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Munich Airport's new satellite terminal opens for business on Tuesday

Munich Airport will celebrate a major milestone on Tuesday when its new satellite terminal opens for business.

According to the gateway, Germany’s first midfield terminal will set new standards for excellent service, passenger comfort and sustainability.

Built and jointly financed by the airport and Lufthansa on a 60/40 basis, the new Koch + Partner designed terminal will boast 27 and raise the annual capacity of Terminal 2 from 25mppa to 36 million.

As one of the world's most advanced passenger facilities, the satellite terminal will be exclusively used by Lufthansa and the Star Alliance carriers and, says the airport, “offer passengers pleasant surroundings with a wide range of shopping and dining options in attractive and spacious areas flooded with natural light”.

"As one of the world's most advanced terminal buildings, the satellite is an infrastructure development for the future,” says Dr Markus Söder, Bavaria’s minister of finance and the chairman of the airport's Supervisory Board.

“Its annual passenger capacity matches the entire traffic handled by a mid-sized German airport. Once again, Munich is setting new standards.

“For the state of Bavaria it is an enormous gain in terms of mobility and competitiveness that will make us the envy of other regions in Germany and Europe.”
Munich Airport's CEO, Michael Kerkloh, sees the satellite as a key element in the successful ongoing development of the airport.

"With the satellite, we will not only maintain our justly renowned standards of service and overall airport experience: We will actually take them to a higher level,” he promises.

“That starts with the comfortably appointed waiting areas, and extends to the attractive marketplaces with the charming restaurants and the 27 pier-served aircraft stands which, in most cases, will eliminate the need to move passengers by bus."
The CEO of Lufthansa, Carsten Spohr, remarks: "The expansion of Terminal 2 with the new satellite building will make the Lufthansa Group airlines operating in Munich a better and more attractive option for passengers from all over the world. 

"With twice as many pier-served stands for boarding and deplaning, five new lounges with more than 4,000 square metres of floor space and state-of-the-art gates, passengers at our five-star hub will enjoy even more comfort and higher standards of quality.

"Our investment in premium-quality facilities is a visible commitment to the continuation of our success story in Munich."

Norbert Barthle, from the German federal ministry of transport stressed the importance of the Munich hub for the entire country.

"Today's official opening of the satellite building represents the continuation of Munich Airport's success story. It creates new handling capacity for 11 million passengers per year," he notes.

"This will reinforce Munich's position as one of the world's largest and most passenger friendly hubs.

"But Munich Airport will need to keep developing in the future as well. The further expansion in the form of a third runway, for which a building permit is in place, is a transportation infrastructure project of national importance."

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