Munich Airport celebrates milestone 30th birthday
Exactly 30 years ago, on the night of May 17, 1992, Munich Airport moved to its current location about 30 kilometres northeast of Munich. In the record year of 2019, Munich Airport recorded a total of nearly 48 million passengers and approximately 417,000 takeoffs and landings. This above-average growth was mainly driven by the further development of the new airport into a major European hub airport. The airport’s relocation from Munich’s suburb of Riem to the northeast between the cities of Freising and Erding received worldwide attention.
As strategic partners, Munich Airport and Lufthansa joined forces when they reached an agreement in 1998 to jointly build, finance and operate Munich Airport’s Terminal 2. With the Munich Airport Center (MAC), which opened in September 1999, the airport gained a state-of-the-art multifunctional service centre. The opening of Terminal 2 in June 2003 provided the necessary capacity expansion. According to Skytrax Munich Airport ranks for years among the most passenger-friendly airports in Europe and also received the award as a 5-star airport.
Just three years after opening the mid-field terminal, the first construction phase began in April 2019 for the new pier at Terminal 1, which will significantly improve the service and quality of stay in Terminal 1. Munich Airport is known for its spirit of innovation and diversification. Jost Lammers, CEO of Munich Airport, takes the airport’s birthday as an opportunity to look to the future with confidence: “Even though its impressive success story was interrupted by the massive impact of the Covid 19 pandemic, Munich remains a main player in the Champions League of European airports.
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