Winter at Munich Airport

A safe flight operation due to our winter services

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.

If visibility is affected, too, then the intervals between arriving and departing aircraft also need to be longer. All of this can lead to a build-up of delays over the course of the day that may result in flight cancellations at short notice.

What are the tasks of our Winter Services department?

Keeping operational surfaces clear:
In case of snowfall, an essential task of our Winter Services crews is to keep runways free of snow and ice. Unlike cars, aircraft cannot adjust to slippery conditions by taking off and landing more slowly. In addition, the taxiways and aircraft handling areas on the apron need to be ready for use at all times.

De-icing aircraft:
Before take-off it is also necessary to perform a thorough de-icing of aircraft.

Prioritizing flights:
When harsh winter conditions are expected, airlines can help to alleviate potential problems ahead of time by prioritizing flights and rebooking passengers in advance. That is not always possible, however. After all, weather forecasts are never entirely accurate and conditions can change rapidly.

The process when it snows at the airport

  • Monitoring developments, coordinating actions and providing information: That is how the process unfolds when it snows at Munich Airport.
  • From the Icebear to the Snowcat: our Winter Services fleet. 
  • Average clearing and de-icing times at Munich Airport.

Passenger information

Despite our best efforts to ensure smooth flight operations, inclement weather conditions can cause restrictions and delays.

We therefore advise passengers:

  • In case of wintry conditions, budget plenty of time to get to the airport.
  • Arrive at check-in as early as possible.
  • Check your flight status in advance on the airline's website.
  • Utilize the day-before check-in option
    In case flight operations are impacted, additional service staff will be on duty in the terminals whenever possible. They will be available to answer passengers' questions at all times and will to provide assistance with any concerns.

    If possible, airlines will rebook their passengers on other flights with available seats or arrange for travel on Deutsche Bahn trains. Moreover, the airlines maintain limited blocks of hotel rooms to accommodate passengers overnight if necessary when flights cannot depart on the same day.

    Passengers can obtain information on departing flights on airline websites or at + 49 89 975 00. 

Winter Services in action

Winter at the airport: Munich Airport's Winter Services deploy more than 180 workers on every shift to keep the airport running smoothly.

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