Following news this summer of a further 2.2 billion Euros funding being made available for Berlin Brandenburg Airport’s new terminal’s construction, Germany’s airports are largely optimistic for the future. Here's the view of Andreas von Puttkamer,
senior vice president aviation, Munich Airport.
Q) Where are your key opportunities for route development?
A) Munich Airport offers plenty of opportunities for airlines worldwide thanks to our strong economy, well-known tourist sites and events like Oktoberfest. Good customer experience is also vital, especially for transfer passengers, and with the opening of Terminal 2’s new satellite, Lufthansa and its fellow Star Alliance partners have five-star product for their passengers.
Q) How much is your airport focusing on new routes in Asia?
A) Asia is obviously a key region for us simply because the demand is by far bigger than current capacity and keeps on growing strongly for both cargo and passengers. For instance, Munich Airport has around four daily non-stop services to mainland China but still about one third of our passengers have to transfer on their way. The opportunities are amazing. We are especially looking for new services to Hong Kong, Taipei, Guangzhou, Manila and Hanoi.
Q) What do you think are the key issues facing the German aviation market?
A) The expansion of low-cost carriers (LCCs) is challenging the German aviation market and we expect this trend to continue. There is room for everyone, especially at airports and markets that can cater for both and they will benefit in the long run. Airport infrastructure is most important and will be an even mor e scarce resource in the years to come. Our new satellite for Terminal 2, allowing for an additional 11 million passengers, followed by the start of Terminal 1 expansion starting next year is a good signal for all airlines. Our planned third runway is likely to be the only new one in Germany for years.
Q) If Brexit ever happens, what impact do you expect it to have on European aviation?
A) I am sure that Brexit is fact and will happen within the indicated timeframe. However, details still need to be agreed to see what consequences they have on the British economy. In regards to aviation, I doubt we will see major overall changes. Individual markets might be affected but I am more than relaxed about Munich. I’d rather see good development continue and more services open up.
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