Location & Expansion

Munich Airport - Bavaria's gateway to the world

Munich Airport celebrated a milestone in 2017, after relocating from Riem to the Erdinger Moos area 25 years ago. It is now a hub with worldwide destinations and an important factor in the lives of local people and companies.

  • Aerial images with full view of Munich Airport
  • Located right in the heart, Munich Airport  provides unique conference facilities and spacious office and retail space. 
  • Aerial view overlooking tower, car parks as well as terminal 1 and apron west.
  • Frequent flyers can practically board their aircraft straight from the office, and on their return they are back at their desks in no time. 
  • The forum in the Munich Airport Center is one of Europe's largest covered areas. It frequently serves as the venue for major events.
  • Aerial view of Munich Airport, Terminal 2 and the satellite terminal
  • The elongated mid-field terminal has a total of 52 gates on three passenger levels.




May 17, 1992

Reopening of Munich Airport at its new location

28.5 kilometers

from Munich city center

1,575 hectares

of space, two-thirds of which are green areas

Infrastructure at Munich Airport

Excellent infrastructure data for flight operations permit short turnaround times for airlines and maximum comfort for passengers.

Terminal 1

  • length: 1,081 m
  • area: 198,000 m²
  • baggage transportation system: 18 km total length

Terminal 2

  • length: 980 m
  • area: 125,800 m²
  • baggage transportation system: 46 km total length

Terminal 2 satellite

  • length: 609 m
  • area: 125,000 m²

Virtual tour: Terminal 2 satellite

2 runways

each 4 km long and 60 m wide

78 meters

total height of Munich Airport's tower

70 passenger boarding bridges

directly connect terminals and aircrafts

Construction projects at Munich Airport

The view from the helicopter shows: Construction site after construction site is currently lined up at the airport.

Project "Third Runway"

The planning approval decision for the construction of a third runway was issued by the General Administration of the Free State of Bavaria on July 5, 2011. With this decision, the approval authority confirmed the planning application for the third runway including the sub-projects after intensive examination and consideration of all aspects of the expansion project.

In July 2015, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig dismissed the last appeals against the project and finally ruled that Munich Airport's plans fulfill all technical and legal requirements. The building permit is thus legally binding and valid.

In its coalition agreement of November 2018, the governing coalition of CSU and FREIE WÄHLER in Bavaria agreed to a moratorium on the construction of the third runway until the end of the current legislative period. Against the background of the Covid 19 crisis and the resulting decline in traffic, Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder also announced in mid-September 2020 that he did not intend to pursue the construction of the third runway during his term of office.

Further construction projects

Landside access and traffic development

Improving accessibility by road and rail continues to be of prime importance for Munich Airport. In the rail sector, the phased concept for improving rail access, drawn up jointly with the Bavarian State Ministry of Housing, Construction and Transportation (StMB), was completed in spring 2022.

The phased concept includes service improvements in local and regional transport, but also the long-distance rail link urgently needed to strengthen the competitive position. An investigation is currently underway to determine which service improvements can be implemented in the short term - despite the delay in the second main line. At the same time, talks are underway with the German Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport on Deutsche Bahn's concept idea of building a new line from Ingolstadt to Munich with a direct link to the airport along the A9.

On November 07, 2022, the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the section of the Erding ring road to Schwaigerloh took place. Flughafen München GmbH had completed the tunnel extension for this in 2021. The section is scheduled to go into operation at the end of 2025. On November 28, 2022, the Free State of Bavaria and Deutsche Bahn signed the construction and financing contract for the west flyover. It is scheduled for completion by the end of 2028 and is a key element in improving the quality of rail services at the airport.

Road accessibility in the immediate vicinity of the airport was further improved with the commissioning of the Freising west tangent in January 2022. In addition, traffic has been flowing on the new three-lane expansion of the eastern airport bypass between the ED 7 and B388 junctions since August 2021.

Projects at a glance

  • Extension of Erdinger Allee / connection to eastern airport bypass - in operation (1)
  • Eastern extension of the S-Bahn tunnel for the "Erdinger Ringschluss" - tunnel shell handed over to DB Netz (2)
  • "Erdinger Ringschluss": Section to Schwaigerloh - commissioning planned for end of 2025 (3)
  • Expansion of eastern airport bypass: three-lane expansion between AS ED 7 and AS B388 - in operation (4)
  • Freising west tangent - in operation (5)

Landside access and traffic development