After last year’s huge success, Munich Airport hosted Bike and Style for the second time. The Airport became a magnet for the international mountain biking scene during the summer holidays. For 17 days, the MAC-Forum was dominated by a 3,000 sqm bike parcours with a giant ramp.Every Saturday and Sunday, international superstars were catching air in freestyle biking shows. In the high jump contest, bike professionals and top German riders competed for the highest bike jump. The audience cheered their favourites and experienced the exciting atmosphere on a 500-seat grandstand.Munich Airport has also set a new record for passenger traffic in the first six months of the 2018 operating year, with a total of 21.7 million passengers handled. This represents an increase of about 3%. The number of take-offs and landings were up slightly as compared with the first half of 2017 to around 200,000.International traffic remained the main growth driver at Munich Airport. On routes within Europe, traffic increased by around 600,000 passengers or 4.6% as compared with the first half of 2017. On intercontinental routes, the passenger total was about 5% higher. A major driver behind this above-average growth in long-haul traffic was Lufthansa, which substantially increased its capacity in this segment. Since the start of the summer timetable period, Lufthansa has had five of its 14 Airbus A380 wide-body jets stationed in Munich.At the Munich Press Club, airport CEO Dr. Michael Kerkloh called the decision by Lufthansa to station the A380 fleet in Munich “a remarkable success story”. He added, “This is, of course, a very convincing demonstration of the excellence of Lufthansa’s route planners and sales experts. But the strong response to the additional flights is also indicative of Munich Airport’s potential as a rapidly growing hub.”The boom in the long haul segment is likely to continue in the second half of the year. As “the most important newcomer”, Kerkloh announced that the Colombian airline Avianca will be offering five weekly departures from Munich to Bogota as of November 17. At its home hub, Avianca, which has been selected as South America’s best airline by the London-based Skytrax Institute, offers an extensive network of connections. These include 20 destinations in Columbia and another 60 cities in Latin America. Another non-stop connection to South America will be launched in the first half of 2019 by LATAM. South America’s largest airline will offer scheduled flights from Munich to the Brazilian metropolis of Sao Paulo.