New T2 satellite at Munich Airport opens April 26 2016

There is less and less scaffolding and construction equipment and in many places it looks like the opening is imminent. Construction work on the satellite terminal at Munich Airport is very advanced and will be finished in the near future.

Looking back: almost exactly one year after the topping out ceremony, an important step on the way to completing the new satellite terminal in Munich was completed in October 2014. The façade and the roof of the building were closed. In March 2015 the next highlight awaited: the first vehicles for the passenger transport system (PTS) were delivered and introduced.

The new terminal building has been scrutinized and tested since the end of 2015 before the forthcoming opening of the satellite in April 2016. The new passenger building is an essential prerequisite to continuing the outstanding development of Terminal 2 at Munich Airport, which was opened in 2003. Through this expansion, the airport has gained additional handling capacity for eleven million flight guests. The capacity expansion was necessary as Terminal 2, now ten years old and in which 25 million passengers are handled, has already been exceeding this nominal limit for the last few years.

The area around the apron tower is the heart of the satellite building, with a wide range of shops and restaurants as well as the Lufthansa service and assistance centers and the Lufthansa lounges.
Photo: Aesthetika © Flughafen München
A bright marketplace constructed around the existing apron tower provides 9,000 square meters of space for shops and restaurants with spectacular views of the apron.
The satellite is a functional and operational extension of Terminal 2. It is a passenger handling terminal with no landside connections (midfield terminal).
Photo: Werner Hennies © Flughafen München

„Terminal 2 and its satellite will soon offer our guests an exceptional travel experience. This is a state-of-the-art building.“ 

Thomas Winkelmann
CEO Lufthansa Hub Munich

Satellite Experience – Travel and quality of stay in a sustainably planned building

The 125,000 m2 building is flooded with light. The architectural highlight stands in the center – the existing control tower, which was integrated into the satellite before construction began. 52 additional gates and 27 building positions were created on a length of over 600 meters and a width of more than 50 meters. Passengers now have two new Lufthansa Service Centers with 42 new passport checkpoints and 20 additional security checkpoints. In addition to this, extra support centers have been established for guests who need special help, for example passengers with limited mobility or those traveling with children.

A central marketplace on more than 7,000 m2 offers a special shopping experience and a multitude of restaurants. Amongst the gastronomic highlights, both Tower Bars have spectacular views on the run-up. Five new lounges make the stay a special experience for status customers. The expansion of the lounges is on schedule and therefore a punctual completion of the construction can be expected. The satellite will also set new standards with regards to sustainability and energy efficiency: in future, the CO2-emissions in the new building will be up to 40 percent lower than in the existing Terminals 1 and 2.

Facts & figures

Start of construction Spring 2012
Opening April 2016
Capacity 11 million passengers
Gross floor space 125,800 m2 (new building)
Length 609 m
Width 53 m
Aircraft stands 27
Gates 52
Lounges 5 covering over 4,500 m2
External facade of pier ca. 20,000 m2
Internal climate facade ca. 16,200 m2
Natural stone floor ca. 55,000 m2
Internal doors around 1,400
Handrails 2,100 m