Third Runway for Munich

MUNICH AIRPORT has received planning permission for its third runway from the District Government of Upper Bavaria.  The airport has continued to grow since it opened in 1992, and in 2010 alone, handled 35 million passengers and 390,000 aircraft movements.
Dr Michael Kerkloh, the CEO of airport operator FMG, called the ruling, “the most important new starting point for Munich’s competitiveness as an air transportation location since the relocation of the airport to Riem.”  He 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.”
The third runway is seen as a key requirement to the expansion of the national air transportation infrastructure, with Munich and Frankfurt/Main currently handling around 90% of Germany’s long-haul flights – approval for a fourth runway at the latter was also recently granted.
FMG has reportedly gone far beyond the legal requirements with regards to the interests of parties affected by the additional noise.  This includes continuing its long-standing dialogue with neighbours and the surrounding communities, whilst it has also set aside €100 million as compensation for hardships and inconvenience related to the expansion project.
Munich Airport currently offers scheduled services to more than 220 destinations in 68 countries and is one of Bavaria’s largest employers with a workforce of 30,000.