Due to increasing traffic volumes, Munich Airport’s Terminal 1 will reopen on June 23. All airlines that were temporarily relocated to Terminal 2 will move back there – except for Eurowings, which will remain in Terminal 2 for the time being.
Falling Covid incidence levels and the progressing vaccination campaign, as well as the consequent easing of travel restrictions, have stimulated air traffic at Munich Airport. At the end of the Pentecost vacations earlier in June, for example, the airport recorded its highest traffic volume in over nine months, with around 400 flights and 36,000 passengers.
Lufthansa says it will expand its long-haul services from Munich step by step. In July, the airline will resume its North American routes to Boston, New York (JFK), Charlotte and Vancouver. Currently, Lufthansa serves five long-haul destinations from Munich Airport: Newark, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and Seoul.
With Tokyo, Washington, Shanghai and Osaka, Lufthansa will relaunch four more intercontinental routes from Munich in August. This will bring the total number of long-haul connections offered by Lufthansa from Munich to 13. United Airlines has also resumed its scheduled service to San Francisco and will increase its routes to Washington and Chicago to a daily operation before the end of June. From the beginning of July, United will also reinstate its flights from Munich to Newark.
Due to the recent easing of pandemic-related restrictions, the choice of restaurants and stores at Munich Airport is also growing: many of the restaurants have reopened inside, and numerous shops are once again welcoming customers.
“We are now clearly seeing more activity at our airport again. From the connections on offer, it can also be recognized that this increasing demand is not only coming from leisure travelers. It is also about family reunions, cultural and economic exchanges, meetings between athletes and scientists, or even professional training and internships, where young people can gain their first international experience. Here it becomes obvious how crucial global air traffic is because it satisfies a wide variety of mobility needs,” explained Jost Lammers, CEO at the airport.