Munich Airport Returns to Profitability

Thu 18th Apr, 2024

Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from PixabayMunich Airport has emerged from a challenging period to report a return to profitability. Following three consecutive years of losses, primarily attributed to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the airport disclosed its return to profit for the fiscal year 2023. This announcement was made on Thursday, signifying a significant milestone in the airport's recovery journey.

Despite the achievement, the reported profit of 25 million euros for 2023 falls significantly short of pre-crisis levels, notably contrasting with the 178 million euros profit recorded in 2019. The path to recovery following the fallout from the pandemic has been arduous. In 2020, the airport incurred a staggering loss of 321 million euros, which decreased to 59 million euros in 2022.

The resurgence in air travel has been instrumental in driving the airport's recovery efforts. The notable increase in passenger numbers, reaching approximately 37 million in the previous year, represents a positive step forward, albeit still standing at 77 percent of pre-crisis levels.

Recent performance indicators for the first quarter of 2024 indicate further progress, with the airport achieving around 80 percent of pre-crisis values. This marks a commendable growth of 10 percent compared to the previous year. Jost Lammers, the airport's CEO, expressed optimism regarding continued growth prospects, aiming to surpass 40 million passengers in 2024.

However, the revival in passenger numbers has not been reflected uniformly across all sectors. Retail and dining establishments at the airport continue to experience subdued sales, with figures lingering below pre-crisis levels. Shop sales have seen a decline of approximately a quarter, while restaurants and cafés have experienced a 14 percent decrease.

Conversely, the freight sector has demonstrated resilience, with volumes rebounding to 90 percent of pre-pandemic levels. Notably, in 2023, the airport achieved a record-high seat utilization rate of 81 percent, surpassing previous benchmarks.

As the airport charts its course towards recovery, significant infrastructure projects are underway. Finance and infrastructure manager, Nathalie Leroy, highlighted ongoing initiatives, including the interior refurbishment of the new 360-meter-long pier at Terminal 1. Additionally, plans are in place to modernize ten parking garages in the coming years. The emphasis on infrastructure development underscores the airport's commitment to revitalization following the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay


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