24-Apr-2012 10:02 AM

Munich Airport officials breaks ground on Terminal 2 satellite facility

Germany's Munich Airport stated (23-Apr-2012) exactly 12 years and nine days after the groundbreaking ceremony for Munich Airport's Terminal 2, the expansion project and construction of the new satellite terminal officially commenced on 23-Apr-2012. Details include:

  • Capacity: The airport will gain handling capacity for an additional 11 million passengers p/a. The expansion of Terminal 2, which is jointly operated by FMG and Lufthansa, is needed as the capacity of 25 million passengers p/a is already "stretched to the limit". New capacity for 11 million passengers almost matches the entire traffic handled by Munich Airport when it opened in 1992;
  • Details of new satellite facility: The facility is being construction 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. With 27 aircraft parking locations, it will more than double the number of positions with passenger aerobridges linked to the terminal. The satellite is not a standalone terminal as it has no landside transportation links. The new building will offer all important services in a total area of more than 125,000sqm including two Lufthansa Service Centers with 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. The terminal will also have food and beverage/retail space covering more than 9000sqm; 
  • Access: The two buildings will be linked via an underground personal transportation system (PTS). Terminal 2 and the satellite building will be linked by fully automatic trains in less than a minute. Bombardier will build the two-track system, in which three driverless trains, each will four wagons, will operate, running at speeds of up to 30 km/h. The system will have the capacity to move up to 9000 passengers per hour in each direction;
  • Construction works: Work is already being conducted. Various preparatory steps will be finished by the the end of May-2012 when structural work is set to go ahead on the southern side. This will be followed by the excavation of the central area of the satellite, which will start with a basement. Beginning in late Jul-2012 the first connecting structures will be built for the aerobridges, and as of early 2013 the facade of the satellite terminal will be taking shape. Interior finishing work and technical equipment will follow starting in the spring of 2013. The new building is due to go into operation in 2015;
  • Cost sharing: 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;
  • Architecture firms: The architectural firm handling the general planning of the satellite will be Koch + Partner, which performed this function in the Terminal 2 project. [more - original PR]

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