Munich Airport

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Munich Airport
Flughafen München
Munich Airport Logo.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Flughafen München GmbH
Serves Munich, Germany
Location near Freising
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 1,487 ft / 453 m
Coordinates 48°21′14″N 011°47′10″E / 48.35389°N 11.78611°E / 48.35389; 11.78611Coordinates: 48°21′14″N 011°47′10″E / 48.35389°N 11.78611°E / 48.35389; 11.78611
MUC is located in Bavaria
Location within Bavaria
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08R/26L 4,000 13,123 Concrete
08L/26R 4,000 13,123 Concrete
Number Length Surface
m ft
H 30 98 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Aircraft Movements 376,678 Decrease -1.4%
Passenger Movements 39,700,515 Increase 2.7%
Freight (in tons) 309,361 Increase 7.5%
Sources: Passenger Traffic & Aircraft Movements, ADV[1]

Munich Airport (IATA: MUCICAO: EDDM), German: Flughafen München, is the international airport of Munich, the capital of Bavaria. It is the second busiest airport in Germany in terms of passenger traffic behind Frankfurt Airport, and the seventh busiest airport in Europe, handling 39.7 million passengers in 2014, an increase of close to 3% from 2013.[3] It is the world's 14th busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic,[4] and was the 32nd busiest airport worldwide in 2014.[5] As of March 2015, the airport features flights to 228 destinations in 66 countries.[6] Munich Airport serves as the secondary hub for Lufthansa including Lufthansa Regional and its Star Alliance partners besides Frankfurt. The biggest foreign carrier in Munich in terms of passenger numbers is Air Dolomiti.[7]

The airport is located 28.5 km (17.7 mi) northeast of Munich near the old city of Freising and is named in memory of the former Bavarian Prime Minister Franz Josef Strauss. It features two passenger terminals and two runways as well as extensive cargo and maintenance facilities and is fully equipped to handle wide-body aircraft including the Airbus A380.



From 1939 to 1992, Munich was served by Munich-Riem Airport. First plans to expand or build a new airport were made in 1954 owing to the traffic flow-rate and the population density in its proximity. The decision for building the new airport at Erdinger Moos was made on 5 August 1969 by the Bavarian government. When construction started on 3 November 1980, a village named Franzheim was demolished and the ~500 inhabitants were resettled. The airport is located on the territory of four different municipalities: Oberding (location of the terminals; district of Erding), Hallbergmoos, Freising, and Marzling in the district of Freising.

The airport is named after Franz Josef Strauß, who played a prominent, albeit sometimes controversial, role in politics of the Federal Republic of Germany from the 1950s until his death in 1988. Amongst other positions, Strauß was a long-time Minister-President (Governor) of the state of Bavaria, where the airport is located and was initiated under his government. Strauß, having been a private pilot himself, had a particular interest in the aviation industry. He is regarded one of the fathers of Airbus and served as initial chairman of its supervisory board.[8] Naming the airport by its full name "Flughafen München Franz Josef Strauß" is fairly uncommon. The company that owns and operates the airport is named "Flughafen München GmbH" and brands itself as "M – Flughafen München" or "M – Munich Airport". In the Munich area, most people use the term "Flughafen München" (Munich Airport), sometimes "Flughafen München II" in order to distinguish from the earlier airport, or simply "MUC" for its IATA-code.


The new Munich Airport commenced operation on 17 May 1992, when operations moved from the former site at Munich-Riem Airport, which was closed shortly before midnight on the day before. As their home base at Frankfurt Airport suffered from capacity limits back then, Lufthansa established a second hub offering several short- and long-haul connections through Munich in addition to Frankfurt. While Lufthansa serves more European destinations from Munich Airport than from Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt has many more intercontinental routes.

Between 1995 and 2006 passenger numbers doubled from under 15 million per annum to over 30 million,[9] despite the impact of the 11 September attacks in 2001 and 2002. In 1996 the airport overtook Düsseldorf as Germany's second busiest airport and currently handles almost twice as many passengers as the country's third busiest airport.

In June 2003 construction of Terminal 2 was completed and it was inaugurated as an exclusive facility for Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partners.

In November 2013, the airport introduced its first new corporate design since its inauguration. The large letter 'M' remains in a new font type, and a dash has been added which changes between several colors. There are also animated color-changing versions of the 'M'-sign placed throughout the airport area, for example on the main entrance road and on the new Terminal 2 satellite.[10]

In May 2015, Munich Airport became the first airport outside Asia to be ranked as a "5-Star Airport" by Skytrax. It also won "Best Airport in Europe" for the eighth time.[11][12]

In June 2015, Condor announced it intends to establish a long-haul base at Munich Airport from the 2016 summer season. Condor has already based short- and mid-haul operations at the airport and resumed long-haul flights in winter 2013 after a six-year absence.[13] In November 2015, Transavia announced their intention to establish their first German base at Munich Airport which will consist of four aircraft serving 18 new routes by spring 2016.[14]

During 2015, Munich Airport counted more than 40 million passengers per year for the first time.[15]

Terminals and facilities[edit]

Munich Airport covers 15.6 square kilometres (3,900 acres) of land area. Most of the airport's facilities are located in the area between the two runways. The approach road and railway divide the west part into a southern half, which contains cargo and maintenance facilities, and a northern half, which contains mostly administrative buildings and service facilities, a holiday long-term parking lot and the visitors' centre. It is followed by the west apron and Terminal 1, then the Munich Airport Center (MAC), Terminal 2 and the east apron. Munich Airport has two passenger terminals, and shuffled 20-25 million people through each terminal in 2014.[16]

Map of Munich Airport (included planned expansion)

Terminal 1[edit]

Munich Airport, apron in front of Terminal 1
Check-in area at Terminal 1B
Boarding gate area at Terminal 1D

Terminal 1 is the older terminal and commenced operation when the airport was opened on 17 May 1992. It has a total capacity of 25 million passengers per year and is subdivided into five modules designated A, B, C, D and E. Modules A through D provide all facilities necessary to handle departures and arrivals, including individual landside driveways and parking, whereas module E is equipped to handle arrivals only. This design essentially makes each module a self-contained sub-terminal of its own. Modules A and D are used for flights within the Schengen-area, while modules B and C handle those to destinations outside it. Hall F is separate, located near Terminal 2, and handles flights with increased security requirements, i.e. those to Israel. Furthermore, the check-in counters for some flights departing from Terminal 1 are located in the central area Z (German: Zentralbereich) where most of the shopping and restaurant facilities of this Terminal as well as the airport's suburban railway station are also located.

The 1,081 m (3,547 ft) pier features 21 jet bridges, two of which have been rebuilt into waiting halls for bus transfers. One gate position has been equipped with three jet bridges to handle the Airbus A380 which is regularly used by Emirates. There are further 60 aircraft stands on the apron, some of which are equipped with specially designed apron jet bridges (German: Vorfeldfluggastbrücken), to which passengers are brought by bus. This unique concept allows passengers to board with full protection from the weather but without the high investments required for full satellite terminals connected through a passenger transport system.

Terminal 1 currently handles all airlines that are not members or partners of the Star Alliance with the exception of Turkish Airlines. However, owing to lack of capacity at Terminal 2, Lufthansa's subsidiary Germanwings and former affiliate Condor both moved back to Terminal 1 in 2007.[17][18] Germanwings however moved back to Terminal 2 in late 2015. Some of the major users at Terminal 1 are Air Berlin, Condor, Emirates, Qatar Airways, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, easyJet and TUIfly amongst several others.

As of December 2015, a major redesign of Terminal 1 including a capacity increase and an extension of the central terminal building to the west for centralised security and shopping facilities is under preparation.[19]

Terminal 2[edit]

Check-in area at Terminal 2
Boarding gate area at Terminal 2

Terminal 2 commenced operation on 29 June 2003. It has a design capacity of 25 million passengers per year and is exclusively used by Lufthansa and all other Star Alliance members serving Munich except Turkish Airlines. Star Alliance partners Air Malta, Luxair and BMI Regional also use Terminal 2.

Having been designed as a hub terminal it is not divided into modules like Terminal 1. Instead, all facilities are arranged around a central Plaza. Owing to security regulations imposed by the European Union, the terminal has been equipped with facilities to handle passengers from countries considered insecure, i.e. not implementing the same regulations. This required the construction of a new level as, unlike other airports, the terminal does not have separate areas for arriving and departing passengers. The new level 06 opened on 15 January 2009.

The pier, which is 980 m (3,220 ft) long, is equipped with 24 jet bridges. As the total number of 75 aircraft stands on the east apron is not always sufficient, Terminal 2 sometimes also uses parking positions on the west apron, to which passengers are carried by airside buses. Terminal 2 is able to handle the Airbus A380 as well, however there are no designated stands or additional jet bridges for it until the opening of the Terminal 2 satellite building. As there is no airline currently serving Terminal 2 with the A380, the largest passenger aircraft regularly handled there are the Thai Airways Boeing 747-400s.

Terminal 2 has two main departure levels, 04 and 05 and additional bus gates on the lower level 03. Gates on level 05 (H) are designated non-Schengen gates. Until the new transfer level 06 opened, the northernmost gates were behind an additional security checkpoint for departures to the USA most of the day. The lower level 04 (G) contains Schengen gates. The bus gates on level 03 are also designated G and are also used for Schengen flights. Level 03 is smaller than the main levels and consists of two separate parts which can be reached from two points on level 04. One area of these gates is designated to Air Dolomiti.

The terminal is operated by Terminal-2-Betriebsgesellschaft (German for Terminal 2 Operating Company), which is owned by Flughafen München GmbH (60%) and Lufthansa (40%). This makes Terminal 2 the first terminal in Germany which is co-operated by an airline.

Terminal 2 Satellite[edit]

While Terminal 1 still has plenty of capacity left – in 2011, it handled only about 11 million passengers[20] – an extension of Terminal 2, which operated over full capacity handling 27.5 million passengers by 2013,[21] was required by Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partners to allow easy transfers within a single terminal and to provide more building parking positions equipped with jetbridges and additional waiting areas. When Terminal 2 and its east apron were built prior to 2003, preparations for a satellite terminal had already been made.

Construction for the satellite building was approved in 2010 and has started in 2012; it was completed by the end of 2015.[22] The satellite terminal will be inaugurated on 26 April 2016[23] after trial runs by the help of volunteers started in January 2016.[24] This extension to Terminal 2 saw the already existing baggage sorting hall on the east apron upgraded and heavily extended with new floors to become the satellite terminal. Besides the baggage transport tunnel, there already were three more unused tunnels beneath the Terminal 2 apron of which one was equipped with a fully automated people mover by Bombardier Transportation connecting the Terminal 2 main building with the new satellite.[25]

The new satellite building is 609 metres long with 125.000 sqm of floor space.[26] It will allow an additional 11 million passengers to be handled per year, adding 52 gates using 27 parking positions, of which 11 will be able to handle wide-body aircraft including the Airbus A380.[22] The building will be able to handle Schengen and Non-Schengen flights[27] and will feature 44 new passport control stations and 24 security lanes for transfer passengers[26] as well as new restaurants, shops and five new Lufhansa lounges.[26] However, the satellite is an airside only facility, check-in and arrivals will still be located in the Terminal 2 main building only. The project is expected to cost 650 million Euros, shared between the airport's operator (60%) and Lufthansa (40%).[27] An expansion for the satellite building into a 'T' shape is planned for the future along with another satellite and room for a possible third Terminal to the east.[28]

Munich Airport Center[edit]

Munich Airport Center

The Munich Airport Center (sometimes shortened to MAC) is a shopping, business, and recreation area that connects the two terminals. The older Central Area (German: Zentralbereich), which was originally built as part of Terminal 1, hosts a shopping mall and the S-Bahn station. The newer MAC Forum built with Terminal 2 is a large outdoor area with a partly transparent tent-like roof. Next to it is the airport hotel managed by Hilton Hotels & Resorts which was designed by the world famous architect Helmut Jahn and landscape architecture firm PWP Landscape Architecture in 1994.

The Munich Airport Center has the only supermarket in the entire state of Bavaria where one can shop from 05.30 to midnight every day, including Sundays.[29] This supermarket is exempt from the Bavarian shop closing law (German: Ladenschlussgesetz).[30]


The airport has two parallel runways and one concrete helipad. The two concrete runways (08R/26L and 26R/08L) are each 4,000 metres (13,120 ft) long and 60 metres (200 ft) wide.[31]

Planned third runway[edit]

A third runway would increase the number of schedulable aircraft movements per hour from 90 to 120.[32] It would run in parallel to the existing runways and be located to the north-east of the current north runway, significantly extending the total area occupied by the airport. According to Flughafen München GmbH (FMG), the airport's operator, the current two-runway system is already operating at full capacity during peak hours, and requests for additional slots from airlines have been denied. Further increase in air traffic is expected as Munich is to become a second major hub in Germany after Frankfurt.

In August 2007, the airport operator applied for planning permission from the government of Upper Bavaria. More than 60,000 objections have been filed during public display of the plans. The objections, lawsuits, and results of a city-wide referendum against the 3rd runway were later overturned by the Bavarian Administrative Court, allowing for construction plans to proceed.

On 26 July 2011, the government of Upper Bavaria issued the zoning approval for the construction of a third runway. With this decision, the zoning authority, after the intensive examination and consideration of all ramifications, expressly approved the need presented by Flughafen München GmbH and the plans submitted for the third runway. Also tied to the approval by the government of Upper Bavaria is the prompt completion of the construction project. However, the Company has chosen to follow the advice of Bavaria’s Higher Administrative Court and not to proceed until the principal proceedings concerning the project have reached a conclusion. The decision is currently being reviewed by the court. The building permit associated with the zoning will continue to be valid for up to 15 years.

While according to ICAO Regulations (Annex XIV) the new runway would have to be named 08L/26R (renaming the existing north runway to 08C/26C), it is currently assigned the working title 09/27 in all plans.[33]

In 2015, the airport received approval from Germany's Federal Administrative Court to build a third runway, dismissing all complaints and appeals, and confirming the 2014 decision of Bavaria's Higher Administrative Court to grant approval. The plans include a new 4,000m (13,100 ft) runway northeast of the existing airport and a new satellite building at Terminal 2 due to open in 2016. However, construction may yet be delayed as the project has to have unanimous approval by the airport's three shareholders: Bavaria, Federal Republic of Germany and the City of Munich. The latter has opposed the plan since a 2012 referendum.[34]

Parking areas[edit]

Parking garage in front of Terminal 1

Currently, there are five parking garages and six underground parking areas, amounting together to a total of 30,000 parking spaces[35] of which approximately 16,500 are under a roof. The parking garage P20 at Terminal 2, with 6400 parking spaces on eleven levels (including four that are under ground) since its commissioning in 2003 was the largest parking garage in Germany until the car park at the new Allianz Arena was opened in 2005.[36] A parking guidance system was installed in the parking garages, which detects whether a parking space is occupied and newly arriving vehicles are shown where the empty parking spaces are located.

Apart from the usual parking facilities, the Munich Airport offers, at additional cost, special parking spaces with additional benefits. This includes valet parking, in which the vehicle is picked up by an airport employee upon flight departure and parked, and the Park, Sleep & Fly option, in which a night at the Hilton hotel is included. Also there is an option for oversized parking spaces, the so-called XXL parking, and secure parking. And lastly there is a special separate parking level in the P20 parking garage, where the parked cars are guarded. In addition, you can book special services, such as interior/exterior cleaning and fuelling.

To make the shopping in the public areas more attractive for local residents of the airport area, there are special offers in which you can park up to three hours for free in the P20 parking garage.[37] In the east of the central region, you can find short-term parking, where you can park for free for a maximum of thirty minutes. During the holiday periods other cheaper options are provided in the P8 parking garage.

Visitor viewing facilities[edit]

Visitors Park at Munich Airport

The airport authorities have set out to cater for visitors and sightseers by creating a 'Visitors Park' which includes a 'Visitors Hill', from which a good view of the westerly aircraft apron and Terminal 1 can be obtained, as well as a restaurant and a shop for aircraft models and other collectors' items. This location is served by a railway station named 'Besucherpark'. The view from the hill is shown in the above widescreen image of the Terminal 1 apron. Three historic aircraft are on display in the park, a Super Constellation, a Douglas DC-3, and a Junkers Ju 52/3m.

There is also a visitors' viewing terrace on the roof of Terminal 2 that features a wide glassed balcony with seating areas and gives a view of the easterly aircraft apron. All visitors can access the terrace from the landside. The entrance fee was abolished in September 2013. There are two additional smaller Visitor Hills on the north end of the north runway and at the center of the south runway.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Countries served by direct flights from Munich Airport as of December 2014

The following airlines offer regular scheduled and charter flights at Munich Airport:[38]

Airlines Destinations Terminal / Check-in
Adria Airways Ljulbljana, Łódź, Pristina, Tirana (begins 28 March 2016)[39][40] 2-4
Aegean Airlines Athens, Thessaloniki
Seasonal: Corfu, Heraklion, Kalamata, Rhodes
Aer Lingus Cork, Dublin 1-C
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo 1-C
operated by Rossiya Airlines
Saint Petersburg 1-C
airBaltic Riga 1-D
Air Berlin Alicante, Berlin-Tegel, Brindisi, Catania, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Hamburg, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Puerto Plata (ends 24 April 2016),[41] Punta Cana (ends 30 April 2016),[41] Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Agadir, Cagliari, Cancún, Corfu, Faro, Heraklion, Hurghada, Ibiza, Karpathos, Kavala, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Málaga, Malta, Marsa Alam, Menorca, Mytilene, Naples, Preveza, Reykjavik-Keflavik, Rhodes, Samos, Sylt, Thessaloniki, Varadero (ends 28 April 2016),[41] Zakynthos
Seasonal charter: Barbados,[42] Montego Bay[43]
Air Canada Toronto-Pearson 2-3
Air China Athens, Beijing-Capital, Shanghai-Pudong 2-3
Air Dolomiti Bari, Bergamo, Bologna, Florence, Venice-Marco Polo, Verona 2-4
Air Europa Madrid 1-D
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle 1-D
Air Malta Catania, Malta 2-4
Air VIA Seasonal charter: Burgas, Varna 1-C
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino 1-D
All Nippon Airways Tokyo-Haneda 2-3
American Airlines Philadelphia 1-B
Arkia Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion 1-F
AtlasGlobal Seasonal charter: Antalya 1-C
Austrian Airlines Vienna 2-4
BMI Regional Bern, Bristol, Brno, Rotterdam, Southampton (begins 15 April 2016) 2-4
Borajet Ankara 1-B
British Airways London-Heathrow 1-B
British Airways
operated by SUN-AIR
Billund 1-B
Condor Agadir, Antalya, Cancún, Djerba, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Santa Cruz de la Palma, Punta Cana, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Corfu, Dalaman, Enfidha, Goa, Halifax (begins 25 March 2016),[13][44] Havana (begins 25 March 2016),[13][44] Heraklion, Ibiza, Kalamata, Kavala (begins 30 April 2016), Kos, Marsa Alam, Mauritius, Mombasa (begins 25 March 2016),[13][44] Montego Bay, Palma de Mallorca, Puerto Plata, Rhodes, Santa Clara, Santorini, Skiathos, Varadero, Windhoek (begins 25 March 2016),[13][44] Zanzibar (begins 25 March 2016)[13][44]
Croatia Airlines Split, Zagreb
Seasonal: Rijeka
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit (begins 27 May 2016)[45] 1-B
easyJet Edinburgh, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa 1-Z
EgyptAir Cairo 2-4
El Al Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion 1-F
Ellinair Seasonal: Heraklion (begins 8 May 2016)[46]
Emirates Dubai-International 1-C
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi 1-C
Finnair Helsinki 1-D
Flybe Cardiff 1-D
Freebird Airlines Charter: Antalya 1-C
Germania Beirut (begins 15 May 2016), Erbil, Larnaca, Sulaymaniyah
Seasonal: Hurghada, Marsa Alam
Germanwings Dortmund 2-4
Iberia Madrid 1-D
Icelandair Reykjavik-Keflavik 1-D
Israir Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion 1-F
KLM Amsterdam 1-D
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Amsterdam 1-D
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin 2-4
Lufthansa Ankara, Antalya, Athens, Barcelona, Beijing-Capital, Belgrade, Berlin-Tegel, Bilbao, Boston, Bremen, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cairo, Charlotte, Chicago-O'Hare, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Delhi, Denver (resumes 11 May 2016),[47] Düsseldorf, Dubai-International (ends 9 April 2016),[48] Dublin, Faro, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Kiev-Boryspil, Kraków, Larnaca, Lisbon, London-Heathrow,London-Gatwick, Los Angeles, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Mexico City, Milan-Malpensa, Montréal-Trudeau, Moscow-Domodedovo, Mumbai, Münster/Osnabrück, Naples, New York-JFK, Newark, Nice, Odessa (resumes 31 March 2016),[49] Oslo-Gardermoen, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Porto (begins 24 April 2016), Prague, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, Saint Petersburg, San Francisco, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Sarajevo, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Sofia, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tbilisi, Tehran-Imam Khomeini (begins 14 April 2016),[50] Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion, Tokyo-Haneda, Valencia, Venice-Marco Polo, Vienna, Washington-Dulles, Zagreb, Zürich
Seasonal: Bodrum, Cape Town, Catania, Corfu (begins 15 May 2016),[51] Dubrovnik, Fuerteventura, Glasgow-International, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Istanbul-Atatürk, Izmir, Kittilä, Lamezia Terme, Malta, Miami, Palma de Mallorca, Reykjavik-Keflavik, Santorini (begins 14 May 2016),[51] Seville, Split, Tenerife-South, Toronto-Pearson, Tunis, Vancouver
2-3, 2-4
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Air Dolomiti
Ancona, Catania, Cluj-Napoca, Genoa, Lyon, Milan-Malpensa, Palermo, Perugia, Pisa, Prague,[52] Rome-Fiumicino, Timișoara (ends 27 March 2016), Turin 2-4
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Amsterdam, Basel/Mulhouse, Belgrade, Bilbao, Birmingham, Bremen, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Chișinău, Cologne/Bonn, Debrecen (begins 11 April 2016),[53] Dresden, Gdańsk, Geneva, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Graz, Kraków, Leipzig/Halle, Luxembourg, Lyon, Lviv, Marseille, Milan-Malpensa, Münster/Osnabrück, Nice, Nuremberg, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Pisa, Poznań, Prague, Rome-Fiumicino, Rostock, Rzeszów (begins 28 March 2016),[54] Sarajevo, Sibiu, Sofia, Split, Stuttgart, Sylt, Timișoara, Tirana (ends 27 March 2016),[55] Trieste, Toulouse, Turin, Vienna, Warsaw-Chopin, Wrocław, Zagreb, Zürich
Seasonal: Bastia, Dubrovnik, Jersey, Olbia, Pula, Zadar
Luxair Luxembourg 2-4
Mahan Air Tehran-Imam Khomeini 1-Z
Meridiana Milan-Linate 1-Z
Nordic Aviation
operated by Carpatair
Tallinn[56] 1-D
Norwegian Air Shuttle Alicante, Gran Canaria, Málaga, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tenerife-South 1-Z
Nouvelair Charter: Djerba, Enfidha 1-Z
Oman Air Muscat 1-C
Onur Air Istanbul-Atatürk (begins 27 March 2016)[57] TBA
Orenair Seasonal: Chelyabinsk, Omsk, Samara 1-B
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Antalya
Qatar Airways Doha 1-B
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Marrakech 1-B
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia 1-B
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo 1-B
S7 Airlines
operated by Globus Airlines
Seasonal: Novosibirsk 1-B
SATA International Seasonal: Ponta Delgada 1-D
Saudia Jeddah (begins 7 July 2016),[58] Riyadh (resumes 4 July 2016)[59] TBA
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda 2-4
Singapore Airlines Manchester, Singapore 2-3
SkyWork Airlines Bern 1-D
South African Airways Johannesburg-OR Tambo 2-4
Sun D'Or
operated by El Al
Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion 1-F
SunExpress Antalya, Izmir 1-C
SunExpress Deutschland Adana, Antalya, Enfidha, Hurghada, Kayseri, Marsa Alam
Seasonal: Ankara, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Rhodes, Varna
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Austrian Airlines
Zürich 2-4
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
Zürich 2-4
TAP Portugal Lisbon 2-4
TAROM Bucharest, Iași, Sibiu 1-D
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi 2-3
TUIfly Boa Vista, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Marsa Alam, Sal, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion (begins 7 March 2016) [60] Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Antalya, Corfu, Dalaman, Faro, Heraklion, Ibiza (begins 29 March 2016),[61] Jerez de la Frontera, Kos, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Patras, Rhodes
Transavia Brussels (begins 25 March 2016),[62] Copenhagen (begins 25 March 2016),[62] Eindhoven (begins 19 February 2016),[63] Faro (begins 25 March 2016),[62] Lisbon (begins 31 May 2016), Marrakesh (begins 26 March 2016),[62] Naples (begins 26 March 2016),[62] Palma de Mallorca (begins 25 March 2016),[62] Pisa (begins 25 March 2016),[62] Porto (begins 27 March 2016),[62] Seville (begins 27 March 2016),[62] Venice-Marco Polo (begins 27 March 2016)[62]
Seasonal: Bari (begins 30 May 2016),[62] Catania (begins 31 May 2016),[62] Dubrovnik (begins 30 May 2016),[62] Palermo (begins 30 May 2016),[62] Valencia (begins 30 May 2016)[62]
Transavia France Paris-Orly 1-D
Tunisair Djerba, Enfidha, Tunis 1-C
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Ankara, Izmir, Kayseri, Samsun
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil 1-B
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Houston-Intercontinental, Newark, Washington-Dulles 2-3
Ural Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo 1-D
Volotea Seasonal: Bordeaux, Mykonos (begins 27 May 2016),[64] Nantes 1-D
Vueling Barcelona, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Rome-Fiumicino
Seasonal: Santiago de Compostela


Airlines Destinations
AirBridgeCargo Airlines Moscow-Sheremetyevo[65]
ATRAN Liège, Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Cargolux Atlanta, Luxembourg
DHL Aviation
operated by EAT Leipzig
FedEx Express Cologne/Bonn, Frankfurt, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Star Air (Maersk) Athens, Cologne/Bonn
TNT Airways Liège, Ljubljana
Yangtze River Express Brussels, Shanghai-Pudong


Passenger numbers[edit]

Historic planes on display at the Visitors Park of Munich Airport
Maintenance facility of Lufthansa Technik at Munich Airport
A Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 at Munich Airport
2000 23,125,872
2001 Increase 23,646,900
2002 Decrease 23,163,720
2003 Increase 24,193,304
2004 Increase 26,814,505
2005 Increase 28,619,427
2006 Increase 30,757,978
2007 Increase 33,959,422
2008 Increase 34,530,593
2009 Decrease 32,681,067
2010 Increase 34,721,605
2011 Increase 37,763,701
2012 Increase 38,360,604
2013 Increase 38,672,644
2014 Increase 39,700,515
Source: ADV[66]

Route statistics[edit]

Busiest international routes from Munich Airport (2014)[67]
Rank Destination Passengers Change
1 United Kingdom, London-Heathrow 1,173,000 Increase 1.4%
2 France, Paris-Charles de Gaulle 913,200 Decrease 1.4%
3 Spain, Madrid 741,000 Increase 15.2%
4 Netherlands, Amsterdam 728,100 Increase 5.5%
5 Spain, Barcelona 724,300 Increase 1.2%
6 Turkey, Istanbul-Atatürk 640,100 Decrease 1.8%
7 Spain, Palma de Mallorca 618,000 Increase 9.6%
8 Italy, Rome-Fiumicino 602,500 Increase 12.0%
9 Turkey, Antalya 556,300 Increase 7.6%
10 Austria, Vienna 540,300 Decrease 3.7%
1 United Arab Emirates, Dubai 691,800 Increase 4.8%
2 United States, Newark 330,400 Increase 0.9%
3 United States, Chicago-O'Hare 303,000 Increase 2.8%
4 United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi 275,000 Increase 80.3%
5 Qatar, Doha 269,700 Increase 4.6%
6 Japan, Tokyo-Narita 253,400 Decrease 15.1%
7 United States, Washington-Dulles 246,000 Increase 0.2%
8 People's Republic of China, Beijing 233,600 Increase 0.5%
9 Canada, Toronto 228,900 Increase 33.3%
10 People's Republic of China, Shanghai-Pudong 207,500 Increase 11.6%

Other facilities[edit]

  • Lufthansa maintains a Flight Operations Center at the airport for crews based here at its secondary hub.[68] In 2014, its subsidiary Lufthansa CityLine relocated their administration offices from Cologne to the grounds of Munich Airport.[69] Additionally, there is a large Lufthansa Technik maintenance facility which can handle up to six Boeing 747s at once.[70]
  • Air Berlin maintains a technical division including technical training facilities.[71]
  • There are two hotels directly on the airports grounds, the Hilton Munich Airport (which was the Kempinski Hotel Airport Munich until 31 December 2014)[72] near Terminal 2 and a Novotel at the long-term parking area[73] with several more in the nearby villages.
  • German car manufacturer Audi established a large training facility for its retailers on the grounds of the airport in 2010.[74] Designated areas near the apron are used for drive training.
  • The defunct German airline DBA, originally Deutsche BA, had its head office on the grounds of the airport and in Hallbergmoos.[75][76]


Munich Airport from the International Space Station, circa 2010

Since November 2005, the Munich Airport has a certified environmental management system according to DIN ISO 14001 and EMAS.

Munich Airport was involved in the Air Transport Initiative for Germany, which was also attended by Fraport, Deutsche Flugsicherung and Lufthansa. It developed a so-called "four-pillar strategy" with an overall concept designed to improve environmental protection; these four pillars include:

"Reduction of CO2 emissions through technological progress and innovation, particularly in the field of engine development; a more efficient infrastructure with a needs-based adaptation of airport capacity with concentration on the avoidance of, for example, polluting queues; operational measures such as the optimization of soil processes; economic incentives" - Perspectives. Environmental Statement 2008 Munich Airport GmbH[77]


From the beginning, the state-administered parts of nature conservation aspects were considered in the planning of the Airport. At the opening of the Airport, 70% of the grounds were planted; today there are 925 of the 1560 hectares which remained planted, only 60%.[78] The prevalent Erdinger Moos area with its many intersecting small streams, and woodland series was taking into consideration in the planning by the Landscape Architect. At the same time, consideration was taking in making the airport unattractive to birds, in order to prevent bird strikes. An additional 230-acre greenbelt was placed around the airport as a compensation area, in which the overall compensation areas extend over 600 acres.[79] Even with the focus on the environment, environmental groups criticize the enormous land consumption of the airport and each additional expansion project. Also, they believe that the compensation areas are not sufficient enough in order to compensate for the damage caused by the airport.[80]


The construction in the Erdinger Moos area had a large impact on the water budget of the region, since the groundwater levels in the marshy landscape had to be greatly reduced in which drainage ditches were created. Existing watercourses, such as small streams, were not interrupted, but redirected so that they run either around or underneath the property, lowering the effects of groundwater reduction to only the areas in which the airport is located.

The wastewater from the airport and the collected rain water are returned to the natural water cycle. In order to accomplish this, 100 km of sewer lines were laid, seven pumping stations, a water treatment plant and four rainwater sedimentation tanks were built and put into operation. The already rough cleansed water is then purified in a purification plant. For the necessary winter de-icing of the airport, deicing chemical such as glycol are used and collected together with the contaminated melted water and then either purified or reused. The cleaning is done in the degradation system area, where soil bacteria decompose the glycol into harmless components of water and carbon dioxide.[81]



To reduce noise from thrust reversal during aircraft landings, the runways were built to a length of 4,000 meters, however the noise reduction is offset by increased taxiing times. To reduce noise pollution, a hall for engine testing was built. After 11pm engine tests may be carried out only with the approval of air traffic control. To motivate airlines to use low-noise aircraft, the airport charges are calculated according to the level of noise pollution.[82] There are 16 stationary noise measuring points at the airport.[83]

Night flight regulations

At Munich airport there is no strict ban on night flights, but a ban on flights arriving and departing between 10pm and 6am. The only exemptions are flights from mail services and DFS survey flights. From midnight until 5am only those flights that operate in the interest of the public are generally possible, this includes so-called emergency flights: police and rescue helicopter missions or medical emergencies. Also, aircraft movements for security reasons such as for precautionary landings are allowed at all times. Flights with special permission from the Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology are also feasible at this time.

From 10pm to midnight and 5am to 6am flights are possible through the so-called bonus list. Exceptions are delayed flights or premature landings if these aircraft are at least noise-admitted according to ICAO Chapter 3. In addition to both the bonus list and noise requirements they must fulfill further conditions, this includes that the airline must have a maintenance base at the airport, the maximum number of 28 scheduled flights per night (charter and scheduled services) must not be exceeded, the aircraft is not louder than 75 db (A) or it is an education or training flight.[84]

This rule applies until the total annual volume is exhausted in air traffic movements by these regulations. More flights of this type are then no longer allowed. The number of night flights increased from 1999 to 2007 from 42 to 60 flights average per night.[77]

Residents have been protesting for years against aircraft noise, in particular against the noise pollution at night. The Government of Upper Bavaria approved the night flight regulations currently in force in 2001.


Cogeneration plant

Most of Munich airport's electricity and heat is generated by its own cogeneration plant (CHP), which is located south of the northern runway to the west of the airport. CHP has nine so-called cogeneration modules, seven run on diesel fuel, the other two on gasoline. The electrical generating capacity is 18.5 megawatts. The cogeneration modules run smoothly all year long; this creates surplus heat at certain times which is stored in heat storage to be used later. In summer, the heat generated is used for the operation of the absorption refrigerating machine. The total gross utilization rate is 78 percent (diesel) and 83 percent (gasoline). The cogeneration modules are an obligation, from the Renewable Energy Sources Act, so that Munich Airport can generate electricity from renewable energy sources, using biogas.[77] The airport also has a connection to the district heating network of the Zolling power plant.

Photovoltaic system

There is a photovoltaic system on the roof of the central hall of Terminal 2. It is a joint project of BP Solar, German BP, Bundesdeutscher Arbeitskreis für Umweltbewusstes Management, Lufthansa, Munich Airport and others. In operation since 10 July 2003, it generates an average of 445,000 kilowatt hours per year, equivalent to the consumption of 155 households.[85] The power comes from 2,856 modules of silicon cells, covering a total area of 3594 square meters. It is expected to save 12,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions over its 30-year lifetime.[77] €2.65 million EUR were invested in the plant. The plant produces direct current, which after conversion to alternating current is initiated immediately in the power system. In Terminal 2, the energy currently generated is displayed on an overhead screen, which also displays other information.

Biofuel gas station

A biofuel gas station supplying rapeseed oil fuels, ethanol fuel and biomethane has been established, making it possible for the operating companies to convert their vehicle fleets to biofuels; the station can also be used by external companies operating at the airport.[77]

Bird sanctuary[edit]

Despite measures to prevent bird strikes, the northern part of Erdinger Moos is still an important habitat for birds, especially for grassland birds such as lapwing, curlew or rare winter visitors such as the harrier. This led automatically to the area being reported under the European Birds Directive as a bird sanctuary.

The fencing of the airport and the large meadows inside the fence attract open meadow birds. This leads to constant conflicts and the deaths, even of rare birds as a result of airplane accidents (vortices) and safety measures to avoid bird strikes. The planned third runway 3,440,000 square meters in the bird sanctuary will be laid with concrete, eliminating 8,000,000 square meters of living space. This would represent substantial interference with the bird sanctuary.[86]

Ground transportation[edit]


Munich Airport is accessible via nearby Motorway A 92, which connects to motorway A9 (towards Nuremberg) and Munich's ring motorway A99.

Bavarian State Road St. 2584 connects A 92's exit 6 (Flughafen München) – an incomplete interchange that can only be used by traffic to and from the west – to the terminals. Access from the east is possible via exit 8 (Freising Ost) and Bavarian State Road St. 2580, which connects to St. 2584 in the east of the airport.


A S-Bahn train leaving the tunnel beneath the apron of Terminal 1

Munich Airport is connected to the city by Munich suburban railway (S-Bahn) lines S1 and S8. The ride takes approximately 45 minutes to the Marienplatz station in the city centre. S1 runs from the airport through the northwestern suburbs and reaches the city centre from the west (HauptbahnhofMarienplatzMünchen Ost), while S8 comes in from the eastern suburbs passing the stations from the opposite direction. The S-Bahn from the airport to the city runs approx. 20 hours a day with a short break between 01:30 and 04:00.[87]

Furthermore, a scheduled bus service (MVV line 635) connects the airport within 20 minutes to the Freising railway station, providing access to regional trains to destinations like Munich, Nuremberg, Regensburg and Prague.

Munich Airport Terminal station is located in a tunnel beneath the central area. A second station called Besucherpark (German for Visitors' Park) connects the cargo and maintenance areas, long-term parking, administrative buildings and the Visitors' Park from which the station gets its name.

A second tunnel beneath the terminals is currently unused. Originally, there were plans to use it for intercity railway, then for a Transrapid maglev train making the trip to München Hauptbahnhof in 10 minutes. However, this project was cancelled in March 2008 due to cost escalation.


MVV bus lines connect the airport to the nearby city of Freising as well as Erding and Markt Schwaben. Lufthansa Airport Bus provides an alternative to the S-Bahn, stopping at Nordfriedhof U-Bahn station and Munich Central Station.

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External links[edit]

Media related to Munich Airport at Wikimedia Commons
Munich Airport travel guide from Wikivoyage