Whitsun and the summer holidays: the experiences gathered from the last two school holiday weeks make those tasked with running Memmingen Airport all the more optimistic. It is not only the number of passengers that is constantly on the up once more, but also the capacity utilisation rate of aircrafts. And the flight schedule is growing week by week to include ever more destinations.“The light at the end of the tunnel appears to be getting brighter,” says Airport Managing Director, Ralf Schmid, summarising the current situation at southern Germany’s largest low-cost airport. The figures for the Whitsun holidays certainly serve as a cause for optimism. In the period from 21 May to 6 June, the airport recorded over 33,000 passengers and 248 take-offs and landings. Compared to the Whitsun holidays in 2020, when just 4,700 passengers were counted, this is a real increase, emphasises Schmid. If you compare the current figure with Whitsun 2019 (97,000 passengers), it was still possible to achieve a third of this record figure this year. Aircraft capacity utilisation also gives rise to a cautious sense of confidence. Whereas two years ago, aircraft were over 90 per cent full, this year, the figure was just under 70 per cent. Airport boss Schmid anticipates roughly 225,000 passengers and almost 1,500 take-offs and landings during the Bavarian summer holidays. “We’ll kick-start things again in the summer,” he says, signalling a spirit of optimism. As is currently the case at all airports, there is plenty of room for improvement in the figures. “But the direction is right.” This is also ensured by the constantly growing range of flights. “With the cancellation of ever more travel warnings and in view of the progress made with the roll of vaccination efforts, airlines are once again able to plan with certainty and increase capacity,” he explains. Numerous connections that have been suspended in recent months are celebrating their comeback. On 18 June, we will be heading back to Tel Aviv. Flights to Athens and Catania will be departing one day later. This is followed by Calvi on Corsica, Podgorica and Larnaca on Cyprus. Lviv, Dublin, Zadar, Barcelona-Girona and Banja Luka will return to the flight schedule at the beginning of July. There are also new destinations such as Rhodes, Corfu, Zagreb and Lappeenranta in Finland on offer. This means that the current flight offer this year is comparable to that of summer 2019. Passengers can travel from Memmingen to 48 destinations.An overview of all summer flight destinations can be found at www.memmingen-airport.de/sommerflugziele-2021.Memmingen Airport continues to offer an extensive range of test flights. Information about the best options available to you, as well as any fees and how to make appointments can be found on www.memmingen-airport.de/corona-testcenter/.
All travellers are recommended to book a parking space at Memmingen Airport online in advance. If it is not possible to start the journey, there is the possibility of free cancellation up to 24 hours before the planned departure.