Munich Airport posted a significant increase in passenger numbers in the first six months of 2019, setting a new half-year record of 22.7 million passengers – up 5 per cent compared to the same period last year.
According to the latest figures, presented at the Munich Press Club by Dr Michael Kerkloh, the President and CEO of Munich Airport, the number of take-offs and landings was also higher, increasing by almost 3 per cent to around 205,000 aircraft movements in total.
In the cargo segment, which is experiencing a slowdown throughout Europe, the total volume handled in the first half of the year amounted to around 162,000 tons - a year-on-year decline of nearly 6 per cent.
The most powerful growth driver at Munich Airport remains the steadily increasing demand for international travel. The number of passengers travelling between Munich and international destinations in the first half of 2019 was 1 million higher than in the same period a year earlier. Disproportionate growth was seen especially in the intercontinental segment, where growth in total passengers, at 10.6 per cent, was more than double the Europe-wide growth rate (4.5 per cent).
With regard to the climate impact of aviation, Kerkloh mentioned an initiative announced two weeks ago at the annual assembly of the trade body ACI Europe, which represents the aviation industry. Under the plan, more than 190 European airports are committed to taking decisive action to decarbonize aviation. Munich Airport and the other signatories of this "Net Zero Carbon" resolution intend to reduce their CO2 emissions to "net zero" by 2050 and to remove the unavoidable residual emissions from the atmosphere through technological measures.
Kerkloh said: "I believe that bans on flying or individuals voluntarily refraining from air travel do not represent viable options for a networked global community. That's because, in this discussion, there is one fact that we need to bear in mind: Aviation doesn't just produce emissions. It produces cultural exchanges, encounters between people, and economic cooperation on a global scale. What's more: Aviation produces openness to the outside world, jobs and prosperity. Especially in view of the role of flight in bringing the world's nations together, it is worth combining our strengths and working together for sustainable and climate-friendly aviation. We at Munich Airport will be doing our share." - TradeArabia News Service
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