When (almost) everyone is on holiday, Memmingen Airport is very busy. However, never before in the airport’s history have there been so many passengers as were counted during the six weeks of the Bavarian holidays.
In the period from 29 July to 12 September, airport management in Memmingen counted 326,738 passengers. This corresponds to an increase of 18 per cent compared to the summer of 2019, which was still unaffected by Coronavirus. There were 277,122 passengers in the same period from the previous year. When compared to the 2021 summer holidays, this represents an increase of 43 per cent. “We have never had such a record summer,” emphasises Airport Managing Director, Ralf Schmid. There are many reasons for this. “Above all, there was an immense desire for holidays and travel,” he explains. This affected both the classic sun-drenched and holiday destinations, as well as visits to friends and relatives, which are particularly important on routes to Eastern Europe. “Many people hadn’t seen their loved ones for two years,” reports Schmid. But the ever-growing range of attractive routes is also seen as being a contributing factor to this growth rate. His conclusion: “We are one of the few German airports that has left the pre-crisis level behind and is on a clear growth path.” In total, over 1.3 million people had already flown to (and from) Memmingen this year by the end of the summer holidays.
On peak days, up to 8,000 passengers were handled at Memmingen Airport. “It was an enormous challenge for our team, which they mastered with flying colours,” reports Schmid. “A big thank you for that!” Most passengers flew to Mallorca, followed by Sofia and Pristina. The routes to Porto, Calvi in Corsica and Alicante registered the highest capacity utilisation and demand. Ryanair also welcomed its eight millionth passenger from Memmingen during the summer holidays.