The growing demand for air travel is evident in the increasing number of aircraft movements observed at Munich Airport. A notable illustration of this trend is the upcoming 2024 summer flight schedule, commencing on March 31, where the airport anticipates record-breaking services to Asia. Currently, nine airlines are planning a total of 107 weekly flights to 14 destinations across ten countries in East and South Asia. To put this in perspective, during the 2019 summer schedule before the pandemic, five airlines operated 101 flights to ten destinations in seven countries.
Munich Airport’s Record Expansion to East and South Asia in 2024
The East and South Asian destinations covered by flights from Munich include Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Seoul, Tashkent, Dushanbe, Male, Taipei, Bangkok, and Singapore. Lufthansa, Air China, All Nippon Airways, BeOnd, EVA Airways, Singapore Airlines, Somon Air, Thai Airways, and Uzbekistan Airways are the carriers currently serving these routes.
Asia, with its vibrant megacities, impressive temples, and picturesque beaches, offers a plethora of tourist attractions. Additionally, Asian countries play a crucial role in the global economy, making them frequent destinations for business travelers. Many Bavarian companies maintain business relations with counterparts in the region, leveraging the convenient flights from Munich to facilitate their engagements.
To address the increasing demand for air travel, Lufthansa plans to intermittently utilize the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, on the Delhi route starting April 1, 2024. Furthermore, the frequency of flights to Beijing will be enhanced from three times a week to a daily connection in April. In the case of Osaka, Japan, the service will initially be increased to five times a week in April and then further expanded to daily flights in May. All Nippon Airways, the Japanese airline, will also boost its Munich service from four to seven weekly flights beginning July 2.