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Published on : Thursday, May 11, 2017
The airport’s official opening a quarter of a century ago, on May 17, 1992, marked the start of an impressive success story. Since then, the once mainly regional airport has risen to take its place alongside Europe’s leading air transportation hubs. It is now the first and only hub in Europe to boast “Five-star Airport” status. “Being honoured as the first five—star airport in Europe by the London—based Skytrax Institute is a thrilling accolade for our service and the high—quality passenger experience we provide. Our goal must now be to maintain our excellent quality standards and continue expanding the services we offer travellers,” said Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the President and CEO of Munich Airport.
The airport’s history over the past 25 years has been marked with one big mile— stone after another. Among the most recent is the opening of Germany’s first midfield terminal in April 2016. The 600—meter long terminal expands the air— port’s handling capacity by 11 million passengers per year and takes the retail and dining options and overall passenger comfort to a new level. In terms of its environmental impact and energy efficiency, the “green terminal” sets new standards for the airport industry. Climate protection is a top priority for Munich Airport, which has a strategic target of becoming Germany’s first airport to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2030. To meet this ambitious goal, the airport plans to cut C02 emissions by 60 percent and offset the remaining d0 percent through compensatory measures in the surrounding region.
The latest milestone in the airport’s dynamic development was the announcement of Lufthansa’s decision to station 10 Airbus A350 jets in Munich. Serving long—haul routes with these advanced wide body jets will result in enormous reductions in fuel consumption, emissions and noise.
By May 2017, the total number of passengers arriving, departing, or catching connecting flights at Munich Airport since it opened will top the 700 million mark. The annual traffic volume of more than 42 million passengers per year has more than tripled since the opening year of 1992, and the number of take-offs and landings has doubled to approximately 400,000. Over the past 25 years, Munich Airport has handled around 8.5 million flights.
For the future, all of the indicators point to continuing growth. With the start of the 2017 summer timetable, the Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings will have four Airbus A3 20 airliners stationed in Munich and will offer 89 flights per week to 32 attractive destinations in Europe. The airport has big celebrations planned for its upcoming 25th anniversary, with events scheduled daily from May 18th to 21st: This will include welcoming thousands of visitors to a cordoned—off section of the apron where many modern and vintage aircraft will be on display. And for an excellent view of all the action at the airport, an 18-meter Ferris wheel will be set up on the festival grounds.