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18Jan
Wizz Air A321NEO am Flughafen Memmingen, Foto Maximilian MairCorona cloudes the balance sheet in 2020 of Memmingen Airport

Corona cloudes the balance sheet in 2020 of Memmingen Airport

But the Allgäu Airport certainly is optimistic

Nobody expected that a year ago: After record values ​​in 2019, Memmingen Airport will have seen a significant decrease in passengers and movements in 2020 due to the corona pandemic. In a nationwide comparison, however, Allgäu Airport was hit far less hard than other airports. One looks to the future with cautious optimism and anticipates a possible start of vacation traffic on Whitsun.The 2019 financial year report showed an increase of 15.4 percent in passenger numbers; Over 1.7 million passengers landed or took off at Memmingen Airport. In the 2020 balance sheet only 690,780 passengers are documented. “Corona has more than halved the number of our passengers”, states Airport Managing Director Ralf Schmid. The decline in flight movements was significantly lower and was down 25 percent to 17,436 (previous year 23,345).”If you compare our figures with those of other German airports, we got away with it with a black eye,” Schmid sums up. Because on average for all airports, Memmingen recorded the second-smallest decrease in passengers in Germany with minus 60 percent.

“2020 was a year full of challenges,” says Ralf Schmid. “We experienced an ascent and descent with numerous surprises.” A good start was followed in April by a four-week stop on all scheduled and charter flights. In particular, the connections to Eastern Europe and the activities of the airline Wizz Air then ensured continuous operation. “To this day, we are an important airlift for carers, nurses and harvest workers between Eastern Europe and Southern Germany,” explains Schmid. The airport had fulfilled its operational obligations at all times and was open for ambulance, military and police flights as well as for so-called official traffic. 98 people could be transported in medical emergencies. The most spectacular mission was the landing of an Airbus A310. This flying intensive care unit of the Bundeswehr brought seriously injured Ukrainian soldiers to the Bundeswehr hospital in Ulm for further treatment.

The crisis, which has not yet ended, has not yet had any existential impact on the airport company. Of course, in coordination with the employees and the supervisory board, they reacted quickly and applied for short-time work for Flughafen Memmingen GmbH and the subsidiary ALLgate GmbH, which together employ around 160 people. Where possible planned investments have been postponed.

Visits to relatives and friends as well as flights to work or study locations would probably be the first to attract attention again, then vacation trips – maybe already at Whitsun – would pick up again. “Ultimately,” says Schmid, “everything depends on the further infection process and the vaccinations.”

Sofia at the top

Last year, Sofia came first in the favor of passengers, followed by Sibiu, Timisoara, Varna and Kiev. New destinations have also been added to the flight plan like Bacau in northeastern Romania and Catania in Sicily. Larnaca in Cyprus, Heraklion in Crete and Rhodes also celebrated premieres. A total of 59 destinations from Memmingen were flown to by 17 airlines in scheduled and charter traffic last year. There is already a new addition for this year 2021: From the end of May the Ukrainian charter and low-cost airline SkyUp will connect Memmingen with Kiev.

New to the supervisory board

At the turn of the year there were also changes in the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Memmingen GmbH. Michael Schilling, who has represented the founding partner Dachser since the first days of the airport, was followed by Stephan Hohm. The new Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board is now Dr. Albert Schultz, who represents the founding partner Magnet Schultz Memmingen. New to the board is the Günzburg District Administrator Dr. Hans Reichart, as the former Bavarian Minister of Transport, is a proven expert in matters of transport policy.

In particular, the connections to Eastern Europe and the activities of the airline Wizz Air ensured continuous operation at Memmingen Airport.

Image: In particular, the connections to Eastern Europe and the activities of the airline Wizz Air ensured continuous operation at Memmingen Airport.

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22Oct
20201016_Flugziele buchbar_sStart of the winter flight schedule

Start of the winter flight schedule

Memmingen Airport starts the winter season with 29 destinations on Sunday, October 25th. The winter flight schedule offers two new routes, but also has to accept reductions in its offer.

Wizz Air will start its new connections from Memmingen to Catania in Sicily and to Bacau in Northeast Romania. The city is the economic center of the Moldova region and the sixth Romanian destination that can be reached non-stop from Memmingen. As well, there are many classics such as London, Porto, Malaga or Tenerife and Larnaca on Cyprus. The Russian airline Pobeda is also planning to reopen 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 with 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 plans to operate 80 percent of the flights from the previous winter. The designation of further risk areas and the current pandemic development can lead to changes at short notice.

The implementation of extensive hygiene measures is now routine, both at the airport and on board of the aircraft. Due to modern filter systems in the aircraft, the risk of infection is generally considered to be very low. In addition, the airlines pay close attention to compliance with the regulations by passengers and crews. Travel planning is made easier by the website https://reopen.europa.eu/de, which provides constant information on current travel restrictions.

Winter flight schedule 2020/21

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16Sep
AdobeStock_259641755_sWizz Air with new route to Catania

Wizz Air with new route to Catania

Sicily wants to be discovered. Experts agree that the largest island in the Mediterranean offers far more than sun, sand and temples. From the end of October Wizz Air will be offering twice a week flights from Memmingen to Catania on the east coast. Memmingen Airport thus expands its existing range of services in Sicily.

The island, which is over 25,000 square kilometers in size, has been on the Memmingen flight plan for a long time. Ryanair flies to the capital Palermo twice a week. “The new route to Catania is the ideal addition to the existing program,” explains Airport Sales Manager Marcel Schütz. “Exciting round trips between Palermo in the northwest and Catania are easily possible.” Especially the southeast of the island with the highlight Syracuse fascinates with its breathtaking landscape and very beautiful cities.

At Memmingen Airport, attention is also being paid to the fact that the airline Wizz Air, which until now was the largest low-cost provider in Eastern Europe primarily served destinations in this region, is now adding a connection in Western Europe. “That shows what potential Wizz Air sees in Memmingen and that the potential of the location has not yet been exhausted,” explains Marcel Schütz. The new connection, which was offered by TUIfly years ago and has been on the wish lists of many Memmingen passengers since then, also extends the offer for those who want to visit friends and relatives in both countries.

From October 28th, Wizz Air will be flying from Memmingen to Catania on Wednesdays and Sundays. Ryanair’s Palermo flights operate on Thursday and Sunday. Tickets to Catania can already be booked online at www.wizzair.com.

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17Aug
Flughafen Memmingen Campus Suite, Fotograf Stefan GruberGastro offensive at Memmingen Airport

Gastro offensive at Memmingen Airport

Premiere at Allgäu Airport! For the first time at an airport, a completely new gastronomy concept was launched in the terminal: The innovative Campus Suite offers passengers and visitors healthy and fresh cuisine.
Corona time was construction time at the airport. During the lockdown, particular investments were made in the gastronomic offer: the centerpiece is the new Campus Suite, which was created in place of the well-known Coffee Fellows Bar in the public area of the terminal. The new concept is based on sustainable and healthy cuisine with regional suppliers. The product range extends from freshly squeezed juices made from untreated fruit and vegetables to coffee and tea specialties to soups, pasta and sandwiches.
The design of the suite is also new. “The monotonous rigor of large fast food chains is alien to us,” emphasizes the managing director and founder of the Campus Suite Frank Stebisch. “Instead, we let our environment inspire us when it comes to interior design and blend in organically with the environment. That’s why no two campus suites are alike.” The concept was developed at the University of Kiel in 2004 with now 34 locations, especially in northern Germany.

New built as well is the snack bar Gate34 outside the airport for a quick snack before and after the flight. The popular beer garden with a view of the apron and the planes is still open during the summer months when the weather is good.
For those who do not want to stay at home, a new Rental Car and Travel Agency Center offers more convenience. It opened its doors in May on parking lot P1 directly opposite the terminal and enables relaxed travel advice and booking. Generously designed counters pave the way for arriving passengers to their pre-booked rental car even faster. The newly created Coffee Fellows Express Bar with comfortable seating takes care of the physical well-being in the Center.
“With all these innovations, we have further improved the comfort at the airport,” emphasizes Non-Aviation Director Andreas Loritz. “After all, the passenger, his companion and all other visitors should feel comfortable with us from the first minute.”

12.08.2020 | Memmingen Airport

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16Jan

From Memmingen airport to Tirana and Ohrid

The route network in Eastern Europe from Memmingen Airport grows. Starting this summer the airline Wizz Air offers Ohrid in Macedonia and from September the Albanian capital Tirana.

“Both new routes again offer a mix of tourist and economic travel motifs,” explains airport sales manager Marcel Schütz. “And as on all our routes to Eastern Europe, these too are heavily used for visits to friends and relatives in both directions.”

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8Oct

Bavaria’s prime minister Söder starts the airport expansion

Ground-breaking ceremony: For the expansion of Memmingen Airport, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder himself to the shovel.

Together with other guests of honor, he symbolically launched the expansion on Friday, 5th of October, to make Bavaria’s third commercial airport fit for the future. The Prime Minister emphasized: “The Allgäu Airport Memmingen is developing excellently, strengthening the economic and tourism area of Swabia and is a constant in Germany’s air traffic. A true success story of white-blue structural policy!”

At the center of the planned expansion are the renovation and extension (from 30m to 45m) of the runway, which is carried out by the Memminger company Kutter. In addition there are the replacement of the airport lights, the optimization of the instrument landing system and an expansion of the luggage hall. Work on the rehabilitation and extension of the runway will begin in spring of 2019. All work will be completed in 2020.

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14May

Start new connection to Athens

Just in time for the start of the travel time Ryanair took on Saturday his newest connection from Memmingen to Athens with numerous good-humored passengers on board of the Boeing 737-800. The Irish airline Ryanair had booked the first flight to the Greek capital. “Athens completes our offer in Southeast Europe very well,” emphasized Airport Sales Manager Marcel Schütz. Always on Saturday and Tuesday, the new route is now on the flight schedule, which offers both non-stop and business travelers a nonstop flight. Athens and its landmark, the Acropolis, are suitable both for a city trip and for a long trip to Greece. But also the Greeks living in Southern Germany and the neighboring countries as well as their friends and relatives on site get a new attractive flight connection.

Flights can be booked at ryanair.com.

Flowers and a sweet present for the crew of the first flight from Memmingen to Athens.

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23Mar

From October with Ryanair to Lviv

After Wizz Air flies to the capital Kiev up to seven times a week this summer, Ryanair will be offering a new connection from Memmingen to Lviv this fall. Memmingen Airport is becoming an increasingly important link between Bavaria and Ukraine.

From October 31st every Wednesday and on Fridays Ryanair takes off from Memmingen to Lviv, the seventh largest city in the Ukraine with around 730,000 inhabitants. “With the two metropolises of Kiev and Lviv, we cover a large market in the Ukraine and in Eastern Poland,” explains Airport Sales Manager Marcel Schütz.

The Ukrainian Lviv, today the capital of Eastern Galicia, is one of the most beautiful cities in the region. The historic city center is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The Lviv City Hall and many historic buildings have been extensively restored and renovated in recent years. Palaces, churches and monasteries announce the former wealth of the city. Art Nouveau buildings point to the years of the Austrian k.u.k. monarchy. In addition, the cultural scene in Lviv is known throughout Ukraine and beyond its borders.

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22Feb

With Ryanair to Zadar in Croatia

For long it has been on the wish list of many passengers: From 8th of May, Ryanair will fly three times a week to Zadar on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia.

“With Croatia, we are rounding up our offer for the Mediterranean,” emphasizes Allgäu Airport Sales Manager Marcel Schütz. The flight days allow a very flexible vacation planning – from a short trip to a long round trip. Zadar is the ideal starting point for a seaside holiday on the coast or on one of the numerous offshore islands. There are also three nature parks and five national parks in the area. With Zadar, Memmingen Airport will be able to offer 42 destinations this summer.

Flights are bookable on ryanair.com

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8Jan

Annual review: Memmingen Airport lands new record in 2017

The balance sheet of the past financial year 2017 lists the record value of 1,179,875 passengers. This corresponds to an increase of 18.37 percent over the previous year. A total of 21 airlines flew Memmingen in scheduled and charter operations, serving 60 destinations in Europe, Africa and Asia.

In the past year not only the 10th anniversary of civil aviation at Memmingen Airport was celebrated, in November Airport CEO Ralf Schmid also welcomed the millionth passenger of the year 2017. The airport not only plays an ever-increasing role among passengers, it is also an important part of the route network for many airlines. Ryanair, for example, declared last year the airport to one of their base and stationed a plane on-site, which not only meant six new routes but also gave the region 35 additional jobs. Of the 21 airlines that flew to Memmingen in 2017, six did regular scheduled flights. The others were charters for tour operators and companies of the region. Ryanair, Wizzair and the Russian Pobeda are the top customers of the airport. They regularly served 35 destinations in Europe, Africa and Asia. The spectrum ranges from Tenerife in the west to the Georgian Kutaisi and Moscow in the east, from northern Stockholm to Fez in Morocco. In total, 60 destinations were served last year. This resulted in a total of 20,620 flight movements, an increase of 7.8 percent compared to the previous year (19,122). At the top of the list was London Stansted, followed by Sofia, Moscow, Porto and Kiev. August 22nd, with 5,708 passengers, marked the day with the most passengers in its Memmingen airport history so far. September was the top month of the year with 124,481 passengers, closely followed by October with 124,126 passengers.

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