Munich airport has reported what it referred to as “a dynamic upward trend” in traffic figures in the first half of 2022, having already surpassed the total number of customers passing through the airport last year.

Figures for June were particularly encouraging, with load factors at a record 84 per cent, and passenger numbers at around three quarters of those recorded in the same month in pre-pandemic 2019.

Munich airport welcomed around 13 million travellers in the first six months of 2022, a five-fold increase compared to 2021.

It also pointed to a “steep upward trend” between the first and second quarters of this year, with four million travellers using the airport in the first quarter, rising to around nine million in the second quarter.

The airport recorded over 129,000 take-offs and landings in the first six months of 2022 (compared to 40,000 in the same period last year), and will offer flights to up to 200 destinations this summer, around double that of summer 2021.

Munich also pointed to the launch of EVA Air flights from Taipei in October as signs of further growth in long-haul services, along with the fact that Lufthansa will reinstate its A380 superjumbo at the airport next year.

However the German flag carrier recently announced that it had taken an additional 2,200 flights out of its Frankfurt and Munich schedules for this summer, in an attempt to “prevent overloading of ground processes during peak periods”.

Lufthansa cancels a further 2,200 flights this summer