The Bavarian regional airport Memmingen counted around 21 passengers in the period from May 6 to June 2021, 33.000. Last year there were around 4.700 passengers during the Whitsun holidays. Airport manager Ralf Schmid now sees “light at the end of the tunnel”.
If you put the current number in relation to Whitsun 2019 (97.000 passengers), it was still possible to achieve a third of this record value this year. The utilization of the machines also ensures restrained confidence. Two years ago the aircraft were more than 90 percent occupied, this year the figure was almost 70 percent. Airport boss Schmid expects around 225.000 passengers and almost 1.500 take-offs and landings for the Bavarian summer holidays. “We'll start again in summer,” he signals a spirit of optimism. As is currently the case at all airports, there is room for improvement in the numbers. "But the direction is right."
This is also ensured by the constantly growing range of flights. "With the withdrawal of more and more travel warnings and in view of the progress in vaccination, the airlines are regaining planning security and increasing capacities," he explains. Numerous connections that have been suspended in recent months are celebrating their comeback. On June 18th we will be heading back to Tel Aviv. Flights to Athens and Catania leave one day later. This is followed by Calvi on Corsica, Podgorica and Larnaca on Cyprus. At the beginning of July, Lviv, Dublin, Zadar, Barcelona-Girona and Banja Luka will appear again in the flight schedule. There are also new destinations such as Rhodes, Corfu, Zagreb and Lappeenranta in Finland. The current flight offer this year is therefore quite comparable with that of summer 2019. From Memmingen, passengers can travel to 48 destinations in Memmingen.