The Munich International Airport is the seventh busiest airport in Europe and the second busiest in Germany. Officially known as the Franz Josef Strauss, it is located about 18 miles northeast of the heart of the Munich city. Statistics from 2010 indicate that this airport handled close to 35 million travelers. Currently, Munich serves as the second German hub for Lufthansa. Munich’s largest foreign airline is Air Dolomiti.
Airlines and Destinations
The Munich International Airport has flights to all major cities in Europe such as London, Paris, Moscow, Dublin, Vienna, Tel Aviv, Athens, St Petersburg, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Rome, and Barcelona to name a few. With so many domestic and international airlines operating out of this airport, getting to major hubs in and around Europe and other parts of the world should not be an issue.
Terminals and Infrastructure
The Munich International Airport has two terminals. These terminals are separated by the facilities center, known as the Munich Airport Center which consists of retail shops and a variety of recreational and business locations. In addition to the Airport center, travelers can also find a visitors park which allows travelers to get a unique view of Terminal 1. The view extends to incorporate the aircraft apron. The Airport center residing between the two terminals means a 10-minute walk to get from terminal to terminal.
In 2010, the airport received permission to begin expansion on Terminal 2. The plan is to expand the airport terminal to allow the airport to handle an additional 11 million travelers per year.
The Munich International Airport offers a variety of first class facilities. There are childcare rooms, gaming arcades, pharmacies, a medical center, dentist and even a Laundromat. The Airport center boasts 93 shopping outlets ranging from jewelry to tobacco. This includes duty free stores and a Brewery. There are numerous restaurants including bars, cafes, beer gardens and bistros.
For the business traveler there are six lounges, two of which, provide access to laptop stations, faxes, and telephones. The Service Center Internet Point provides access to faxes, internet, printers, and copiers. For events, exhibitions and presentations there are 35 rooms with accommodations up to 120 people.
The Munich International Airport also has a post office, currency exchange and ATMs are available throughout the terminals. Everything you could need as a traveler is available at the Franz Josef Strauss.