Via Munich airport the world comes to Bavaria and Bavaria goes off into the whole world – directly and without layovers. Be it artists, scientists, holidaymakers, or entrepreneurs: Munich Airport is THE central hub of the Free State
and the best business card the city can give to foreign guests.
Nowadays the airport which was opened in 1992 is counted among the ten busiest passenger airports in Europe – at more than 44 million passengers. Since its inauguration passenger numbers have more than tripled, thanks to disproportionate growth. Also, Munich Airport has long been the largest cargo-hub in southern Germany. In 2017 a total of about 379,000 tons of air freight were moved through here. More than 300 long-haul flights connect the airport, which is located in Erdinger Moos, to the world’s most important trade hubs – a decisive factor and reliable growth engine for the Bavarian economy. The airport opens the global market to the Free State’s strong and internationally oriented companies and carries Bavaria’s high-quality products and know-how out into the world.
At the same time the airport functions as a culinary gateway to Munich: cargo planes bring exotic fruit such as papayas from Thailand and South America, lobster from Boston and Canada or fish from Singapore and South Africa to the Free State’s capital. Guests can also enjoy international culinary experiences directly at the airport. Sushi, pizza, burgers or Bavarian specialties at the Airbräu beer garden: with more than 60 restaurants the airport campus really leaves us spoiled for choice. And the best thing ever: Munich Airport is home to the world’s only airport brewery, a highlight for local and international guests. More than 150 shops offer a special shopping experience for guests and locals – with attractive opening hours and regional flair. In Terminal 2, for example, guests will find the so-called “little Maxilimianstrasse” with all the well-known luxury labels that the famous shopping street in Munich’s city centre has to offer, too. The offer is rounded off by unique events you wouldn’t quite expect to find in an airport: passengers, those waiting to pick up their loved ones, staff, and visitors from the region can look forward to the food festival Taste&Style, the bicycle event Bike&Style, where the airport is turned into a hub for the international mountain bike scene, as well as the Christmas and winter market. These are just a few examples for the extraordinary events that are hosted on Europe’s largest roofed area – the 10,000 square metre Munich Airport Centre between the two terminals.
The importance of the non-aviation sector – i.e. all business areas without an immediate connection to aviation – can be seen in last year’s operating result. Almost half of Flughafen München ltd’s total revenue was generated in this sector. Across the entire group about 1.5 billion Euro were generated last year. And over the coming years the airport is going to invest 150 million Euro in climate protection measures to make it Germany’s first CO2-neutral airport by 2030. Measures concerning building technology, the vehicle fleet, lighting, and energy supply will lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions of about 60%. The remaining unavoidable emissions will be compensated via suitable and, if possible, regional climate projects.
As an international aviation hub with a total of 266 destinations all over the world the airport brings people together here in Munich. It takes entrepreneurs to their markets, scientists to their congresses, artists to their performances, athletes to their competitions, tourists to their holiday destinations, and employees to their workplaces. It connects people with their families and friends. Just like the Flughafen München ltd’s claim and central promise “Connecting lives” pledges. As a company that takes its social and societal responsibilities seriously, Flughafen München ltd. has been committed to charitable organisations and initiatives that reach a maximum number of people and have sustainable effects for more than 25 years. Among them are schools, sports clubs, youth orchestras or GENERALI MÜNCHEN MARATHON with the project “Laufend intgrieren” (=integration while running). This unique initiative in cooperation with Munich Airport helps refugees and people with physical impairments to be part of the run’s organisation and to train and participate in the marathon’s different disciplines.
In international rankings Munich Airport is always at the very top. In the course of the annual surveys carried out by the renowned London-based aviation research institution Skytrax, Munich was voted Europe’s best airport by its guests. In the global ranking the airport in Erdinger Moos comes on sixth place. Aside from that Munich Airport has been Europe’s one and only 5-star airport since 2015.