Every day an average of 1,200 aircraft take off and land at Munich Airport, carrying as many as 110,000 passengers on board. When winter weather hits this precisely timed system, it can have a big impact on the closely coordinated processes that keep traffic moving.
The preparatory construction work for the new gate, which is scheduled to go into operation in 2023, is in full swing. While excavators are working on the ground slab of the apron, the demolition of the building on the apron is taking place in parallel.
Work continues on the new Terminal 1 pier – impressively highlighted by the auxiliary bridge at the building site access point, built in the night of March 12–13, 2019
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.
On March 25, Lufthansa will put three Airbus A380 aircraft – the world's biggest passenger plane – into operation in Munich to serve three intercontinental routes. In the future the airline plans to station five of the superjumbos at Terminal 2.
With the start of test operations in mid-February 2018, Munich Airport became Germany's first airport to try out a humanoid robot equipped with artificial intelligence. In a trial period lasting several weeks, Josie Pepper will welcome travelers to the non-public area of Terminal 2
On the night of Thursday, February 3, with 2,000 guests in attendance, Lufthansa officially presented its new A350 long-haul aircraft in the Lufthansa hangar. With a dazzling light show, the world's most advanced and environmentally friendly jetliner was christened in the name of the city of Nuremberg. Also addressing the gathering, along with Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr, was Dr. Markus Söder, the Bavarian minister of finance and chairman of Munich Airport's supervisory board, Munich Airport CEO Dr. Michael Kerkloh, and Airbus CEO Dr. Thomas Enders. On hand as the "godfather" was Dr. Ulrich Maly, the mayor of Nuremberg.
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.
The new wing of the Hotel Hilton Munich Airport is complete. The 162 additional rooms feature exclusive decor inspired by the Alpine peaks not far from the airport. "Welcome to our mountain hub!" With these words hotel director Dagmar Mühle opens the door to one of the rooms in the addition. "We chose this motto to highlight the special location of Munich Airport and our hotel." The mountain theme is creatively reflected in many design details, from the carpet pattern to the materials, which include light oak, natural stone and felt.
A paradise for mountain climbers, nature lovers, ski bums and those who just like to chill in the sun: with an antique chopping block here and an old stone trough there, Sportalm's designers have paid plenty of attention to detail. Tree stumps and quaint decor items like an old barn door and a stone trough capture the rustic feel of a mountain pasture.
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.
Approximately 50 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 at Munich Airport is as international as its passengers. Fine Italian restaurants, deluxe Asian cuisine, fast food and traditional Bavarian cuisine – the choices are many.