Offbeat: 15 million air passengers in the first half of the year

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The number of passengers at Bayern's three international airports rose rapidly this year after the pandeme -related slump in previous years. In the first half of the year, Munich, Nuremberg and Memmingen with 15 million passengers already had more passengers than throughout 2021, as the State Statistical Office in Fürth announced on Friday. 14.5 million people therefore traveled over the airports in the Free State last year. However, there can be no question of a return to the numbers used before the Corona pandemic: in 2019, more than 25 million passengers were launched or landed in Bavaria in 2019.

Passagiere stehen am Flughafen München an einem Check-in-Schalter. © Sven Hoppe/dpa/Archive picture Passengers are at a check-in switch at the Munich Airport.

Bavarian passengers are mostly Munich passengers because the airport of the state capital is much larger than the other two airports. Munich reported almost 13 million passengers, Nuremberg 1.2 million and Memmingen 848,000. A total of 144,641 aircraft started and landed on the three airports, according to the state office, an increase of 225.4 percent.

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