FMG, the Munich Airport operating company, has
welcomed the positive planning approval decision by the District
Government of Upper Bavaria for the construction of a third runway
at the airport.
With this decision, the approval
authority, after intensive analysis of all aspects of this
expansion project, has concurred with the need for a third runway
as presented by FMG as well as the submitted planning documents.
Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the CEO of FMG, called the
ruling, "the most important new starting point for Munich's
competitiveness as an air transportation location since the
relocation of the airport in Riem."
Dr. Kerkloh said, "This sets the stage in terms
of planning permission regulations to continue this Bavarian
success story in the long term. The expansion of Munich Airport to
meet growing demand and the resulting increase in available
flights and destinations will benefit in particular the population
of Bavaria and the economy."
Since the new Munich Airport opened in 1992, the
traffic volume has increased enormously. In 2010, the passenger
volume at the airport reached approximately 35 million passengers,
or about three times the total of 1992, when the airport opened,
and some 390,000 take-offs and landings were recorded, which was
nearly double the 1992 level. Today, the airport offers scheduled
services to more than 220 destinations in 68 countries around the
Moreover, with a workforce numbering 30,000
employees, Munich Airport is among Bavaria’s largest workplaces.
The third runway at Munich Airport will help
ensure that the national air transportation infrastructure is able
to deliver the necessary performance in the long term.
Approximately 90% of all long-haul flights to and from Germany are
handled through the two hubs of Munich and Frankfurt. Now that
both locations have secure expansion perspectives, Germany, as
Europe's biggest economy, will continue to gain an appropriate
share in the anticipated growth in global air traffic.
FMG has made 100
million euros in funding available, with no legal obligation, as
compensation for hardships and inconvenience related to the
Under planning permission law, the decisive
ruling by the District Government of Upper Bavaria permits
immediate execution of the project. However, as a legal challenge
to the immediate execution of the ruling is likely, FMG said it
plans to start construction only after a court decision.
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