Munich Airport: A five-star experience
21 July 2016 • Author(s): Rainer Beeck, Senior Vice-President of Commercial Activities, Munich Airport
Offering numerous conference facilities, a passenger experience that is second-to-none, indulgent retail and culinary options and even a state-of-the-art medical services clinic, Munich Airport really is the definition of a modern airport city. Senior Vice-President of Commercial Activities, Rainer Beeck, provides an overview of all the airport has to offer.
Munich Airport (Flughafen München Franz Josef Strauß) offers much more than just infrastructure to handle air traffic. It is a powerful engine for growth; generating economic development both on the airport campus and beyond, comprising an ‘airport city’ with an enormous impact on the entire region. As a hive of economic activity in its own right, the Munich hub links the airport region to the world at large. The airport’s non-aviation activities now account for 50% of the airport’s total revenues. Under the Airport City concept, however, it is essential to balance the synergy effects between the airport and the surrounding region to avoid unhealthy competition. Apart from attracting headquarters/offices of global companies, showrooms, hotels, a conference centre, medical offices and supermarkets, the Munich Airport City also offers an exciting world of shopping, leisure and adventure.
Europe’s only five-star airport With a total of 41 million passengers per year, Munich Airport is Germany’s second-largest airport behind Frankfurt. In Europe Munich ranks seventh in terms of passenger numbers, behind London Heathrow, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, Istanbul, Frankfurt, Amsterdam Schiphol and Madrid. However, it’s not only about size – Munich is also far ahead in terms of quality – it is among the elite airports of the world. In the annual global survey conducted by the respected Skytrax Institute, with responses this year from 13 million passengers, Munich again ranked third in the category of ‘World’s Best Airport’. Munich is also Europe’s only five-star airport (as awarded by the Skytrax Institute, following an extensive period of assessment). Munich allows passengers to benefit from all that a premium airport has to offer – comfortable seating areas and public spaces, clear signage, a full range of services and an outstanding selection of shops and restaurants.
Shopping and dining at Munich Airport
Anyone who has started or ended a journey at Munich Airport knows that the retail world in the two terminals leaves nothing to be desired. A particular highlight is ‘Little Maximillianstrasse’, Munich’s legendary shopping street, on Level 05 in Terminal 2, where the central plaza is ringed with 14 international premium brands and many other iconic labels, offering an extensive selection of the latest designer lines, high-end accessories, classic scents and elegant leather goods. Complementing the high-quality retail offerings is Selman’s Bar & Restaurant, where a cold glass of champagne is the perfect way to shorten your waiting time before your flight is called…