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Flughafen München (FMG), the operator of Munich Airport in Germany, has expanded its collaboration with the country’s flag carrier, Lufthansa, to continue the airport’s sustainable development.

The two parties have signed a letter of intent (LoI), under which they pledged to a shared sustainability plan.

The aim is to expand the airport as an intermodal transport hub, as well as encourage digitalisation and innovation in operations.

It includes projects such as smart passenger handling, and automated handling processes to further improve passengers’ travel experience.

Munich Airport CEO Jost Lammers said: “We went through the hard times of the Covid-19 pandemic together with Lufthansa, and we will return to our former strength together.

“With our shared goals of sustainability, innovation, digitalisation, and the persistent enhancement of Munich Airport as a premium hub, we will successfully continue this strategic partnership.”

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The two firms intend to drive forward the fulfilment of their sustainability targets, with an objective to remain competitive in the long term.

Lufthansa Airlines CCO Stefan Kreuzpaintner said: “Our partnership with Munich Airport can definitely be described as unique.

“Together, we will continue to take on and meet the challenges of the aviation industry. Sustainability is one of the top issues. This includes better rail links, not only to reach the airport quickly and conveniently, but also to make a vital contribution to climate change mitigation.”

The tie-up between the two companies started at the end of the 1990s, with the two being tasked with the joint construction and operation of Terminal 2 at Munich airport, which launched in 2003.

In April 2016, the opening of the satellite building further strengthened the partnership between the pair.