Corona slows down air traffic

The worldwide corona crisis does not leave Memmingen airport untouched. Air traffic are initially restricted, short-time working has been requested. However, there is confidence that the turbulence can be mastered.  

After more and more countries introduced entry stops, airlines flying to Memmingen also were prompted to temporarily suspend flights. „We are currently offering a restricted flight schedule to enable passengers, in particular, to travel to their home countries, “says CEO Ralf Schmid. The situation is changing constantly. Over 50 destinations were planned so far. „Which of these can be realized and how”, says Schmid, “depends on the current development around the topic of corona. In any case, the airlines would reduce their capacities and the tour operators their programs in the next two months. Passengers who have booked flights or travel in the coming days and weeks are advised to check with the airline or tour operator about the current status. Information about entry controls and entry stops can be obtained from the State Department or the embassy of the country concerned.

Paper waste is also the forecast for the current business year, for which just a few weeks ago, almost two million passengers were expected at Memmingen Airport. However, the current crisis has no existential effects on the company. “Flughafen Memmingen GmbH is currently well positioned financially,” emphasizes Ralf Schmid, “in order to be able to cope with such an exceptional situation for some time.” Of course, in coordination with the works council and the supervisory board, the company reacted quickly and for Flughafen Memmingen GmbH and the subsidiary ALLgate GmbH, which together employ around 160 people, applied for short-time work. Planned investments are being put to the test, and the postponement of individual construction measures is being discussed. “But we are confident,” says Schmid, “that we will be able to survive this difficult situation for our entire society in the long term without damage.”