residing in Germany, the new antigen rapid test centre of the company EcoCare is now open daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. in a tent next to the car park P1 near the terminal. The results of the free tests are sent by e-mail in German within 15 to 20 minutes. Pre-registration is required for the rapid test centre as well as for the PCR test centre, which has been open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight for some time now and is located in a former noise protection hall next to the P1 car park. There, as a special service of the Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care, PCR testing is available free of charge to all citizens and passengers regardless of their place of residence. The results are usually transmitted within 24 hours. German-language Corona findings from the PCR test centre can be translated into English at Memmingen Airport for a fee – either as an express translation within 60 minutes or within 24 hours.

For the large number of international passengers, another testing service is now also available. “With this, we offer all our passengers and also the citizens from the region a comprehensive and efficient service,” explains Andreas Loritz, Head of Non-Aviation at Memmingen Airport. “Alongside vaccination, testing is the decisive factor that will boost air traffic again,” he emphasises.

The company EcoCare additionally offers PCR tests and antigen and antibody rapid tests at Memmingen Airport for a fee. These tests are also carried out in the antigen rapid test centre. Smear tests are also carried out on children from the age of three. For all of these tests, registration is required at flughafen-memmingen.ecocare.center. For the free PCR tests, the address for registration is form.ecolog-international.com, as before. During the test, the airport car park P1 is available (ten minutes free of charge).

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18Jan
Wizz Air A321NEO am Flughafen Memmingen, Foto Maximilian MairCorona cloudes the balance sheet in 2020 of Memmingen Airport

Corona cloudes the balance sheet in 2020 of Memmingen Airport

But the Allgäu Airport certainly is optimistic

Nobody expected that a year ago: After record values ​​in 2019, Memmingen Airport will have seen a significant decrease in passengers and movements in 2020 due to the corona pandemic. In a nationwide comparison, however, Allgäu Airport was hit far less hard than other airports. One looks to the future with cautious optimism and anticipates a possible start of vacation traffic on Whitsun.The 2019 financial year report showed an increase of 15.4 percent in passenger numbers; Over 1.7 million passengers landed or took off at Memmingen Airport. In the 2020 balance sheet only 690,780 passengers are documented. “Corona has more than halved the number of our passengers”, states Airport Managing Director Ralf Schmid. The decline in flight movements was significantly lower and was down 25 percent to 17,436 (previous year 23,345).”If you compare our figures with those of other German airports, we got away with it with a black eye,” Schmid sums up. Because on average for all airports, Memmingen recorded the second-smallest decrease in passengers in Germany with minus 60 percent.

“2020 was a year full of challenges,” says Ralf Schmid. “We experienced an ascent and descent with numerous surprises.” A good start was followed in April by a four-week stop on all scheduled and charter flights. In particular, the connections to Eastern Europe and the activities of the airline Wizz Air then ensured continuous operation. “To this day, we are an important airlift for carers, nurses and harvest workers between Eastern Europe and Southern Germany,” explains Schmid. The airport had fulfilled its operational obligations at all times and was open for ambulance, military and police flights as well as for so-called official traffic. 98 people could be transported in medical emergencies. The most spectacular mission was the landing of an Airbus A310. This flying intensive care unit of the Bundeswehr brought seriously injured Ukrainian soldiers to the Bundeswehr hospital in Ulm for further treatment.

The crisis, which has not yet ended, has not yet had any existential impact on the airport company. Of course, in coordination with the employees and the supervisory board, they reacted quickly and applied for short-time work for Flughafen Memmingen GmbH and the subsidiary ALLgate GmbH, which together employ around 160 people. Where possible planned investments have been postponed.

Visits to relatives and friends as well as flights to work or study locations would probably be the first to attract attention again, then vacation trips – maybe already at Whitsun – would pick up again. “Ultimately,” says Schmid, “everything depends on the further infection process and the vaccinations.”

Sofia at the top

Last year, Sofia came first in the favor of passengers, followed by Sibiu, Timisoara, Varna and Kiev. New destinations have also been added to the flight plan like Bacau in northeastern Romania and Catania in Sicily. Larnaca in Cyprus, Heraklion in Crete and Rhodes also celebrated premieres. A total of 59 destinations from Memmingen were flown to by 17 airlines in scheduled and charter traffic last year. There is already a new addition for this year 2021: From the end of May the Ukrainian charter and low-cost airline SkyUp will connect Memmingen with Kiev.

New to the supervisory board

At the turn of the year there were also changes in the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Memmingen GmbH. Michael Schilling, who has represented the founding partner Dachser since the first days of the airport, was followed by Stephan Hohm. The new Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board is now Dr. Albert Schultz, who represents the founding partner Magnet Schultz Memmingen. New to the board is the Günzburg District Administrator Dr. Hans Reichart, as the former Bavarian Minister of Transport, is a proven expert in matters of transport policy.

In particular, the connections to Eastern Europe and the activities of the airline Wizz Air ensured continuous operation at Memmingen Airport.

Image: In particular, the connections to Eastern Europe and the activities of the airline Wizz Air ensured continuous operation at Memmingen Airport.

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22Oct

Start of the winter flight schedule

Memmingen Airport starts the winter season with 29 destinations on Sunday, October 25th. The winter flight schedule offers two new routes, but also has to accept reductions in its offer.

Wizz Air will start its new connections from Memmingen to Catania in Sicily and to Bacau in Northeast Romania. The city is the economic center of the Moldova region and the sixth Romanian destination that can be reached non-stop from Memmingen. As well, there are many classics such as London, Porto, Malaga or Tenerife and Larnaca on Cyprus. The Russian airline Pobeda is also planning to reopen the Memmingen-Moscow connection once a week. Dublin, Tel Aviv, Amman, Faro, Marrakech as well as Kutaisi, Banja Luka, Lviv and Ohrid are suspended for the time being.

After Ryanair announced that it would only serve 40 percent of the previous year’s offer this winter, the quota in Memmingen is much more positive with almost 50 percent. Nevertheless, the newly planned routes to Gyumri in Armenia and Lappeenranta in Finland will not be included in the route network for the time being. Wizz Air plans to operate 80 percent of the flights from the previous winter. The designation of further risk areas and the current pandemic development can lead to changes at short notice.

The implementation of extensive hygiene measures is now routine, both at the airport and on board of the aircraft. Due to modern filter systems in the aircraft, the risk of infection is generally considered to be very low. In addition, the airlines pay close attention to compliance with the regulations by passengers and crews. Travel planning is made easier by the website https://reopen.europa.eu/de, which provides constant information on current travel restrictions.

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16Sep
AdobeStock_259641755_sWizz Air with new route to Catania

Wizz Air with new route to Catania

Sicily wants to be discovered. Experts agree that the largest island in the Mediterranean offers far more than sun, sand and temples. From the end of October Wizz Air will be offering twice a week flights from Memmingen to Catania on the east coast. Memmingen Airport thus expands its existing range of services in Sicily.

The island, which is over 25,000 square kilometers in size, has been on the Memmingen flight plan for a long time. Ryanair flies to the capital Palermo twice a week. “The new route to Catania is the ideal addition to the existing program,” explains Airport Sales Manager Marcel Schütz. “Exciting round trips between Palermo in the northwest and Catania are easily possible.” Especially the southeast of the island with the highlight Syracuse fascinates with its breathtaking landscape and very beautiful cities.

At Memmingen Airport, attention is also being paid to the fact that the airline Wizz Air, which until now was the largest low-cost provider in Eastern Europe primarily served destinations in this region, is now adding a connection in Western Europe. “That shows what potential Wizz Air sees in Memmingen and that the potential of the location has not yet been exhausted,” explains Marcel Schütz. The new connection, which was offered by TUIfly years ago and has been on the wish lists of many Memmingen passengers since then, also extends the offer for those who want to visit friends and relatives in both countries.

From October 28th, Wizz Air will be flying from Memmingen to Catania on Wednesdays and Sundays. Ryanair’s Palermo flights operate on Thursday and Sunday. Tickets to Catania can already be booked online at www.wizzair.com.

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17Aug
Flughafen Memmingen Campus Suite, Fotograf Stefan GruberGastro offensive at Memmingen Airport

Gastro offensive at Memmingen Airport

Premiere at Allgäu Airport! For the first time at an airport, a completely new gastronomy concept was launched in the terminal: The innovative Campus Suite offers passengers and visitors healthy and fresh cuisine.
Corona time was construction time at the airport. During the lockdown, particular investments were made in the gastronomic offer: the centerpiece is the new Campus Suite, which was created in place of the well-known Coffee Fellows Bar in the public area of the terminal. The new concept is based on sustainable and healthy cuisine with regional suppliers. The product range extends from freshly squeezed juices made from untreated fruit and vegetables to coffee and tea specialties to soups, pasta and sandwiches.
The design of the suite is also new. “The monotonous rigor of large fast food chains is alien to us,” emphasizes the managing director and founder of the Campus Suite Frank Stebisch. “Instead, we let our environment inspire us when it comes to interior design and blend in organically with the environment. That’s why no two campus suites are alike.” The concept was developed at the University of Kiel in 2004 with now 34 locations, especially in northern Germany.

New built as well is the snack bar Gate34 outside the airport for a quick snack before and after the flight. The popular beer garden with a view of the apron and the planes is still open during the summer months when the weather is good.
For those who do not want to stay at home, a new Rental Car and Travel Agency Center offers more convenience. It opened its doors in May on parking lot P1 directly opposite the terminal and enables relaxed travel advice and booking. Generously designed counters pave the way for arriving passengers to their pre-booked rental car even faster. The newly created Coffee Fellows Express Bar with comfortable seating takes care of the physical well-being in the Center.
“With all these innovations, we have further improved the comfort at the airport,” emphasizes Non-Aviation Director Andreas Loritz. “After all, the passenger, his companion and all other visitors should feel comfortable with us from the first minute.”

12.08.2020 | Memmingen Airport

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16Jun
AdobeStock_126802364_sFrom October on again new destination in Romania

From October on again new destination in Romania

Romania continues to be one of the top destinations on the flight schedule of Memmingen Airport. A new route will be added at the end of October: The airline Wizz Air will then connect Memmingen with Bacău twice a week.

The 145,000-inhabitant city in northeastern Romania, the economic center of the Moldova region, is served on Tuesday and Saturday. Start is October 31st. Tickets from € 24.99 can already be booked. “Especially in times of the Corona crisis, we were able to maintain an important airlift between Romania and southern Germany,” emphasizes Airport Sales Manager Marcel Schütz. Urgent nursing staff and harvest workers were able to get to their workplaces and home quickly and safely. In the course of this week all previous Romanian destinations (Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Timisoara, Tirgu Mures and Suceava) will be flown to again. With Bacău, six destinations in Romania will be available at the start of the winter flight schedule.

16.06.2020 | Memmingen Airport

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18Mar
Memmingen Airport Terminal, photographer: Stefan GruberCorona slows down air traffic

Corona slows down air traffic

The worldwide corona crisis does not leave Memmingen airport untouched. Air traffic are initially restricted, short-time working has been requested. However, there is confidence that the turbulence can be mastered.  

After more and more countries introduced entry stops, airlines flying to Memmingen also were prompted to temporarily suspend flights. „We are currently offering a restricted flight schedule to enable passengers, in particular, to travel to their home countries, “says CEO Ralf Schmid. The situation is changing constantly. Over 50 destinations were planned so far. „Which of these can be realized and how”, says Schmid, “depends on the current development around the topic of corona. In any case, the airlines would reduce their capacities and the tour operators their programs in the next two months. Passengers who have booked flights or travel in the coming days and weeks are advised to check with the airline or tour operator about the current status. Information about entry controls and entry stops can be obtained from the State Department or the embassy of the country concerned.

Paper waste is also the forecast for the current business year, for which just a few weeks ago, almost two million passengers were expected at Memmingen Airport. However, the current crisis has no existential effects on the company. “Flughafen Memmingen GmbH is currently well positioned financially,” emphasizes Ralf Schmid, “in order to be able to cope with such an exceptional situation for some time.” Of course, in coordination with the works council and the supervisory board, the company reacted quickly and for Flughafen Memmingen GmbH and the subsidiary ALLgate GmbH, which together employ around 160 people, applied for short-time work. Planned investments are being put to the test, and the postponement of individual construction measures is being discussed. “But we are confident,” says Schmid, “that we will be able to survive this difficult situation for our entire society in the long term without damage.”

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19Feb
Allgäu Airport D Vorfeld Anstehen Passagiere Flugzeug 4Memmingen Airport leaves other airports behind

Memmingen Airport leaves other airports behind

Thanks to above-average growth in 14th place

Memmingen Airport is one of the rising airport among the German airports. After a successful year, in which a new record number was reported, Bavaria’s third traffic airport climbed from the 17th to the 14th place in the national ranking.

During the last year the general trend between the 25th international acting airports in Germany with an average rise of passengers of 1.5 percent was restrained. However, Memmingen Airport caused a sensation with 1,722,764 passengers and an increase of 15.4 percent in comparison to the previous year. Only Dortmund could bring a bigger growth in this time. The tailwind in the number of passengers also led to an advance in the German ranking. “In 12 years from zero to fourteen is a very strong performance that the whole team can be very proud of”, emphasized Airport CEO Ralf Schmid. “With over 50 destinations in Europe, Asia and North Africa the airport offers attractive travel opportunities in many directions. In the ranking, the Allgäu Airport leaves known airports as Dresden, Frankfurt Hahn, Karlsruhe, Munster Osnabruck and Weeze behind.

“Of course we can’t always count on these rising numbers”, explained Ralf Schmid. “2020 won’t be an easy year”. On the one hand, the increase of the air traffic tax for airlines causes rising costs in Germany und lower growth compared to the other countries in Europe. On the other hand, the problem with the Boeing 737 Max, which mainly affected the airline Ryanair, also slow down further development. “Based on today’s knowledge we are heading towards the two million mark”, added the Airport CEO. However, it is still uncertain whether the mark will be reachable or even overcome. In order to be prepared for further growth, we are working constantly on the improvement of the infrastructure. This also includes the soon expansion of the baggage area and the further expansion of the instrument landing system.

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9Jan
Wizz-Air-VorfeldNew passenger record in 2019

New passenger record in 2019

From Memmingen to Amman and Lisbon for the first time

The forecast was ambitious – and still wrong. Memmingen Airport clearly exceeded their own self-imposed goal of 1,65 million passengers in the past year. Because in the past year, Memmingen Airport clearly exceeded its self-imposed goal of 1.65 million passengers. Despite the two-week complete closure in September, the airport recorded 1.72 million passengers, an increase of 15.4 percent compared to the previous year. This year they want to approach the two million mark.

One record followed the other: while those responsible counted a total of 1.492.553 passengers in the 2018 financial year, 1,722,764 passengers flew to and from Memmingen in the past twelve months. This corresponds to an increase of 15.4 percent over the previous year. Even though the airport was closed for two weeks in the second half of September due to the widening of its runway. “The year 2019 was a special challenge “, Airport Managing Director Ralf Schmid sums up. “More pleasant is the positive result which impressively shows the position that Memmingen Airport has now taken on in the region.” It has long been an indispensable part of the transport infrastructure. Eight airlines offered a total of 52 destinations in Europe, Asia and North Africa in the last year. Schmid especially compliments the airport team, who coped with the steady growth excellently and also handled the challenge of the renovation brilliantly. Schmid: “This success is your success! “

Those responsible do not want to rest on the laurels collected so far. They are targeting the two million mark for passengers for the current fiscal year 2020. “In order to achieve the goal, we have to make ourselves fit for growth “, explains Schmid. This also includes the extension of the baggage hall which is about to begin and the further expansion of the instrument landing system. “Demand is still there for airlines and passengers “, emphasizes the CEO. There are currently 55 destinations on the flight schedule this year. New is Gyumri in Armenia. The city near the Turkish border will be served by airline Ryanair twice a week from Memmingen on March 30. Connections to Rhodes and Heraklion on Crete with the airline Corendon are also new.

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29Oct
AmmanTwo premiers in three days

Two premiers in three days

From Memmingen to Amman and Lisbon for the first time

What many theatres can’t handle, Memmingen Airport can: two premiers in only three days. And both are sold out! For the first time this morning the Ryanair flight to Amman departed. Last Sunday it was show time for the first flight to Lisbon.

With the Ryanair flight FR 6802 a new country increases the still growing map of destinations from Memmingen. From now on the capital of Jordan will be operated twice a week – on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Passengers on the four hours non-stop flight to Amman, mostly from the South of Germany, are going to visit Petra, a city in the south, build from red cliffs, as well as the desert Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. “Jordan enlarges our offers for a touristic and culturist destination and fits perfectly to our two weekly flights to Tel Aviv in this region”, explains Aviation Director, Marcel Schütz.

For holiday makers, business travelers, as well as visitors of friends and family members, the second premier destination is from the same interest: the Portuguese capital Lisbon, which is reachable since Sunday twice a week from Memmingen. After Porto and Faro, Lisbon is the third city in Portugal operated from the Memmingen Airport. “With now five destinations on the Iberian Peninsula”, so Marcel Schütz, “we are offering a compact program, which opens up interesting combinations to travel.” This Friday (1st of November) the destination Hurghada in Egypt celebrates its winter premier. Therefore, flights are operating once a week from Memmingen to the holiday center at the Red Sea during the whole year.

A further new first flight is already established: From the 30th March next year, Ryanair flies twice a week from Memmingen to the Caucasus State Armenia. Gyumri located close to the Turkish border, with 130.000 habitants is the second biggest city in the country and the newest member on a long list of destinations reachable from Memmingen Airport.

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