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Munich Airport Satellite Terminal opens

22 April 2016  •  Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review

On 26 April 2016, Munich Airport Satellite Terminal will open to the public providing 27 new gate positions with direct boarding and a wide range of shopping and dining options.

Munich Airport Satellite Terminal prepares for opening

At a ceremony attended by 1,900 guests from Germany and abroad, Munich Airport celebrated the upcoming launch of its new satellite terminal on 22 April 2016.

Munich Airport Satellite Terminal prepares for opening

Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the CEO of Munich Airport, Thomas Winkelmann, who is in charge of Lufthansa’s Munich hub operations, Dieter Reiter, Lord Mayor of Munich, Dr. Markus Söder, the Bavarian minister of finance, Carsten Spohr, the CEO of Lufthansa, Thomas Weyer, the airport’s CFO and head of infrastructure and Norbert Koch, the architect of the satellite facility.

Munich Airport Satellite Terminal – Germany’s first midfield terminal – is a successful joint venture between Munich Airport and Lufthansa. As in the airport’s Terminal 2, the partners have joined forces to design, build and finance the new passenger handling facility on a 60:40 basis. The Munich architectural firm Koch + Partner was selected for the design and general planning.

Philipp Ahrens, Director of the Satellite Project Team at Munich Airport, discusses how the airport has created an innovative and sustainable terminal system in Issue 2 of International Airport Review. Click here to sign-up and receive your free print or online subscription.

Passengers will be able to board aircraft directly from 27 new gate positions without bus transportation. Capacity of Terminal 2, which is used by Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partners, will increase by 11 million to 36 million passengers per year thanks to the new addition.

Munich Airport Satellite Terminal offers 15 retail areas, seven restaurants and cafes and three duty free zones

The terminal will also offer passengers a wide range of shopping and dining options including 15 retail areas, seven restaurants and cafes and three duty free zones in an attractive and spacious area covering 7,000 square metres. Forming the heart of the new passenger facility is the central marketplace. Market stands, each with a theme, are an authentic tribute to the Viktualienmarkt, Munich’s renowned open-air market. Passengers will also have five new Lufthansa lounges to choose from.

Munich Airport Satellite Terminal prepares for opening

The satellite has no direct landside transportation links. Check-in will take place in Terminal 2. Passengers will then undergo passport screening and hand baggage checks before boarding the airport’s own underground transport system that will take them to the satellite terminal in barely a minute. Once arriving at the new facility passengers will have free access to the airport-wide Wi-Fi network, and can plug their devices into USB and power outlets in the waiting areas.

40 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to existing terminal buildings

The facility has been built with the environment in mind. Advanced building materials and innovative heating, cooling and lighting technologies reduce energy consumption to a minimum. A 40 percent reduction in CO2 emissions in the new facility as compared with the airport’s existing terminal buildings is achieved partly through special “climate-optimized facades”: These 4.5 metre wide zones separate the air conditioned interior of the satellite from the outdoor space, acting as a climate buffer while providing usable space with escalators for passengers to change levels. The facade is made of a newly developed type of glass with a special coating that allows sunlight to enter while keeping out the heat.

Munich Airport Satellite Terminal prepares for opening

Munich Airport Satellite Terminal was built on time at total cost of approximately €900 million, including the costs for the new building itself, the expansion of the baggage sorting facility and the construction work on the ramps and taxiways near the terminal. The costs for the building and expanding the baggage sorting facility are being shared on a 60:40 basis by Munich Airport and Lufthansa, The entire cost of the improvements to the ramp was covered by the airport.

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