Munich International Airport (officially named Franz Josef Strauss International Airport is located 28 km northeast of MunichGermany, and is a hub for Lufthansa and Star Alliance partnerairlines. The Munich Airport lies in portions of four municipalities:Freising, Oberding (location of the terminals), Hallbergmoos and Marzling.
In 2005 Munich airport had 28.62 million passengers, making it the second most important airport in Germany and currently ranked 8th in Europe. In 2006, for the second consecutive year, Munich Airport was named the “Best Airport in Europe” and third best worldwide (afterSingapore Changi andHong Kong International Airport) by Skytrax the air transport research company. As Lufthansa’s home base at Frankfurt International Airport is heavily saturated with traffic and has capacity limits, cities with large frequencies are served through Munich Franz Josef Strauss airport as well as Frankfurt International. The airport was named after Franz Josef Strauss, who played an important role in German politics. Due to the fast increase of traffic at Munich Airport , a third runway is now being planned.
It would also significantly reduce the heavy delays in the winter, which sometimes occur during heavy snowfall. Munich city center can be reached by the Munich S-Bahn lines S1 and S8 which take approximately forty minutes and cost about 8,80 Euro one way. Taxi rides to downtown Munich cost about 50 Euro and can encounter traffic jams. Public transport in Munich is widely available and reliable. The nearby cities of Freising and Erding can be reached by taxi (15 minutes, 18 Euro). The Munich Airport Center is situated between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. It is both a shopping mall and a business center with conference facilities. There is also the Airbräu restaurant and a shopping mall.