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Munich Airport Information

Munich Franz Josef Strauss Airport, more commonly known simply as Munich Airport and by the airport code MUC, provides international and domestic air service to the Munich area from its location near Freising. Franz Josef Strauss served as Minister President of Bavaria from 1978 until his death in 1988. Along with his role in politics, Strauss was a pilot and a leading force in the aircraft industry in Europe.

The Munich Airport began operations in 1992 after more than a dozen years of construction. The airport took over commercial air operations from Munich-Riem Airport, which could not meet the capacity needs of the air passenger traffic in the Munich area.

The airport utilizes two terminals to handle about 38 million passengers each year. This ranks in the top 10 within Europe and second in Germany. Terminal 1 is original to the construction of the airport although it has been expanded and modernized several times. The terminal includes five modules or concourses. Module E only handles arrivals while the other modules handle departures and arrivals. Terminal 2 opened its doors in 2003 and includes facilities for handling passengers arriving from destinations lacking secured airports. A special terminal facility, known as Hall F, handles departures and arrivals from destinations requiring special security considerations. In total, the terminals include 142 gates and 14 baggage claim areas.

The structure connecting the two terminals serves as the retail center including a variety of passenger amenities.

Munich Airport utilizes two parallel runways to handle about 300,000 takeoffs and landings each year. The identical runways are 4,000 meters or about 13,000 feet long and are certified for all sizes of aircraft. Noise restrictions are in place for flights operating from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time. A separate helipad is also available for helicopter traffic. A third parallel runway is under consideration and would increase the number of aircraft that could be handled during peak hours.

The airport handles about a quarter million tons of airfreight each year. Airfreight operations are equipped to handle cold storage along with small animals, heavy freight, and offers secured storage.

Munich Airport looks at air traffic as a tourist attraction. Visitors Hill is located near Terminal 1 and allows a good view of the traffic moving from that terminal and planes in flight. An elevated viewing area on the roof of Terminal 2 offers another vantage point for plane watchers.

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