Munich Airport is the primary international airport serving Munich, the capital of Germany's Free State of Bavaria. It is the second busiest airport in the country in terms of passenger traffic and is located 28.5 kilometres northeast of Munich. Munich Airport is owned and operated by Flughafen München GmbH. It serves as a hub for the airlines Air Dolomiti, Condor, Lufthansa, and Lufthansa CityLine, as well as a focus city for Air Berlin, SunExpress, Deutschland, and TUfly.
The aviation facility includes two runways and two passenger terminals. Terminal 1 is older, with a total capacity of 25 million passengers per year. It is further divided into five modules designated A, B, C, D, and E. The first four modules are equipped with all the necessary facilities for handling both departures and arrivals, while Module E is only capable of handling arrivals. Terminal 1 handles all flights from airlines that are not members of the Star Alliance. Terminal 2 also has a capacity of 25 million passengers per year but, unlike Terminal 1, is not subdivided into modules. The terminal handles flights for Lufthansa and Star Alliance members.
Services and Facilities
Munich Airport features the Munich Airport Centre, sometimes called simply MAC, which connects Terminals 1 and 2. It is a multi-purpose area, used for shopping, business, and recreation. MAC is the only place in the whole of Bavaria wherein the shops are exempted from the Ladenschlussgesetz, or Shop Closing law, which states that points of sale must be closed on Sundays, during public holidays, before 6:00 and after 20:00 on working days, and before 06:00 on December 24 and after 14:00. MAC has several food establishments and shopping opportunities for passengers awaiting departure or passengers travelling between terminals. Next to MAC Forum is the airport hotel managed by Kempinski. The older Central Area, originally part of Terminal 1, also comprises of a shopping mall and contains the airport's S-Bahn station.
Munich Airport also has a Visitor Park, not only for the passengers, but also to cater to visitors and sight-seers, especially those who are fans of aviation. The park includes the Visitors Hill, from where one can get a good view of the westerly aircraft apron and Terminal 1. There is also a restaurant and a shop that sells model airplanes and other collectors’ items. On the grounds are three historic aircraft on display; a Super Constellation, a Douglas DC-3, and a Junkers Ju 52/3m. There is an area designed specifically for children where a mascot explains how an airport works to the young guests, and a cinema that offers free film screenings. Additionally, there is also a large playground and a new mini-putt (mini-golf) course.
The Visitors Terrace, located on Level 07 of Terminal 2, provides a great view of the eastern airport apron. Going to the terrace is free of charge and can be reached through the glass tunnel called the Skywalk. The site is accessible to wheelchair users and baby carriages, and provides telescopes for a closer view of the surrounding area.