Every day an average of 1,000 aircraft take off and land at Munich Airport. When winter weather hits this precisely timed system, it can have a big impact on the closely coordinated processes that keep traffic moving.
Customs investigators at Munich Airport: Undercover customs investigator regularly go looking for narcotics at Munich Airport. Couriers are getting ever more creative in how they hide their drugs, but the investigators have an unerring ability to find them out.
Germany is hit by many hundreds of thousands of lightning strikes every year. The probability of an individual person being struck by lightning is extremely low. Nevertheless, cases of serious injury serve as a continued reminder of the risk posed by lightning during severe thunderstorms.
Star Alliance Biometrics is a voluntary Star Alliance product that allows customers to take advantage of facial recognition technology to pass through security and boarding gates in a touchless manner. In the near future the range of process points will be gradually expanded – for example to baggage drop-off and business lounges.
Convenient parking right at the terminal, getting work done at the departure gate, or a quick haircut or manicure on the way to your next meeting – Munich Airport has a wide range of services to make life easy for business travellers.
Munich Airport currently operates a fleet of 280 electric vehicles – mostly specialized equipment such as baggage tractors, lifts and passenger boarding bridges. In the future, however, the airport plans to make electric vehicles part of its fleet of passenger cars, too. Over the coming three years, millions will be invested in e-mobility, with 121 gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles slated for replacement through electric models. By 2030 the airport plans for its fleet to consist almost entirely of electric vehicles. At the same time, efforts are continuing to expand the necessary infrastructure of charging stations.
Nadine Adden (29) works as a tug driver and de-icer at Munich Airport. When winter hits, she helps to make sure that aircraft take off safely.
How Munich Airport succeeds in reusing up to 70 percent of aircraft de-icing fluids. The recycling facility at Munich Airport is the biggest in the world.
Did you know that Munich Airport has its own brewery? Or that the European Championship in Stationary Wave Riding takes place at the Munich Airport Center? Find out more about the highlights at the airport on this page.
The novelty of an airport brewery is today as innovative as it was in 1999 when the microbrewery "Airbräu" opened at Munich Airport. Travelers from all over the world and locals alike have been enjoying its authentic Bavarian dishes and freshly brewed beer for over 16 years now. Among the enticements are the eight different types of beer brewed at the Airbräu. Three of them are always available: “Fliegerquell”, a fine bitter lager, the more mature wheat beer “Kumulus” and the pils “Jetstream”, the latest addition to the assortment.
Nine out of eleven times, Munich Airport has been awarded the title of top European Airport by the independent, London-based Skytrax Institute. For Munich Airport, however, these victories did not mean that the airport would rest on its laurels. On the contrary. In 2013, the Airport had started a quality offensive in the areas ‘first-class ambiance and high comfort’, ‘range of services and amenities’, ‘efficient processes’, ‘ease of transit through airport’, and ‘outstanding friendliness’. The airport’s continuous effort to improve all services for customers was finally rewarded in 2015: Skytrax has honored Bavaria’s Hub with the title “Five-Star Airport”.
Safety is the top priority: High above the ground in Munich Airport's 78-meter tower, air traffic controllers and ramp controllers guide up to 90 aircraft from the ground to the sky and back every hour, while a weather observer keeps track of winds and visibility. An examination of careers "at the top".
Pre-Conditioned Air (PCA) systems provide the aircraft cabin with conditioned air at the park position. As a result, the parked aircraft no longer needs to run their auxiliary turbine for air conditioning. The PCA systems are significantly quieter during operation and reduce kerosene consumption and related CO2 emissions.
The construction of an airport inevitably leads to interventions in the ecosystem of a region. Yet, Munich Airport is committed minimizing such impact. To this end it has created a department to handle ecological issues such as aircraft noise, air management, energy supply or waste and water management. Munich Airport has set itself the goal of achieving its growth targets on a carbon-neutral basis by 2020 compared to the baseline year 2005.
Numerous distinctive restaurants and bars at Munich Airport offer a variety of food and drinks that range from quick and inexpensive to gourmet establishments where the excellent food and lovely décor make one want to linger. The choice of restaurants is as international as the airport’s passengers.
At Munich Airport there are several permanently installed artworks that are an integral part of the urban landscape of the airport. The airport’s architecture also doubles as artwork. For example, the roof of Munich Airport Center (MAC), built by the German architect Helmut Jahn, transforms into a Bavarian flag when the transparent spaces – filled with blue sky – contrast with the white panels in the construction.
At Munich Airport, a new dimension of shopping awaits passengers 365 days a year, At Germany´s second-largest airport, passengers and shopping enthusiasts will find an extensive variety of wares from duty free articles, electronics, fashion and accessories to trendy gift items. A mixture of local, national and international brands are available in more than 150 shops. Stores are located in both the public and non-public areas of the airport.