Munich International Airport – the connecting hub of Lufthansa

Munich International Airport (MUC) is amongst the busiest airports in Europe and the second biggest in Germany after Frankfurt International Airport. Munich airport handles over 44 million passengers annually. It is a major hub for Lufthansa and the airlines member of Star Alliance.

Munich airport consists of terminal 1 (the older) and terminal 2 (the newer). Terminal 2 has been especially designed to serve as a hub, answering the needs of the connecting flight passengers of Lutfhansa. Actually  Lufthansa co-owns the company operating terminal 2 with a stake of 40%. It is built around a central-plaza concept, ensuring smooth passenger transit. The minimum connection time starts at only 30 min. Lufthansa's strategy generally is to offer very convenient connections averaging 35 – 60 min. via Munich, so it is making best efforts to ensure low rate of flight disruptions.

What is interesting to mention about Munich is the availability of a valet service for passengers with short connections, who are literally met by Lufthansa staff on the apron and bused to the next flight. Nevertheless, the on-time performance of MUC is below the average as per the flightstats airport delays reports, which you can see here. In August 2018, out of 17,000 departing flights, only 64,60% left on time. This basically means that you should not take the friendly terminal design for granted, but rather study well the details regarding your upcoming connections at MUC in order to be prepared for possible disruptions. 

Amenities for connecting passengers

At Munich International Airport, Lufthansa really takes good care of their transit passengers. Wifi is free and unlimited. You can find free tea, coffee and newspapers at designated areas in terminal 2. There are three rest zones with reclining seats too, offering good comfort. In case reclining seats are not enough for you, you can also rest (or rather sleep) in a nap cab (15 EUR per hour, payable by credit card). Nap cabs can be found in terminal 2.

In case of longer layovers, you can opt for an airport hotel. There are many around the airport. You can check and book them from here:

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