The “Franz Josef Strauss” airport is the international airport of the Bavarian capital, Munich.
It replaced the former Munich-Riem Airport when it opened in 1992. With around 48 million passengers, it has become one of the ten busiest aviation hubs in Europe. As a transfer airport, it connects around 100 airlines with over 200 destinations in around 70 countries. In terms of the number of passengers, it ranked second in Germany and ninth in Europe after Frankfurt am Main in 2019 and it was the only airport in Europe that has ever received the Skytrax 5-Star-Airport award. However, after conducting an international survey of more than 12 million passengers, Munich Airport was again voted as Europe’s best airport in 2020, the 13th time in the last 15 years. Therefore, Munich Airport occupies an outstanding fifth place in the World Airport Awards 2020. It scored an annual passenger volume of between 40 and 50 million which made it number one in the world rankings. The airport is operated by Flughafen München GmbH with the Free State of Bavaria (51%), the Federal Republic of Germany (26%) and the City of Munich (23%) as shareholders. The airport is a key hub, especially for Lufthansa and its partners in the Star Alliance.

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