Saturday, March 27, 2010

Munich’s Gold Medal Airport


Our focus turns once again to the Munich Airport, for several reasons – all of them good.  For starters, Franz Joseph Strauss airport was named best airport in Europe, and fourth best overall in the world, according to a survey of more than 10 million passengers by the London Aviation Research Institute.  Munich edged out Zurich, last year’s winner, and now ranks below only Singapore, Seoul, and Hong Kong.  I can’t argue here, having been to all of the airports mentioned, and nearly all in Europe.  Munich’s Terminal 2 is one of the cleanest, most efficient, and convenient of places, and Terminal 1 is segmented to feel like you are flying out of a tiny airport.  Well, the situation only gets better as the Bavarian government just approved a plan for a second S-bahn tunnel for an express train that will reach the center of Munich in 20 minutes.  We are reminded this coming weekend that it can’t come soon enough – with the airport expecting 1.5M passengers over the Easter weekend – with 17,000 takeoffs and landings.

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