More than 800 guests were in attendance at
Munich Airport on Thursday to mark the topping-out ceremony for
the new satellite facility for Terminal 2, which the airport
jointly operates with Lufthansa.
It will be the first midfield terminal to
go into operation at a German airport. This configuration, as an
island on the airport apron, permits aircraft to dock on both
sides of the building.
As a result, the satellite will have gate
positions for a total of 27 aircraft and provide added capacity
for 11 million passengers per year.
Moreover, as Munich Airport CEO Dr.
Michael Kerkloh explained in his speech to the crowd of
well wishers, the facility can be expanded in a second phase: "This
is a built-in option of the satellite, and would increase the
total annual passenger capacity to 17 million. With that order of
magnitude, we cannot overstate the importance of the satellite for
the future development of our airport."
Thomas Klühr, the Lufthansa Executive Board
member in charge of passenger operations, finance and the Munich
hub, had words of praise for the quality and service standards of
the new facility in his speech: "Terminal 2, combined with the
satellite, will offer our guests an outstanding overall travel
experience. To sum it up, this new, state-of-the-art facility will
raise the Bavarian hub to a whole new dimension in the future."
The capacity expansion has become necessary
because Terminal 2, which was designed to handle 25 million
passengers per year, is now stretched to the limit.
satellite facility will be built on top of the baggage sorting
hall on the airport's eastern apron as a functional element of
Terminal 2. The pier will have a length of more than 600 meters
and 52 departure gates. The satellite is not a standalone terminal
because it has no landside transportation links. Passengers
arriving or departing through the new facility will use the
check-in and ticket desks and baggage pick-up area in Terminal 2.
The two buildings will be linked via an
underground personal transportation system (PTS) – a kind of
subway passing through an existing 400-meter tunnel beneath the
With approximately 125,000 sq.m. (1.3 million
sq.ft.) of floor space, the satellite will offer all important
service facilities, including two Lufthansa Service Centers with a
total of 24 transfer desks and 42 passport control stations for
passengers entering and leaving the country. The five Lufthansa
lounges in the satellite will double the number of lounges
available in and around Terminal 2.
To be set up at the center of
the satellite on both passenger levels are market
places, built around the existing ground traffic control tower.
There passengers will find a broad range of shops and restaurants
covering a total area of more than 9,000 square meters (100,000 sq.ft.).
Designed in accordance with sustainable
construction principles, the facility's carbon footprint will show
a 40% improvement over Munich Airport's two existing
Work on the satellite is proceeding on schedule.
At present, the facade is under construction, and the interior
work and installation of technical equipment is also underway.
Seven connecting structures for the new passenger bridges have
already been installed. Construction work on the Terminal 2
satellite is due for completion in 2015.
As in the original Terminal 2 development, the
investment costs of 650 million euros for the new building will be
shared by FMG and Lufthansa on a 60:40 basis. The architectural
firm handling the general planning of the satellite will be the
Munich firm Koch + Partner, which already performed this role in
the Terminal 2 project.
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