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, who will operate the new satellite building on a 60:40 basis, as is already the case with Terminal 2. 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.
Quiet zones, showers near the gates and baby changing tables in the men's and women's restrooms: A wide range of new and attractive services and amenities will await passengers in Munich Airport's new satellite terminal, which is due to open in April 2016. All of the waiting areas are tailored to individual needs, for example with quiet zones featuring comfortable reclining seating. And those who want to use the time productively will appreciate the free WLAN access as well as the plentiful electric outlets and USB connections. For families with children, the well-marked play areas will let the little ones expend their excess energy before boarding. Fa-thers will also appreciate the baby changing tables installed in the men's re-strooms. In addition, the satellite terminal offers shower facilities outside the Lufthansa lounges for the first time.
The construction of the third runway at Munich Airport in the near future will be vital for the ongoing competitiveness of the Bavarian economy. That is the conclusion of a new study just released by VBW, an association representing the interests of the state's business community. It states that Munich Airport "is a decisive factor behind the high level of prosperity in Bavaria."
Seen from the outside, Munich Airport's new satellite terminal looks close to completion. Inside, however, crews are working full speed ahead to complete the interior. Before the building goes into full operation in April of the coming year, a series of tests and extensive trial operations are scheduled. With 4,000 staff members representing the full range of airport functions, the new facility will offer passengers smooth, reliable and punctual service. Along with employees from Lufthansa and Munich Airport itself, these will include a large workforce from Lufthansa's Star Alliance partners, public authorities such as the German Border Patrol and other companies operating in the new facility. For the future "satellite crew", the building will be new territory.
Munich Airport welcomes the ruling by the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig, in which the court has now dismissed the six outstanding complaints filed by the environmental group Bund Naturschutz Bayern and five private individuals. The plaintiffs had filed motions with the Leipzig court following the rejection of their appeals in the administrative proceedings on the construction permit for the airport's third runway.
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.