Munich’s Franz Joseph Strauß Airport lays 40km north of the city centre. As a major hub for global flights, it is not surprisingly a huge, long complex of terminals with a Central Area. Lufthansa and its partners use the brand new Terminal 2.
Since the opening of the new Terminal 2 in June 2003, Munich has joined the Champion's League of international air travel. The double-capacity complex puts it alongside Frankfurt as the most important hub in Germany. A veritable glass-and-steel palace that cost €1.5 billion to build boasts 124 check-in desks and 114 gates sprawling on three levels.
The wide-open Munich Airport Center (MAC) is a sibling of the Sony Center in Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz: both were sired by architect Helmut Jahn. Unlike the Sony Center’s crowning Mount Fuji formation, here material is stretched tautly overhead like a school of seven stingrays. Practical services fill MAC and it is attached to both Terminals 1 and 2.