With more than 40 million passengers each year, Munich Airport is not only the second-largest airport in Germany but also an important hub in Europe due to its central location.
To meet growing mobility requirements, a state-of-the-art and 609-meter-long satellite building was added to Terminal 2 in 2016 which was named the world’s best terminal in the World Airport Awards 2017. The hub is the only five-star airport in Europe and operates more than 413,000 flights per year.
The airport is located 28.5 km northeast of the Bavarian capital and was inaugurated in 1992. It is named after former Bavarian minister-president Franz Josef Strauss. The airport features flights to not less than 266 destinations, making it the airport with the most destinations world-wide.
The expansion was necessary because Terminal 2 was nearing the limits of its capacity, with a yearly volume of 25 million passengers. The new 125,000 square meter satellite building is an extension to the existing baggage sorting hall, which is located on an apron to the east of the terminal.
The expansion costed roughly EUR 900 million. The satellite building is connected to Terminal 2 via an underground personal transport system, or automated subway, that can transport up to 9,000 passengers per hour in each direction over the 400-meter distance on driverless trains.
More than 120 Schindler elevators, escalators and moving walks offering fast, barrier-free, and comfortable mobility contributed to Terminal 2 and the satellite building. Another 14 installations in the station serving the underground passenger transport system.