Germany’s Munich Airport will soon unveil a new €900m satellite terminal in a bid to enhance its passenger experience.

Developed by a joint venture (JV) of Munich Airport and Lufthansa, the terminal will feature 27 new gate positions that allow passengers to board flights directly, without bus transportation.

Munich-based architectural firm Koch + Partner provided designs and general plans for the project.

Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said: "The expansion of Terminal 2 with the new satellite building will make the Lufthansa Group airlines operating in Munich a better and more attractive option for passengers from all over the world."

The new facility will also increase the annual capacity of Terminal 2 from 11 million to 36 million passengers a year.

Travellers will be provided with a wide variety of food and retail options, as well as five new Lufthansa lounges covering an area of 4,000m².

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The satellite terminal has no direct land-side transportation links. Passenger check-in will take place in Terminal 2.

After completing passport screening and hand baggage checks, passengers will move to the satellite facility via the airport’s underground transport system.

The 7,000m² satellite terminal will also feature seven restaurants and cafes, 15 retail areas, and three duty-free zones.

Munich Airport CEO Michael Kerkloh said: "With the satellite, we will not only maintain our justly renowned standards of service and overall airport experience: We will actually take them to a higher level.

"The expansion of Terminal 2 with the new satellite building will make the Lufthansa Group airlines operating in Munich a better and more attractive option for passengers."

"That starts with the comfortably appointed waiting areas, and extends to the attractive marketplaces with the charming restaurants and the 27 pier-served aircraft stands which, in most cases, will eliminate the need to move passengers by bus."

The facility’s upgraded building materials and technology will provide a 40% reduction in CO² emissions, compared to the airport’s existing terminal buildings.

It features ‘climate optimised facades’, which are 4.5m-wide zones that separate the terminal’s air-conditioned interiors from the outside.

The climate optimised facade is made using a coated glass that prevents heat from escaping.

Preparatory work for the terminal began in 2011, and its construction was completed last year.

Image: Exterior of the new satellite terminal at Munich Airport. Photo: courtesy of Werner Hennies/ Flughafen München.