Munich satellite gets the green light

By Doug Newhouse |

The respective boards of Munich Airport and Lufthansa have approved the plan to begin construction of the new Terminal 2 satellite facility at Munich Airport – marking the first time that an airline and an airport operating company have assumed responsibility for designing, building and operating a passenger facility of this kind.

Dr Michael Kerkloh, Ceo of Munich Airport, said that the planned expansion of capacity will take the Bavarian hub to the next level: “We are gaining handling capacity for an additional 11m passengers a year, which puts us in the order of magnitude of today’s Frankfurt Airport. 

“This will enable us to maintain the high standards of quality achieved by our airport today as a connecting hub even with the anticipated traffic volume in the future.” 

Thomas Klühr, who heads the Munich and Direct Services Division, as well as Munich hub operations for Lufthansa, sees the project as key to accommodate long-term growth at Munich: “The construction of this satellite facility secures Munich’s position as a player among the international premium hubs,” said Klühr. 

He added that this step represents ‘the continuation of the success story jointly written by Lufthansa and FMG, and unparalleled anywhere else in the world.’ 

Munich Airport’s Terminal 2 opened in 2003 and was specifically designed to handle the hub traffic of Lufthansa and its partners, but it will reach its capacity limit of 25m passengers this year. 

This new satellite building is designed as an addition to the existing baggage sorting hall on the apron to the east of T2, featuring a 600-metre pier providing space for a total of 52 gates. 

Passengers arriving or departing through the new facility will use the check-in and ticket desks and the arrivals area in Terminal 2, using underground passenger transportation system. 

The new 123,000sq m building is scheduled to open in 2015 complete with a range of shops and restaurants covering a total area of more than 9,000sq m.



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