Munich Airport ends 2017 with record airfreight volumes

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Munich Airport has ended 2017 on a high note with record breaking airfreight turnover to go with growth in aircraft movements and passenger numbers.

The hub handled 378,803 tons in 2017, up from the 353,650 tonnes that passed through in 2016.

As well as strong cargo growth, passenger numbers were up 5.5 per cent to an all time high of 44.6 million, while aircraft movements increased 2.6 per cent to 404,505, and would have been higher had it not been for Air Berlin going bankrupt.

Munich Airport president and chief executive officer, Dr Michael Kerkloh says: “These are outstanding traffic figures, especially when we consider the turbulence the aviation industry is currently experiencing. The massive increases once again underscore our airport’s importance as one of the leading air transportation hubs in Europe.”

The airport also expanded its global network with 266 destinations – nine more than the previous year, and the number of airlines offering scheduled services increasing by two to 102.