Munich Airport in Germany has recorded a 2.1% rise in passenger traffic during the first three quarters (Q1-Q3) of 2012, serving 29.2 million passengers compared to the 28.5 million handled during the corresponding period in 2011.
The airport reported a 3.6% rise in international traffic to 17.5 million in Q1-Q3, which pushed the overall growth in passenger numbers.
Munich Airport's traffic to and from locations in Eastern Europe and the CIS states increased 13% to 760,000 of the total traffic in the continental segment, while the Egypt and Tunisia routes reported 26% and 53% rises respectively during the period.
According Munich Airport, travel from Munich to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported a 24% rise, while traffic between Munich and destinations in the Gulf states increased 26% to 820,000 passengers during the first three quarters of 2012.
Munich Airport's passenger traffic on Japan routes increased 22% during the first nine months of 2012 compared with the corresponding period in 2011, when travel was hit severely following the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
During the Q1-Q3 period, the airport recorded an average load factor of 75%, a year-on-year rise of 1.3%.
Aircraft movements at the airport declined 2.7% in the January to September period to 302,000, compared to 310,725 movements recorded during the same period in 2011.
Airfreight traffic at the airport declined by 5% to 204,000t, down from the 214,360t handled during the first nine months of 2011.
Operated by Flughafen München Gesellschaft (FMG), Munich Airport has a passenger handling capacity of 28 million passengers per year.
Image: Aircraft movements at Munich Airport declined 2.7% during the first three quarters of 2012 to 302,000.