25 JUNE 2012


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Article from BTNews 25 JUNE 2012

Munich Airport problems

Heathrow is not the only major European airport having difficulties with expansion plans.

With Frankfurt in disarray over night flight arrangements (see issue 9 April) and Berlin’s Brandenburg currently in limbo (issue 21 May), Munich’s local residents have voted by nearly 55% against a planned third runway.  The decision will be seen as a blow to those airlines looking to expand their German networks.

The proposal had been given the go-ahead last year by the Bavarian Government, but the city, one of three co-owners of the airport, said that it would let local residents vote on the matter.  It could use its veto power to block the expansion.

Munich handled almost 38m passengers last year and expects that figure to rise to more then 50m in 2015, due to a €650m expansion of Terminal 2, some 40% of which is being financed by Lufthansa.

Despite the result, the Bavarian Government is still hoping that a third runway will eventually be built. www.munich-airport.de/en

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