Munich (MUC) Airport Guide
Munich Airport is also known as Munich Franz Josef Strauss Airport. It is named in memory of politician Franz Josef Strauss, who was a governor of Bavaria, and it serves the city of Munich in Germany. Munich Airport is widely recognised as one of the most modern airports in the world and has won repeated awards for the quality of its customer service. In 2009 airport watchdog authority Skytrax named Munich airport the second best airport in Europe. Munich airport also recently overtook Düsseldorf as the second most popular airport in Germany. Because of Munich Airport flourishing and growing at such a rapid pace, there are plans to build a third runway but these have met with opposition from local residents.
The busiest time of year at Munich airport is in October when thousands of people come all over the world for the famous Oktoberfest beer festival.
The airport is very new having started operations in its present incarnation in 1992. Before that it had been the Munich Rheim Airport. A settlement of people actually had to be moved so that the airport could be built where it is today. That is part of the reason why it took 12 years to actually build the airport after it had initially been planned. Between 1995 and 2006 passenger numbers at Munich Airport doubled from under 15 million per year to over 30 million. That is an extraordinary figure given that the 9/11 attacks occurred during this period. During those years the new terminal 2 was built to accommodate Star Alliance partner airlines.
Munich Airport is located 28 and a half kms to the north east of Munich. To drive there from the east or south use the A99 Munich ring road. That will lead you to the A92 where you look for one of four motorway exits between Munich and Deggendorf.
You can also take route 388 from Munich and then turn off for the airport just before reaching Erding. Once at the airport, follow the signs to Terminal 1 or 2.
It is only a short walk from terminal 1 to terminal 2 along the Munich Airport Centre.
If you need help there are multi-lingual staff at Munich Airport. For airport information go to the Central Information Desk (089 97500) on the main concourse of Level 3. In Terminal 2 the Central Information Desk is located by level 4 departures in the central hall.
Free newspapers and free tea and coffee are offered at various points in the airport.
Disabled passengers are catered to. All doorways are wide and open automatically while any pavements in the parking area have been adapted with slopes. There are no barriers on any of the elevators going between the airport terminals or concourses.
Business facilities are excellent at Munich airport and include Wi Fi internet as well as several meeting and conference rooms.
Munich airport has received awards for being the best airport in Europe and the excellent shopping facilities have been taken into account. The surveys were based on nearly 10 million clients from over 100 different countries and so are very representative. Munich Airport has nearly 200 shops situated around the airport. You can get everything from electronics and clothing, gifts and souvenirs.
There are numerous brands which you can get duty-free from at Munich airport including Boss Orange, Benetton, Cartier, Gateshop, Lufthansa WorldShop and Schönweitz Optic. If you are not travelling within the European Union you can get good deals on cigarettes and alcohol as well as toiletries and cosmetics. It is also possible to get various electrical appliances duty-free.
With all leading suppliers located at the airport you wiil be spoilt for choice with Munich Airport car hire