The International Airport in Munich is the second busiest airport in Germany, and it is also one of the best in terms of available facilities.
The Munich airport was taken into use in 1992 (after a construction period of 12 years), and the airport functions from the city’s old main airport, Munchen-Riem, were transferred to the new facility.
Terminal 2, however, is a bit newer, as it was not completed until 2003, and as air traffic to Munich keeps expanding, there are also further plans to construct new expansions to the complex.
Of the airport terminal’s Terminal 1 has capacity for a total of about 25 million annual passengers. It has been divided into five modules, which are separated from each other with the capital letters A, B, C, D and E.
PHOTO: A view to the Munich airport’s Terminal 1 buildings, from the Munich Airport Center square, which is located between it and Terminal 2, with the massive sail-like overhead roof. From the escalators in the middle of the picture, you can get down to the airport’s S-Bahn station, from which a train connection, one of the cheapest ways to get to the city center, takes about 45 minutes.
PHOTO: In the right side of the picture you can see buildings for the Terminal 2, and in the middle, you can see parts of the main airport hotel, Kempinski Munchen Airport Hotel (www.kempinski-airport.de/en/home/index.htm).
Of the Terminal 1 modules, the ones from A to D offer all the functions to handle both incoming and departing air traffic, while module E is constructed to handle only incoming air traffic.
There is, in fact, also a module F, located near the Terminal 2, but it handles only flights that require especially stringent pre-flight security measures, and it has been primarily used to handle flights that depart towards Israel.
Terminal 2, on the other hand, is also capable of handling around 25 million air traffic passengers annually.
It is the main terminal for Lufthansa and its partner airlines, which is why its parts are not separated in to modules, but instead, everything functions around a central terminal square.
Within both of the terminals, you can find a wide variety of services and shops, including car rental companies, restaurants, grocery stores, newspaper kiosks, and gift shops.
You can familiarize yourself with the airport in Munich through the official website, available at www.munich-airport.de/en/.
If, while at the airport, you have questions about the airport services or functions, if, for example, you can’t find the departure point for the bus to the city center, the airport information points, available throughout both terminals, are the best and fastest way to get the guidance.