Munich Airport's new satellite terminal got off to a smooth start yesterday. In its first day of operation, the facility handled a total of 20,000 passengers booked on 140 flights. All takeoffs and landings were punctual. On hand at the departure gate yesterday to greet passengers on flight LH 1840 to Rome were Munich Airport CEO Dr. Michael Kerkloh and Burkhard Feuge, Lufthansa's station director in Munich. The reason for this special attention: LH 1840 was the first flight departing from Munich Airport's new satellite terminal. The passengers on the maiden flight were treated to the sounds of a traditional Bavarian brass band, and small gifts by Munich Airport and Lufthansa. Docking at the satellite pier at 05:07 am was the first arriving aircraft at the new facility: the Lufthansa Airbus A340 with flight number LH 731 from Hong Kong.
A spectacular start for Munich Airport's new satellite terminal: Suspended from aerial silks 20 meters above the floor of the new facility's central market square, a group of acrobats performed their own daring and graceful airborne choreography. The dazzling display was witnessed by the 1,900 guests from Germany and abroad, encircling the apron tower at the heart of the satellite. The show was kicked off by the "kings of the castle". Pulling symbolic thrust levers to give the satellite a fitting launch were Dr. Markus Söder, the Bavarian minister of finance and the chairman of the airport's Supervisory Board, Norbert Barthle, the parliamentary secretary of state of the German federal ministry of transport, Dieter Reiter, Munich's mayor, Carsten Spohr, the CEO of Lufthansa, Thomas Winkelmann, who is in charge of Lufthansa's Munich hub operations, Dr. Michael Kerkloh and Thomas Weyer, the CEO and CFO of Munich Airport, and Norbert Koch, the architect responsible for the design and general planning of the project.
The new satellite facility for Munich Airport's Terminal 2 will be commissioned on April 26, 2016 – exactly three months from today. That date has now been finalized by Munich Airport and Lufthansa. The additional handling capacity for a total of 11 million passengers per year will boost the overall capacity of Terminal 2 to 36 million. As one of the world's most advanced airport terminal facilities, the satellite will transform the passenger experience and offer a new level of comfort. Over the last three months, the final preparations will proceed full speed ahead. The sprint to the finish line will include the installation of technical equipment and interior work in the retail and dining areas.
Three years and two months after breaking ground for the satellite terminal, Munich Airport has now announced the time frame for the opening of the new facility. The responsible executive committees of Munich Airport (FMG) and Lufthansa have now narrowed down the official opening date to April 2016, with the exact day to be announced at the start of next year.