Lufthansa and Germany's Munich Airport marked (11-Sep-2013) the topping-out ceremony for the new satellite facility for terminal 2, jointly operated by the airport and airline. The companies noted that the new passenger facility is "essential for keeping terminal 2 on track with the outstanding growth it has achieved since opening in 2003". It will be the first midfield terminal to go into operation at a German airport. The 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 p/a. Munich Airport CEO Dr Michael Kerkloh also noted that the facility can be expanded in a second phase, stating: "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." The capacity expansion has become necessary because terminal 2, which was designed to handle 25 million passengers p/a is now at capacity. The new 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 600m 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). With approximately 125,000sqm of floor space, the satellite will offer all important service facilities, including two Lufthansa Service Centres 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 centre of the satellite on both passenger levels are attractive market places, built around the existing ground traffic control tower. There will be more than 9000sqm of shops and restaurant space and the carbon footprint will show a 40% improvement over Munich Airport's two existing terminals. 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 EUR650 million 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 Koch + Partner, which already performed this role in the terminal 2 project. [more - original PR - German] [more - original PR]
Munich Airport and Lufthansa celebrate topping-out ceremony for terminal 2 satellite
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