Memmingen Airport starts the winter season on Sunday with 29 destinations. The current winter flight schedule offers two new routes, but also has to accept reductions in the offer.
On October 28th, Wizz Air will start its new connection from Memmingen to Catania in Sicily. Four days later it goes to Bacau for the first time. The city in northeast Romania is the country's sixth destination that can be reached non-stop from Memmingen. There are also many destinations such as London, Porto, Malaga or Tenerife and Larnaca on Cyprus. The Russian airline Pobeda is also planning to resume the Memmingen-Moscow connection once a week.
Dublin, Tel Aviv, Amman, Faro, Marrakech as well as Kutaisi, Banja Luka, Lviv and Ohrid are suspended for the time being. After Ryanair announced that it would only serve 40 percent of the previous year's offer this winter, the quota in Memmingen is much more positive at almost 50 percent. Nevertheless, the newly planned routes to Gyumri in Armenia and Lappeenranta in Finland will not be included in the route network for the time being. Wizz Air, however, plans to operate 80 percent of the flights from the previous winter. The designation of further risk areas and the current pandemic development can nevertheless lead to changes at short notice.
"According to the current flight schedule, we are expecting around 375.000 passengers this winter", says airport manager Ralf Schmid. Compared to the previous year with around 550.000 passengers, this is an expected minus of 32 percent. Although the balance for the summer showed a decline of 70 percent, Memmingen Airport, according to its managing director, got away with it “with a big black eye”. 41 goals were served. Memmingen recorded the lowest percentage decrease in passenger numbers of all three Bavarian airports. Nationwide, only Dortmund have a smaller minus. "Because our airline partners have always counted many people among their customers who want and have to travel to work or study locations as well as to relatives and friends, our decline is not so blatant," explains Schmid. He expects a total of around 2020 passengers in 800.000. "The lean cost structure of our company and the great commitment of our employees have helped us a lot in mastering the last few months," continues Schmid.