Munich Airport Satellite

12 · 2016


Video: Virtual Tour

Links: Munich Airport · Deutsche Lufthansa

Extension of the existing baggage sorting hall to a midfield terminal

After Terminal 2 at Munich Airport exceeded its annual capacity limit of 25 million passengers annually (PAX) at the end of 2011 the new satellite terminal with a handling capacity of 11 million passengers was urgently required. K+P came out as the winner of the multistage international competition and were assigned with a contract as general planner for the planning stages 2 to 8.

The building is flexible in use and has possibilities of future expansion. In the first stage, the existing baggage sorting hall on the eastern apron of the airfield was expanded and increased. At a later stage, a second phase of construction may be completed in the East. The construction works started in May 2012, the opening has been 26th April 2016.

Although the Satellite is not a new terminal in itself, it is a functional and operational extension of Terminal 2 - without its own land-side connection and enhances the function of Munich Airport as a hub considerably. The Satellite and Terminal 2 are connected via a driverless underground passenger transport system (PTS) in less than one minute. The building shell for the tunnels and the stations of the PTS were already built during the construction of Terminal 2.

One of the highest design principles is the affiliation and recognition with Terminal 2. Ample, open and comprehensible structures which are flooded with light, as well as bright materials and colours will provide a good orientation in the satellite building.

As in Terminal 2 a wide-ranging offer of shopping and dining options, besides five new lounges for Lufthansa, is available for the passenger in the satellite: The market place in the light-flooded central area around the tower serves three levels, is spacious and offers the best panorama of the airfield.

The satellite facility also sets new standards in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency: The new buildings CO2 emissions will be around 40 per cent lower than those of the Terminals 1 and 2. This result will be achieved through: The envelope of the satellite terminal is thermally optimised with a double skinned ‘climate’ façade. Because of maintaining the airport in operation during the whole construction period the construction logistics represent one of the major challenges of the project.

Project facts and figures:

  • Location: Apron East, D-85356 Flughafen-München, Germany
  • Client:
    Flughafen München GmbH and Deutsche Lufthansa AG
    represented by Terminal 2 Gesellschaft mbH & Co oHG
    Dispatcher: Flughafen München Baugesellschaft mbH (FMBau)
  • Architect and general planner: K+P Architekten und Stadtplaner GmbH
  • Planning association construction supervision Satellite K+P / H+P:
    K+P Architekten und Stadtplaner GmbH
    H+P Höhler+Partner Architekten und Ingenieure
  • Costs (group 2-7): approx. 650 mio. Euro   
  • Gross floor area: 125.800 sqm (new building)
  • Length of the satellite: 609 m
  • Handling capacity: 11 million passengers per year
  • Gates: 52
  • Aircraft stands: 27
  • Waiting area: 17.800 sqm
  • Retail and catering areas: 9.300 sqm
  • Lounge areas: 4.500 sqm
  • Start of planning: 2008 (competition 2006-2007)
  • Start of construction: May 2012
  • Opening planned: April 2016

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