Munich Airport sets up a subsidiary company to bundle international business
In order to centralize its international activities in airport management and airport expert advice Munich airport will set up a new subsidiary company for airport consultancy work early next year.
“In the last 20 years our international team based in Munich achieved significant results and gained international reputation in consulting airports and training staff. For reasons of market competitiveness we need to move closer to our clients,” explains Dr Ralf Gaffal, designated Managing Director for the new subsidiary Munich Airport International GmbH. The company is a 100% subsidiary of Flughafen Munchen GmbH (FMG), the operator of Munich Airport, Germany’s second busiest airport and number one airport in Europe with regard to Customer Service.
This step is part of Munich airport’s new international business strategy which was developed and approved by the shareholders earlier this year. Besides expanding the services to airport O&M contracts and to strengthen the international activities of FMG’s Airport Academy, Europe’s first 5-star airport plans to open several sales offices around the globe.
“We will strengthen our market position and will analyze opportunities to acquire airport related service companies in key markets like Asia Pacific, India or the Americas. We have all airport related experience and know-how in our company and our experts can support airport operators during the full lifecycle of an airport, from planning and design to operations,” Gaffal explains. “Providing all airport related services out of one hand allows us to continuously exchange know-how and best-practices with our clients to make the airport industry more efficient, customer oriented and profitable.”
Currently FMG is providing services to 13 airport clients worldwide with a team of 70 experts. Munich airport’s expert advice ranges from the management of Terminal 2 at Cairo Airport in Egypt, the “Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer” (ORAT) support for Oman Airports Management Company in Muscat to planning, development and management support of Grupo EMCO in Honduras for the new capital airport in Palmerola.
Munich Airport’s new winter time table: 6% more flights and exciting new destinations
On the final weekend in October, it will be time for the clocks to go back an hour and for Munich Airport’s new winter timetable to come into effect: For the period from Sunday, October 30 2016 until March 25 2017, the airlines have booked slots for more than 147,000 take-offs and landings – an increase of about 6 percent over the previous winter season. This winter a total of 206 domestic and foreign destinations will be served from Munich airport. Alongside 16 airports in Germany, travellers in Munich can choose from among 133 European cities.
In the intercontinental segment, 57 routes will be served. The winter highlights include long-haul connections offered by Condor to Mauritius, the East African city of Mombasa and the island of Zanzibar, to Caribbean destinations such as Havanna and Holguin in Cuba, Montego Bay and Bridgetown in Barbados and Tobago, and San Jose in Costa Rica. Condor will offer up to 16 flights per week from Munich to these attractive destinations.
In the continental segment, easyjet is launching a service to Switzerland, with five weekly departures to Geneva. A new destination in Lufthansa’s extensive winter schedule is Marrakesh, with services departing on Fridays and Sundays to the city in the south-west of Morocco. This winter Utair will operate weekend flights to St. Petersburg, with Friday, Saturday and Sunday departures. Transavia is adding a number of attractive beach destinations to the extensive network of routes it operates from Munich. The Dutch-French carrier will fly to each of Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Teneriffa on the Canary Islands twice a week. Transavia will also operate four weekly flights to the Israeli port city of Tel Aviv and, with the launch of four weekly connections to Amsterdam from mid-February, will add a new European destination.