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Your Complete Guide to Munich Airport

Munich International Airport, official code MUC, is situated approximately 28km/17 miles northeast of central Munich, Germany. The airport area spreads out over three different municipalities. The terminals are in Oberding (district of Erding) and the other facilities are in Hallbergmoos and Marzling (district of Freising). Munich Airport’s actual name is Franz Josef Strauss Airport, after the Bavarian minister and politician, Franz Josef Strauss.

Numerous airlines provide flights to a large number of domestic, European and international destinations. Munich Airport is a hub for Lufthansa and Star Alliance partner airlines. In Germany, Munich Airport is considered to be second busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic, and the 27th busiest airport in the world. The largest airport in Germany is Frankfurt International Airport. The increase in passenger traffic over the recent years is mainly due to the expansion of the German airline Lufthansa’s airport services. In 2008, passenger traffic was recorded at 34,73 million. Skytrax, the air transport research company, has awarded Munich Airport with several prestigious awards. The most recent being in 2009, as the ‘2nd Best Airport in Europe’, and fifth best in the world.

Munich Airport began its business in May of 1992. Before this airport was operational, all flights were conducted from the former site at Munich-Reim. Munich-Reim was closed just before the start of Munich Airport. During the construction of MUC, a whole village (Franzheim), with 500 inhabitants, had to be demolished. The Munich Airport authority is named ‘Flughafen München Gesellschaft’. The full, original name of the airport – Munich Franz Josef Strauss – is rarely used. Most people just prefer to call it ‘Flughafen München’ (Munich Airport), or simply MUC.

The airport consists of Terminal 1, Terminal 2, the MAC (Munich Airport Center), the older Central Area (Zentralbereich) and the MAC Forum, that was built with Terminal 2. Terminal 2 is the newer addition, and was completed in June 2003. When it was finished, Star Alliance partners exclusively used it, but more recently Lufthansa shares it. Both terminals are designed to handle 25 million passengers per year.

Munich Terminal 1

Terminal 1 is subdivided into five modules, A, B, C, D and E. All the modules handle arrivals and departures, except for module E, which is only equipped for arrivals. There is also Hall F, situated near to Terminal 2, which handles flights with increased security requirements. The Central Area (Z) has some check-in desks for flights departing from Terminal 1.

Munich Terminal 2

Terminal 2 is the hub for Lufthansa and the Star Alliance members, although two of Lufthansa’s subsidiaries, German Wings and Condor, operate from Terminal 1 due to the lack of capacity at Terminal 2. Terminal 2 is not subdivided into modules, but rather has it’s facilities arranged around a central Plaza. The terminal is owned and operated by Flughafen München GmbH and Lufthansa. It is the first terminal in Germany that is co-operated by an airline.

The two terminals are connected by the MAC. It is an area that is dedicated to shopping, business and recreation. An underground shopping mall and the Munich Train Station is part of the older Central Area (Z). The Visitor’s Park (Besucherpark) is connected to the terminal areas by bus and S-Bahn trains. It provides sightseers with more information about the facilities at Munich Airport and it has three historic aircraft on display. The westerly aircraft apron and Terminal 1 can be viewed from ‘Visitor’s Hill’, or the easterly apron from the viewing terrace on the roof of Terminal 2.

Future Plans for Munich Airport

Munich Airport currently has two runways, with plans to build a third. The new runway, according to IACO Regulation, will be named 08L26R, and the existing north runway will then be 08C/26C. It will be constructed parallel to the other runways, and to the northeast of the north runway. The number of landing slots will be increased from 90 to 120 per hour. Plans for the new runway are currently on hold, due to the high number of objections received in regards to the construction.

Extensions for Terminal 2 include the upgrading of the baggage-sorting hall (east apron) into a satellite terminal. The new terminal will be able to handle 17 million passengers per year. When Terminal 2 was originally built, considerations for this satellite terminal were already made. Tunnels beneath the terminal can be used for a people mover system and the S-Bahn rail tunnel can be extended. It will also be possible to build a second satellite or independent third terminal.

Munich Airport has hopes of establishing a Transrapid maglev (magnetic levitation) train system in the unused tunnel under the terminals. This train will travel to Munich Central Station in only 10 minutes.

Munich Airport is a spectacular establishment that has the facilities to fulfill the needs of every passenger or visitor.

MUC is the official IATA code for Munich Airport. The other name Munich airport is recognized by is Franz Josef Strauss. It is possible to enter the following GPS coordinates 48.35000, 11.78333 to aid you in your travelling to and from Munich Airport.

You can see below a selection of nonstop flights covered from Munich Airport with approximate times.

Destination Weekly Flights Distance
Dusseldorf (DUS) 143 486 Km (302 Miles)
Hamburg (HAM) 143 601 Km (373 Miles)
Berlin tegel Otto Lilienthal (TXL) 142 480 Km (298 Miles)
Cologne (CGN) 141 435 Km (271 Miles)
Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) 97 681 Km (423 Miles)
London Heathrow (LHR) 94 941 Km (585 Miles)
Frankfurt (FRA) 84 300 Km (187 Miles)
Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) 81 664 Km (413 Miles)
Vienna Schwechat (VIE) 79 355 Km (221 Miles)
Hanover (HAJ) 70 481 Km (299 Miles)

Here you can see the busiest Airlines that fly from Munich Airport are Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cityline and United Airlines amongst others. They cover 240 flight routes out the total of 206. Lufthansa is the most frequent with around 2,914 flights a week out of a total of 10997. Lufthansa covers 26 % of all the total outbound flights from Franz Josef Strauss Airport. Hamburg Airport, Düsseldorf International Airport, Berlin-tegel / Otto Lilienthal, Frankfurt International Airport, Cologne/bonn and Schwechat International being the most frequent destinations.

You can see below a selection of nonstop flights covered from Munich Airport with approximate times

Airliner Destination Flight Time (Est)
Lufthansa Hamburg (HAM) 1 Hour 31 Minutes
Lufthansa Dusseldorf (DUS) 1 Hour 23 Minutes
Lufthansa Berlin tegel Otto Lilienthal (TXL) 1 Hour 23 Minutes
Lufthansa Frankfurt (FRA) 54 Minutes
Lufthansa Cologne (CGN) 1 Hour 18 Minutes
Lufthansa Vienna Schwechat (VIE) 1 Hour 3 Minutes

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