At Munich Airport, there's been a major expansion programme to handle the half-million people expected to fly to the city during the Olympic Gaes.
At Munich Airport, there's been a major expansion programme to handle the half-million people expected to fly to the city during the Olympic Gaes. In August and September, the number of air passengers will be increasing by a quarter-of-a-million over previous peak periods.
The authorities have spent 36 million DM(nearly four and a half million pounds sterling) on airport improvements. Construction work was finally completed in May this year. New arrival and departure halls were built, together with a complete new system of aprons for embarkation and disembarkation areas. With these facilities, the airport authorities claim they could handle six jumbo jets simultaneously -- should the opportunity ever arise.
Even with the improvements, the airport won't be able to cope with the rush to the Olympics. So two military air bases in the Munich area are being taken over and adopted for use by civilian air traffic.
SYNOPSIS: The calm before the storm at Munich Airport -- soon to be inundated by an extra quarter of a million passengers during the period of the Olympic Games. In order to cope, the authorities have provided an ambitious expansion programme. New arrival and departure halls have been built, with extensive new concrete aprons for embarkation. These have been linked by a flexible system of passenger tunnels and walkways. Authorities claim that the airport could now handle six jumbo jetliners simultaneously -- though that's a boast that won't be put to the test, even during the Olympics.
The Games have been used as the springboard for improving airport capacity. By 1975, it's estimated that Munich will be handling between six and seven million passengers a year. Construction -- completed on schedule two months ago -- has cost nearly four-and-a-half million pounds. But despite the expansion, the airport will still be unable to handle peak demands of Olympic visitors.
The overflow will be routed into two nearby military airfields. At Furstenfeldbruck, eighteen miles west of Munich, the military have been working with airport authorities to adapt an advanced fighter-pilot training base for civil aircraft. Fortunately, the Fiat jet trainers have a runway suitable for modern jetliners.
This instrument landing system has been installed for the benefit of civilian pilots. Customs checks have been set up, a duty free shop provides.
Hangars, currently housing the Fiat trainers, will be converted into arrival and departure halls. And national servicemen with the Luftaffa will be acting as porters when the rush to the Olympic Games is at its Height.