Munich Airport (FMG) has announced that the official opening of its new satellite facility is scheduled for April 2016. Construction of the terminal began in December 2010.
The facility, jointly operated by FMG and Lufthansa, will comprise 27 adjacent aircraft park positions, allowing passengers to board flights directly with no bus transfer. It will increase Munich Airport's passenger handling capacity by 11 million passengers per year.
"The satellite will take Munich Airport to a new dimension, both in quantitative and qualitative terms," said Dr. Michael Kerkloh, president and CEO of FMG. "As a result, the outstanding passenger experience and service standards of our airport, recently highlighted by our selection as Europe's first five-star airport, will remain a key competitive advantage for our Bavarian hub in the future."
Once completed, the facility will be the first midfield terminal at a German airport and will have no public access. Passengers will check in at Terminal 2, undergo security screenings, and then board an underground personal transport system to the satellite, where shopping and dining venues will be available.
Workers will complete the interior finishes and install technical equipment in the satellite throughout the coming months. Next year, hundreds of "test passengers" will be recruited to help “simulate the interaction of all handling processes in the new facility”.