Welcome to the latest installment of Airport of the Month!
Highlight of this month? Munich Airport, also known as Flughafen München!
Munich Airport (IATA: MUC, ICAO: EDDM), is located 28.5 km northeast of Munich, the capital of Bavaria, in the heart of Germany’s most popular tourist region.
It is the second busiest airport in Germany in terms of passenger traffic and the ninth busiest airport in Europe.
In 2019, MUC handled 47’959’885 million passengers, 417’138 aircrafts and 338’517 tons of cargo. More than 90 airlines offer flights at MUC, creating connections to more than 207 destinations in more than 60 countries.
In 2020, MUC was voted the Best Airport in Europe, Best Airport in Central Europe and Best Airport: 40-50 million passengers. It was also voted the fifth top airport in the world by airport customers from across the world during Skytrax’s 2019-2020 World Airport Survey!
MUC is built over 1’575 hectares of land. The west part of the airport is divided into northern and southern halves by the approach road and railway. The southern half contains extensive cargo and maintenance facilities. Administrative buildings and service facilities mainly exist in the northern half, along with a holiday long-term parking lot and the visitors’ center.
Munich Airport is equipped with two concrete parallel runways, 08R/26L and 08L/26R, both 4’000 m in length. It is also equipped with concrete helipad H, 30 m long. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Bavarian government stopped all progression regarding a third runway in 2020 until at least 2028, due to the massive decrease in passenger air traffic.
Terminals 1, Terminal 2, and MAC…
MUC has two main passenger terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, in addition to the Munich Airport Center (MAC), a shopping, business and recreational center connecting both terminals. Most of the airport’s facilities are located in the zone between its two parallel runways.
Terminal 1, operational since 1992, is divided into five modules designated A, B, C, D and E, and can handle 25 million passengers per year. A separate Hall F, located near Terminal 2 handles flights with increased security requirements. Most shopping and dining facilities are located in the central area Z, which also includes the airport’s suburban railway station as well as some check-in counters for some flights departing from Terminal 1. Some of the major users of Terminal 1 are Condor, Eurowings, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Delta Airlines and American Airlines. Upgrades for Terminal 1 are currently underway, due 2022.
Terminal 2, operational since 2003, can also handle up to 25 million passengers, and is considered one of the most contemporary airport buildings in the world. It is exclusively used by Lufthansa and all other Star Alliance members serving Munich except Turkish Airlines. All facilities in this terminal are arranged around a central Plaza. Terminal 2 is also equipped with facilities to handle passengers from insecure countries, as mandated by European Union security regulations.
The airport is accessible via nearby Motorway A 92. There are also two railway stations on the ground of the airport. Bus transportations include MVV regional bus lines and Lufthansa Airport Bus.
Safety and Security…
Munich Airport has implemented an interprise-wide Safety Management System (SMS) to ensure a continuous high level of safety on its grounds.
Special consideration for the environment…
Notably, Munich Airport has a certified environmental management system according to DIN ISO 14001 and Eco-management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) since 2005. The airport also engaged in the Air Transport Initiative for Germany, and developed a four-pillar strategy, aiming to improve environmental protection.
To ensure that passengers and guests travel safely and stay comfortably, Munich Airport has implemented a wide range of safety measures. Covid-19 centers have also been set up at the airport by the Bavarian Government. All departures and arrivals were shifted to Terminal 2. Passengers departing from high risk, high incidence or virus-variant areas are required to take special precautions.