Great News for Munich Airport

Munich Airport has received planning permission to build a third runway. FMG, Munich Airport’s operating company, welcomed the approval decision by the District Government of Upper Bavaria on July 26.
FMG CEO, Dr Michael Kerkloh, called the ruling: “the most important new starting point for Munich’s competitiveness as an air transportation location since the relocation of the airport in Riem.” Dr Kerkloh added, “This sets the stage in terms of planning permission regulations to continue this Bavarian success story in the long term. The expansion of Munich Airport to meet growing demand and the resulting increase in available flights and destinations will benefit in particular the population of Bavaria and the economy.”
Since the new Munich Airport opened in 1992, the traffic volume has increased enormously. In 2010, passenger numbers reached approximately 35 million passengers, about three times greater than the 1992 total.
Today the airport offers scheduled services to more than 220 destinations in 68 countries around the world and has a workforce of around 30,000 employees.
Munich Airport says that the third runway will: “ensure that the national air transportation infrastructure is able to deliver the necessary performance in the long term”.
Approximately 90% of all long-haul flights to and from Germany are handled through the country’s two hubs of Munich and Frankfurt.
FMG says it will, “fully implement” the environmental conditions attached to the ruling and adds that “an initial assessment indicates that they [the conditions] go far beyond the requirements of the law in the interests of parties affected by noise, and will result in considerable additional costs for FMG.”
It also stated that it is making ever effort to keep any “negative effects” from the construction and operation of the third runway to an “unavoidable minimum”.
A statement from FMG said that the airport “remains committed to continuing its long-standing dialog with its neighbours and the surrounding communities,” adding that it will “optimally address the justified concerns of the residents within the framework of discussions in the Regional Advisory Council”. FMG says that is has voluntarily made a €100 million (US$145m) in funding available, with no legal obligation, as compensation for hardships and inconvenience related to the expansion project.
Under planning permission law, the decisive ruling by the District Government of Upper Bavaria permits immediate execution of the project. However, as a legal challenge to the immediate execution of the ruling is likely, FMG says that it will wait until legal challenges are over before starting construction work.