Memmingen is Germany’s fastest-growing airport and nears 3 million passengers

Eurowings launch at Memmingen

Located about 110 kilometres from central Munich, Memmingen is known as a secondary airport for ULCC giants Ryanair and Wizz Air. However, its biggest claim to fame is that it is Germany’s fastest-growing airport. It welcomed 2.82 passengers in 2023, up significantly versus 2019. Memmingen ended 2023 as Germany’s 10th busiest airport.

Memmingen passengers 2008-2023

Ryanair and Wizz have 99% of scheduled seats

Memmingen is served by multiple operators, including Aegean (for TUI), Avanti Air, Eurowings, GP Aviation, Ryanair, Trade Air (begins in 2024) and Wizz Air. Other carriers have come and gone, notably TUIfly, airberlin and Pobeda.

Examining Cirium schedules data shows that Ryanair and Wizz Air account for 99% of seats in S24. As this only includes scheduled capacity, the true figure will be a bit less, but it would still be nearly all.

Both ULCCs first served Memmingen in 2009. Ryanair’s first route was to Girona, followed that year by Alghero, Alicante, Bremen, Dublin, Edinburgh, London STN, Pisa, Reus and Stockholm NYO. Its base opened in 2017. Wizz Air’s first route was to Kyiv KBP, quickly followed by Katowice.

53+ destinations; gained four more this summer

According to Cirium and Memmingen’s website, the airport has flights to 53+ destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Caucasus and the Middle East in S24. The 1,115-kilometre link to Palma de Mallorca, famous for German tourists, is the most served. In mid-July, it has 15-weekly flights: 12 by Ryanair and 3 by Eurowings.

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Airports added to its network this summer include the following. Only Sarajevo has been served before, with Cirium suggesting that Wizz Air linked it in 2021/2022.

  • Tangier, which Ryanair will start on 31 March (2-weekly)
  • Dubrovnik, Ryanair, April 2 (2)
  • Sarajevo, Ryanair, April 4 (2)
  • Pula, Ryanair, 1 June (2)

Top 10 Memmingen destinations S24

Ryanair and Wizz Air compete to just one destination

Ryanair’s Memmingen network comprises 35 destinations in 15 countries (shown in green), while Wizz Air has 19 airports in nine nations (pink). The latter’s route map is nearly entirely in Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. The two exceptions are Catania and Rome FCO.

Despite the pair’s sizable networks, they almost entirely avoid each other. The sole exception is FCO (orange), which has 7-weekly flights in July: 4 by Ryanair and 3 by Wizz Air.

FR and Wizz FMM route map

These destinations aren’t served from Munich

Cirium indicates that these destinations are served from Memmingen but not Munich in S24: Alghero, Amman, Banja Luka, Calvi, Girona, Iasi, Kutaisi, London STN, Nis, Ohrid, Podgorica, Pescara, Pisa, Santiago, Sarajevo, Skopje, Suceava, Tangier and Tuzla.

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