Munich Airport in Germany has announced that its new Terminal 2 (T2) Satellite facility will officially open in April 2016, with the exact day to be released early next year.
Like T2, the satellite will be jointly owned by the airport – Flughafen München GmbH (FMG) – and Lufthansa, holding 60% and 40% ownership respectively. The new facility will have 27 adjacent aircraft park positions, allowing passengers to board flights directly and with no bus transfer. It will increase Munich Airport’s passenger handling capacity by 11 million passengers per year.
Dr Michael Kerkloh, president and CEO of FMG, said, “The satellite will take Munich Airport to a new dimension, both in quantitative and qualitative terms. As a result, the outstanding passenger experience and service standards of our airport, recently highlighted by our selection as Europe’s first five-star airport, will remain a key competitive advantage for our Bavarian hub in the future.”
The new satellite will be the first midfield terminal at a German airport and will only be accessible once passengers have undergone passport screening and hand-baggage checks in T2. Travelers will then board an underground personal transport system that will take them to the satellite terminal in less than a minute. There they will find a full range of services and passenger handling facilities, as well as extensive shopping and dining options. Construction workers will complete the interior finishes and install technical equipment in the satellite over the coming months, with testing scheduled to take place this autumn.
Thomas Klühr, executive board member for Lufthansa, said, “With the satellite we will offer our passengers the ideal infrastructure with unique ambience. T2 is already among the world’s best. Our guests in the satellite facility can expect the same. As an extension of T2, it is entirely geared to the needs of Lufthansa passengers.”