Munich Airport’s air freight tonnage fell by three per cent to 173,000 tonnes in the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2017.
The airport was hit in the first half of 2018 by a high number of flight cancellations, largely due to thunderstorms as there were 2,600 more cancelled flights than in the first half of 2017.
Despite the tonnage fall, more long-haul routes on widebody aircraft are flying from Munich than ever before as since the start of the summer timetable period, Lufthansa has had five of its 14 Airbus A380 widebody aircraft stationed in Munich departing daily for Hong Kong, Beijing and Los Angeles.
The boom in the long-haul route belly segment will continue in the second half of the year as Colombian airline Avianca will be offering five weekly departures from Munich to Bogota as of 17 November.
Another non-stop belly connection to South America will be launched in the first half of 2019 by LATAM Airlines, which will start a route from Munich to Sao Paulo in Brazil.